Cover Candy, Edition 22

Thursday, March 19, 2015

With the buzz and excitement for the cover reveal of Winter (the fourth book in Marissa Meyer's acclaimed series), I again got to thinking about book cover art. I discovered a few newbies I had not seen and decided I quite liked some of the pretties. This in turn inspired me to share them with you.

Below are a wide variety of YA novels - some new fiction releasing this fall, some with re-issued covers, but all share (hopefully) a commonality: they offer an interesting array of stories.

Let's begin, shall we?

Public Enemies, by Ann Aguirre

Through a Faustian bargain, Edie Kramer has been pulled into the dangerous world of the Immortal Game, where belief makes your nightmares real. Hungry for sport, fears-made-flesh are always raising the stakes. To them, human lives are less than nothing, just pieces on a board.

Because of her boyfriend Kian's sacrifice, she's operating under the mysterious Harbinger's aegis, but his patronage could prove as fatal as the opposition. Raw from deepest loss, she's terrified over the deal Kian made for her. Though her very public enemies keep sending foot soldiers--mercenary monsters committed to her destruction--she's not the one playing under a doom clock. Kian has six months...unless Edie can save him. And this is a game she can't bear to lose. - Goodreads, August 2015
A Million Miles Away, by Lara Avery
When high school senior Kelsey's identical twin sister, Michelle, dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. The only person who doesn't know about the tragedy is Michelle's boyfriend, Peter, recently deployed to Afghanistan. But when Kelsey finally connects with Peter online, she can't bear to tell him the truth. Active duty has taken its toll, and Peter, thinking that Kelsey is Michelle, says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey has no choice: She lets Peter believe that she is her sister.

As Kelsey keeps up the act, she crosses the line from pretend to real. Soon, Kelsey can't deny that she's falling, hard, for the one boy she shouldn't want. - Goodreads, July 2015
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To Get to You, by Joanne Bischof

To get to the girl he loves, Riley Kane must head off on a road trip with the father he never knew. Then pray for a miracle.

Most teens would love to have a pro surfer for a dad. Just not Riley. Abandoned as a kid, he hates the sound of the ocean and the man who gave himself to it.

When the eighteen-year-old learns that his best friend is stranded at a New Mexico hospital as her father fights for his life, Riley hits the highway to head east. But when his Jeep breaks down before he even leaves California, he must rely on the one man he despises to get to the girl who needs him the most. And when it comes to the surfer with the Volkswagen van and dog-eared map, a thousand miles may–or may not–be enough to heal the past.

A story of new beginnings and second chances. - Goodreads, August 2015
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Once Again, by Liz Braswell and Cameron Dokey 

November 2015 
Tangled Webs, by Lee Bross 
London, 1725. Everybody has a secret. Lady A will keep yours—for a price. This sumptuous, scandalous YA novel is wickedly addictive.

Lady A is the most notorious blackmailer in the city. With just a mask and a gown to disguise her, she sweeps into lavish balls and exclusive events collecting the most valuable currency in 1725 London—secrets.

But leading a double life isn't easy. By day Lady A is just a sixteen-year-old girl named Arista who lives in fear of her abusive master, Bones, and passes herself off as a boy to move safely through the squalor of London's slums. When Bones attempts to dispose of his pawn forever, Arista is rescued by the last person she expects: Jonathan Wild, the infamous Thief Taker General who moves seamlessly between the city's criminal underworld and its most elite upper circles. Arista partners with Wild on her own terms in the hopes of saving enough money to buy passage out of London.

Everything changes when she meets Graeden Sinclair, the son of a wealthy merchant. Grae has traveled the world, has seen the exotic lands Arista has longed to escape to her whole life, and he loves Arista for who she is—not for what she can do for him. Being with Grae gives something Arista something precious that she swore off long ago: hope. He has promised to help Arista escape the life of crime that has claimed her since she was a child. But can you ever truly escape the past?
 - Goodreads, June 2015
Manners and Mutiny, by Gail Carriger

When a dastardly Pickleman plot comes to fruition, only Sophronia can save her friends, her school, and all of London...but at what cost? Our proper young heroine puts her training and skills to the test in this highly anticipated conclusion of the rousing, intriguing, and always polished New York Times bestselling Finishing School series! - Goodreads, November 2015 
Young Widows Club, by Alexandra Coutts

For seventeen-year-old Tam, running off to marry her musician boyfriend is the ideal escape from her claustrophobic high-school life on the island, and the ultimate rebellion against her father and stepmother. But when Tam becomes a widow just weeks later, the shell-shocked teen is forced to find her way forward by going back to the life she thought she’d moved beyond—even as her struggle to deal with her grief is forcing her to reinvent herself and reach out to others in ways she never imagined. - Goodreads, November 2015
Davinci's Tiger, by Laura Malone Elliott
Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love.

