Sunday, June 24, 2018

Young Adult 2019 Cover Reveals

It’s only been a week since my last cover reveal post, and I already have more for you. I guess it’s just that time of year.

Only a Breath Apart
Publication Date: January 22, 2019
Hardcover, 368 pages, Tor Teen
Genres: YA, Contemporary

Are our destinies written in stone? Do we become nothing more than the self-fulfilling prophesies of other people's opinions? Or can we dare to become who we believe we were born to be?

Jesse Jameson is in line to inherit the land that's been in his family for generations--there's just one catch: to prove his maturity, he has to win the approval of his former best friend, Scarlett Copeland, and her father. But when Jesse finds out that Scarlett's father is abusing her, he must decide what truly matters most: his family's land or helping the girl he's fallen in love with.

My Thoughts

So contemporary covers are usually pretty boring, simply because they’re either normal people posing or large fonts on a plain background. However, every once in a while, I get a contemporary cover reveal that I very much enjoy. And this is one of them. I like the soft pink and white color scheme in combination with the green grass. It’s a subtle cover. The models also look very great together.


Circle of Shadows
Publication Date: January 22, 2019
Hardcover, 400 pages, Balzer + Bray
Genres: YA, Fantasy

Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied behind his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.

As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging to the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark. So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.

My Thoughts

I like some aspects of this cover, but not others. The blue colors are nice, and the font is cool. The armored knights also look very intriguing. I don’t care for the castle though. It’s just too much. Also, I’m unsure about the white cloud thing. But otherwise, it’s a perfectly acceptable cover.


The Blood Spell
(Ravenspire #4)
Publication Date: February 12, 2019
Hardcover, 400 pages, Balzer + Bray
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling

Blue de la Cour has her life planned: hide the magic in her blood and continue trying to turn metal into gold so she can help her city’s homeless. But when her father is murdered and a cruel but powerful woman claims custody of Blue and her property, one wrong move could expose her—and doom her once and for all. The only one who can help? The boy she’s loathed since childhood: Prince Kellan.

Kellan Renard, crown prince of Balavata, is walking a thin line between political success and devastating violence. Newly returned from boarding school, he must find a bride among the kingdom’s head families and announce his betrothal—but escalating tension among the families makes the search nearly impossible. He’s surprised to discover that the one person who makes him feel like he can breathe is Blue, the girl who once ruined all his best adventures.

When mysterious forces lead to disappearances throughout Balavata, Blue and Kellan must work together to find the truth. What they discover will lead them to the darkest reaches of the kingdom, and to the most painful moments of their pasts. When romance is forbidden and evil is rising, can Blue save those she loves, even if it costs her everything?

My Thoughts

This is another cover that I have mixed feelings for. While I like the background (I can’t tell if that’s glass or snow, but it’s pretty), I’m on the fence about the font and pumpkin. The title font should be carved into the pumpkin like the apple for the first book’s cover, instead of just laid on top of it. I’m also not big on the red font. Oh, and I was hoping the cover would be a different color than the previous three books, since The Wish Granter was already blue—a dark blue, but still.


The Queen’s Resistance
(The Queen’s Rising #2)
Publication Date: January 22, 2019
Hardcover, 432 pages, HarperTeen
Genres: YA, Fantasy

At long last, Brienna is a mistress of knowledge and is beginning to settle into her role as the daughter of Davin MacQuinn, a disgraced lord who returned to Maevana to reclaim his house. Though she’d just survived a revolution, one that will finally return a queen to the throne, she faces yet another challenge: proving herself trustworthy to the MacQuinns. But as Queen Isolde Kavanagh’s closest confidant, she’ll have to balance serving her father’s house as well as her country. And then there’s Cartier, a wholly separate but desirable factor in her new life.

Aodhan Morgane, formerly known as Cartier Évariste, is adjusting to the stark contrast between his pre-rebellion life in Valenia as a master of knowledge and his current one as the lord of a fallen house. During the castle’s restoration, he discovers a young boy named Tomas, whose past and parentage are a complete mystery. So when Cartier’s former pupil Brienna is as taken with Tomas as he is, he lets his mind wander — what if he doesn’t have to raise him or his house alone?

As the Lannon trial swiftly approaches, Brienna and Cartier must put their love aside and stay focused on the most vital task at hand — forging alliances, executing justice and ensuring that no man, woman or child halts the queen’s coronation. But resistance is rumbling in the old regime’s supporters, who are desperate to find a weakness in the rebels’ forces. And what makes one more vulnerable than deep-seated love?

In this follow-up to The Queen’s Rising, Rebecca Ross weaves political intrigue, complicated relationships and love to create a story that readers won’t be able to put down.

My Thoughts

I like this cover. One, it matches the first book, and two, it’s orange. I don’t know why, but I’ve become kind of obsessed with YA fantasy covers that are orange. It’s just so rare to see them. Most YA fantasy covers are black, gray, red, or blue. But anywho, I still haven’t read the first book, so I’m unsure of the symbolism behind the marks in the corners, or even who the characters are in the circle. Doesn’t matter, though, ‘cause it’s orange.


Through the White Wood
Publication Date: April 9, 2019
Hardcover, 384 pages, HarperTeen
Genres: YA, Fantasy

Katya’s power to freeze anything she touches has made her an outcast in her isolated village. And when she loses control of her ability, accidentally killing several villagers, she is banished to the palace of the terrifying Prince Sasha in Kiev.

At the castle, though, she is surprised to find that Sasha is just like her—with his own strange talent, the ability to summon fire. Instead of punishment, Sasha offers Katya friendship, and the chance to embrace her power rather than fear it.

But outside the walls of Kiev, Sasha’s enemies have organized their own army of people who can control the very earth. Bent on taking over the entire world, they won’t stop until they’ve destroyed everything.

Katya and Sasha are desperate to stop the encroaching army, and together their powers are a fearsome weapon. But as their enemies draw nearer, leaving destruction in their wake, will fire and frost be enough to save the world? Or will they lose everything they hold dear?

My Thoughts

I’m so over the crows/birds on covers trend. Please publishers, save me from this ugly trend. I don’t understand why it’s a thing. Ugh. Thankfully, this bird is at least white and a pretty eagle, or maybe it’s a hawk? Can’t really tell. I like the color scheme of this cover, but the overall design is inhibited thanks to the avian creature on it.


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

1 comment:

  1. Only A Breath Apart is my favorite cover from these. These are all so great though!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian


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