Cover Candy: First Edition

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I am just going to say it: I am a book-a-holic. 

There are SO many novels that I have stacked by my bookshelf (which means it is full) that I am excited to read! (And that is saying nothing about those that are "pre-orders.") Right now, I've even overwhelmed myself with the books I have to read and write reviews for but I am also enjoying the opportunity to discover new authors and new styles of writing. Taking a journey in most of the books has been memorable. I am randomly putting together this quick look at some of the books I am looking forward to in the upcoming months. Take a peek: 

  • I have not yet decided whether I like Alexander's writing or not. Initially I would have said that I loved her debut series but then I was not as thrilled by her second and in fact had to force myself to finish it. This new series has me curious because it "looks" different so for that, I am willing to give her prose another try. 

  • Ah! Cora and Will and Pierre - could this be the next love triangle in which we are asked to pick a "team"? I don't know but what I do know is that I CANNOT wait to get my hands on this, the second book in popular author, Lisa T. Bergren's new series. The first was stunning. 
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  • 1.) Did you all know how much I loved the first novel in teen fiction writer, Keira Cass' series? Not only does The Elite sound glorious but how gorgeous is this cover!? Way cooler than The Selection
  • 2.) Never read any of these novels/author but this was intriguing cover art... not sure I like the color blends but over all, it's eye-catching
1.) Synopsis: N/A 

April 2013
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  • 1.) Not sure what I think of this art (again, never read the author, so I am not recommending) but it's... interesting. The "washed" out look doesn't really work in this scenario though the flowing, flowery script is pretty (plus the gown!). 
  • 2.) Having read several of Julie's novels, I am curious to see where she goes next given that she recently said "good-bye" to her stand-by characters, the O' Connor family. 
2.) Synopsis: Jilted by a fortune hunter, cowgirl Cassidy McClare is a spunky Texas oil heiress without a fortune who would just as soon hogtie a man as look at him. Hoping a summer visit with her wealthy cousins in San Francisco will help her forget her heartache, Cassidy travels west. But no sooner is she settled in beautiful California than Jamie McKenna, a handsome pauper looking to marry well, captures her heart. When Jamie discovers the woman he loves is poorer than he is, Cassidy finds herself bucked by love a second time. Will Jamie discover that money can't buy love after all? And can Cassidy ever learn to fully trust her heart to a man?
April 2013

  • A newcomer on the scene, Michelle Madow enchanted me with her debut novel Remembrance. It was both sweet and clever, and in that same spirit will I hope to find her second full-length novel. 

  • Though I have yet to read Meyer's novel, Cinder (it's on my TBR-ASAP pile), to say I'm curious about this series is an understatement. Bring on the fairy-tales. 
Synopsis: Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. 

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.  
February 2013

  • The new name in the world of Christian fiction, Dani Pettrey's debut novel was one of, if not my favorite novel of 2012. You can understand then, why, I am anxious to get a hold of book two! 
Synopsis: Piper McKenna couldn't be more thrilled that her prodigal brother, Reef, has returned to Yancey, Alaska, after five years. But her happiness is short-lived when Reef appears at her house covered in blood. A fellow snowboarder has been killed--but despite the evidence, Reef swears he's innocent. And Piper believes him.

Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he's also sworn to find the truth. Piper is frustrated with his need for facts over faith, but he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth may mean risking Landon's career.

With Piper waging her own search, the two head deep into Canada's rugged backcountry--and unexpected complications. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step.
February 2013

  • This isn't a novel I am leaning one way or another towards but doesn't the cover scream "elegance"? 

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  • 1.) Janice Thompson took me by surprise with her HILARIOUS "Weddings by Bella" series first then more recently her beautiful take on the Titanic, and so it's no surprise that I am also excited she has a brand new series releasing that will introduce new characters but also re-visit those fun-loving "Bella" characters. Love the cover. CAN. NOT. wait. 
  • 2.) Susan May Warren's conclusion to the 'Daughters of Forutne' series. 'Nuff said. 
Synopsis: Feisty wedding photographer Hannah McDermott has dealt with her share of difficult brides. But none can compare to the ultimate Bridezilla she's dealing with now. Still, she's trying desperately to impress Bella Neeley, Galveston Island's most sought-after wedding planner, so she can take the top spot in Bella's list of recommended photographers--a spot currently occupied by her arch-rival, Drew Kincaid. What she doesn't count on, however, is falling head over heels for the competition.
February 2013

Synopsis: The golden age of Hollywood is in the business of creating stars. Rosie Worth, now starlet Roxy Price, has found everything she’s wanted in the glamour of the silver screen. With adoring fans and a studio-mogul husband, she’s finally silenced the voices—and grief—of the past. Her future shines bright…until the fated Black Friday when it all comes crashing down. When Roxy loses everything, she finds herself disgraced and penniless. Her only hope is to join forces with Belgian duke Rolfe Van Horne, a longtime film investor. But Rolfe is not who he seems, and he has other plans for Roxy and her movies—plans to support a growing unrest in Europe, plans that could break her heart and endanger her life.

