UNVEILED (Alex Crocker Seer #2) | RELEASE DATE: May 2013
PUBLISHER: Malachite Quills | GENRE: Urban Fantasy | ARTIST: Unknown
With strength comes vulnerabilities. With love comes loss. With power comes pain. The world Alex now belongs to hinges on such balance. Her every step seems to be lurching her precariously closer to one wrong side or another. Alex had known her life as a Seer wouldn’t be easy. She knew her gift would be difficult to control and constantly sensing others’ emotions would be overwhelming. She even knew she’d be hunted for the power it would provide whichever coven of vampires controlled her. What she didn’t foresee were the difficulties she’d have with the parts of her life she ought to be able to control: her decisions, her actions, and her relationships.
It isn’t until she’s botched every facet of her new life that the opportunity arises to make things right. Rocky’s lover has been abducted, and Alex’s gift is the best shot at bringing her home alive. But even that will require tipping the scales in a direction no one but Alex can understand. This sequel to Unforeseen is a darker tale of the battles Alex continues to fight against her enemies, her gift, and even herself. This time victory might cost her sanity, her lover, or her life.
The more I look at this cover, the more I like it. I think it looks really mysterious with the dark palette, and the glimpse of the woman’s face under the hood. Her expression seems to change every time I look at it, as though there’s movement in the picture. I also really like the way the ‘V’ looks like it’s glowing. The only two issues I really have with this cover are the odd shapes that are underlining the title, and the border – they both look like they’ve been put there just for the sake of it. All in all, I think the cover is really interesting, and definitely fits the synopsis.
This is a really intriguing cover and it looks quite ghostly. I’m not sure if it’s my screen, but I think it looks slightly too dark and dense. The part that really stands out for me is the sky in the background, it’s really vivid and I love the silhouettes of the trees overlaid on top of it. Although slightly strange is it me or does it look like there’s a branch growing out of her head? I’m not a huge fan of the font and the giant ‘V’ in the middle of it. But I do like you can see just a hint of her face peeping out from the hood and her hand clasping her cloak together, it adds to the eeriness and sense of foreboding and mystery.
HEART OF OBSIDIAN (Psy-Changeling #12) | RELEASE DATE: December 2013
PUBLISHER: Gollancz | GENRE: Paranormal Romance | ARTIST: Unknown
A dangerous, volatile rebel, hands stained bloodred. A woman whose very existence has been erased. A love story so dark, it may shatter the world itself. A deadly price that must be paid. The day of reckoning is here. (Goodreads).
I like this cover but don’t love it. The yellow and orange are striking against the black background. I can’t deny that the cover model is not bad looking, but with his eyes closed and his blank expression there seems very little point in him being there. A lot of series are using this same style of cover now, and I think that it’s difficult to maintain when the series’ are long, because the covers just become more of the same. It’s pretty, but there isn’t much substance behind it.
I love the fact that all the UK editions are definitely part of a series. They look fab on my shelf – all matching and gorgeous! I really love the font and beautiful decorative design around it, and although I’m not a fan of orange, this colour just works here and adds to the overall image. With that being said I really dislike the cover model. His hair makes him look like a slap head rather than sexy and his barely there facial fluff is just the wrong side of manly. As Bobby said, with his eyes closed there’s just no connection at all and with no facial expression the model is rather pointless as he’s not telling us anything. An ok cover, but not deserving of such an amazing author.
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