Cover Love: Ninth Edition

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Why I always have such a blast putting these posts together, I've not a clue! But, I do! While thinking about doing one, I thought to my self, "nope, not enough time has passed, I don't have a good enough selection." Huh, guess I was wrong! Below are some stunners and some I simply included because, well I am excited to read them. Everything from Sparks (because I kinda' like his writing now!) to Christian fiction, there's an eclectic blend below.

Before we get started, as always,  a disclaimer: just because I am sharing the cover of a novel does not mean I am endorsing an author or book.
  • The colors of this novel are stunning. Plus I admire this series of covers because the heroine is never facing forward. That is unique.

Synopsis: When socialite Emma Crowell stops the carriage on the way to Portland to 'exercise' her fussy poodle, she does not expect to become stranded in the woods in decidedly unsuitable attire. The pair of men who find her decide to take her back to their cave, where they've hidden sheep they rustled from a nearby rancher. The rancher turns out to be Peter Lowery, and he arrives, furious, to retrieve his property. But when he discovers Emma, he does the Christian thing and brings her, her dog, and the thieves back to his cabin. Peter may have to shelter the motley group, but he expects them to earn their keep until he can take them to Bountiful, the nearest town. Emma suddenly finds herself in charge of the house and the care of Peter's imaginative young son Robert. She's surprised to find that she enjoys the challenges of life at the cabin, and feels drawn to Peter. But though willing to learn, no matter how she tries, she can never seem to live up to expectations. As she seeks God's guidance, she faces the picture of womanhood shown by the lady in the 31st chapter of Proverbs. Between that picture and the one of Peter's late wife, Emma must decide who she has been, who she is, and who she really wants to be. What is to be her worth as a woman? What is to be her legacy?
January 2014

  • Had to add these in here! How could I not!? Aren't they gorgeous?! Love how whimsical they are - so unlike how we think of classic literature. (Totally "stole" them from you, Kara! *grin*) 
  • These two novels by Kate Brian intrigue me. I like the composition - especially for book one (Shadowlands) and the colors of both.
Synopsis: Rory Miller thought her life was over when a serial killer set his sights on her and forced her into witness protection. But a fresh start on Juniper Landing Island was exactly what she and her family needed. For the first time in years she and her sister hang out at the beach, gossip about boys, and party together. She's also made friends with a local clique-including a magnetic and mysterious boy named Tristan.
But Rory's world is about to change again. Picturesque Juniper Landing isn't what it seems. The truth about the swirling fog that rolls in each morning, the bridge that leads to nowhere, and those beautiful locals who seem to watch Rory's every move is more terrifying than being hunted by Steven Nell. And all Rory ever wanted was the truth. Even if it means learning that she can never go home again.

From the best-selling author of the Private and Privilege series comes the second novel in a heart-stopping trilogy about a girl who must pick up the pieces after the only life she's ever known ends.
October 2013

  • LOVE this one. It's classy and simple. The best kind.
Synopsis: Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection with her father and sister, Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as a goodbye.
Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children, but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. But just as they're starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again?

  • Again, how charming is this series of cover candy?! (Referring to the above Austen titles.)

  • Don't love this one. Don't hate it either. The colors blend nicely (the shade of her gown is gorgeous!) and its title logo is cool
Synopsis: When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead.

But the search for Lane is not easy, and Katharine soon finds herself embroiled in a labyrinth of political intrigue. And with unexpected enemies and allies at every turn, Katharine will have to figure out whom she can trust--if anyone--to protect her uncle from danger once and for all.

September 2013 
  • Edgy but complimentary to Gail's first book in this series. Interesting for sure... not sure I love how washed out the model is or mixing the gold ampersand with the steely silver and blue...
Synopsis: Sophronia's first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy (won't Mumsy be surprised?). Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.

Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers' quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship's boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a school trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot--one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.

November 2013 

  • This one is just gorgeous! The ampersand is perhaps too "oversized" and therefore more distracting than it should be, but nonetheless, this design is eye-catching and that is what counts.  
Synopsis: The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand. 

September 2013

  • More classics done in watercolor! 
  • Very dreamy but sweet. I like the lights along with the whimsical posing and font.  
Synopsis: Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she'd like to forget completely. But when Callie's mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie's real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.

