Cover Candy, Edition 23

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Yes, I realize I just put one of these ("Edition 22") together not long ago, but a certain cover reveal called for another post full of pretty book covers - or in some cases, intriguing plots.

Below is primarily a variety of YA novels - some have been out for a while and you've likely seen them, others I just spotted and perhaps will be new to you, and the one specific cover I am most excited about has probably been seen by you all as well (but it *had* to be shared). Hopefully, as always, these share one commonality: they offer an interesting array of stories.

Let's begin, shall we?

Out of Control, by Sarah Alderson

A girl looking to escape her past in New York City ends up on the run from a dangerous conspiracy in this sizzling, high-stakes novel.

When seventeen-year-old Liva came to New York City, all she wanted was to escape the painful memories of her past and finally find a fresh start. Her hopes for a new future were dashed the moment she became the sole witness to a brutal murder. When she’s taken into police custody—supposedly for her own protection—she realizes something isn’t right, but it’s too late. Soon, bullets start flying, and Liva realizes that she is not just a witness, but the target—and she needs to escape before it’s too late.

With the help of a sexy car thief that she met at the station, Liva manages to get away from the massacre unharmed, but now the two of them are alone in New York, trying to outrun and outwit the two killers who will stop at nothing to find them. Liva and Jay are living on the edge, but when you’re on the edge, there’s a long way to fall. - Amazon, May 2015

Red Girl, Blue Boy, by Lauren Baratz-Logsted 
Sixteen-year-old Katie and Drew really shouldn't get along. After all, her father is the Republican nominee for President of the United States while his mother is at the top of the Democratic ticket. But when Katie and Drew are thrown together in a joint interview on a morning talk show, they can't ignore the chemistry between them. With an entire nation tuned into and taking sides in your parents' fight, and the knowledge that--ultimately--someone has to lose, how can you fall in love with the one person you're supposed to hate? - Amazon, October 2015

21 Stolen Kisses, by Lauren Blakely
There were so many reasons that should have kept us apart, least of all, the decade that separated us.
Growing up in New York City, I learned early on that love is a double-edged sword.
Love broke up my parents, love took away my friends, and love -- the big, intense, never-been-like-this-before love -- landed me in therapy.
Now I'm heading to college, and it's time to give love a clean slate again. But, can I really start over when he's still in my life?

Because the one man I've always wanted, is also the only guy I absolutely can't have...
And he wants me just as fiercely.

Can I settle for anything less than the love of my life? - Amazon, May 2015
The Here and Now, by Ann Brashares
Paperback vs. Kindle
Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves. - Amazon, now available
Happily Ever After, by Kiera Cass

Meet Prince Maxon before he fell in love with America, and a girl named Amberly before she became queen. See the Selection through the eyes of a guard who watched his first love drift away and a girl who fell for a boy who wasn’t the prince. This gorgeous collection features four novellas from the captivating world of Kiera Cass’s #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series—two of which appear here in print for the first time—as well as exclusive, never-before-seen bonus content.

This series companion is a must-have for any Selection fan, and includes:
  • The Prince
  • The Guard
  • The Queen (in print for the first time)
  • The Favorite (in print for the first time)
  • Exclusive new scenes from The Selection, The Elite, and The One
  • Introductions to each novella from Kiera Cass
  • A map of Illéa and other illustrations
  • And more!
- Amazon, October 2015
Blood Passage, by Heather Demetrios
When Nalia arrives in Morocco to fulfil Malek's third and final wish she's not expecting it to be easy. Though Nalia is free from the shackles that once bound her to Malek as his slave, she's in more danger than ever before.

Meanwhile, Malek's past returns with a vengeance as he confronts the darkness within himself, and Raif must decide what's more important: his love for Nalia, or his devotion to the cause of Arjinnan freedom.

Set upon by powerful forces that threaten to break her, Nalia encounters unexpected allies and discovers that her survival depends on the very things she thought made her weak. From the souks of Marrakech to the dunes of the Sahara, The Arabian Nights come to life in this dazzling second instalment of the Dark Passage Cycle. - Goodreads, October 2015
Untamed, by A.G. Howard

A post-Ensnared collection of three stories—available in both print and e-versions.

