Fiction Police: New Covers from Kelley Armstrong, Kresley Cole, Brian Staveley and more!


Posted May 10, 2015 by Jessica in Fiction Police, Jessica / 11 Comments

Fiction Police

Another MASSIVE batch for you guys with surprisingly few true stinkers. I have to say I’m impressed with the covers coming at us from a lot of indie authors recently—even if I’m not a huge fan of the end result, the overall quality is on par with most traditionally published books. *tips hat*

~The Good~

That which I found to be awesome:

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Hellooooo, pretteh new IMMORTAILS AFTER DARK cover! I don’t know about you guys, but I am LOVING Cole’s new look. Most of you have probably already seen the updates on IAD #1 – 3, but they recently updated 4 and 5 as well. This one fits nicely, but more importantly it keeps the series firmly steered away from the standard cornball PNR covers. WOOT.

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Umm . . . that’s a harness on that MONSTER bird. Maybe I’m a geek, but if it’s big enough for a human to ride and it FLIES, I am there. With bells. B/c hopefully Giant Flying Creature will know not to eat the noisy human. *crosses fingers*

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I’m pretty sure this is a straight-up thriller (as in no paranormal elements), but I DON’T CARE. B/c Kelley Armstrong. Plus it’s awesome. So there.

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It’s cool; I like it.

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This one is pretty much exactly what I think a sci-fi cover should look like. Cool-looking high tech armor, cool-looking high tech weapons, and glorious SPACE in the background. LOVE it.

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~The Meh~

That which I found to be mediocre:

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This one irritates me. Look at that background. There are at least two moons, one of them ENORMOUS and hovering over the skyscrapers that are made smaller by comparison. The blues are gorgeous, and it looks like there might be a garden down there, too (can’t be sure b/c couldn’t find a bigger image than this one). And then there’s Girl. Girl in a BORING white dress with too-long sleeves. The looking to the side wistfully is kind of trite, but I can handle it, and her hair contraption looks interesting, but ALL OF IT is overshadowed by that dull-as-sackcloth dress. Such a waste of a fantastic sci-fi world background.

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If it wasn’t for the smoke (or whatever it is) drifting up Dollface’s . . . face . . . that looks more like a preschooler got ahold of a crayola marker than actual smoke, this one would have gotten top marks. I love the contrast, and it’s a thoroughly impressive cover for an indie book.

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I get this one. Deep as in water, scarlet as in blood. Makes sense. I’m just not thrilled with the execution. (<------HA! I hope that doesn't turn out to be ironic. These are vampires we’re talking about after all.) Also, it looks like she may have rolled around in the mud before being tossed in the water.

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The font is my only issue with this one. Otherwise, I think it’s great.

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Blood Storm by Steven Harper

This one isn’t bad either, I’m just not sure about the surplus of lightning in comparison to the few measly drops of blood when this is supposed to be a “blood” storm.

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Hot shirtless guy in the middle of a wasteland . . . b/c that’s never been done before . . .

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As excited as I am about a new book from Sandy Williams, Girly looks like she’s wearing an electrified tracksuit.

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~The Ugly~

That which I found to be hideous and/or silly:

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I am reminded of those Lisa Frank school supplies that used to be so popular. It’s true that these colors aren’t quite as bright, but the combination of pink, purple, gold, and teal is just as offensive to mine eyes as what presumably inspired it.

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The Veil by Megan Chance

Ugh. You’re too old to still be playing dress up in Mummy’s old things, but you should wait a few years before your next attempt at a pseudo sultry pose. Also, someone get me some scissors so I can get rid of that hideous bow. “Which one?” you ask. Excellent question, b/c there are several, but it’s the one on the bodice I’m feeling compelled to remove. The others . . . sometimes you have to pick your battles.

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1. I don’t care if you’re a fairy, orange and pink still clash.
2. This cover doesn’t inspire thoughts of Fae, it inspires thoughts of some kind of tribal people.
3. As far as tribal tattoos go, those are lame.
4. Sweetheart, your dress appears to be falling off. You should do something about that.

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I have this thing about bats . . . I BLOODY hate them. Tiny, flying amalgamations of insect and rodent that shriek and travel in hordes . . . like minions of HELL. o.O So this one gets hatred on principle. #sorrynotsorry

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There is entirely too much going on here. Dollface looks like she on the deck of a ship that’s about to be flooded, but she’s facing AWAY from the source of the problem (the HEP big SEA MONSTER . . . kind of hard to ignore, but apparently not impossible), firing some kind of laser that is more than likely about to lose it’s effectiveness (b/c WATER). Also, that’s a really stupid title: abyss

noun
1. a deep, immeasurable space, gulf, or cavity; vast chasm.
2. anything profound, unfathomable, or infinite: the abyss of time.
3. a. the primal chaos before Creation.
b. the infernal regions; hell.
c. a subterranean ocean.

The only way for an abyss to surround you is if you’re in the middle of it, in which case: DUH. *salutes Captain Obvious*

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And that’s all until next time! All the covers I find (not all of them make the post) can always be found on my Pinterest boards. FYI. *winks*

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My name is Jessica and I live in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’m trying my hand at writing, but mostly I read. My favorite genres are Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, and the YA versions of those genres, but if there is a book of a different color getting lots of buzz, I’ll read it too, just to be informed. If I’m not reading or writing, I’m probably on Goodreads or Pinterest or baking blueberry pies because I love them.

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11 responses to “Fiction Police: New Covers from Kelley Armstrong, Kresley Cole, Brian Staveley and more!

  1. Wooo! I didn’t know that Kelley Armstrong might be writing a straight up thriller! That’s very exciting. I loved the Nadia Stafford series. Can’t wait to see what she does.

  2. Eek!!! I’m so excited for the nee IAD installment! And the new covers are indeed pretty and it’s about time too. The old cover’s just not doing the series justice IMO. Sweet Ruin doesn’t sound very IAD but I can’t wait! ☺️
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  3. Jessica from a GREAT read  

    Oh awesome!!! I saw the UK cover I believe for Kelley’s book but had yet to find the US one! So I am assuming that’s the US one?! Love it! I looooove Kelley Armstrong as well! She’s been autobuy for a few years now with me! LOL! Though I find it too hard to track down all her side novellas from Subterranean Press, but I have gotten a few of them in her anthologies over the recent years, so that’s a plus! I enjoy a good thriller every now and then. And 99% of the time, it’s a YA one! So this one is more than likely going to be a 6 star book on the 5 star rating! 😉

    Thanks for all the cover deets!
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