I’ve Got You Covered (10)

As I try to focus more on writing, maintaining a weekly post as massive and labor-intensive as Cover Snark was no longer feasible. However, I love sharing covers with you guys, so I’m now sharing my favorite cover art finds. These will mostly be forthcoming titles, but since I only post once a month on average, some will already be available for purchase. Obviously, cover art taste is subjective, but I hope you enjoy! And there may just be a little snark and silliness in there like old times. 😉

Middle Grade

1. Naked Mole Rat Saves the World – Karen Rivers

Kimpossibly cute.

2. The Dark Lord Clementine – Sarah Jane Horwitz

I will bend the knee.

3. Remarkables – Margaret Peterson Haddix

The kid walking in creepy woods thing is done a lot, but the house shape adds interest, as does that title treatment.

4. More to the Story – Hena Khan

Everything about this is just so blissful and shining. If you can look at this without feeling lighter, you’re a darker soul than I.

5. Pavi Sharma’s Guide to Going Home – Bridget Farr

Notes, watch, binoculars, and a determined expression. I love her already.

6. The Fresh New Face of Griselda Torres – Jennifer Torres

Deeply concerned at all those very breakable teacups and open lipsticks on the floor while she’s caring boxes up to her eyeballs. This will not end well.

7. Ember and the Ice Dragons – Heather Fawcett

I feel like this art style reminds me of something I watched as a little kid, and it makes my heart happy. Any idea what I’m thinking of?

8. Hazel’s Theory of Evolution – Lisa Jenn Bigelow

My face looks weird with huge glasses, and I’m so jealous about those fabulous red frames I cannot even aspire to.

9. Jinxed (Jinxed #1) – Amy McCulloch

ROBO-PUMBAA!!!!!!

10. Cape (The League of Secret Heroes #1) – Kate Hannigan

You can run, you can hide, but you can’t es-cape the cute

11. The Tornado – Jake Burt

Much Tornado About Nothing

Young Adult

1. Technically, You Started It – Lana Wood Johnson

Looks like a graphic novel, which could be why I’m so drawn to it. Or maybe it’s her amazing yellow and black outfit with the stunning pink hair idk. This one just came out on Tuesday!

2. Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legacy of Orïsha #2) – Tomi Adeyemi

Endless appreciation for a girl with a marvelous, killer side-eye.

3. Reverie – Ryan La Sala

Fantasy birds a-flockin’.

4. The Boy Who Steals Houses – C. G. Drews

Okay I find the fetal positioning super strange but the background of keys, the colors, and the art are all fantastic, so we’ll just ignore that. Actually, maybe he’s sitting, but the tilt makes it look like he’s curled up in the fetal position so idkkkkkkk. Out now (in Australia)!

5. Dark and Deepest Red – Anna-Marie McLemore

I swear her covers get more gorgeous with every single book. Some kind of dark magic, no doubt, and I’m not complaining one bit.

6. It’s My Life – Stacie Ramey

♫ It’s my life. It’s now or never. I ain’t gonna live forever. I just want to live while I’m alive. ♫

7. Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic #1) – Rin Chupeco

There aren’t that many covers that focus on the font these days, and omg I forgot how fucking much I love them.

Adult

1. Chilling Effect (Untitled Space Opera #1) – Valerie Valdes

You had me at cats in space with little cat space helmets still sitting on/in boxes.

2. Conviction – Denise Mina

PUT. THE. ANCHOR. BACK. The sea can keep it. Out now!

3. The Great Unexpected – Dan Mooney

Adorable Odd Couple vibes, and they’re both stylish. Guy on the right has an amazing look head-to-do, and guy on the left has a rainbow scarf!

4. Bringing Down the Duke (A League of Extraordinary Women #1) – Evie Dunmore

Serious Mary Poppins on a carousel horse vibes. You absolutely cannot convince me this wasn’t made specifically for me.

5. The Bromance Book Club – Lyssa Kay Adams

This combines two joys: a man’s ass in fitted jeans and romance novels. Bless.

6. The Swallows – Lisa Lutz

Between the bird (without the bees but still) and the cherries, the title takes on new meaning.

7. Would Like to Meet – Rachel Winters

I love how much she appears to be knocking that coffee on him on purpose. This is the calm before the storm. Initially I typoed that as “clam,” which is a really fascinating mental image.

8. A Little Light Mischief (The Turner Series #3.5) – Cat Sebastian

A little light boob graze. TBH the photoshop shows in some places, but I don’t even care.

9. Escaping Exodus – Nicky Drayden

Barney but make it fashion.

10. Odsburg – Matt Tomkins

Literally have never heard of the press that’s publishing this, but damn did they do an amazing job.

11. Reading Quirks: Weird Things That Bookish Nerds Do! – The Wild Detectives

This looks amazing, but also who even put that there for them? Do they have a butler? And I’m pretty sure I would knock that over and make the hugest mess.

12. Success: Discovering the Path to Riches – Napoleon Hill

I’ve got the this-cover-is-gorgeous-but-I-would-never-read-this-so-I-can’t-have-the-pretty blues.