The headlining short story, Six Impossible Things, takes readers into Alyssa’s future, via new and deleted scenes, to offer a deeper understanding of the decisions made at the close of Ensnared. It’s an extended, detailed version of the epilogue and beyond. Two bonus stories, The Moth in the Mirror and The Boy in the Web, delve into the past.

Together, this collection provides a “director’s cut” glimpse into the past and futures of your favorite Splintered characters. - Goodreads, December 2015
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The Chess Queen Enigma, by Colleen Gleason
Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes have reluctantly agreed to act as social chaperones and undercover bodyguards for Princess Lurelia of Betrovia, who has arrived in London to deliver a letter that details the secret location of an ancient chess queen that's been missing for centuries. But when the letter—which will heal a centuries-old rift between England and the Betrovians—is stolen out from under Evaline and Mina's watchful eyes, the two girls are forced into a high-stakes race to ensure they find the chess queen before anyone else does. The Stoker and Holmes series is as culturally popular and compulsively readable as the Sherlock Holmes stories and Dracula were in the Victorian era. - Amazon, September 2015
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How to Be Brave, by E. Katherine Kottaras
Reeling from her mother's death, Georgia has a choice: become lost in her own pain, or enjoy life right now, while she still can. She decides to start really living for the first time and makes a list of fifteen ways to be brave - all the things she's wanted to do but never had the courage to try. As she begins doing the things she's always been afraid to do - including pursuing her secret crush, she discovers that life doesn't always go according to plan. Sometimes friendships fall apart and love breaks your heart. But once in a while, the right person shows up just when you need them most - and you learn that you're stronger and braver than you ever imagined. - Amazon, November 2015
Dream Things True, by Marie Marquart
A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town.

Evan, a soccer star and the nephew of a conservative Southern Senator, has never wanted for much -- except a functional family. Alma has lived in Georgia since she was two-years-old, excels in school, and has a large, warm Mexican family. Never mind their differences, the two fall in love, and they fall hard. But when ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) begins raids on their town, Alma knows that she needs to tell Evan her secret. There's too much at stake. But how to tell her country-club boyfriend that she’s an undocumented immigrant? That her whole family and most of her friends live in the country without permission. What follows is a beautiful, nuanced, well-paced exploration of the complications of immigration, young love, defying one’s family, and facing a tangled bureaucracy that threatens to completely upend two young lives.
- Goodreads, September 2015
A History of Glitter and Blood, by Heather Moskowitz
Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now there is tension between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes, and the mysterious tightropers who arrived to liberate the fairies. But when Beckan's clan is forced to venture into the gnome underworld to survive, they find themselves tentatively forming unlikely friendships and making sacrifices they couldn't have imagined. As danger mounts, Beckan finds herself caught between her loyalty to her friends, her desire for peace, and a love she never expected. This stunning, lyrical fantasy is a powerful exploration of what makes a family, what justifies a war, and what it means to truly love. - Amazon, July 2015

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Dorothy Must Die Stories (Paperback Novella Bind-up)
Danielle Paige

Available Now
Nancy Drew (Re-Issues)

In Stores Fall 2015
Has to be Love, by Jolene Perry

Years ago, Clara survived a vicious bear attack. She's used to getting sympathetic looks around town, but meeting strangers is a different story. Yet her dreams go far beyond Knik, Alaska, and now she's got a secret that's both thrilling and terrifying--an acceptance letter from Columbia University. But it turns out her scars aren't as fixable as she hoped, and when her boyfriend begins to press for a forever commitment, she has second thoughts about New York. Then Rhodes, a student teacher in her English class, forces her to acknowledgte her writing talent, and everything becomes even more confusing--especially with the feelings she's starting to have about him. Now all Clara wants to do is hide from the tough choices she has to make. When her world comes crashing down around her, Clara has to confront her problems and find her way to a decision. Will she choose the life of her dreams or the life that someone she loves has chosen? Which choice is scarier? - Amazon, September 2015
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The Bronte Plot, by Katherine Reay
Victoria Seward makes a living finding rare books through means that aren’t always on the up-and-up. But if it makes the clients happy, who is she really hurting? After all, everything always turns out all right in the end. At least it does in her favorite books, the ones her absent father sends every year on her birthday, no matter where he is.
When her unorthodox behavior ruins her relationship with her boyfriend James, Victoria knows something has to change—she has to change. Enter Helen, a wealthy client seeking a companion for her trip to England to purchase antiques, and who just happens to be James’s grandmother. Helen has secrets of her own, secrets that help her relate to Victoria more than anyone can guess.
As Victoria and Helen travel across England, Victoria suspects there is more to this trip than Helen lets on. When Helen’s health falters, Victoria reaches out to James, reigniting feelings that were never truly extinguished.

