Cover Snark (151): All the Cover Reveals, Part 2

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Welcome to Cover Snark, where the people are snarky and the covers quiver in fear.

This week there were SO MANY NEW COVERS, that this is the second post of two. Make sure to check out yesterday’s Cover Snark post too. Warning: your TBR might explode.

Shiny and New:

1. Shallow Graves – Kali Wallace
Shallow Graves - Kali Wallace
Thoughts: Building shallow graves is just asking to become zombie appetizers.

2. Thicker Than Water – Kelly Fiore
Thicker Than Water - Kelly Fiore
Thoughts: I’m afrayed I don’t find the rope very interesting.

3. Map of Fates (Conspiracy of Us #2) – Maggie Hall
Map of Fates (Conspiracy of Us #2) - Maggie Hall
Thoughts: I actually really like this, because pretty dress and spiral stairs, and it’s not the bright pink monstrosity I feared from the teaser stuff.

4. Symptoms of Being Human – Jeff Garvin
Symptoms of Being Human - Jeff Garvin
Thoughts: !!!!!!

5. Behold the Bones – Natalie C. Parker
Behold the Bones - Natalie C. Parker
Thoughts: Lacks the wow factor of Beware the Wild. Also not a fan of the floating eyes. They’re not even successfully creating creep factor for me.

6. My Life with the Liars – Caela Carter
My Life with the Liars - Caela Carter
Thoughts: A scathing assessment of those around her in sidewalk chalk. It all comes out in the wash though.

7. Queen of Blood – Jill Myles
Queen of Blood - Jill Myles
Thoughts: The award for most generic fantasy title goes to.

8. Charlotte Cuts it Out – K.A. Barson
Charlotte Cuts it Out - K.A. Barson
Thoughts: All fierce. Zero dreckitude.

9. Landfall (The Guardian Herd #3) – Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
Landfall (The Guardian Herd #3) - Jennifer Lynn Alvarez
Thoughts: PEGASI! PEGASUSES!

10. The Bombs That Brought Us Together – Brian Conaghan
The Bombs That Brought Us Together - Brian Conaghan
Thoughts: This cover is da bomb.

11. William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge: Star Wars Part the Third (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars #3) – Ian Doescher
William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge - Ian Doescher
Thoughts: Methinks this cover doth sass have.

12. Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here – Anna Breslaw
Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here - Anna Breslaw
Thoughts: THIS COVER SAYS OTP. SCARLETT IS APPARENTLY A KINDRED SPIRIT.

13. Forest of Ruin (Age of Legends #3) – Kelley Armstrong
Forest of Ruin (Age of Legends #3) - Kelley Armstrong
Thoughts: Badass dragon ftw.

14. Secrets Don’t Keep (The Grove #1) – Elora Ramirez
Secrets Don't Keep - Elora Ramirez
Thoughts: Two can keep a secret if one of them is blindfolded by her own hair and wearing a straitjacket.

15. The New Guy and Other Senior Year Distractions – Amy Spalding
The New Guy and Other Senior Year Distractions - Amy Spalding
Thoughts: Is the new guy Harry Potter?

16. Almost Midnight (Shadow Falls: After Dark) – C. C. Hunter
Almost Midnight (Shadow Falls ) - C. C. Hunter
Thoughts: Looks rather bright for almost midnight in a forest.

17. The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home (Fairyland #5) – Catherynne M. Valente
The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home (Fairyland #5) - Catherynne M. Valente
Thoughts: She has a crown on her butt.

18. The Storyteller (The Riverman Trilogy #3) – Aaron Starmer
The Storyteller (The Riverman Trilogy #3) - Aaron Starmer
Thoughts: I CAN BEARLY WITHSTAND THE CUTENESS.

19. Stella by Starlight – Sharon M. Draper
Stella by Starlight - Sharon M. Draper
Thoughts: How does something so intense manage to be so cute too?

20. Daughters of Ruin – K. D. Castner
Daughters of Ruin - K. D. Castner
Thoughts: She looks so ready to meet vicious with vicious. Get ’em, girl.

21. Where You’ll Find Me – Natasha Friend
Where You'll Find Me - Natasha Friend
Thoughts: You’d always find me in that window too. IT’S THE ONLY ONE IN THE HOUSE.

