Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

It feels like it has been a while since I have done a cover lover post, and there still isn’t a lot to post but here goes anyways. For a change, let’s start with the young adult books. This first one is from Kate Elliott. Buried Heart is the third book of her Court of Fives series, and it is due out on July 25th.

buried-heartIn Buried Heart, the country is in disarray, as the Commoner class are in the midst of a revolt against their Patron overlords. But the real enemy is approaching from foreign lands, and Jessamy must find a way to unite the country and save the people she loves. In this thrilling conclusion to the trilogy, Jessamy finds herself in a war against her beloved Prince Kalliarkos.

Next up is One Blood Ruby, the next book in the Seven Black Diamonds series from Melissa Marr. This one will be out on February 28th.

one-blood-rubyNow that Lilywhite Abernathy is the heir to the Hidden Lands, everything is about to change.

The Queen of Blood and Rage wants Lily to help broker peace with the human world, but Lily knows that harmony won’t come easily. After decades of waging war on the humans, who cost the queen her firstborn daughter, the fae are struggling to accept Lily, a half-human monarch. And the humans, while no match against faery affinities, will hardly agree to the queen’s détente without resistance.

Lily wants to be a fair ruler but fears having to abandon the life she’s known to do so. Now that she and Creed are more than just fellow Black Diamonds—operatives for the queen—her priorities have shifted. But her worries about assuming the throne are derailed when it becomes clear that someone—or some fae—is masterminding violent attacks to discourage peace.

Author Wen Spencer is starting up a new series early next year, and the first book is called The Black Wolves of Boston. It has a release date of February 7th.

the black wolves of boston.jpgSilas Decker had his world destroyed when he was attacked by vampires outside of New Amsterdam. He rebuilt his life a dozen times in the last three hundred years—each time less and less successfully. Now he lives alone, buried under a hoarding habit, struggling to find some reason to wake up with the setting of the sun.

Eloise is a Virtue, pledged to hunting evil.  What she doesn’t know is how to live alone in a city full of strangers who know nothing about monsters.

Seth is the sixteen-year old Prince of Boston, ward of the Wolf King.  Now he is left in a city that desperately needs his protection with enemies gathering all around.

Joshua believes he is a normal, college-bound high school senior.  His life is shattered when he wakes up in a field, covered with blood, and the prom committee scattered in pieces about him like broken dolls.

These four must now come together to unravel a plot by Wickers, witches who gain power from human sacrifices and have the power to turn any human into their puppet. Four people who lost everything struggle to save Boston by saving each other.

The second book from Bec McMaster‘s Dark Arts series will be called Hexbound, and it will be released this October 18th.

hexboundVerity Hastings has a little trick; she can find anything, no matter where it’s hidden. It’s a skill that’s kept her safe and fed all the way from the orphanages and workhouses of her youth. But when she steals a mysterious item for a masked man, she knows the con is on her this time.

In order to protect herself from his associates, she can turn to only one person: Adrian Bishop, the sorcerer she stole the relic from.

Scarred recluse, Adrian Bishop, is rarely surprised anymore. But when a rather enticing little handful turns up on his doorstep claiming to be his mysterious thief, he doesn’t know what to think. He needs the relic back, no matter the cost, and he’s not above using Verity to find it. But as Verity begins to sneak under his guard, for the first time in years there’s a ray of light in his dark world. He will do anything to protect her–anything–but can Verity ever love him once she learns the truth of his darkest secret?

And the final one for today comes from Gini Koch. Alien Nation is the 14th book of her Katherine “Kitty” Katt series, and it will be out on December 6th.

alien nation.jpgIt’s a typical day of bureaucracy and stress for President and First Lady Jeff and Kitty Katt-Martini, made more stressful when alien spacecraft are spotted making a beeline for Earth, none of them from the Alpha Centauri system…or, what Kitty calls Wednesday.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much here for me to get excited about, either in terms of how they look or how much I want to read them. Will you be picking any of these up?

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7 thoughts on “Cover Lover – 5 New Titles

  1. Emma says:

    Is it just me or are book covers just becoming mundane and just so-so?
    Nothing seems to wow or pop off the page. Very disappointing 😦

    • kaleigha says:

      There hasn’t been anything in a while that would stop me in my tracks and make me even want to read the blurb, except one I saw at Walmart yesterday. It was a book from Kevin Sands called Mark of the Plague, and I actually stopped and said “oooh, pretty”. If it wasn’t young adult, I think I would’ve bought it for the cover alone.

      • Emma says:

        I’m with you Kaleigha, book covers have turned into something that I’m just not sure about.
        I try not to allow my purchases to be lead by the prettiness of the cover, but if the cover doesn’t make any sense to me, as in; it doesn’t add up with the blurb and the title, then I’m more than likely to walk away and pick up a book from an author I already know and love.
        Kit Rocha’s covers are one of only a few that I still adore…I’ve lost faith in covers over the last year or so. Sadly authors are loosing renewal of contracts because the art departments are trying!

        • alex says:

          I think most self and indie-pubbed books don’t have the same caliber cover art, typography and overall design as traditionally published books. Though that doesn’t explain the Kresley Cole and J.R. Ward covers Kaleigha mentions farther down.

          I like the cover for Alien Nation and most of the art for that series. I picked up #1, Touched By An Alien, last week and, 30 pages in, like it for the most part. Has anyone read these? If you have anything good or bad to say about the series I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  2. kaleigha says:

    Look at the recent debacles from Kresley Cole and J.R. Ward, too. Two major series and that is the best they can come up with. I can forgive something that doesn’t appeal to me but still looks well done, but those things are just all around ugly.

  3. cheryl says:

    I can’t wait to check out the new Wen Spencer series and of course, the guilty favorite of Gini Koch. I just love the long stories and snarkiness of Gini Koch Alien series.

  4. pals20 says:

    I liked the blurb for Hexbound (Dark Arts #2) by Bec McMaster. It reminded me of Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan which is really, really good. Also this is book 2 so I think I’ll go check out book 1 now. Has anyone read book 1 in this series?

    I also liked The Black Wolves of Boston’s cover. It looks vaguely sinister.

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