Everything comes to a head at Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, when hidden offenses rise to the surface. Victoria’s happy ending is within reach—if she can step out of the literary world and into the life that’s been waiting for her all along. - Amazon, November 2015  

Between the Notes, by Sharon Huss Roat

After Ivy is forced to move to "the wrong side of the tracks" due to economic hard times, she discovers that not everything—or everyone—is what they seem, even herself. Fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen will love this funny, poignant, and relatable story.

When Ivy Emerson's family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what's to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Forced to give up her allowance, her cell phone, and the window seat in her lilac-colored bedroom, Ivy moves with her family from her affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, aka "the wrong side of the tracks." Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when the bad-boy-next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy's carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.

Once things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some surprising new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. And she may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.

Extraordinary Means, by Robyn Schneider
John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park in this darkly funny novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Beginning of Everything.

Up until his diagnosis, Lane lived a fairly predictable life. But when he finds himself at a tuberculosis sanatorium called Latham House, he discovers an insular world with paradoxical rules, med sensors, and an eccentric yet utterly compelling confidante named Sadie—and life as Lane knows it will never be the same.

Robyn Schneider's Extraordinary Means is a heart-wrenching yet ultimately hopeful story about the miracles of first love and second chances. - Amazon, May 2015
The Truth About My Success*, by Dyan Sheldon
Paloma Rose is sixteen and already a major TV star. She has money, franchises, adoring fans?—?and an agent and parents who are dependent on her success to sustain their very comfortable lives. But all that could come to an end when Paloma becomes more famous for her bad behavior than for her acting and her show’s sponsors threaten to cancel the upcoming season if things don’t improve. Meanwhile, Paloma’s worried agent happens upon Oona Ginness working in a coffee shop. Maybe she’s not as tall or as blond as Paloma, but details aside, they really might be twins. So a plan is born: What if they send Paloma to a brat camp to become a better person and put the malleable and much nicer Oona in her place? Oona thinks it’s a stupid idea, but the money is hard to resist, given her family’s dire circumstances. What does she have to lose? Of course, plans don’t always work out the way they’re supposed to. . . .
- Amazon, June 2015
*Hardcover re-release
Happy Again, by Jennifer E. Smith
Ellie O'Neill and Graham Larkin fell hard for each other when a misspelled email address unexpectedly brought them together. Now, over a year has passed since they said goodbye with the promise to stay in touch, and their daily emails have dwindled to nothing. Ellie is a freshman in college and has told herself to move on, and Graham has kept himself busy starring in more movies, as well as a few tabloid columns. But fate brought these two together once before—and it isn't done with them yet.

In this sequel novella to This Is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. Smith revisits two beloved characters to tell the story of one magical night in Manhattan. When Ellie and Graham come face to face once more, can they get past the months of silence and the hurt feelings to find their happily-ever-after again? - Goodreads, April 2015
The Geography of You and Me (Paperback Release), by Jennifer E. Smith
Now Available!
The Lies about Truth, by Courtney C. Stevens
In the same vein as Gayle Forman's I Was Here comes a novel from the gifted author of Faking Normal, Courtney C. Stevens, about hope and courage and the struggle to overcome the pain of loss.
Sadie Kingston is living in the aftermath. A year after surviving a car accident that killed her friend Trent and left her body and face scarred, she can't move forward. The only person who seems to understand her is Trent's brother, Max.

