Cover Candy, Edition 20

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hello, fellow book nerds! I've been thinking about putting together another "cover candy" post during that last week in January and after a quick look-see, I decided nothing cool was out there. Well... a few short days later and everything changed. Finally I am spying some gorgeous new pretties that many of us will want on our shelves or maybe if we don't like the cover, the stories sound brilliant! Quantity, there aren't a lot below, but speaking to quality and author recognition, these are the best of the best.

Either way, I'm a fan of several of these.

You've likely seen several of these, but if there are any you wish to gush over, this is the place. Let's get this first "cover candy of 2015" party started.

As always, you can add the books via the Goodreads links to your TBR shelf, or you know, just go ahead - pre-order those you're MOST excited about. I know I will. *wink*

Never Sometimes Always, by Adi Alsaid

...two best friends, a boy and girl, make a list of the cliché things they will never do their senior year. - Goodreads, August 2015

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The Fixer, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

When sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick is sent to live with her older sister, Ivy, she has no idea that the infamous Ivy Kendrick is Washington D.C.'s #1 “fixer,” known for making politicians' scandals go away for a price. No sooner does Tess enroll at Hardwicke Academy than she unwittingly follows in her sister's footsteps and becomes D.C.'s premier high school fixer, solving problems for elite teens.

Secrets pile up as each sister lives a double life. . . . until their worlds come crashing together and Tess finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy with one of her classmates and a client of Ivy's. Suddenly, there is much more on the line than good grades, money, or politics, and the price for this fix might be more than Tess is willing to pay.

Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Heist Society, readers will be clamoring for more in this exciting new series. - Goodreads, July 2015

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A Matter of Heart, by Amy Fellner Dominy
High school swimmer Abby Lipman is on track to qualify for the Olympic trials when she's diagnosed with a deadly heart condition. Will she give up her dream or risk everything--including her life?  - Goodreads, May 2015

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Lying Out Loud, by Kody Keplinger
Kody Keplinger returns to the world of The DUFF in this brand-new companion novel!

Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend's house every night because she has nowhere else to go.

Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with -- secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.

Ryder's the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can't stand -- a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.

But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually like him. Only there's one small catch: he thinks he's been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she's the girl he's really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy? - Goodreads, April 2015

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P.S. I Still Love You, by Jenny Han

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.

She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.

When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. - Goodreads, May 2015

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Rogue, by Julie Kagawa
Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he'd signed his own death warrant.

Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember's own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George.

A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?
 - Goodreads, April 2015

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Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family. - Goodreads, June 2015

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London Tides, by Carla Laureano

Irish photojournalist Grace Brennan travels the world’s war zones documenting the helpless and forgotten. After the death of her friend and mentor in the field, Grace is shaken.

She returns to London hoping to rekindle the spark with the only man she ever loved—Scottish businessman Ian MacDonald. But he gave up his championship rowing career and dreams of Olympic gold years ago for Grace ... only for her to choose career over him. Will life’s tides bring them back together ... or tear them apart for good this time? - Goodreads, June 2015

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Queen of Shadows, by Sarah J. Maas

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena's epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena's story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world. - Amazon, September 2015

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Nowhere by Here, by Katie McGarry

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she's curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn't mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They're the good guys. They protect people. They're…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club's most respected member—is in town, he's gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it's his shot at his dream. What he doesn't count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home. - Goodreads, May 2015

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A Madness So Discreet, by Mindy McGinnis
Grace Mae knows madness. She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us. - Goodreads, October 2015

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Love, Lucas, by Charlotte Sedgwick

When Oakley Nelson loses her brother, Lucas, to cancer, she thinks she’ll never recover. Between her parents’ arguing and the battle she’s fighting with depression, she feels nothing inside but a hollow emptiness. When Mom suggests they spend the summer in California with Aunt Jo, Oakley isn’t sure that a change of scenery will alter anything, but she’s willing to give it a try.

In California, Oakley discovers a sort of safety and freedom in Aunt Jo’s beach house. Once they’re settled, Mom hands her a notebook full of letters addressed to her—from Lucas. As Oakley reads one each day, she realizes how much he loved her, and each letter challenges her to be better and to continue to enjoy her life. He wants her to move on.

If only it were that easy.