September 2013

  • New author Jessica Dotta shared her trio of cover candy on her brand-new site and wow! These are lovely. Each one is shaded beautifully and they suit the era well.
Synopsis (Born of Persuasion): The year is 1838, and seventeen-year-old Julia Elliston’s position has never been more fragile. Orphaned and unmarried in a time when women are legal property of their fathers, husbands, and guardians, she finds herself at the mercy of an anonymous guardian who plans to establish her as a servant in far-off Scotland.

With two months to devise a better plan, Julia’s first choice to marry her childhood sweetheart is denied. But when a titled dowager offers to introduce Julia into society, a realm of possibilities opens. However, treachery and deception are as much a part of Victorian society as titles and decorum, and Julia quickly discovers her present is deeply entangled with her mother’s mysterious past. Before she knows what’s happening, Julia finds herself a pawn in a deadly game between two of the country’s most powerful men. With no laws to protect her, she must unravel the secrets on her own. But sometimes truth is elusive and knowledge is deadly.

September 2013 
  • Unique. Very eye-catching and the blue tones - oh, my!
Synopsis: Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux's mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn't, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

October 2013 

  • This is gorgeous! The colors and how the gown flows out, ending in fire is stunning. Not wild about the font or how the "sky" (background") but the concept is rad.
Synopsis: Now that she's gained mastery over her powers as a Soul Seeker, Daire Santos faces her ultimate enemy, the Richters.  But on the horizon is a new and even deadlier foe, a powerful prophet determined to help the Richters bring about the end of the world.  And even worse, the prophet's daughter is someone painfully close to Daire...Dace's ex-girlfriend, Phyre. With the odds stacked against her and foes at every turn, will Daire survive long enough to create the future she desires with Dace, and will love truly be enough to conquer all? Find out in this stunning conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noël’s Soul Seeker series.

November 2013
  •  Totally realize this one is "tagged" but I thought I'd share it nonetheless. I think it could be refined a bit. (Not sure I love the dude lurking in the shadows!) However... there is an idea there that seems befitting of the book.

Synopsis: One house, two two in our sumptuous and enticing YA series about the servants and gentry at Somerton Court.
A house divided...
London is a whirl of balls and teas, alliances and rivalries. Rose has never felt more out of place. With the Season in full swing, she can't help but still feel a servant dressed up in diamonds and silk. Then Rose meets Alexander Ross, a young Scottish duke. Rose has heard the rumors about Ross's sordid past just like everyone else has. Yet he alone treats her as a friend. Rose knows better than to give her heart to an aristocrat with such a reputation, but it may be too late.
January 2014
  • There is some debate over whether or not this is a fan-made cover or "the real deal." Either way, it matches the prior books very well and the gorgeous shades of orange give it some "pop."

Synopsis: What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
October 2013

  • Not "wowed" by this one AT ALL. However, being a Sparks book, I had to add it. So long as he doesn't break my heart (here's looking at you, 'Nights in Rodanthe' or 'Message in a Bottle'), I'm cool with a lacking cover.
Synopsis: Ira Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.
A few miles away, at a local rodeo, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward -- even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans -- a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.
Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

September 2013

  • Don't love, don't hate. The colors are pretty, the scripting (logo design)... not wild about it.
Synopsis: N/A
October 2013

  • Whimsical and cute. The sky is pretty and who could go wrong with the Eiffel Tower!?
Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Julien is a romantic—he loves spending his free time at the museum poring over the great works of the Impressionists. But one night, a peach falls out of a Cezanne, Degas ballerinas dance across the floor, and Julien is not hallucinating.

The art is reacting to a curse that trapped a beautiful girl, Clio, in a painting forever. Julien has a chance to free Clio and he can't help but fall in love with her. But love is a curse in its own right. And soon paintings begin to bleed and disappear. Together Julien and Clio must save the world's greatest art . . . at the expense of the greatest love they've ever known.

September 2013 
  • The reflective, "moodiness" of this one is great. Plus the scatter papers and composition are definite wins! Love this cover.
Synopsis: When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola's rambling Victorian house.Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola's walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola's youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper--the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything for Tandi.

September 2013

...and finally, it's your turn!
Which - if any - do you all think the best of the best.
Have any cover's captured your fancy recently?
Share all below.


  1. I'm crazy about the watercolor covers too!
    Like art meant to be displayed.

    But my ultimate latest fav is Tumble & Fall. I want to leap into that stunning cover.