As Sadie begins to fall for Max, she's unsure if she is truly healed enough to be with him. But Max looks at her scars and doesn't shy away. And Max knows about the list she writes in the sand at the beach every night, the list of things that Sadie knows she must accomplish before she can move on from the accident. And while he can help her with number six (kiss someone without flinching), she knows she's on her own with number three (forgive Gina and Gray) and the rest of the seemingly impossible tasks that must be made possible before she can live in the now again.  - Amazon, November 2015
Some Kind of Normal, by Juliana Stone
What is Normal?

For Trevor normal was fast guitar licks, catching game-winning passes and partying all night. Until a car accident leaves Trevor with no band, no teammates and no chance of graduating. It's kinda hard to ace your finals when you've been in a coma. The last thing he needs is stuck-up Everly Jenkins as his new tutor--those beautiful blue eyes catching every last flaw.

For Everly normal was a perfect family around the dinner table, playing piano at Sunday service and sunning by the pool. Until she discovers her whole life is a lie. Now the perfect pastor's daughter is hiding a life-changing secret, one that is slowly tearing her family apart. And spending the summer with notorious flirt Trevor Lewis means her darkest secret could be exposed. - Amazon, May 2015
Storm, by Amanda Sun

After almost a year in Japan, Katie Greene has finally unearthed the terrible secret behind her boyfriend Tomohiro's deadly ability to bring drawings to life—not only is he descended from Kami, the ancient Japanese gods, but he is the heir to a tragedy that occurred long ago, a tragedy that is about to repeat.

=Even as the blood of a vengeful god rages inside Tomo, Katie is determined to put his dark powers to sleep. In order to do so, she and Tomo must journey to find the three Imperial Treasures of Japan. Gifts from the goddess Amaterasu herself, these treasures could unlock all of the secrets about Tomo's volatile ancestry and quell the ink's lust for destruction. But in order to complete their quest, Tomo and Katie must confront out-of-control Kami and former friend Jun, who has begun his own quest of revenge against those he believes have wronged him. To save the world, and themselves, Katie and Tomo will be up against one of the darkest Kami creations they've ever encountered—and they may not make it out alive. - Amazon, June 2015

A Refuge at Highland Hall, by Carrie Turansky
October 2015
The Husband Maker (e-book covers) Series, by Karey White

(Do you like these covers better than the paperbacks? I think I do!)
...and that's a wrap!
Do you have any favorites? Have you spotted any covers recently that jumped out?
Let's talk all things bookish below.


  1. Oh my gosh -- some of these look SO good! Especially Red Girl Blue Boy -- that one sounds hilarious ;) I'm going to have to come back later today after I finish my homework and add these to my TBR list.

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    1. That's one of my favorites as well, Hannah! I read Not in the Script from the "If Only" line and it was darling, so I do hope this one follows suit.

      Hope that homework went well for you. Always a good feeling what that task is complete. :)

  2. Hurray for Katherine Reay and Carrie Turansky!
    The Chess Queen Enigma looks like fun. (as do quite a few of the others;))

    1. I CANNOT wait to get my hands on Katherine's book, Amanda! It sounds and looks splendid. :)

      Same for me - many of these are going on my possible "to-be-read" virtual list. Which is all I need. ;)

  3. I am in love with those Nancy Drew covers!!!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. ...aren't they spectacular, Missie!? I want them all... even if I don't ever read them. ;)

  4. The Bronte Plot for the win! Can't wait for that one!

    Did you notice that Ann Brashares' book cover looks similar to Victoria Bylin's Together with You? It's just flipped, like a mirror image, but it caught my eye. That's interesting...

    Again, can't wait for Katherine's new book. It sounds so good!

    1. You and I both, Cassie. The excitement for Katherine's is off the charts. Or whatever that phrase is. :D

      You know, I thought Ann's cover looked familiar... now thanks to you I know why! That IS interesting. I think I like how the image was used much better on Victoria's, whereas I prefer the e-book cover for Ann's. :)

      You and I both. Bring on November...! :)

  5. I just noticed that the couple embracing on the cover of The Here and Now by Ann Brashares is the same as Together with You by Victoria Bylin, plus some color enhancements and a photo reverse! Must be a stock image....

    Great cover candy! Love all the design elements.

