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A Reader of Fictions: Cover Reveal Roundup (14)

A Reader of Fictions

Book Reviews for Just About Every Kind of Book

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cover Reveal Roundup (14)

Heya folks! Another week full of covers, although a bit less crazy than the past couple of weeks. Still, there were plenty of gorgeous and hilariously bad covers to check out this week. You ready? Remember that if you click on the cover, you can usually see it even larger. Click on the book title to check out the book on Goodreads!

Cover Battle: Bitter Blood (Morganville Vampires #13) - Rachel Caine
US vs. Australia: Based solely on the cover, I prefer the Australian cover. (Sorry it's so tiny; I haven't been able to find a bigger one. This is what was shared by the pub.) However, I've read the first couple books in this series, and I think the cover for the Australian version is misleading. To me, it looks like it's for a historical, and that's not right at all, so I'm declaring the US cover the winner.

Cover Battle: Across the Universe (Across the Universe #1) - Beth Revis
Original vs. Redesign w/ Book 2 vs. Redesign w/ Book 3: From a purely aesthetic point of view, I like the first cover, mostly because it looks most like it correlates with the Beatles song. However, I think the cover released to go along with A Million Suns best conveys the book's plot. I also think it's most unique. What the hell is with this new monstrosity? I can't go into this. Just can't. SO ICY!

 Cover Battle: A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2) - Beth Revis
Original vs. Redesign: To be honest, I never knew about the second cover for Across the Universe. I hadn't noticed that a redesign took place, mostly because I think this cover matches the first one much more than its partner cover. Whatever. It wins. Look how pretty and spacey! Check out the new one with the stupid font and the series title in hot pink for FUN! Also, I'm pretty sure this was an effort to make boys pick up these books more. If so, what the hell is the hot pink text for? Otherwise, the new covers do look a lot like the first two Artemis Fowl books, as shown here. Notice that since this one has sun in the title all of the ice melted and it's yellow. Great.

Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) - Beth Revis
Thoughts: Shades of Earth, I'm so sorry this happened to you.

Uncontrollable (The Nature of Grace #2) - S.R. Johannes
Thoughts: I wasn't going to include these, because I wasn't interested, but Twitter kept talking about them, so here they are. Apparently, this week, every cover will remind me of a prior cover, even though I rarely think that way. These remind me a lot of the covers for Scott Westerfeld's Uglies.

The Monstore - Tara Lazar
Thoughts: I don't usually have much of anything to do with picture books, but how freaking cute is this one? I will def have to read at somepoint. This looks like Monsters, Inc! Or I Need My Monster!

Enduring Light (The Afterglow Trilogy #3) - Alyssa Rose Ivy
Thoughts: These are good for small press covers. However, the only one I personally really like is Perilous Light. As for this specific one, you know how I feel about guys on book covers. I just...think they look ridiculous 95 percent of the time, and this one is no exception.

The Stone Demon (The Iron Witch #3) - Karen Mahoney
Thoughts: BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. What the hell is that? Oy. I almost don't want to bother analyzing this, but let's go. So, first off, these three covers, whether you like them individually or not, really don't feel like part of a series to me. This one, though is ridiculous. I mean, the others look kind of sweet and magicky, and this one looks like a horror novel or something. Things I think are absurd in this cover: 1) the black rose she's holding that looks like it's emerging from her cleavage in the small version. 2) Her arm positioning. This girl COULD look like a badass, but her pose makes her look weak and wishy-washy. 3) She looks like a burlesque dancer. Is she supposed to? There's no blurb out, so I can't tell. 4) Black lipstick 5) Makeup on ONE SIDE OF HER FACE. She looks like she learned makeup from Queen Amidala. No. NO. NO! 6) They put the series info where it draws your eye to her crotch area. Never a good plan. 7) Then there's that mask that has feathers coming our of her damn forehead. Really guys? It makes me think of this.

Soulbroken (Legacy of Tril #2) - Heather Brewer
Thoughts: I am seriously digging the badassery in these covers. On both, the girl looks ready to kick any ass that comes too close. I like this one better than number one by far, too, because the chain mail over her face looks absurd to me. In this one (which is also awesome for being blue), we can see her eyes, and they mean business. Also, you don't see many braids on YA covers and she's rocking it like a boss.