When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families. - Goodreads, November 2015
Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend,
by Katie Finn
Gemma had her summer all planned out, but it takes sharp turn when she gets dumped and finds herself back in the Hamptons after a five-year absence. Being there puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friend (that is, before Gemma ruined her life). But people don’t hold grudges forever. Do they?

Gemma intends to make amends, but a small case of mistaken identity causes the people she knew years ago—including Hallie and her dreamy brother Josh—to believe she’s someone else. As though the summer wasn’t complicated enough already.

Can Gemma keep up the charade? Or will she be found out by the very people she’s been hiding from? - Goodreads, May 2015
Revenge, Ice Cream and Other Things Best Served Cold,
by Katie Finn

The war rages on between Gemma and Hallie in the second installment of the Broken Hearts and Revenge series.

After the humiliating events on the 4th of July, Gemma's trying to handle the fact that Hallie knew who she was all along, and she was the one who stole Teddy from her. Gemma vows revenge, but things get more complicated than she planned. Ford, Gemma’s long-time crush, has arrived in the Hamptons cuter than ever. Josh is refusing to speak to her after she lied to him, and Teddy is playing champion to his beloved Marsh Warbler (in Gemma's backyard, no less).

Gemma and Hallie find themselves locked in an escalating revenge cycle. Just when Gemma thinks she has the upper hand, the biggest bombshell of all is dropped. And it’s one that threatens to change her life forever. This exciting sequel to Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things To Mend will leave you begging for the third installment. - Goodreads, May 2015
Boy Most Likely To, by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns. - Amazon, August 2015
Signs Point to Yes, by Sandy Hall
The author of A Little Something Different brings you the most adorkable romance ever.

Jane, a superstitious fangirl, takes an anonymous babysitting job to avoid an unpaid internship with her college-obsessed mom. The only problem? She’s babysitting the siblings of her childhood friend and new crush, Teo.

Teo doesn’t dislike Jane, but his best friend Ravi hates her, and is determined to keep them apart. So Teo’s pretty sure his plans for a peaceful summer are shot. His only hope is that his intermittent search for his birth father will finally pan out and he’ll find a new, less awkward home. Meanwhile, at Jane’s house, her sister Margo wants to come out as bisexual, but she’s terrified of how her parents will react.

In a summer filled with secrets and questions, even Jane’s Magic 8 ball can’t give them clear answers, but Signs Point to Yes. - Goodreads, October 2015
Red, by Alyxandra Harvey
Red is the color of Kia Alcott's hair.

It's her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble.
And it's the color of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.

When her latest “episode” gets her kicked out of school, Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It's an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal…including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood.

Ethan knows far more about the dangers of the forest surrounding the estate than Kia can ever imagine. For this forest has teeth, and Ethan is charged with protecting the outside world from its vicious mysteries.

But inside, even the most vibrant shade of red doesn't stand a chance against the dark secrets of the Blackwood family…- Goodreads, March 2015
One Thing Stolen, by Beth Kephart
Set in Florence, Italy, One Thing Stolen follows Nadia Cara as she mysteriously begins to change. She's become a thief, she has secrets she can't tell, and when she tries to speak, the words seem far away.  - Goodreads, March 2015
Drift and Dagger, by Kendall Kulper
As a boy in the late nineteenth century, Mal's only friend was Essie, daughter of the Roe witch, and it was she who discovered that he is a "blank," not affected by magic, setting him on a career as a con artist, traveling the globe in search of a legendary magical dagger that can steal a witch's power. - Goodreads, March 2015
Spinning Starlight, by R.C. Lewis
Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it's hard to escape it. So when a group of men show up at her house uninvited, she assumes it's just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.

Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi's vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.

Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home-a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers' survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?

Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Wild Swans strings the heart of the classic with a stunning, imaginative world as a star-crossed family fights for survival in this companion to Stitching Snow. - Goodreads, October 2015

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 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. - Goodreads, September 2015
A Step Toward Falling, by Cammie McGovern
Sometimes one mistake can change everything.

