Cover Candy | Edition the First

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Though I have a bunch of reviews I either should be publishing or writing, today I decided to give in to nothing but FUN and share some of the recent book covers I've run across. In this collection are some I absolutely adore unlike some of my earlier, more recent cover collection posts which featured a lot of covers I had so-so feelings about.

With a new year, I'm also starting fresh with a set of "new" edition posts. This marks the first. I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of these. Hopefully, some you've not seen and will have lots of thoughts about. Selfishly, I love reading those thoughts, whatever they are, good or bad.

Let's have a look.


Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen

The world is at her feet. But will she save it?

Jae is a slave in a dying desert world.

Once verdant with water from a magical Well, the land is drying up, and no one remembers the magic needed to keep the water flowing. If a new source isn’t found soon, the people will perish. Jae doesn’t mind, in a way. By law, she is bound by a curse to obey every order given her, no matter how vile. At least in death, she’ll be free.

Lord Elan’s family rules the fading realm. He comes to the estate where Jae works, searching for the hidden magic needed to replenish the Well, but it’s Jae who finds it, and she who must wield it. Desperate to save his realm, Elan begs her to use it to locate the Well.

But why would a slave—abused, beaten, and treated as less than human—want to save the system that shackles her? Jae would rather see the world burn.

Though revenge clouds her vision, she agrees to help if the kingdom’s slaves are freed. Then Elan’s father arrives. The ruler’s cruelty knows no limits. He is determined that the class system will not change—and that Jae will remain a slave forever. - Goodreads, October 2016

Amazon | Goodreads

Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton

Underage. Overprivleged. Infamous.

A standalone novel about a recent scholarship recipient who sets out to expose debauchery at her exclusive private school in Washington, D.C., only to find herself falling in love with the baddest boy of all. - Goodreads, September 2016

Amazon | Goodreads

Nemesis by Anna Banks

She didn't expect to fall in love - with her nemesis.
Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.
Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

A thrilling futuristic fantasy in which the fate of the world's energy source is in the hands of a prince and princess who are rivals, by the New York Times-bestselling author of the Syrena Legacy. - Amazon, October 2016

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Sea Spell by Jennifer Donnelly

At the end of Dark Tide, Book 3 in the Waterfire Saga, Astrid leaves her mermaid friends to confront her ancestor, Orfeo, the evil force behind the rise of the monster Abbadon. Orfeo possesses one of the six talismans that the merls need in order to keep the monster locked up forever. But without the ability to songcast, how will Astrid be able to defeat the most powerful mage in history? Meanwhile, Serafina and her Black Fins train goblin troops for battle against her uncle Vallerio's death riders. Will Sera ever see her beloved home--and her beloved Mahdi--again, or will the Volneros take over the mer realms while Orfeo takes on the gods themselves? Nothing less than the fate of the underwater world is at stake in this breathtaking finale.- Goodreads, June 2016

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The Black Key by Amy Ewing

For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived a life of servitude, controlled and manipulated by the royalty of the Jewel. But now, the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power and knock down the walls dividing each circle.

And while Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it—for her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return to save not only Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.

In this thrilling conclusion to the Lone City trilogy, Amy Ewing pits Violet’s family loyalty against her dedication to overthrowing a destructive and terrifying regime. This is an explosively compelling story that readers won’t be able to put down. -, October 2016

Amazon | Goodreads

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamnd Hodge

A world burning out. A love without end.

When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . .
Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, Bright Smoke, Cold Fire is a darkly romantic and atmospheric fantasy from acclaimed author Rosamund Hodge. -, September 2016

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Going Geek by Charlotte Huang

It's okay to be lost when you're trying to find yourself.

In the story, a girl is forced to stand up for who she really is - if she even knows - when her friends dump her and she is forced to hang out with the fringe crowd at school. - Goodreads, September 2016

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The FlipSide by Shawn Johnson

From gold medalist and reality TV star Shawn Johnson comes a debut YA novel inspired by her own experiences as an elite teenage gymnast—just in time for the Summer 2016 Olympic games.

Charlie Ryland has a secret.

She may seem like your average high school sophomore—but she’s just really good at pretending.

Because outside of school Charlie spends all her waking hours training to become one of the best gymnasts in the world. And it’s not easy flying under the radar when you’re aiming for Olympic gold…especially when an irresistible guy comes along and threatens to throw your whole world off balance.

Inspired by her own experiences as a fifteen-year-old Olympic gymnast, gold medalist Shawn Johnson writes a delightfully entertaining novel about chasing big dreams and falling in love, all while trying to keep it real.- Goodreads, June 2016

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My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill

Working as a summer intern on the set of a movie being filmed in her small Georgia town, seventeen-year-old Dee meets famous pop star turned actor Milo Ritter, who is offending everyone with his rudeness. - Goodreads, October 2016

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Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she's not crazy and doesn't belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn't what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid--her true home--with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she's sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she's destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything...including Snow's return to the world she once knew.

This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero. - Amazon, September 2016

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Smash and Grab by Amy Christine Parker

It's the perfect heist, until her heart is stolen.

LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush. Whether it’s motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los Angeles, the only times she feels alive are when she and her friends are executing one of their dares. After her father’s arrest, Lexi doesn’t think twice about going undercover at his bank to steal the evidence that might clear his name. She enlists her hacker brother and her daredevil friends to plan a clever heist.

CHRISTIAN is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The local gang has blackmailed him and his friends into robbing banks, and he is desperate for a way out. When the boss promises that one really big job will be the last he ever has to do, Christian jumps at the chance for freedom. In fact, he’s just met a girl at the bank who might even prove useful. . . .

Two heists. One score. The only thing standing in their way is each other.