    1. Me, too, Juju! Aren't they stunning?! I want that series - and I don't even read the classics!

      LOVE Tumble & Fall also. Covers with cool "starry" looks make us, as the reader all the more caught up in them and yes, it looks delightful enough to jump into the story. Too bad it's only wishful thinking. *sigh*

  2. Those watercolor classics covers are lovely!

    1. That they are, Ruth! I kinda want them. :)

  3. Ugh! I think I'm dead :) The watercolor classics are just too gorgeous, I want some now :D I love the Lisa Wingate, Jessica Dotta I must now investigate and Ginny Aiken too. The Shadowlands cover did intrigue me. I want to read that one at some point. Curtsies & Conspiracies I'm definitely looking forward too, I really enjoyed the first book. And I'm hoping that A Spark Unseen will be good, I liked the first okay. The Allegiant cover is lovely. It is the original and real one :D I love these posts!!!

    1. Huh... should that statement be taken in the spirit that you are "dying" from all these pretties. Hope so. ;)

      With you: I WANT THOSE WATERCOLOR book! So pretty.

      Never read Lisa, and Jessica is a debut author this summer from what I understand so... yeah, should be fun! I've read some of Ginny's suspense/mystery novels and really liked them. Chances are this historical series is good also although I've not read them.

      - good to know about Allegiant! I was unsure. :)
      - yay! You liked Gail's first novel. That one interested me, but I didn't read it.
      - am certainly curious about 'Spark' also. Maybe I'll read it sometime.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your faves!

  4. I love the water color covers of the classic book. Their so unique!
    'The Prayer Box' cover is very nice too!

    1. Me, too, Ella! I don't even read classic lit and I kinda want them. May have to see if they can be tracked down. ;)

      Agree. The Prayer Box is sweet. The colors are soothing and I like how pretty on the eyes it is.

  5. I like the the first cover, and the cover of "The Governess of Highland Hall." The home on the cover looks like someplace very interesting to visit with interesting tales within...


    1. When a cover seems to "invite" a reader to become "lost" in its story, that's a good design, Grace! It's always amusing to chat about our favorites...

      Ginny's is really pretty (the purple shades are lovely) and 'Highland Hall' does look like it could hold some secrets and is situated as a lovely place for them to be told. :)

      Thanks for the comment, Grace! Sure appreciate it.

  6. I LOVE these posts and I was just wondering when you were going to do another :) I wasn't a fan of the cover of the first book in the series by Ginny Aiken, but I like this book's cover and the cover of the one before it- and I like the titles, too.

    Love the shades of the Jessica Dotta books. I'd seen the cover for the first novel, but not the others. I think I'll end up reading those :)

    The Governess of Highland Hall is pretty, but it doesn't really stand out from other historical fiction books I've seen.

    I love these posts. Keep 'em coming! (Where do you find all these, by the way? Normally I can't find covers for these books this long before they come out)

    1. Hey, Hayden! Thank *you* for your comments and kind remarks about these posts! I have lots of fun putting them together and enjoy the fun chats they inspire. :)

      Don't remember the look of Ginny's first book in this series (didn't read it either!) but I do seem to remember all three have complimented each other (like the idea of the heroine facing away). Jessica's are stunners; its the shading that calls attention. Have to agree about 'Highland Hall' though. It's pretty... just not all that unique. Sometimes if I LOVE the author, I don't mind.

      I plan on keeping these up so long as you all don't tire of them and publishers continue to publish books. :) As for where I find the covers, really it's everywhere! In Google searches, Amazon, author's sites... just so many places! When I am putting these together, it's kind of like a treasure hunt to find some new pretties. :)

  7. The sad truth...I'm not a big fan of any of these! I've only heard of a few of them before. The Ginny Aiken is vaguely familiar...I think my problem with it is that it's a bit much for me. Too perfect, maybe? Too posed? I'm not sure what. But it vaguely bugs me, though I'm sure it's a lovely book.

    Then the classic covers, especially Austen...oh dear. Nope, sorry...not a fan. Not at all. Strange, I know...but I have an inherent dislike! Rather sad. Then too, Wuthering Heights? I don't mind that one for that book. actually awful, because I was unable to even finish the book (a rarity for me).

