Cover Candy, Edition 25

Friday, June 5, 2015

Hello. Tonight I randomly put together another edition of cover art pretties I ran across or covers that were recently revealed. So, what's my motivation behind the covers I share below? Basically, it comes down to the covers that catch my eye. This doesn't always mean I love them, but they do make me look again.

Once I've collected those, I "weed" through the covers that I feel have an interesting synopsis - maybe not for me, as a reader (meaning I might not pick it up), but interesting nonetheless. Then, I put them all into this post and await your verdicts. Without further ado, let's take a look at some not-so-popular, some much hyped and otherwise, generally awesome books coming later this year (and beyond)!

Queen, by Aimee Carter

Kitty Doe is a Blackcoat rebel and a former captive with a deadly connection to the most powerful and dangerous man in the country, Prime Minister Daxton Hart. Forced to masquerade as Daxton's niece, Lila Hart, Kitty has helped the Blackcoats take back the prison known as Elsewhere. But Daxton has no intention of ceding his position of privilege—or letting Kitty expose his own masquerade. Not in these United States, where each person's rank means the difference between luxury and poverty, freedom and fear...and ultimately, between life and death.

To defeat the corrupt government, Kitty must expose Daxton's secret. Securing evidence will put others in jeopardy, including the boy she's loved forever and an ally she barely trusts. For months, Kitty's survival has hinged on playing a part. Now she must discover who she truly wants to be, and whether the new world she and the rebels are striving to create has a place in it for her after all. - Goodreads, November 2015

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Until We Meet Again, by Renee Collins

Cassandra craves drama and adventure, so the last thing she wants is to spend her summer marooned with her mother and stepfather in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. But when a dreamy stranger shows up on their private beach claiming it's his own—and that the year is 1925—she is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making.

As she searches for answers in the present, Cassandra discovers a truth that puts their growing love—and Lawrence's life—into jeopardy. Desperate to save him, Cassandra must find a way to change history…or risk losing Lawrence forever. - Goodreads, November 2015

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Mila 2.0: Redemption, by Debra Driza

Mila has been running for her life for so long. But there might be nowhere left for her to go. Especially now that she’s an incredible danger to herself and anyone who dares get close to her.

That’s why Mila has gone into hiding with her friend, tech expert Lucas. She can’t take the risk of hurting people worse than the way she hurt Hunter: the boy she’ll always love, the boy who might never forgive her for what she’s done.

But then Mila discovers that General Holland has plans that are an even bigger threat to humanity than she is. Mila must make a choice: either push aside her fears and fight him with everything she’s got...or turn her back on the world forever.

This last book in Debra Driza’s exhilarating and thought-provoking MILA 2.0 series will surprise and thrill readers to the very end. - Goodreads, February 2016

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Keeper of the Stars, by Robin Lee Hatcher

She blames him for her brother's death. Can she let go of resentment and open her heart to love?
Penny Cartwright found it difficult to understand why her younger brother would choose to join a country singer’s band rather than return to Kings Meadow after college . . . and the separation strained their relationship. Then a car accident made certain her brother could never return.

Trevor Reynolds has chased stardom in Nashville for more than a dozen years, but it remains out of his reach. After an accident kills his young drummer, Trevor goes to Kings Meadow to keep a promise—and perhaps to discover what truly matters in this life.

Thrown together by circumstances, Penny and Trevor must learn to give and receive forgiveness. And if they do, perhaps something beautiful can rise from the ashes of heartbreak. - Amazon, January 2016

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When We Collided, by Emery Lord

Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.

Vivi and Jonah couldn't be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi's zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there's something important Vivi hasn't told him.

Perfect for fans of E. Lockhart and Jandy Nelson, When We Collided is a powerful story of two teens whose love is put to the test by forces beyond their control. - Goodreads, 2016

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The Mirror King, by Jodi Meadows

Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies.

HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right.

HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.

HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.

In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen. - Goodreads, April 2016

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Castle of Sighs, by Jennifer Murgia

Some secrets cannot be kept—in life or in death.

Months have passed since Rune has heard a single whisper from her long-dead mother, the great witch of Bavaria. But the absence of one evil has only made room for another.

After rightfully inheriting her ancestral home, Pyrmont Castle, Rune settles into a quiet life taking care of two orphans left in the wake of the terrible witch hunt that claimed dozens of lives in the nearby village. As the days grow colder, the castle’s secrets beckon and Rune finds herself roaming where no one has set foot in a long time. In the bowels of the fortress is a locked room full of memories that hang like cobwebs—shelves stacked with jars, strange specimens, putrid liquids, and scrolls of spells. Rune is undeniably drawn to what she finds there, and she begins to dabble in the possibilities of magic, hoping to find a cure for the strangeness overwhelming the castle.

As secrets unspool, the delicate thread of Rune’s world is threatened when she realizes the key may lie in the dark forest she once called home and the boy she thought she knew. - Goodreads, September 2015

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When I Wake, by Elizabeth Norris

Winter's Bone meets Boardwalk Empire. It takes place in present day, but in a world where Prohibition was never repealed. Seventeen-year-old Maya Whitaker is forced into working as a criminal informant for the Feds in an effort to take down the current king of organized crime, despite the fact that she's falling in love with his heir apparent, nineteen-year-old Charlie Hollier. - Goodreads, 2015

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The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz

Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself—because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of—a woman with a future. Inspired by her own grandmother’s journal, Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz relates Joan’s journey from the muck of the chicken coop to the comforts of a society household in Baltimore (Electricity! Carpet sweepers! Sending out the laundry!), taking readers on an exploration of feminism and housework; religion and literature; love and loyalty; cats, hats, and bunions. - Goodreads, September 2015

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Breakaway, by Kat Spears

Kindle vs. Hardcover / Paperback
From Kat Spears, author of Sway, comes a new novel that asks the question: when a group of four best friends begin to drift apart, what will it take to bring them back together?

