RISING DARKNESS (Game of Shadows #1) | RELEASE DATE: April 2013
PUBLISHER: Piatkus | GENRE: Paranormal Romance | ARTIST: Unknown
In the hospital ER where she works, Mary is used to chaos. But lately, every aspect of her life seems adrift. She feels disconnected from herself. Voices appear in her head. And the vivid, disturbing dreams she’s had all her life are becoming more intense. Then she meets Michael. He’s handsome, enigmatic and knows more than he can say. In his company, she slowly remembers the truth about herself . . .
Thousands of years ago, eight creatures came to our world: the Deceiver to destroy it and seven to stop him. Reincarnated over and over, they carry on – and Mary finds herself drawn into the battle once again. And the more she learns, the more she realises that Michael will go to any lengths to destroy the Deceiver. Then she remembers who killed her during her last life, nine hundred years ago . . . Michael. (Amazon.co.uk)
I’m not too keen on this cover. I do like the turquoise colours combined with the model’s auburn hair, but I don’t like the look or the pose of the model. It goes against the genre for me (which is paranormal romance). It doesn’t say anything to me, or give me an idea of what the story is about or what genre it is. The pose is something you would find in a fashion magazine, with the full on makeup and pouty pose. The colour of the title font is lovely but it really shouldn’t be embossed – it makes it look so old-fashioned. Embossing fonts went out in the nineties, and really shouldn’t have any place on my book covers. I know this book is going to be awesome, it’s just a shame that it wasn’t given a cover to match.
I really like this cover, and for the first in a series it definitely catches your eye. I love the colour contrasts of the blue at the top mixing with the ginger of the model’s hair, as well as the merging of the model’s jacket with the snowy trees. Combined with the text, it gives the impression of an icy, bitter environment, but I’m not sure how relevant this is to the plot.
I’m not 100% sure about the model on this cover though, as I don’t really like her ‘hands behind head and pout’ pose. It gives the impression that she’s lying down, and doesn’t really seem like a kick-ass heroine that we’d all love to read about. I’m also not sure about the model’s makeup, as the eyeshadow looks darker on one eye than it does on the other, and she also looks a bit too pale. I think in terms of colours and font choices I prefer the UK cover, but the choice and pose of model on the US cover is infinitely better chosen, as she looks far more capable and strong.
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ZENN SCARLETT | RELEASE DATE: May 2013
PUBLISHER: Strange Chemistry | GENRE: Science Fiction | ARTIST: Unknown
Zenn Scarlett is a bright and occasionally a-little-too-smart-for-her-own-good 17-year-old girl training hard to become an exoveterinarian. She specializes in the treatment of exotic alien life forms, mostly large and generally dangerous. Her novice year of training at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic on Mars was going well – until there are a series of inexplicable animal escapes from the school that Zenn finds herself blamed for. As if this isn’t enough to be dealing with, her father vanishes under strange circumstances, and Zenn is worried that she has started hearing the thoughts of the creatures around her…
With the help of Liam, a towner boy, and Hamish, an alien bug also training at the clinic, Zenn must try to find her father, rescue the animals and unravel the mystery of who is behind the attacks on the school. And all without failing her first year. (Publisher)
I do like the cover, it’s simple yet striking. I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi, yet I love the way the background combines the stars with the volcanic magma, the colour is beautiful and quite eye catching. There is little separation between the sky and the planet, giving you the sensation of the wide expanse of space. The planet looks quite desolate and with the model sitting alone in the shadows, surveying her surroundings, I would think she is looking for a way to survive or escape the cruel harsh world.
I have to agree with Becs on this one. This is a really striking cover that is very different from other YA books out there. You really feel the model’s loneliness, which is heightened by the line of figures walking along at the bottom of the cover. The fact it’s all in silhouette is clever and I love the vastness of the world with the sky and the planet almost as one. Rather than looking to the stars for a way to the escape, I think she is looking for a sign of faith that her journey will be successful. Overall, I really like it. So much so, I have pre-ordered a copy.
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