Emily doesn’t know why she froze. Or why Lucas did too. Afterward, she thought of different ways to rationalize it. But the truth is, they could have helped Belinda, and they didn’t. It’s a mistake they’ll both have to live with.

Sometimes doing nothing is the only way to cope.
Belinda doesn’t want to talk about what happened. Because when she does, it feels like it’s happening all over again.

Sometimes good can come from bad.

Emily and Lucas’s punishment is community service at a center for people with disabilities. People like Belinda. Soon they feel like maybe they’re starting to make a real difference. Like they would be able to do the right thing if they could do that night all over again. Like they could help not only those at the center but also each other.

But when Belinda returns to school, Emily and Lucas have to figure out if they can do anything that will actually help the one person they hurt most.
 - Goodreads, October 2015
Soundless, by Rachelle Mead
From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore.

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.

Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever...
 - Goodreads, November 2015
Winter, by Marissa Meyer
Here is the stunning conclusion to the national bestselling Lunar Chronicles, inspired by Snow White.

When Princess Winter was thirteen, the rumor around the Lunar court was that her glamour would soon be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. In a fit of jealousy, Levana disfigured Winter. Four years later, Winter has sworn off the use of her glamour altogether. Despite her scars, Winter’s natural beauty, her grace, and her gentleness are winning admiration from the Lunar people that no amount of mind-control could achieve.

Winter despises her stepmother, but has never dreamed of standing up to her. That is, until she realizes that she may be the only one with the power to confront the queen.

Can Cinder, Prince Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, Princess Winter, and the palace guard Jacin find their happily ever afters? Fans will LOVE this amazing conclusion to the series. - Goodreads, November 2015
Wendy Darling, by Colleen Oakes
Wendy Darling takes readers far beyond the second star to the right and straight on till morning. It is the story of a girl loved by two men—the steady and handsome bookseller's son from London and Peter Pan, dashing, charming, and dangerous. From the cobblestone streets of London to the fantastical world of Neverland's many secrets, readers will love watching Wendy's journey as she grows from a girl into a woman, and realizes that Neverland, like her heart, is a wild place, teaming with dark secrets and dangerous obsessions. - Amazon, October 2015
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Beastly Bones, by William Ritter
In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, are called upon to investigate the supernatural.

First, a vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens, and a day later, their owner is found murdered with a single mysterious puncture wound. Then in nearby Gad’s Valley, now home to the exiled New Fiddleham police detective Charlie Cane, dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Charlie calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer. - Amazon, September 2015
Truly Madly Famously, by Rebeca Serle
In this romantic sequel to Famous in Love, new Hollywood "It Girl" Paige must navigate love with her co-stars, both on and off screen and all in the public eye.

Lights, camera, love!

After being plucked from obscurity, Hollywood's newest starlet, Paige Townsen, has a hit film to her name and Rainer Devon on her arm. But being half of the world's most famous couple comes with a price, and soon Paige finds herself dodging photographers; hiding her feelings for her other costar, Jordan Wilder; and navigating tabloid scandals that threaten to tear her and Rainer apart-and end her career as quickly as it began.

Rebecca Serle's sequel to Famous in Love is filled with the kind of celebrity drama and swoon-worthy romance fit for the silver screen. - Goodreads, October 2015
Black Widow Forever Red, by Margaret Stohl
This novel features all the thrilling adventure readers will expect from the Marvel brand, backed up by the young-adult cred of #1 New York Times bestselling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe, accessible to old fans and new readers alike, as Stohl weaves an unforgettable story through the world of the Black Widow. - Goodreads, October 2015
Hotel Ruby, by Suzanne Young
When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.

Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn't have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.

The more Audrey learns about the new people she's met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems…

Welcome to the Ruby. - Goodreads, November 2015
Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world.I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black--black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster. - Goodreads, September 2015
Let's geek out together!
Which of these do you like? Either the covers or the stories! Let's talk books.


  1. Ooh, Wendy Darling looks really cool! i'm a sucker for Peter Pan-related stuff. And i cannot wait until Winter comes out!

    1. I agree; that cover is really pretty. I don't think I've ever read a re-telling of Peter Pan but am excited about the upcoming movie, Pan. :)

  2. Ah, such lovely covers! "Winter" is the books I'm most looking forward to (as is most everyone *grin*), but some of these others look awesome, too. I'm particularly interested in Richelle Mead's. Never read anything by her, but "Soundless" looks like it could be an interesting book.