But then a surfer named Carson comes into her life, and Oakley is blindsided. He makes her feel again. As she lets him in, she is surprised by how much she cares for him, and things get complicated. How can she fall in love and be happy when Lucas never got the chance to do those very same things?

With her brother’s dying words as guidance, Oakley must learn to listen to and trust herself again. She soon realizes that second chances are ways to learn from the past, and you don’t always have to leave the past behind to find happiness in the future.
 - Goodreads, May 2015

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Hello, Goodbye and Everything In-Between, by Jennifer E. Smith

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they'll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions. - Goodreads, September 2015

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Trust Me, I'm Trouble, by Mary Elizabeth Summer

Staying out of trouble isn’t possible for Julep Dupree. She has managed not to get kicked out of her private school, even though everyone knows she’s responsible for taking down a human-trafficking mob boss—and getting St. Agatha’s golden-boy Tyler killed in the process. Running cons holds her guilty conscience at bay, but unfortunately, someone wants Julep to pay for her mistakes . . . with her life.

Against her better judgment, Julep takes a shady case that requires her to infiltrate a secretive organization that her long-gone mother and the enigmatic blue fairy may be connected to. Her best friend, Sam, isn’t around to stop her, and Dani, her one true confidante, happens to be a nineteen-year-old mob enforcer whose moral compass is as questionable as Julep’s. But there’s not much time to worry about right and wrong—or to save your falling heart—when there’s a contract on your head.

Murders, heists, secrets and lies, hit men and hidden identities . . . If Julep doesn’t watch her back, it’s her funeral. No lie. - Goodreads, October 2015

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The Road to You, by Alecia Whitaker

Bright lights... Screaming fans... Cute roadies... Country music sensation Bird Barrett is officially on tour. The months flash by in an exciting whirlwind, due--in no small part--to a certain dreamy lighting tech named Kai.

After the tour wraps up, Bird makes the move to LA, finding herself at the center of a trumped-up rivalry with another country music starlet she barely knows. Meanwhile, Kai's out on tour again with an indie rock band and growing distant, and Bird has the label breathing down her neck for a new hit song. Finding true love is supposed to be inspiring, so why does penning the next great country pop ballad suddenly feel so hard?

ABC's hit show Nashville meets The Summer I Turned Pretty. - Goodreads, July 2015

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Crazy Little Thing Called Love, by Beth Vogt

Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple’s journey down the aisle to “I do.”

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future? - Amazon, June 2015

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That's the collection for this Cover Candy post.
Which are your favorites? Have you seen any cover pretties that caught your eye recently?
Let's talk about the cover art below - rant, gushing or anything in -between.
Happy Monday and welcome to February.


  1. Yay for Carla Laureano's.

    1. I thought of you when I saw that one. Hope you enjoy it, Ganise! :)

  2. Yay for Carla! I'm in the middle of Book #2 of her Song of Seare series! And Jennifer E. Smith's looks and sounds lovely!

    1. Hope you enjoy Carla's, Alyssa. I've not read hers yet, but have heard they're great. Enjoy.

      I agree. Jennifer's looks wonderful (as usual) and sounds fun, too. :)

  3. The cover for P.S. I Still Love You looks sweet. I want to read the first book but still haven't gotten around to it. :)

    1. Same for me, Kristin! I've heard Jenny's books are darling, so I'm hoping to read this duology soon. And I agree, P.S. I Still Love You is lovely. :)

  4. Yay! So many pretties! :D

    Mindy Mcginnis' cover is awesome! But not so sure about actually reading it. It sounds a bit...different. Jennifer E. Smith's is as adorable as the rest of her covers! I just love the colors and the outlining and of course the cute couple! :)

    Chantele Sedgewick's is cute, but not amazing. The story sounds really good however!

    Beth Vogt's sounds fabulous and the cover is adorable! I like the blurriness. And the bright colors! I'm excited for Carla's as well! Her cover is sweet. Always like seeing England. :)

    Julie Kagawa's is intriguing. The cover makes me want to see what the story's all about. The fact that it gives so little away is pretty great!

    Mary Elizabeth Summer's covers are fun. The coloring is mysterious which seems to fit the sound of the story. Didn't you read the first one? I was thinking you did and that you may have enjoyed it? Can't recall exactly, but I'm definitely interested in trying this series sometime.

