Monday, June 4, 2018

All the Cover Reveals and My Thoughts

I’m super tired from BookCon, and I didn’t have a post up for today. Hence, I went with one of the easiest posts to write: a cover-reveal post. These are mostly YA sci-fi/fantasy covers.

The Crimes of Grindelwald
(Fantastic Beasts The Original Screenplay #2)
Publication Date: November 16, 2018
Hardcover, 304 pages, Arthur A. Levine Books
Genres: YA, Historical Fiction

J.K. Rowling’s five-film Fantastic Beasts adventure series continues with the original screenplay for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

This second original screenplay from J.K. Rowling, illustrated with stunning line art from MinaLima, expands on earlier events that helped shape the wizarding world, with some surprising nods to the Harry Potter stories that will delight fans of both the books and films.

My Thoughts

It’s a very pretty cover. It matches the first screenplay book. I haven’t read that first book yet. Is it exactly like the film? Does anyone know?

Anywho, yes, the gold font and blue-green background are very pretty. The Niffler is the only creatures I can make out/recognize on this. Does anyone see any others?


Warrior of the Wild
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
Hardcover, Feiwel & Friends
Genres: YA, Fantasy

How do you kill a god?

As her father's chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

My Thoughts

Okay, so I love the axe and the image itself. What I don’t love is the font for this book. The color is weird. It’s a light blue. Why? Why not gold or silver? It just makes the entire thing look washed out.

I think they were trying to color-pick from the blue of the sky, but it just doesn’t look very aesthetically pleasing. I am, however, excited to get more YA Viking-esque stories in my life. Plus, that axe is very intricate and pretty.


Four Dead Queens
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
Hardcover, Putnam
Genres: YA, Fantasy

A divided nation. Four Queens. A ruthless pickpocket. A noble messenger. And the murders that unite them.
Get in quick, get out quicker.

These are the words Keralie Corrington lives by as the preeminent dipper in the Concord, the central area uniting the four quadrants of Quadara. She steals under the guidance of her mentor Mackiel, who runs a black market selling their bounty to buyers desperate for what they can’t get in their own quarter. For in the nation of Quadara, each quarter is strictly divided from the other. Four queens rule together, one from each region:

Toria: the intellectual quarter that values education and ambition
Ludia: the pleasure quarter that values celebration, passion, and entertainment
Archia: the agricultural quarter that values simplicity and nature
Eonia: the futurist quarter that values technology, stoicism and harmonious community

When Keralie intercepts a comm disk coming from the House of Concord, what seems like a standard job goes horribly wrong. Upon watching the comm disks, Keralie sees all four queens murdered in four brutal ways. Hoping that discovering the intended recipient will reveal the culprit – information that is bound to be valuable bartering material with the palace – Keralie teams up with Varin Bollt, the Eonist messenger she stole from, to complete Varin’s original job and see where it takes them.

My Thoughts

I have mixed feelings about this cover. On one hand, I like the blue and the crowns, but on the other, two of the crowns are a weird coral color, the font is strange, and the spotlight is weird. The cover itself kind of reminds me of Carve the Mark, because of the blue background, and the crowns are very reminiscent of Three Dark Crowns. Although, these ones are much prettier and less drawing style, more realistic style. Does that make sense?


The Last 8
(The Last 8 #1)
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Hardcover, 320 pages, Sourcebooks Fire
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi

A high-stakes survival story about eight teenagers who outlive an alien attack—perfect for fans of The 5th Wave

Clover Martinez has always been a survivor, which is the only reason she isn't among the dead when aliens invade and destroy Earth as she knows it.

When Clover hears an inexplicable radio message, she's shocked to learn there are other survivors—and that they're all at the former Area 51. When she arrives, she's greeted by a band of misfits who call themselves The Last Teenagers on Earth.

Only they aren't the ragtag group of heroes Clover was expecting. The group seems more interested in hiding than fighting back, and Clover starts to wonder if she was better off alone. But then she finds a hidden spaceship, and she doesn't know what to believe…or who to trust.

My Thoughts

So, I don’t think I’ve ever shared info about what kind of designs I hate, but this cover is one of them. I do not like the large-text-grunge-esque, apocalyptic-thriller-esque cover design. with a mix of green and yellow as the cover color. There are other covers similar to these that I just can’t think off the top of my head, but I do not like them. Not my aesthetic at all.


Crown of Feathers
(Crown of Feathers #1)
Publication Date: 2019
Hardcover, Simon Pulse
Genres: YA, Fantasy

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

My Thoughts

There are good things about this cover, and there are bad things. The bad: the phoenix’s head looks so evil and sort of angry/scary and the silver font doesn’t match the orange color palette. The good: the phoenix’s body is very pretty, and it’s a very unique cover design. I hope the phoenix and the font are embossed on the physical book. That would be cool.


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

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