Winner Take All by Laurie Devore

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Winner Take All by Laurie DevoreWinner Take All by Laurie Devore
Published by Imprint on January 30, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 330
Format: eARC
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For Nell Becker, life is a competition she needs to win.
For Jackson Hart, everyone is a pawn in his own game.
They both have everything to lose.

Nell wants to succeed at everything—school, sports, life. And victory is sweeter when it means beating Jackson Hart, the rich, privileged, undisputed king of Cedar Woods Prep Academy. Yet no matter how hard she tries, Jackson is somehow one step ahead. They’re a match made in hell, but opposites do attract.

Drawn to each other by their rivalry, Nell and Jackson fall into a whirlwind romance that consumes everything in their lives. But when a devastating secret exposes their relationship as just another game, how far will Nell go to win?

Visceral and whip-smart, Laurie Devore’s Winner Take All paints an unflinching portrait of obsessive love, toxic competition, and the drive for perfection.

Winner Take All came out over a year ago, so you can tell I’m super on top of this whole book reviewing business. Based on the average rating, this book has been very divisive, which I’m not one iota surprised about. Winner Take All is somewhat difficult to describe because, if someone had described the plot to me, I would not have read it, and I would have missed out. The best description I can render is that it feels like Jessica Darling meets One Tree Hill, which wasn’t something I would have ever thought I needed until I read Winner Take All. It’s sharp, incisive, painful and somehow also shippy through all of that.

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Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

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Ayesha at Last by Uzma JalaluddinAyesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
Published by Berkley on June 4, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
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A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.

Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn't want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.

Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.

Some people might say there are too many Pride and Prejudice retellings in the world. Personally, I think that’s impossible, and I especially love the retellings set in non-white communities that we’ve been getting recently, like Pride by Ibi Zoboi. Even keeping a number of elements the same, there’s so much that’s fascinating in what an author chooses to keep and what an author chooses to adapt or leave out. In Ayesha at Last, Jalaluddin delivers a Pride and Prejudice retelling that feels fresh and original, and I enjoyed every moment of it.

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Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sapphire Flames by Ilona AndrewsSapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #4, Catalina Baylor Trilogy #1
Published by Avon on August 27, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrew comes an enthralling new trilogy set in the Hidden Legacy world, where magic means power, and family bloodlines are the new currency of society…

In a world where magic is the key to power and wealth, Catalina Baylor is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, and the Head of her House. Catalina has always been afraid to use her unique powers, but when her friend’s mother and sister are murdered, Catalina risks her reputation and safety to unravel the mystery.

But behind the scenes powerful forces are at work, and one of them is Alessandro Sagredo, the Italian Prime who was once Catalina’s teenage crush. Dangerous and unpredictable, Alessandro’s true motives are unclear, but he’s drawn to Catalina like a moth to a flame.

To help her friend, Catalina must test the limits of her extraordinary powers, but doing so may cost her both her House–and her heart.

Can we just stop and reflect for a moment about how talented writing team Ilona Andrews is? They consistently have some of the most original, creative, and well-thought-out urban fantasy world building out there. They write strong, dark characters with complex motivations and emotional landscapes better than just about anyone. Their romances are shippy as hell. Sapphire Flames opens the Catalina arc of Hidden Legacy, and, damn but it’s good.

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Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews

Iron and Magic by Ilona AndrewsIron and Magic by Ilona Andrews
Series: The Iron Covenant #1
Published by NYLA on june 26, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 380
Format: eBook
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No day is ordinary in a world where Technology and Magic compete for supremacy…But no matter which force is winning, in the apocalypse, a sword will always work.

Hugh d’Ambray, Preceptor of the Iron Dogs, Warlord of the Builder of Towers, served only one man. Now his immortal, nearly omnipotent master has cast him aside. Hugh is a shadow of the warrior he was, but when he learns that the Iron Dogs, soldiers who would follow him anywhere, are being hunted down and murdered, he must make a choice: to fade away or to be the leader he was born to be. Hugh knows he must carve a new place for himself and his people, but they have no money, no shelter, and no food, and the necromancers are coming. Fast.

Elara Harper is a creature who should not exist. Her enemies call her Abomination; her people call her White Lady. Tasked with their protection, she's trapped between the magical heavyweights about to collide and plunge the state of Kentucky into a war that humans have no power to stop. Desperate to shield her people and their simple way of life, she would accept help from the devil himself—and Hugh d’Ambray might qualify.

Hugh needs a base, Elara needs soldiers. Both are infamous for betraying their allies, so how can they create a believable alliance to meet the challenge of their enemies?

As the prophet says: “It is better to marry than to burn.”

Hugh and Elara may do both.

Even though ten books is a really long series, I was sad to see Kate Daniels come to an end. I mean, it’s one of my absolute favorite urban fantasy series of all time, alongside October Daye and The Others, both of which you should read by the way. Obviously, I was thrilled about this spin-off series, even if I did do a puppy head tilt at Hugh d’Ambray as the MC. Spinoffs can be a tricky and disappointing business, but based on book one this one’s gonna be off the hook.

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