    Thanks for sharing some of this candy, Rissi! :-D

    1. I must confess, I love the idea that I haven't read any of Marissa's books yet; means I don't have to go through the torturous wait. :) I've not read Rachelle's books either, but this one could be really good. I like the cover and the story sounds really unique.

      Thanks for sharing some of your favorites, Grace. :)

  3. I'm so, so excited for Winter! :)

    1. As am I, Kristin, selfishly so, in fact. Since it's the final book once I finally dive in, there will be little to no wait! :D

  4. So many pretty covers and great sounding books. My TBR list keeps growing (it's a good thing) :)

    I've read Stitching Snow so was excited to see Spinning Starlight.


    1. Right?! That TBR will never stop growing. Or it doesn't seem like it will. ;)

      I need to read Stitching Snow sometime since I like fairytales. Both sound interesting.

  5. This is the first description I've seen of Winter. I CANNOT Wait!

    1. Yay! Hope you enjoy, Dawn; it promises to be as epic as the other books. :)

  6. So I'm not normally a fan of contemporary fiction, but To Get to You actually sounds interesting...I may pick that one up.

    AND WINTER! Yes! :D Also, I've read Stitching Snow, so I'm interested in trying Spinning Starlight.

    The cover for Soundless looks intriguing, too.

    AND A BLACK WIDOW NOVEL? I love Marvel and superheroes in general, but I'm not a big comic book person, so an actual novel is too amazing for words.

    1. I think To Get to You will be lovely, Hayden! Joanne has such a beautiful writing style. :)

      I've not tried any of those, Marissa's (which you know) or the "Snow" book. It sounds really good though.

      I agree! I was drawn into that story by the cover for Rachelle's new series. Not interested in her older stories, but this one might be really good.

      Right!? I didn't know a thing about this one and though there is no cover yet, since there is a teaser for it, I *had* to share! Bring it on. :)

  7. Holy cow! Some of these sound just brilliant. I am absolutely going to have to put Wendy Darling, A Million Miles Away, and Da Vinci's Tiger (I love Renaissance/Mona Lisa-inspired fiction!) on my reading list. And The Lunar Chronicles . . . I don't know if they ever made it on but they need to!

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    1. I would 100% agree, Hannah! Some of these stories sound brilliantly divine. "Wendy" has a beautiful cover and "Million Miles" sounds unique (I also thought the "Widows Club" sounded compelling), and "Da Vinci" looks beautiful... so it has to be on the inside, too, right!? :)

      Yay! Another person who hasn't read the Lunar books. I get excited when I discover that because sometimes I feel like the only girl who hasn't. ;)

  8. I love the Once Again and Wendy Darling covers!

    1. Me too, Tammy! They're lovely - and I really like the branches on Once Again. :)

  9. Wow so many of these covers are gorgeous!!! I'm definitely looking forward to To Get to You!

    1. As am I, Laura; Joanne always writes a beautiful story and I've no doubt her contemporary debut will follow suit. :)

  10. Oh oh! SO many pretties and awesome-sounding synopsis' (what's the plural of that word anyway? too lazy to look it up)!!!

    First of all, I AM SO SO EXCITED FOR WINTER!!!!! I don't want to wish time away, but I really, really want to read that book! *sigh* I'm so impatient. :)

    As for covers, Davinci's Tiger is cool! Very different and striking. And all the Throne of Glass novels have fab covers. After they redid the first one and went with the current theme that is. Also, I love the Beastly Bones cover as well! It's as awesome as Jackaby. I think I want both of them just because of their covers! :)

    So many of the others sound really, really good. My tbr is just exploding! But I'm not complaining, mind you. I love it! :D

    1. So (so) many... how to choose!? :)

      Yay for Winter! I'm kind of glad I waited... now I'll be able to binge read.

      I agree! Love "Davinci," it's very eye-catching. Throne of Glass has those kick-butt kind of covers that make the book all the more "tempting" to read. That "Jackaby" series sounds as good as it looks - I like that it's a kind of Sherlock-esque story. :)

      Right!? Mine too! I actually feel a bit "scared" of my books just now. ;)

  11. I'm fully OBSESSED with the covers of Winter and Queen of Shadows! It's probably partially because I'm so excited for the books themselves... :) I hadn't seen some of these before, the pretties!

    1. As am I, Rachel! Bring on these beauties! Is it cool that I'm excited even having not read the series yet!? ;)

      Yay for new pretties! Some of these are MUST-adds to my shelf. :D


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