Pretty Sly (Pretty Crooked #2) - Elisa Ludwig 
Thoughts: (So apparently this one came out last week sometime and I missed it, because I'm a failure. However, I am including it now anyway, because I want to.) This girl REALLY needs to learn how to put money in bags.

Dance of Shadows (Untitled Trilogy #1) - Yelena Black 
Thoughts: YA Black Swan? I could read that. *looks up info* *Reads "from the creators of Lauren Kate's Fallen."* Fuck no. (Unless I read some good reviews of it from trusted reviewers.)

The Explorer - James Smythe 

Thoughts:  This is the UK Cover, and it doesn't seem like there is one for the US yet. I like this. It's very science fiction and very simple. I think it's effective and definitely looks classic.

What the Spell? (Life's a Witch #1) - Brittany Geragotelis 
Self-Pubbed vs. Simon & Schuster: It looks like this is another book that started out self-pubbed and then got purchased, since the first cover I found is from Createspace. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I prefer the indie cover. The only thing I really don't like about it is the author name treatment across the model's stomach. I like the font for the title and the setting. Her red shoes are fun and add glam to a chill outfit, which, while I would never wear that, has the benefit of being unique. On the new cover, I do like the title change, but, otherwise, it's just so vapid. I mean, she's wearing those stupid tights that go to your calf. Ugh. No.

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) - Cassandra Clare
Thoughts: First off, I need to rant a little. This was the worst fucking cover reveal process ever. People tweeted about it like 70,000 times as the cover got revealed pixel by pixel. Twitter went insane. Let's not do that shit anymore, okay? There were going to be a bajillion tweets for this cover without the publicity stunt, so why bother? These covers are WORLDS better than the ones for her first series. They're a bit melodramatic for my tastes but whatever. They are eye-catching, and this new one is perhaps the best of the bunch. However, am I the only one that thinks the proportions on the girl's body look a little off, like the messed up in editing somewhere? Check out the left arm for example. Also, could this girl BE any skinnier?

Cover Battle: Tempest (Tempest #1) - Julie Cross

Hardcover vs. Paperback: Well, I like both, even though I loathe skinny jeans. I'm torn, but I'm going with the new one, solely because, if you look at the larger image, it looks like there might be images of different times in some of the rain drops, which is freaking cool if it's true.

Vortex (Tempest #2) - Julie Cross 
Thoughts: Why are they in formal wear? He's in college. Did he go to prom and some fiery time inferno interrupted it, because of course it did? It looks pretty cool, but it is def ridic.

Doomed - Tracy Deebs
Thoughts: Well, it does look like a dystopia and it definitely looks science fiction-y. But does it look a little 1990s to anyone else?

Magical Mayhem - Douglas Rees & Laurie McLean, eds.
 Thoughts: I WANT THOSE GLOVES. I can has? Otherwise, meh. Don't really care.

Traitor (Bridger #2) - Megan Curd
Thoughts: These are really good covers for indie books. The girl definitely looks weak in these, though. On the first book, she's lying down all curled up. On this one, she's in a hoodie all hunched over. I also didn't get the fairy tale aspect from the covers at all. To me, it looks like horror or something.

Coolest Cover of the Week: Soulbroken by Heather Brewer!



Blogger xxrisa said...

I like simplistic covers. Simplistic is good. Either that, or they're Cassandra Clare-good. But her cover reveal was way, way dramatized.

In Bridger... I don't know. I don't really like the font. Or how she looks so weak. Magical Mayhem? What is she, a soap opera star? Gah. Call me over-critical, but, well, I am. Stone Demon: no comment.

July 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Way too dramatized. Clockwork Princess is pretty, I'll grant you. I'm just so frustrated with the insane degree of obsession people have for her stuff.

I actually like the font in Bridger, especially that the letters are all connected, so you could totally walk across it like a bridge. Or something. haha. Not a fan of weakness, though, especially when the MCs are actually strong. Not sure if that's the case here, though, or not.