22. Behind the Canvas – Alexander Vance
Behind the Canvas - Alexander Vance
Thoughts: That’s an awesome power, but I would go into a different painting. Like one of unicorns or something.

23. Let Me Walk You Home – Rachel Dukes
Let Me Walk You Home - Rachel Dukes
Thoughts: Me: Awwww, so cute. Me a moment later: HOLY SHIT THIS IS CREEPY AS FUCK.

24. The Asylum Novellas (Asylum) – Madeleine Roux
The Asylum Novellas - Madeleine Roux
Thoughts: Okay, these gif reveals are cool, but I’m never quite sure what the actual cover’s going to look like.

25. Down with the Shine – Kate Karyus Quinn
Down with the Shine - Kate Karyus Quinn
Thoughts: Stop peer pressuring me, cover.

26. Revenge and the Wild – Michelle Modesto
Revenge and the Wild - Michelle Modesto
Thoughts: Fontgasm.

27. Away We Go – Emil Ostrovski
Away We Go - Emil Ostrovski
Thoughts: That tagline was unexpected. I was thinking it was about graffiti and basketball or something.

28. Assassin’s Heart – Sarah Ahiers
Assassin's Heart - Sarah Ahiers
Thoughts: I’m not sure what’s happening on this cover at all, but I give it maroon 5 stars.

29. Reign of Shadows – Sophie Jordan
Reign of Shadows - Sophie Jordan
Thoughts: Just when I was so impressed with the tagline game, this generic one-two punch of title and tagline detracts from an otherwise really interesting, original cover.

30. Take the Fall – Emily Hainsworth
Take the Fall - Emily Hainsworth
Thoughts: Eye-catchingly giant font aside, this cover is a snoozefest.

31. Before & After – Nazarea Andrews
Before & After - Nazarea Andrews
Thoughts: Well damn.

32. The Great Hunt – Wendy Higgins
The Great Hunt - Wendy Higgins
Thoughts: So the girl is a prize. Lovely. This cover is okay, but it’s awkward that I saw this first and I like it better. *sings Mob Song from Beauty & the Beast for days*

33. The Fierce Reads Anthology, Volume 2 (The Fierce Reads Anthology #2) – Tor.com, ed.
The Fierce Reads Anthology, Volume 2 - Tor.com, ed.
Thoughts: Tor.com has the most gorgeous covers of all. And they’re for free things. How even.

34. Burning Glass (Burning Glass #1) – Kathryn Purdie
Burning Glass - Kathryn Purdie
Thoughts: The image just looks kind of half-assed to me. Plus, the necklace as fantasy cover thing seems kind of played out.

35. Bluescreen (Mirador #1) – Dan Wells
Bluescreen - Dan Wells
Thoughts: I feel uncomfortable looking at this cover on my computer. DON’T GET ANY IDEAS, COMPUTER.

36. The Word for Yes – Claire Needell
Word for Yes - Claire Needell
Thoughts: Am I supposed to be thinking of that moment from Pitch Perfect 2?

37. Kingdom of Ashes (A Wicked Thing #2) – Rhiannon Thomas
Kingdom of Ashes (A Wicked Thing #2) - Rhiannon Thomas
Thoughts: The font color doesn’t really match the background to me. It draws my eye to the degree I have trouble looking at anything else.

38. The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) – C. J. Redwine
The Shadow Queen - C. J. Redwine
Thoughts: Pardon me, I have to go watch Blank Space fifty times.

Cover Battles:

1. The Fate of Ten (Lorien Legacies #6) – Pittacus Lore

The Fate of Ten - Pittacus Lore US
The Fate of Ten - Pittacus Lore

US vs. Australian: Ew

2. Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands #1) – Bradley P. Beaulieu

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai - Bradley P. Beaulieu
Twelve Kings - Bradley Beaulieu

US vs. UK: Dual-wielding lady is boss, but I also like the background of the US cover. This is tricky.

3. Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5) – Brandon Sanderson

Shadows of Self (Mistborn #5) - Brandon Sanderson
Shadows of Self - Brandon Sanderson

US vs. UK: The Face of Bo is thrilled to be part of a Mistborn coverNow this is a fucking creepy cover.

