Do Judge a Book by Its Cover: Top Fall Picks

Yep, it’s that time of the month again.  This time I’m focusing on fall covers that I’m or was interested in.

The reason why I do this-I think there’s a lot a cover says about the book and often my first impressions of it are way off target:

 

What The Cover Says:

Don’t Blink.

Seriously, I’m reminded of one of those creepy angels that were on Dr. Who a few years back.  Except, it’s America-fied by adding the Brooklyn bridge.  That was a pretty awesome episode of Dr. Who though.  And it would make an interesting YA plot.  So, yeah this cover totally screams rewritten Dr. Who fan fiction.  Oh, right.  There’s already sort of a book out there like that.

What the Book is Really About:

The Vampires of Manhattan is “hipster horror”–the memorable characters from her Blue Bloods series are older and cooler than before, trying to build “Millennial” lives in the bustle of Manhattan while battling forces of evil and, of course, each other.

Hero of this sexy, paranormal action tale is Oliver Hazard-Perry, former human conduit, and Manhattan’s only human-turned-vampire, now the head of the Blue Bloods Coven. When his all-too-human lover is found murdered on the eve of the coven’s annual Four Hundred Ball–a celebration meant to usher in a new era in vampire society, and to mark the re-unification of the Coven after decades of unrest and decay–Oliver is devastated.

Now, not only is he trying to create a new world order for the immortal elite, he’s the prime suspect and is stalked by the newly installed head of the vampire secret police. Because according to the new rules, vampires who take human life can now be executed. Burned.

How can an immortal sentenced to die fight back? He has to find the killer–and the answers lie deep in vampire lore.

Source: GoodReads

Verdict:

Well, it’s a definite departure from the Blue Bloods covers- the series that it’s spinning off of.  I honestly, like the Blue Bloods covers better, but it could grow on me.  But man, stone angels.  Really creepy.

 

What the Cover Says:

Thirteen has always been an unlucky number.  So, the thirteenth sign has to be pretty deadly, right?  And when’s the thirteenth sign anyway?  That would be for leap year babies.  Which is what Francie is.  Of course, she has tried to hide this horrible fact by claiming to have a March 1st birthday all her life.  However, there’s only so long you can hide the truth.  Especially when a group of rather unsavory people want to get their hands on thirteen-ers to do their evil bidding.

What the Book Is Really About:

Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancrian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.

Source: GoodReads 

Verdict:

I really love this cover.  It looks fun and sci-fi like.  And it’s not embarrassing.  So, work appropriate.  Did I mention I love anything dealing with astrology? Yeah, I’ve sort of preordered it.

 

 

What the Cover Says:

An alternative look at what happened to Rapunzel once she was cast away from her tower?  With her chopped off hair, her prince running around blind somewhere, and her mother not wanting a thing to do with her.  Rapunzel has to scavenge what she can to survive.  Along the way she comes across a band of goodhearted thieves in the woods.  And starts to stray from finding her prince, and instead finds out about her past.  About family she never knew she had.  And why is the leader of the band of thieves that she’s staying with, one Robin Hood, have to be so dashing?

What the Book is Really About:

“I am grateful for my father, who keeps me good and sweet. I am grateful for my mother, who keeps her own heart guarded and safe. I am grateful for my adviser, who keeps me protected. I am grateful for the Path, which keeps me pure. Ever after.”

Princess Aislynn has long dreamed about attending her Introduction Ball, about dancing with the handsome suitors her adviser has chosen for her, about meeting her true love and starting her happily ever after.

When the night of the ball finally arrives and Nerine Academy is awash with roses and royalty, Aislynn wants nothing more than to dance the night away, dutifully following the Path that has been laid out for her. She does not intend to stray.

But try as she might, Aislynn has never quite managed to control the magic that burns within her-magic brought on by wicked, terrible desires that threaten the Path she has vowed to take.

After all, it is wrong to want what you do not need. Isn’t it?

STRAY is the first in a collection of intertwined stories, all set in a world where magic is a curse that only women bear and society is dictated by a strict doctrine called The Path. A cross between The Handmaid’s Tale and Wicked, with a dash of Grimm and Disney thrown in, this original fairy tale will be released October 7th, 2014 from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins.

Source: GoodReads

Verdict:

I like it.  The woods give it a mysterious feel and I feel like the pretty dress effect isn’t overdone here.  But it is a nice touch, admittedly.  All I know, is this book cover demands a happily ever after.

 

 

What the Cover Says:

Ice Princess.

That’s what they call her.

She shouldn’t blame them too much.  It’s not like they know her real name is Claire.  And that she was frozen by what had to be the most insane geek she knew.

Oh, you’ll love me one day, Claire.

Yeah, when no one else in the world existed.

Which she guessed sort of happened.  Since the world exploded and somehow the Geek and the box are on a spaceship full of the survivors of the world.

She hasn’t even begun to ask the geek how he lived so long or took over the world before it exploded.

One way or the other though, she plans on taking control of this ship and the world.

Because that geek needs to learn a lesson.

Hell, have no fury like a woman frozen.

 

What the Book is Really About:

Thyra Winther’s seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith. Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal. A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra’s willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts — to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s desire, the thawing of Thyra’s frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.

CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” from the perspective of a young woman who discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.

Source: GoodReads

Verdict:

Meh.  There’s times I look at this cover and absolutely hate it.  And there’s times where I get it.  I think my overall thoughts on the matter is that it just doesn’t work.  There’s just too much going on and the concept seems a little too literal for me.

 

 

What the Cover Says to Me:

Marta Gomez has been thrown from one home to another since she can remember.  And it’s not because she’s some foster kid or her mother can’t hold down a job.  It’s that somehow or another her house mysteriously catches on fire. There was the electrical fire in her first home, in the apartment that they lived two years ago it was collateral damage from a bakery fire.  The last house she lived in….well, Marta might have set it on fire herself.  The reasons why she’d do such a thing are explored in literally snooty fashion through chopped up flashbacks where the author undoubtedly will do some real character discovery while annoying the rest of its readers who are in desperate need of a plot when they don’t want to throttle Marta (p.s. she started the fire because she thought the shutters were ugly, not because her mom was having an affair with her crush/she’s a pyromaniac).

What the Book is Really About:

Ava can start fires with her mind . . . but is it a blessing or a curse?

Ava is a firebug—she can start fires with her mind. Which would all be well and good if she weren’t caught in a deadly contract with the Coterie, a magical mafia. She’s one of their main hit men . . . and she doesn’t like it one bit. Not least because her mother’s death was ordered by Venus—who is now her boss.

When Venus asks Ava to kill a family friend, Ava rebels. She knows very well that you can’t say no to the Coterie and expect to get away with it, though, so she and her friends hit the road, trying desperately to think of a way out of the mess they find themselves in. Preferably keeping the murder to a minimum.

Source: GoodReads

Verdict:

I sort of like it.  The fire is catchy.  Though the hands are a bit cliche.

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