When her country needs her, will she have the courage to surrender her glittering world and her one true love?

March 2013 

  • YES! A new novel by Kathleen Y'Barbo. 
Synopsis: May 1887--Flora Brimm is determined the fifth time is the charm. Back home she has a reputation as "Fatal Flora," a woman whose previous four fiancés died in untimely accidents. Flora is desperate to marry, because producing an heir is the only way she can keep her family's estate. She's confident this visit to Eureka Springs with her grandmother will help her land a husband.

Pinkerton detective Lucas McMinn is hot on the trail of Will Tucker, the thief who broke his sister's heart. When he discovers the slippery fellow with Flora, he thinks they are in on the devious plot together. Will Flora be able to convince Lucas of her innocence? Will Lucas catch the elusive Mr. Tucker?
And, more importantly, will Lucas survive if he pursues Flora's heart?
March 2013

So there are my picks... what are some of the books - or anything, that has a release date you are looking forward to? Do share below.

Happy week, friends!


  1. Prepare yourself for a long comment:
    All of those covers were absolutely lovely! All those dresses that I wish I could steal from them :D I'm looking forward to Grave Consequences because I want to enjoy the story and that cover looks so mysterious and wonderful! The there really anything to be said on that subject? I'm dying to read it :D Clockwork Princess drew me in with the cover. I had a friend who had recommended the series and I've read the first book, it was alright although I didn't agree with a couple things. It's set in late 1800s England. And the plot was pretty good, I'll be trying to get to the second book merely so I can read the third :P Would you suggest Michelle Madow? I had seen a review for her book and had been interested. Perhaps I'll try it. Cinder was good, very interesting and unique! I think that it reaches to a lot of different readers, my dad listened to it on audio and really enjoyed it, to my surprise! I really want to know where the author will go in Scarlet and what new mysteries will be brought into view :D I had seen Dani Pettrey's book...and I really do need to read it! Janice Thompson did a wonderful job with The Weddings By Bella series, I hadn't heard until now of this new series and I must read them! She does a wonderful mix of comedy and romance :D I hadn't heard that she did one about the Titanic, I must go check that one out. Another must, I must read Susan May Warren's books. So many of them look like ones I'll love! I'm really looking forward to Tahereh Mafi's sequel book, (the first being Shatter Me) Unravel Me, which comes out in February! The first was really well written and it's my most looked forward to book next year (other than The Elite) in YA fiction. I'm also looking forward to Melanie Dickerson's third book, Jessica Day George has a retelling of red Riding Hood coming out in December, and Elizabeth Camden has a new book out already, I just haven't gotten my hands on it yet. Whew...sorry that was a bit long :P Do a post like this again Rissi! I loved it! Sierra
    Keep growing beautiful!

    1. YES! Who doesn't like LONG comments. You are awesome, Sierra. :)

      On the whole, these covers are ALL stunning (wishing we could raid the closest of all these characters? Methinks that would be an excellent idea. ;D Commenting on certain ones...

      I CANNOT wait for 'Consequences.' Book one left us hanging and now I am anxious to see where the rest of the story goes - even though I know being the middle part, things will be unresolved again! *sigh* AS for 'Elite'... nope, nothing more can be said save for: WHERE IS MARCH!? Looking forward to Cinder (will probably review unless I hate it). Dani's debut was wonderful so anticipation for the follow-up books is there!

      I am curious about the 'Clockwork' series but not sure that I am enough as to pick them up... I'll have to decide.

      Michelle Madow: Yes, I'd recommend her writing. (If you like "time travel" or reincarnation scenarios.) I was skeptical but it's done really well and to my surprise, the novel was fairly clean. Plus, it's a sweet story to boot.

      Sounds like you have some great must-reads coming also! :) I have Elizabeth's novel but have to read it yet - hopefully next week. I so want the prose to revert to her debut novel so I've got my finger's crossed. Oh! And I saw George's novel up on Amazon - it caught my eye so I'll have to look into it. That's saying nothing about Melanie's gorgeous design for her new book - it's striking!

      Thanks for your feedback, Sierra - I appreciate it and will hope to do more posts like this in the future. I've already put up another "Christian fiction" one. :D

    2. Love your long comment, Sierra! Feel free to drop by my blog and share your long thoughts ;-)

  2. Lovely! The cover art themselves are gorgeous!!

    1. Aren't they though, Kellie!? In general, I like them all. :)

  3. There are some gorgeous covers here! I just have to say, though, that I wish the ribbon didn't cut across the model's face on the "Timeless" cover the way it does -- it is awkward! :P

    1. I know, right!? I love seeing books I am anticipating for the first time - the cover is important.

      I'd agree with you about Timeless. I liked it from the first but there was always something that seemed... awkward.