Told in alternating points of view, this caper is full of romance and fast-paced fun. Hand to fans of Perfect Chemistry, The Conspiracy of Us, and Heist Society.
 - Goodreads,

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Rose and Thorn by Sarah Prineas

This beauty isn’t sleeping...

Discover the true story of Sleeping Beauty in Sarah Prineas’s bold YA fairy-tale retelling filled with thrilling adventure and romance, perfect for fans of The Lunar Chronicles and The Girl of Fire & Thorns trilogy.

After the spell protecting her is destroyed, Rose seeks safety in the world outside the valley she had called home. She’s been kept hidden all her life to delay the three curses she was born with—curses that will put her into her own fairy tale and a century-long slumber. Accompanied by the handsome and mysterious Watcher, Griff, and his witty and warmhearted partner, Quirk, Rose tries to escape from the ties that bind her to her story. But will the path they take lead them to freedom, or will it bring them straight into the fairy tale they are trying to avoid?

Set in the world of Sarah Prineas’s Ash & Bramble fifty years later, Rose & Thorn is a powerful retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale where the characters fight to find their own Happy Ever After.- Goodreads, September 2016

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This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

Love knows no logic

Jane Austen’s Emma meets The Rosie Project in this quirky, irresistible, romantic comedy from Sarah Strohmeyer, the author of Smart Girls Get What They Want.

Addie Emerson doesn’t believe in love. Not for herself anyway. With one year left of high school, she’s more interested in snagging a full scholarship to Harvard than a full-time boyfriend.

That doesn’t mean she’s oblivious to the ways of the heart. Or, rather, the head. Because after months of research, Addie has discovered how to make anyone fall in love. All you need is the secret formula.

But will her discovery be enough to win the coveted Athenian Award and all its perks? (See above, full scholarship to Harvard.) Or will she be undone by Dexter, her backstabbing lab partner, who is determined to deep-six her experiments at their exclusive private school?

Those are the least of her problems now that she’s survived a death-defying flight with a mysterious, dark-haired boy, who has delicious chocolate-brown eyes and a few secrets of his own.

With an experiment to mastermind, an infatuated exchange student on her hands, and at least one great white shark (more on that later), can Addie’s prefrontal cortex outwit her heart? Or will she have to give in to her amygdala and find out, once and for all, if this thing called love is more than just her brain on drugs?
 - Goodreads, May 2016

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Which of these do you like best? Or which do you think sound the best? Have you spied any gorgeous covers lately? Get your book geek on and sound off below with any thoughts!
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  1. I love your cover candies except that I always end up adding all these books to my tbr - although most of these were already on there, but lacking covers. So many books to look forward to!!!

    1. I agree, Tressa. How are we ever to READ them all!? :)

      Thanks, as always, for visiting.

  2. Yay! I love Cover Candies so much. I honestly haven't heard about any of these, so I'm excited to see them.

    Bound By Blood and Sand has an intriguing premise.

    Bright Smoke, Cold Fire sounds intriguing; the cover is so cool.

    Stealing Snow; yes, I love fairytale retellings. This sounds really good; love the cover. I did find it funny that there's a boy named Kai... since it makes me think of Cinder.

    Oh my word, I love the cover for Rose and Thorn!! Gorgeous. And the story sounds so good.

    1. All of these fairy tale novels sound amazing, don't they, Faith?! So long as authors keep writing such stories, I'll continue to read them.

      I'm thrilled to pieces about Rosamund's, especially since many have told me her first novels are excellent reading, and of course, Danielle is a popular author with her "Oz" retelligns. I've not read them though; have you?

      As for Rose and Thorn, this cover is indeed gorgeous! Way more than Sarah's first book I think. :)

  3. Your cover candy posts will be the death of my wallet!! Haha, adding basically all of these to my TBR. So. many. pretty. books.

    Nemesis- that cover is creepy cool and I'm really into fantasy right now. The Black Key- never heard of this trilogy but now I need it. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire- TOO PRETTY. Stealing Snow- YES, just YES. Rose & Thorn- not sure I'll like it because the first book I haven't finished, but wow is it gorgeous.

    Love the layout of this new edition. Amazing post, Rissi! :D

    1. LOL! Uh-oh, that's not a good thing. I'll attempt to lessen their frequency, Bekah. ;)

      Ooo, yay for a new fantasy find. And I agree. Nemesis is creepy cool (great way to sum it up). Plus, even that name is sinister. I have book one of Amy's The Jewel I think it's called but haven't read it. And like you, I'm thrilled to pieces about all of these new fairy tales. Bring them on, I say. :D

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, Bekah. Always great to get your take on the new crop of cover pretties. :)

  4. LOVE THIS. I love flailing over covers! So. SOme of these I LOVE, and some... not so much ;) I love The Black Key- I am so glad they improved over The White Rose, that one was gross. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire is gorgeous, Stealing Snow, Going Geek- love them all! I also love Rose and Thorn but I didn't really like the first book so... sadness. I like the IDEA behind Bound by Blood and Sand- but something about it doesn't work. Maybe the font? I don't know, but something is just throwing me off there. I want to love it but I can't yet haha. Fabulous choices!

    1. I do too, Shannon! I so enjoy browsing new cover art images and deciding which simply MUST get on my bookshelf. Usually it winds up being more than is good for this bookish girl. ;)

      The Black Key is pretty - and super mysterious, which I suspect goes nicely with the story. I'm just excited by all of these fairy tales, so those you mention SOUND amazing to me. As for Rose and Thorn I agree 100%! Book one, sadly, wasn't great, but this one is a huge improvement so I do like it. It's more striking. :)

      Thanks so much for sharing about your favorites, Shannon. Now if only we could read these now... ;)


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