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Cover Candy, Edition 21

Okay, I know we just recently gushed about some fun cover candy reveals, but the awesome team over at Epic Reads revealed a bunch of covers this week for their fall 2015 round-up and I thought it being Friday and all, we may as well see what favorites we had in this grouping. Plus, the review I was planning on sharing today (a romantic-comedy) just isn't getting written. Question: why don't reviews write themselves? Seems logical to me... we should just think the thoughts and somehow those thoughts should be magically be transcribed to paper. Sounds like an idea to me.

Anyway, back on topic. Below are some new YA covers that have popped up on the Internet - plus Hillary Manton Lodge and Jennifer E. Smith each have a book with a re-design. If you spot any you love, hate or are neutral about, let's talk.
 
Very in Pieces, by Megan Frazer Blakemore  
 

Very Sales-Woodruff is done being a good girl. Done being the only responsible one in a family that’s unraveling. Done being the obliging girlfriend in a relationship that’s sinking. Done saying no to what she wants—like Dominic, her rebellious classmate.

With her mom’s drinking, her dad’s extended absences from home, and her younger sister, Ramona, running wild, the path Very has always seen for herself doesn’t seem to matter anymore. At the same time, Very’s grandmother, a poet known less for her work and more for her exploits with the likes of Andy Warhol and Arthur Miller, is slipping away.

If everything else can fall to pieces, why can’t she?
- Goodreads, September 2015 
 
  
Persuasion, by Martina Boone
 

Grieving the death of her godfather and haunted by her cousin Cassie’s betrayal, Barrie returns from a trip to San Francisco to find the Watson plantation besieged by reporters and ghost-hunters. Some are hoping to see the ancient spirit who sets the river on fire each night, while others are chasing rumors of a stolen shipment of Civil War gold that may be hidden at Colesworth Place. Chaos descends as Cassie hires a team of archeologists to excavate beneath the mansion ruins. But more is buried there than treasure.

A mysterious, magical man appears at Watson’s Landing, claiming the key to the Watson and Beaufort gifts and the Colesworth curse also lies beneath the mansion. With a mix of threats and promises, he engages Barrie and Cassie in a midnight visit, but the spell he conjurs has potentially deadly consequences.

While Barrie and dreamy Eight Beaufort struggle to make sense of the escalating danger and their growing feelings for each other, Barrie has to figure out not only whom to trust, but which gift is more reliable—Eight’s or her own. With millions of dollars and the fate of the founding families at stake, she must choose between what she feels deep in her heart and what will keep her loved ones safe.
 - Goodreads

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Imprudence, by Gail Carriger
 
 
2016
 
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One, by Sarah Crossan
 
 
Tippi and Grace share everything—clothes, friends . . . even their body. Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin sisters, which will find fans in readers of Gayle Forman, Jodi Picoult, and Jandy Nelson.

Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.

But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives.
 - Goodreads, September 2015

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The White Rose, by Amy Ewing


Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.

But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments. - Goodreads, October 2015

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Mirrored, by Alex Flinn


A modern, multi-generational tale of Kendra, the witch from "Snow White," who trains Violet, an ugly, lonely, and heartbroken girl in the 1980s who transforms herself into "the fairest one of all" but still cannot win Greg's heart, and Celine, Greg's daughter with Violet's high school rival, Jennifer. - Goodreads, September 2015

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Ten Thousand Skies Above You, by Claudia Gray


Marguerite Caine has done the impossible, traveling to alternate dimensions with the Firebird—the brilliant invention of her parents, her boyfriend, Paul, and their friend Theo. But she has also caught the attention of enemies willing to kidnap, blackmail, and even kill to use the Firebird for themselves.

When Paul’s soul is splintered into four pieces—pieces that are trapped within Pauls in other dimensions—Marguerite will do anything, and travel anywhere, to save him. But the price of his safe return is steep. If she doesn’t sabotage her parents in multiple universes, Paul will be lost forever.

Unwilling to sacrifice her family, Marguerite enlists the brilliant Theo to help. The two forge a plan to save Paul and the Firebird, but succeeding means outsmarting a genius and risking not only their lives but also the lives of their counterparts in every other dimension.

Their mission takes them to the most dangerous universes yet: a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each leap brings Marguerite closer to saving Paul—but her journey reveals dark truths that lead her to doubt the one constant she’s found between the worlds: their love for each other.
  - Goodreads, September 2015

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Their Fractured Light, by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
 

A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide. - Goodreads, December 2015

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Reservations for Two, by Hillary Manton Lodge


A culinary concoction of taking chances and finding love in the most delectable places

Food writer-turned-restaurateur Juliette D’Alisa has more than enough on her plate. While her trip to Provence might have unlocked new answers to her grandmother’s past, it’s also provided new complications in the form of Neil McLaren, the man she can’t give up.

Juliette and Neil find romance simple as they travel through Provence and Tuscany together, but life back home presents a different set of challenges. Juliette has a restaurant to open, a mother combating serious illness, and a family legacy of secrets to untangle – how does Neil, living so far away in Memphis, fit into to her life?

As she confronts an uncertain future, Juliette can’t help but wish that life could be as straightforward as her chocolate chip cookie recipe. Can her French grandmother’s letters from the 1940’s provide wisdom to guide her present? Or will every new insight create a fresh batch of mysteries? - Goodreads, May 2015


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Ash & Bramble, by Sarah Prineas


When the glass slipper just doesn’t fit…

The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story.