    The Gail Carriger book has a rather interesting cover, as does the Alexandra Coutts. "Where the Stars Still Shine" is cute! I like. The Jessica Dotta ones aren't bad, I'd read those! :) "Teardrop" is interesting, but I don't love it. A little too modern for me, I think? Huh. The books by Carrie Turansky and Lisa Wingate are actually ones I might read. :)

    Well, there you go! Rather a downer of a comment, if I do say so myself. But hey, honesty is important, right? ;)

    1. Charity, m'dear, your comment could never be a "downer." That's okay that you aren't fond of this collection - honesty is important. :) And, I am glad you left a comment regardless.

      Yes, I think Rel shared Ginny's with us on Twitter a while back. It is very posed (sort of like a "perfect" work of art) but the colors are pretty and I think it's unique to have the heroine not facing forward.

      Totally understand why some may not like the "watercolor classics." They are very whimsical... and oh, the colors! So pretty. :)

      Love Gail's and Alexandra's. Both are interesting for sure - especially the latter; it's GORGEOUS! Agree, 'Stars' is adorbs (makes me want to maybe read it!) and Jessica's is a lovely series on the outside, hope it is on the inside also. :) Never read anything by Lisa and am unsure about Carrie. The former sounds interesting though!

  8. Thank you SO much for featuring the covers for Price of Privilege! I was thrilled to find them here!

    1. They are stunning, Jessica! I love the shading and the poses. Excited to be introduced into this beautiful world of your new series. :)

      Thank *you* for taking a moment to stop in - appreciate that!

  9. Love the watercolors, such an interesting concept. My other favorite is Ginny Aiken's, I think it's just gorgeous.

    1. Isn't it? I don't even read the classics and I think I want those pretty watercolors, Michelle! They're just... neat!

      Ah, yes! Ginny's is lovely. Those colors... that pose... everything.

  10. Ah, aren't those watercolor covers so pretty?! I just love them. (And you can 'steal' cover ideas from me anytime! I have no problems with that. ;)

    Those Jessica Dotta covers are way cool! Definitely eye-catchers and I like that they compliment one another. Plus the synopsis for the first one is so entirely intriguing!

    The Allegiant cover makes me wish I had liked the first book better. I am not a fan of this series, but am certainly a fan of the covers! I'd love this one sitting on my shelf looking all fiery and awesome.

    I really, really love The Prayer Box cover! The moodiness and the simplicity, yet it has so many little details at the same time. So beautiful!

    If only I could store my books with the cover side always showing. It would make my bookshelf so much classier looking! Alas, I think I'm stuck with the full shelves I have. ;)

    1. ...and here I am finally getting back to you with a proper reply. :)

      Oh, good, Kara! Thanks. I am glad you don't mind - loved those watercolors and for sure, I kinda' want them! Next Amazon shopping spree, I think I'll get a few. Just because they're cool.

      Aren't those novels by Jessica stunning!? Love them - the shading and how they are arranged, just charming. When there are multiple books involved, I like the books to compliment each other also - adds the "final touch" to bring everything all together. :)

      Oh, really!? I am wanting to read this series and picked up the first one a while back. Hoping to read it long before the release of the film.

      Me, too! I don't know that I was wowed by it at first glance but do love it now. :) As you say, I think the mood is great and the colors gorgeous!

      Ooooh! I like your idea of a bookshelf storing books cover side out. Maybe we should invent one that caters to that exact thing! ;)

  11. So I promised to comment so here I am! Sorry for the delay :) There's something I love about all of these except Nicholas Spark's and Sharon Cameron's - don't like them at all.

    Is it just me or does the model on Curtsies & Conspiracies look a lot like Keira Knightley?

    My favs are the classics - eyecatching and different than the usually heavy and dark covers for those books - Horizon and Price of Privilege.

    Lots of fun, Rissi - thanks for posting xo

    1. No worries, Rel! Whenever you have a chance to stop by, I enjoy seeing your smiling face over here. :)

      Agree with you about Nicholas Sparks: I am not a fan of most of his book covers either. In fact, this is probably one of his worst. That's why I usually wait until the books re-release with the film posters - they may all be the "same" (couple locked in an embrace) but they're sure prettier! ;)

      Huh. You are right, the model DOES resemble Kiera! Never noticed that until now.

      Love those classics (I WANT THEM!) and Horizon is just... gorgeous! Also, Jessica's *are* really pretty. Her designer did an excellent job with it; as previously stated, I like how well the entire series matches. So pretty.

      Thanks for dropping by, Rel - enjoyed getting your thoughts. xo


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