    1. Who doesn't love a good collection of pretties to gush over?! ;)

      Isn't Mindy's epic and creepy and awesome?! I totally loved it (though like you am not sure it's my kind of book). Love Jennifer's - and in fact have loved all of her stuff (cover wise). That sketchy/outline look is darling. I do so like that her covers have a trademark.

      Ditto. I thought Love, Lucas sounded better than it looked... but that's what really matters.

      I've heard that the first book of this series (Julie's) is awesome. But I've not read any of her stories.

      Yes, Mary Elizabeth's are fun! Book one went through a cover change, and it's nice to see book two share similarities. I did read book one and yes, enjoyed it! Not sure I love the sound of what's coming in book 2, but the first novel really throws a ringer into the climax - totally unexpected plot. Points for the element of surprise! :)

      Glad you shared, Kara. As always, thanks for commenting.

  5. Lying Out Loud looks like fun! Really, most of the books on your list do, but that one especially.;)

    1. Yay! Glad you found some newbies to maybe add to that TBR, Amanda. :) I'm excited to see the film adaptation of The Duff, so it might be fun to have a sequel even if only in book form. :)

  6. I literally just squealed (squeaked? I don't know - I sounded like some tropical bird or something!) when I saw that Jennifer E. Smith has a new book coming out - with another whimsical cover! Squee!!

    Thanks for sharing these, dear Rissi. :)


    1. Squealing works just fine. Or squeaked. ;) I haven't even read Jennifer's books, but I'm THRILLED also. Thanks for this goes to you since you introduced me to her books. Now I must read. I agree; this cover is charming and full of whimsy, which I love. Glad hers have that "trademark."

      Thank YOU for commenting. Always good to chat with you.

  7. The Wildflower books look cute, and I like that new cover! That's the first I've seen Vogt's new book. I'm excited to read it! :D

    1. It does indeed! I haven't read book one, but I may have to look into the series. :)

      Beth's novels are always wonderful, so I'm sure this latest will be equally so. Already anticipating it. :)

  8. Hi, Rissi: Thanks for sharing the cover of Crazy Little Thing Called Love. We've tweaked it just a bit -- the new one is up on Amazon now if you want to see it. Still has the bright colors and the fun feeling of motion, but I like the new cover even more. :O)
    Gotta say, the cover of A Madness So Discreet is quite provocative.

    1. My pleasure, Beth. I cannot wait to read your upcoming novel and did see the "tweaked design." I like both although the simpler bouquet is lovely. :)

      It is, isn't it? I will confess though it's likely not my kind of read, Mindy's is gorgeous.

  9. I am so excited to read London Tides - love Carla's writing!

    And the cover for A Madness so Discreet is absolutely gorgeous - and a little creepy, but definitely makes me want to read the book!


    1. I haven't read any of Carla's books however I've been told her novels are a "must." Here's hoping 2015 is the year I experience them. :)

      I agree! 'Madness' is crazy good. Like you say, definitely creepy, but also intriguing. Not sure I'd ever read it, but yeah... it's cool. :)

  10. Ooh, I haven't seen most of these before! I'm fully obsessed with the covers for P.S. I Still Love You and A Madness So Discreet. I can't get over them and I just want them on my shelves NOW. I hadn't even heard of The Fixer and Matter of the Heart, but now I want both!! :D I love these posts of yours, Rissi!

    1. I agree, Rachel! I want several of these just for the covers alone... although most of the plots sound interesting too. :)

      I love your top two picks - those covers are awesome, and am especially curious about The Fixer. It sounds like something I'd love. :)

      Glad you visited, Rachel.

  11. Lots of pretty covers and great sounding books! Will have to see if my library gets any of them, fingers crossed. My 8th grader and I are always on the look out for great new YA books and you listed some that sound fun to read. I've read The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer Smith and it was really good so I bet Hello Goodbye and Everything in between will be great. I really enjoyed Trust Me I'm Lying so can't wait to read Trust Me I'm Trouble!


    1. I think I've been told all of Jennifer's books are good, so like you, I'm eager for "Hello." That cover is so sweet too. Hope you enjoy "Trouble." The first book was fun, so I might read it at some point. :)


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