Pin has no recollection of who she is or how she got to the Godmother’s fortress. She only knows that she is a Seamstress, working day in and out to make ball gowns fit for fairy tales. But she longs to forsake her backbreaking servitude and dares to escape with the brave young Shoemaker.

Pin isn’t free for long before she’s captured again and forced to live the new life the Godmother chooses for her—a fairy tale story, complete with a charming prince—instead of finding her own happily ever after.

Sarah Prineas’s bold fairy tale retelling is a dark and captivating world where swords are more fitting than slippers, young shoemakers are just as striking as princes, and a heroine is more than ready to rescue herself before the clock strikes midnight. - Goodreads, September 2015


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Ice Like Fire, by Sara Raasch


It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world. - Goodreads


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You are Here, by Jennifer E. Smith


Emma Healy has grown used to being the only ordinary one in her rather extraordinary family. But when she finds a birth certificate for a twin brother she never knew she had, along with a death certificate dated just two days later, she realizes why she never felt quite whole. She sets off on a trip to visit her brother's grave.

Peter Finnegan, her neighbor, comes along for the ride. Emma thinks they can't possibly have anything in common, but with each passing mile, they find themselves learning more and more about themselves and each other.
- Goodreads

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Truest, by Jackie Lea Sommers  


Westlin Beck is feeling blurry.

Maybe she’s missing Elliot, who’s working from dawn to dusk on his dad’s farm and has no time for his girlfriend. Or Trudy? West’s best friend and car-detailing partner ditched her to be a camp counselor. What’s up with that? Maybe it’s her dad who never seems to put their family first.
Pastor Beck is Green Lake’s most self-sacrificing clergyman. How does he find time to listen to everyone in town, except for his own daughter?

But then there’s Silas Hart. Silas. Silas. Silas. He comes to town with his fancy house and his sad, waifish twin sister and just like that—becomes West’s daily routine. How did that happen? West knows that with Silas, she has not only someone to share her stories with, but someone who has a thing or two to show her. And turns out, she really likes it. Silas makes West feel less blurry.

But what about Silas’s sister? What’s wrong with her? And what about Elliot—the boyfriend she’s supposed to love? West is learning that there are no easy answers. - Goodreads, September 2015


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Which of these - if any, are your favorites?

Happy Friday!

16 comments

  1. So many pretty covers, but I have to admit that "Imprudence" draws my attention the most! Just looks fascinating!

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    1. Gail's covers are always awesome! I have a couple of her books and the detail in them is epic. Makes for a good "drawn" when we're in the book store looking. :)

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  2. There is a lot here to love (hopefully). I think One's cover is really interesting and creative. I'm super exited for Mirrored since I love all things fairy tale. :) Ash & Bramble is super high on my list. Same thing - love fairy tales. And then several of the others are on my tbr. Some of these I still need to read the first book for. Love when you share covers, Rissi!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

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    1. I agree, Tressa - some of these sound really good and I'm hoping they'll be lots to enjoy and love. I didn't know Alex Flinn had a new book coming, so I was happy to discover that and it's fun to know her book will feature Kendra again. The more fairytales the better methinks. :D

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    1. Me too, though will admit I like the first one a smidgeon better. Something about it is really neat. :)

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  4. The cover for One is cute, and the story sounds really intriguing, too!

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    1. That one piqued my interest like none other on this list, Kristin. It sounds crazy unique compared to any of the others I've read, so it might be one to keep an eye out for. :)

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  5. So many pretty covers and a few sequels that I have yet to read the first book in the series!! Ash & Bramble sounds really good. The White Rose is beautiful, but I need to read The Jewel. Ice Like Fire is so pretty, but again I have to read Snow Like Ashes first. Reservations for Two, I LOVE the new cover!! I think this cover goes better with the cover of Book #1. And of course, Jennifer's covers are always gorgeous! Yet, I still haven't read any of her books!

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    1. It's the same for me, Alyssa! I still have to read both Sarah's and Amy's first books before I can read the follow-ups - or I'd like to. Ash & Bramble sounds awesome but then I love anything fairytale related. Hillary's cover is lovely - so swoony, and yes, Jennifer's are always fun. I like that this one is being reprinted to match her covers. Good news is I hadn't picked that one up. Now my copies can match. Same for me. I've not read any of hers either, but Amber says they're awesome, so they must be! :)

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  6. I love the cover of One! So well done. The watercolor effect for Ten Thousand Skies Above You is great, and I love the title lettering of Truest.

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    1. Me too! I'm particularly curious about One's storyline as well. Sounds good. Excellent picks, Heidi. I like that you chose some favorite elements on the designs. :)

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  7. Great covers! I hadn't heard of some of these titles, need to go check into them. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Happy to, Kate. Love putting these together. :)

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  8. Ten Thousand Skies Above You is gorgeous! Ash and Bramble looks fun too. The one I am most looking forward to is Reservation for Two.;)

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    1. Me too, Amanda! I'm reading Reservations for Two next thanks to a review I chose to write for Life Is Story. Cannot wait to see what happens in book two - sounds like a lot of great travel! :)

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