She does kind of look like a soap opera star. I think it's her makeup. Then again, she could be dancing in the same burlesque show as the girl from Stone Demon, only she took her mask off before the photo was taken.

July 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Steena said...

Across the Universe Redesign 3 - It's ICY because space is cold.

Enduring Light - Why is Mr. Combover sneering at me? What did I do wrong?!

Vortex - Cool couples walk away from explosions.

July 12, 2012 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I do know that space is cold. Lol. And I considered that, but I still think it looks ridiculous.

You stole his gel! You suck!

The cooler you are, the slower you walk away from that explosion.

July 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Nori said...

One of my all-time ever favorite things you have said: Thoughts: Shades of Earth, I'm so sorry this happened to you. The redesigns are so awful! Her older covers were unique and made her books stand out. I can see way less people going to pick up her books now. So not good.

July 12, 2012 at 3:38 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Lol, really? That's the thing that tops the list? Hmmm.

Haha, oh well, I will totally take it. Thanks, Nori. People either love or hate these. The fans seem to think they're clean and more boy-friendly. I just don't agree. Maybe they'll do something new when Shades of Earth comes out in paperback.

July 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that most of these have gone with cover art that closely resembles others in the series/ trilogy. I like my same in series to look different, but have enough in common to look like they belong together. Clockwork Princess has a gorgeous cover and the series' covers as a whole are wonderful. Thank you for sharing all of these.

July 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I have so many feelings!

I'm loving the Dance of Shadows cover. Something about it really draws my eye, and I keep scrolling back up to look at it again.

Is it just me, or does the guy on the Enduring Light cover look a little bit constipated? Not a flattering expression on his face at all...

Oh man, I thought the exact same thing as you when I looked at the Vortex cover: "Is this a prom in hell or another dimension?"

I really dig the Megan Curd's covers. The colors are awesome! I also really love the cover for The Explorers!

Ah, Nature of Grace is Uglies all the way!

July 12, 2012 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

haha, I apologize for my atrocious grammar. It's been a long day, and I didn't proofread first.

July 12, 2012 at 10:01 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I know precisely what you mean. It can be nice when they all look the same but with different colors, but it's boring. It's better when they can do something decidedly different on each but still clearly make them nest together.

July 13, 2012 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I don't think your grammar is all that bad, but I am quite sleepy, so who cares? No one!

Dance of Shadows is a really pretty cover. I went to Goodreads to add it (and to grab the link for the post) and then I read that it was the people who made Fallen, and warning flags went up. I haven't read Fallen but I've heard THINGS.

Yeah, and he doesn't look like an especially attractive dude to begin with. The sneer and freaky hair are not helping matters.

The Explorer cover might have been my second favorite. :)

Glad you also see the Uglies-ness of Nature of Grace. Not just me!

July 13, 2012 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger Giselle said...

SO MUCH PRETTYNESS!! I actually like the redesign of Across the Universe. I didn't at first but when I see it next to the old I definitely prefer these. And Soulbroken I LOVE!!

July 13, 2012 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yeah, I know some people like it. I really like some of the original covers, and I like all of the others more than these. That's just me though. Covers are so subjective.

YES! So beautiful! And badass!

July 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Your cover reveals always make me laugh out loud. I love reading them because 1)I like doing revels as well (probably will have another one up this week, SO many reveals lately) 2) your commentary is the BEST. I love how you say exactly how you feel about it because yeah, some of those covers are beyond atrocious.

And the Mahoney one. Jesus. When I clicked on the link with the chicken I think coffee spurted through my nose.

Keep 'em coming Christina:)

July 16, 2012 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh, and I totally agree about the whole Cassie Clare reveal. I caught onto that freaking madness as well. Please. Just reveal the stupid cover already!:)

July 16, 2012 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yay! That always makes me so happy to hear! I mean, I think I'm funny, but it's good to know other people agree. I also feel all kinds of free to go to town on the covers, because it doesn't necessarily mean anything with regards to the book, you know?

Right? I just kept looking at it and thinking WHY? The Mahoney covers before I liked, even though the girl looked so passive. Where did this come from?

July 16, 2012 at 4:15 PM  

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