    1. You are so right, Heidi. I like the way the concept was done on Victoria's - especially since hers is an adult book, and prefer Ann's e-book cover. :)

      Me too; there are some neat concepts being put together. :)

  6. Ahhhh my first glimpse into The Bronte Plot. SO EXCITED!

    1. Woo-hoo! Isn't it spectacular, Kara!? We were gushing over it on Twitter the other day, which inspired this post - who cares if I didn't have any other covers: I *had* to share The Bronte Plot! :)

  7. The new Nancy Drew covers are such fun! Very excited about these, will they be updating the stories too do you think?

    1. Aren't they, Ruby!? I love(love) the vintage vibes. I didn't read the books as a kid, but bought a TON as gifts, so seeing them in new covers is fun. As for updated stories... I don't know. I know some books do go that route, but considering these are kind of "classics" (in their genre/era), I don't know if they'll risk it. What about you?

  8. Oo, these all sound so good! Especially that first one, 'Out of Control'. I also really like the new Nancy Drew covers! And seeing Reay's new book coming reminds me I have to read Lizzy & Jane soon. These are always so fun! Thanks for sharing, Rissi. :)

    1. I thought so too, Bekah; but then I like "mystery" stories. I guess Out of Control is actually already out in the U.K, but it's being released in the States now, which means we can read it. :)

      Ooo, I hope you enjoy Lizzy & Jane and of course, The Bronte Plot promises another fantastic story. Cannot wait.

      Thanks for joining in, Bekah. :)

  9. So many pretty book covers, most my library hasn't listed yet but they will. I didn't like the Alice in Wonderland series I really wanted to but it just didn't grab me. Maybe I need to reread it, sometimes a book doesn't grab me the first time but then the second time around I like it. Does that ever happen to you?

    I'm on the blog tour for Some Kind of Normal! :)


    1. There are some pretties here, Shannon! Love all the neat concepts designers are coming up with - it seems like this would be a fun job. :) Definitely! I've had books that don't grab me as well. That's why sometimes I try hard to look for the good and write a review that reflects that, because somewhere there is the right audience. :)

      Hope you enjoy Some Kind of Normal. :)

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    1. That's high on my anticipated cover list, too, Ganise. Those covers aren't too shabby. :)

  11. Aaaahhhhh!!!! So many pretties! My eyes can't look at them all quick enough! ;)

    I DO like Karey White's ebook covers better. The paperbacks look nice, but these are just a little more striking. Then again, I do tend to favor bright colors....

    Of course, you know I LOVE The Bronte Plot. That goes without saying, yes? ;)

    I also love Untamed. That's a series that looks fabulous together! Plus the stories sound epic and awesome. I really want to read them soon!

    Those Nancy Drew's are just cool.

    I love Jennifer Smith's as well! (Which you already knew as well, right? ;) I actually picked up The Geography of You and Me as a paperback version over the weekend and can I just say it's even more cute in real life? And the story is delightful! many others are lovely too! But those are the ones that stuck out the most. :)

    1. Right!? That's how I feel when gathering these too, Kara - like where to look? How to find them all!? :)

      Karey White: I agree. These covers have more "pop" and are certainly more eye-catching in my opinion. Well said.

      Katherine Reay: LOVElovelove The Bronte Plot. We can never say that TOO much. ;)

      A.G. Howard: I'm super curious about that series as well. I think I have the first one, so note to self: get readin'.

      Nancy Drew's are EPIC. Love those re-issues.

      As for Jennifer's, I'm the same. Tempted to get that as well however since I have the hardcover, I shall attempt to resist. ;) I'm glad it's cuter in person - I've no doubt of that!

      ...thanks for dropping by. Always fun to get your favorites, friend. :)

  12. So, so fun! You know how I love these posts of yours. Lots here to think about and add to my tbr. I hadn't seen the new covers for Karey White's The Husband Maker series. The first cover I don't really like, but the other two I do. I actually have the paperbacks of those in the old covers. I really liked that series!

    1. I like that these covers of Karey's "pop" more. If I remember right, the paperbacks are in black and white with one item and text spotlighted in color!? I think those are the right covers...

      Glad you found some new books to add to your TBR. Happy reading! :)


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