When Jason Marshall's younger sister passes away, he knows he can count on his three best friends and soccer teammates—Mario, Jordie, and Chick—to be there for him. With a grief-crippled mother and a father who's not in the picture, he needs them more than ever. But when Mario starts hanging out with a rough group of friends and Jordie finally lands the girl of his dreams, Jason is left to fend for himself while maintaining a strained relationship with troubled and quiet Chick. Then Jason meets Raine, a girl he thinks is out of his league but who sees him for everything he wants to be, and he finds himself pulled between building a healthy and stable relationship with a girl he might be falling in love with, grieving for his sister, and trying to hold onto the friendships he has always relied on.

A witty and emotionally moving tale of friendship, first love, and loss, Breakaway is Kat Spears at her finest.
 - Goodreads, September 2015

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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. - Amazon, October 2015

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The Corridor, by A.N. Willis

Infinite worlds. Endless possibilities . . .

Stel Alaster has never known life without the Corridor. It appeared suddenly seventeen years ago, the only portal to a parallel version of our world—Second Earth. Everyone on First Earth fears Mods, the genetically modified Second Earthers who built the Corridor. They are too smart, too strong, and have powers that can’t be controlled. Any Mod found on First Earth is branded, then detained in the Corridor’s research labs.

Only Stel has a dangerous secret. She has a power, too: She can open a portal to Second Earth . . . and several other parallel universes she’s discovered. If anyone ever finds out, she’ll be imprisoned, no better than a Mod or common lab rat.

But when the Corridor starts to fail, emitting erratic bursts of energy that could destroy First Earth, Stel must risk everything to save the people and world she loves. With the help of an escaped Mod and an infuriatingly arrogant boy from a third universe, Stel sets out to unravel the mysteries of the Corridor and stabilize it before it’s too late. The fate of every world lies in the balance. . . . - Goodreads, June 2015

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The Sea Keeper's Daughters, by Lisa Wingate

From modern-day Roanoke Island to the sweeping backdrop of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains and Roosevelt’s WPA folklore writers, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny.

Restaurant owner Whitney Monroe is desperate to save her business from a hostile takeover. The inheritance of a decaying Gilded Age hotel on North Carolina’s Outer Banks may provide just the ray of hope she needs. But things at the Excelsior are more complicated than they seem. Whitney’s estranged stepfather is entrenched on the third floor, and the downstairs tenants are determined to save the historic building. Searching through years of stored family heirlooms may be Whitney’s only hope of quick cash, but will the discovery of an old necklace and a Depression-era love story change everything? - Amazon, September 2015

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...and that's it. Which are your favorites? Covers? Stories?

Any and all of your thoughts are most welcome.
Thanks for visiting happy readers.


  1. Oo, so many upcoming lovelies! Especially 'Until We Meet Again', 'When I Wake', 'Black Widow', and 'The Sea Keeper's Daughter' sound really good to me. Thanks for sharing yet another amazing cover candy edition, Rissi! :)

    1. Until We Meet Again and When I Wake are both HIGH on my must look into list, Bekah. I mean, they sound amazing (time travel means combining contemporary and historical... and that's perfect)! (Of course, I'm up for anything Marvel, too.) Thank you for visiting and sharing your favorites! :)

  2. The Hired Girl & The Sea Keeper's Daughter are intriguing! Especially the first, with the antiquated photo as the cover.

    1. I agree, Meghan! I thought the cover for The Hired Girl was really unique. Glad you found a couple that intrigued. :) Thanks for sharing your favorites - and for visiting. :)

  3. Oh, Black Widow looks great and so does Mila 2.0 Redemption (really liked the first one!). I need to check out Jodi Meadows's books!

    1. I'm a Marvel (film adaptation) geek, so anything related to that makes me happy. I have a couple of the other books and am looking forward to reading them as well. As for "Mila," I'm glad to hear from someone who read/liked the books. I'm curious about those. The same goes for Jodi's. They sound amazing! Thanks for visiting, Ronie. :)

  4. Some great book cover reveals. I'm reading Until We Meet Again right now, and have Breakaway and The Corridor in my tbr pile. They all look great, I think the Until We Meet Again cover is so pretty!!!

    1. Ditto. Until We Meet Again is gorgeous! I'm *dying* to read Emery's new novel (it sounds amazing) and Breakaway sounds really cute too. Hope you enjoy. Thanks for visiting and the comment. :)

      Ps; just wanted to let you know, the reason I've not been commenting on your blog is that I don't see a comment form on your posts. :/ So... anyway, that's the reason.

    2. I know I need to reinstall I took it off during my college finals, finals and being a stay at home mom is hard at my age. :) plus we had end of school for my 3rd and 8th grader and 8th grade graduation. I was swamped and didn't want to worry about approving comments. Thanks for the reminder I totally forgot!

    3. Ugh I've tried off and on today to get diqus back and it won't show up :( I hate coding. Will continue to work on it. I even change my template to a blogger type. Did make a Matt Dillon book themed header thought :)

    4. No worries! I just wanted to let you know that's what I hadn't been commenting on your recent stuff. I wasn't sure if you knew it was disabled or if it was a purposeful choice because I know sometimes my comments get wacky. :)

      I hear you on busyness! Some weeks are far too busy for my liking.

      Good luck with the coding. That CAN be an annoyance. *sigh* The trials of blogging. :D


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