Monday, May 21, 2018

Recently Revealed Covers: Part 1

There have been a bajillion cover reveals these past few weeks, so I wanted to share my thoughts on some of them. These are all YA books releasing in 2018 or 2019.

Also, because there are so many of these reveals, I’m going to be doing a part one and part two to this post. Part two will be up this coming Sunday.

The Darkest Star
(Origin #1)
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Hardcover, 368 pages, Tor Teen
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi

When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old.

My Thoughts

I don’t even know what to say when it comes to this cover. I’ve been anticipating seeing it since I first heard about the book, but I’m just so underwhelmed. I actually liked the placeholder ARC cover more than this one. This cover is too happy and contemporary looking, almost like a prom-type cover with cutout stars. It’s the complete opposite vibe from what the book is about: deadly paranormal beings.


(Renegades #2)
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
Hardcover, 560 pages, Feiwel & Friends
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi

The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles.

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they each other's worst nightmare.

In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.

The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City - and the world - as they know it.

My Thoughts

I don’t like this cover as much as I liked the first book’s, but its still good. And it matches, so that’s a big plus. I haven’t read the series yet, but I also think the vibe of the series matches the vibe of the book, from what I hear.

The Brilliant Death
(Flame in the Mist #2)
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Hardcover, Viking
Genres: YA, Fantasy

A YA fantasy set in a magical variation of 19th-century Italy.

Teodora DiSangro, daughter of a mafia-like family, must master her hidden powers to transform into a boy and plunge into the dangerous politics of her newly unified country, while her shape-shifting multi-gendered magic tutor pulls her heart —and her fate —in another direction.

My Thoughts

This cover is kind of eh upon first glance. The gold/yellow/orange-ish background with swirling patterns is not super intriguting. Neither is the feather thing in the middle. What I do like about this cover, though, is the title font. If it’s a raised font, it would really move the cover stand out. However, if it’s not, I think that’s a wasted opportunity by the publisher’s design department.

Other than the cover and a brief synopsis, I know nothing about this book. I didn’t even know I had it on my Goodreads list until the newly revealed cover popped up in my 2019 releases shelf.


Buffy Season 12: The Reckoning
Publication Date: December 24, 2018
Paperback, 112 pages, Dark Horse
Genres: Graphic Novel, Paranormal

Joss Whedon's Buffy and crew are confronted by a future Big Bad who has travelled to the present, intent on stealing the power of the Slayers, becoming all-powerful, and destroying the world as we know it!

The lives of Buffy and the Scoobies haven't been too eventful for a while--at least as far as fighting demons and the forces of darkness are concerned. But that all changes when Angel brings news of an amassing a force that must be reckoned with: Wolfram & Hart, a legion of demons, and Harth, vampire from the future. Buffy knows Harth and his twin sister--the Slayer, Fray--from her meeting with them and Dark Willow in the future. But this army that has been gathered is more than she and her crew were expecting . . . Narrowly escaping an initial encounter, the gang travels to the future to recruit Fray and learn of their dismal fate should they fail to defeat this legion that has invaded the present. Harth is after the power of the Slayers, and being in possession of all their memories, he knows how to rewrite the outcome of this ultimate battle before it occurs. This is the reckoning . . . and it could be the end of Buffy, Fray, and all the Slayers, forever.

My Thoughts

Okay, okay. So this one isn’t YA. It’s an adult graphic novel. But it’s Buffy, so it’s also kind of YA…? Not sure how to classify it beyond that.

I’m currently on Season 9 right now, so I still have a ways to go before I can get to this one, and I’m hoping to parse the three seasons I have left over the upcoming months ‘til December. Just so I can not be left hanging after season 11 ends. As for this cover, though, I’m digging it. Not sure why Buffy’s hair is so white, but the rest looks bada$$.


Catwoman: Soulstealer (UK ed.)
(DC Icons #3)
Publication Date: August 9, 2018
Hardcover, 384 pages, Penguin
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi

The highly anticipated coming-of-age story of kick-ass super hero: CATWOMAN by international bestselling author Sarah J. Maas.

When the Bat's away, the Cat will play. It's time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .

Two years after escaping Gotham City's slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing's undoing.

In this third DC Icons book--following Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Marie Lu's Batman: Nightwalker--Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the heist that's closest to her heart?

My Thoughts

As I’ve mentioned umpteen times on this blog, I’m collecting the UK covers for this DC Icons series. They just look so much better. While I do love the pink on this one, I wish it wasn’t black. Only because the Batman UK cover was also black, so the Wonder Woman book is going to look a little out of place next to two black books. I guess if the Superman book is red and blue, that’ll help, right?


(Warcross #2)
Publication Date: September 18, 2018
Hardcover, 352 pages, G.P. Putnam
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo's new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she's always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo's grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone's put a bounty on Emika's head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn't all that he seems--and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

My Thoughts

I haven’t read the first book, so I don’t know much about the duology, but I like this cover. Both Warcross and Wildcard have good, solid covers. They aren’t my favorite, but they also aren’t my least favorite, either. They’re just good.


Those are some recently revealed 2018 covers. What do you think? Do you like them?

Oh, and stay tuned for more cover thoughts on Sunday.

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