4. Zeroes (Zeroes #1) – Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti

Zeroes - Scott Westerfeld US
Zeroes - Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti
Zeroes (Zeroes #1) - Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, Deborah Biancotti

US vs. Australian vs. UK: Major props to the UK for being the only one to not put a zero on it.

5. Safekeeping – Karen Hesse

Safekeeping - Karen Hesse Hardback
Safekeeping - Karen Hesse

US Hardback vs. US Paperback: She looks even less safely kept.

6. Concentr8 – William Sutcliffe

Concentr8 - William Sutcliffe UK
Concentr8 - William Sutcliffe

UK vs. US: I’d go for the eye-burningly yellow UK cover personally. What really bothers me is this title. Someone tells you about this great book Concentrate by William Sutcliffe, but you won’t be able to pull it up on GR. Nope. It’s CONCENTR8.

7. Little White Lies – Brianna Baker & F. Bowman Hastie

Little White Lies - Brianna Baker & F. Bowman Hastie take 1
Little White Lies - Brianna Baker & F. Bowman Hastie

Penguin Random House vs. Amazon: Okay, so I have no idea which one of these covers is most recent. One’s on Penguin Random House’s site and one is on Amazon. Despite the fact the one on the left seems a bit dated, I prefer it for the model’s magnificent side-eye.

8. My Second Life – Faye Bird

My Second Life - Faye Bird UK
My Second Life - Faye Bird

UK vs. US: No contest. Sorry UK, but immediate TKO.

9. Winter’s Bullet – William Osborne

Winter's Bullet - William Osborne UK
Winter's Bullet - William Osborne

UK vs. US: There’s a whole lot of awkward happening here.

10. Chained – Lynne Kelly

Chained - Lynne Kelly hb
Chained - Lynne Kelly

US Hardback vs. US Paperback: Such an interesting redesign, because it’s the same but with this new style. I think I like the new happier-looking one. I don’t want the little elephant to have a bad end.

11. The Shadow’s Curse (The Knots Sequence #2) – Amy McCulloch

The Shadow's Curse - Amy McCulloch hardback
The Shadow's Curse - Amy McCulloch

UK vs. US: UK allll the way. Canada has that cover too. Poor US.

12. Rumble – Ellen Hopkins

Rumble -- Ellen Hopkins
Rumble - Ellen Hopkins

US Hardback vs. US Paperback: Literally none of her other books look like this. What even. I mean, I do like this a lot, but also Hopkins novels look so iconic, so I didn’t expect this redesign.

13. The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us #1) – Maggie Hall

The Conspiracy of Us - Maggie Hall
The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us #1) - Maggie Hall

US Hardback vs. US Paperback: I like them both. The hardback has a bit more zing, but the new one is even more blue and I love blue so *shrug*

14. Lies We Tell Ourselves – Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves - Robin Talley
Lies We Tell Ourselves - Robin Talley

US Hardback vs. US Paperback: The hands on this cover are so awkward. Not really sure what’s up with the strip of wallpaper or ribbon down the middle either. And the title’s not centered. Still, I love the representation on the cover.

WTF of the Week:

Back next week…or whenever the barrage of covers ends.

Choose Your Favorites:

Snarking is fun, but it’s time to give the designers/publishers/authors props (the authors often have no creative say, but hey props are nice). Vote for the covers that really impressed you this week.

5 responses to “Cover Snark (151): All the Cover Reveals, Part 2”

  1. Brigid says:

    8. CUTEST COVER AWARD GOES TO.
    26. Not a big fan of the cover, but boy am I intrigued.
    32. I agree about that tagline.
    14. Please don’t change the cover. The hardback is so moving and it says so much about what you’ll find inside.

    • Christina Franke says:

      26. The cover as a whole isn’t my favorite, but I could live in that font.

      14. Sadly, I don’t control these things. 😉

  2. Katie says:

    Queen of Blood, also known as Rise of the Barbie Waist.

  3. Lyn Kaye says:

    2. but that is a rope…

    4. DUDE, DUDE!!

    7. The hair sucks BUT THAT DRESS!!!
    P.S. OMG, the paperback for this novel is on sale at Amazon – for $7,777.02!!

    19. LOVE IT!

    20. OMG I LOVE HER ALREADY.

    24. RIGHT???

    31. I am totally digging this watercolor trend.

    34. Burning….glass? Is the necklace fake then?
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