      SO glad you dropped by, Ruth!!!

  4. Such a fun post, Rissi!

    I'm psyched for Grave Consequences - can't wait!! :)

    I'm still debating on whether I should try The Selection and The Elite (when it releases)... The covers themselves are just so gorgeous!! Hmmm...might have to go on my Christmas wish-list...we'll see!

    I actually have Unearthly (the first book in that angel series) on my iPod as an audiobook, which I bought after listening to Legend and fancying myself on an audiobook-streak... Unfortunately, that streak ended when I tried listening to Insurgent at some later point. I really enjoyed Divergent, but for some reason that second book on audio didn't impress me - and though the narrator was good, she kind of annoyed me. But if you're looking for a fabulous audiobook, I thought Legend by Marie Lu was awesome!! And I'll have to give Unearthly a try some time. :)

    I recently bought Remembrance for $2.99 for my Kindle, so I'm eager to give that a try! The cover for Timeless is so different, but I think I like it, especially the mysteriousness of it. :) (Although I agree with Ruth about the awkward ribbon!)

    I've been hearing so many good things about Cinder that I might just have to add that to the wish-list, too!! And of course Shattered looks great. :)

    Love that cover for Duchess - still have to read Heiress!

    OK, I'm done with the long comment now. :) I love talking books!


    1. It was fun to do - sometimes, I need to do something different and enjoy something "simple." Thank you for taking a look and commenting, Amber! Love your input.

      As to your first thought: SO AM I! Cannot wait.

      If you liked The Hunger Games, you should like The Selection. It's similar but less "intense." Rachel M. thought it reminded her of the biblical tale of Esther also. I didn't get that vibe while reading but in retrospect can see the comparisons. Also, I thought Remembrance was charming. It wasn't all that complex in its prose (I prefer that) but was still a sweet happy-ever-after. Enjoy! (I'd agree with Ruth also - the cover needed to be edited a bit.)

      Girl, you have to read Heiress! I will not be able to wait to read what you think. :) I'd also be curious to know what you thought of Unearthly. I've never tried audio books... they just don't hold much appeal.

      Long comments are my favorite - never apologize! Talking books is the BEST! Love it. :)

  5. Those covers are just gorgeous, Rissi! I think my favorite is Grave Consequences. :D

    1. It sure is! It's mysterious and elegant all at once, Rosie. Love that - means it should be a page-turner. :D

  6. Those book covers are sooo eligant.
    The grand tour series looks good.The covers remind me a little bit of Downton Abbey.

    1. The "Grand Tour" series was off to an excellent start, Ella with book one. The story's themselves have a 'Downton' vibe but do stand on their own.

      I love checking out new cover art. It could mean the difference between a good or bad read. ;D

  7. My gosh.

    I CANNOT wait one second longer for Clockwork Princess. I mean, march? really? that's like a lifetime away.


    1. So you are a fan of the 'Clockwork' books then, Rachel? I haven't read them but have seen reviews for the novels. Perhaps - someday, I'll read them. :)

      SO glad to see your name here, girl - hope things are still going okay with you. :)

  8. O
    I love it all.
    We have similar book cover taste.

    1. Cool, Juju! I am always up for some gorgeous "cover candy." :D

  9. Just found your blog and have to tell you I'm a book-a-holic too, with a cover fetish at that =) When I see new covers I'm like a kid at Christmas! I'm dying to read Grave Consequences, Love at Any Cost and Duchess and the covers make me drool! I haven't read anything by Tamera Alexander but the cover really is gorgeous. I really like the cover to Clockwork Princess too, although I haven't actually read the series. My sister assures me I'd love it though so maybe I'll give it a chance soon.

    1. Me too, Liz! I love looking at all the stunning new book concepts and am in fact, usually "glued" to the computer screen as I take a look. Love it!

      Tamara Alexander isn't an author I love but she's a good writer.
      The first "Grand Tour" book was enchanting so obviously I am *dying* to get 'Consequences.' :D Duchess is just stunning and I hope that will carry through in the prose / story.

      Hm... good to know about the 'Clockwork' series. I've not read any of those and haven't decided if I will or not...

      Thank you bunches for the follow - I appreciate it and hope you visit often. :)

  10. I loved Cinder! 2012 seems to be the year of fairytale re-tellings, tv and book wise. ^^

    1. And isn't it fabulous, Renu!? I am so giddy about all these fairy-tale re-tellings. Makes me happy. :)

      So glad you stopped by!


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