Sunday, 6 March 2011

Cover Candy # 8: Recent Swoonworthy Cover Reveals!

I'm spoiled for choice with my Cover Candy picks this week with the release of  the latest book catalogues and a very swoonworthy cover reveal from Kimberly Derting. Can't wait to read that one! 

Let me know what you think of the featured covers in comments. Will you be adding any of these to your wish list? 

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I actually squeed a little bit when I saw this one.  A psychological thriller with gothic elements set in a haunted boarding school.  This book sounds like all kinds of wonderful to me!  It's released in September 2011, and I think I'll be making it one of my top reads for Halloween! I'm loving that cover too.  A little spooky! 



Frost by Marianna Baer
Publisher: Balzar & Bray
Release date:  September 2011
Ages: 12+




Leena Thomas's senior year at boarding school begins with a shock: Frost House, her cozy dorm of close friends, has been assigned an unexpected roommate -- confrontational, eccentric Celeste Lazar. But while Leena's anxiety about a threat to her sanctuary proves valid, it becomes less and less clear whether the threat lies with her new roommate, within Leena's own mind, or within the very nature of Frost House itself. Mysterious happenings in the dorm, an intense triangle between Leena, Celeste, and Celeste's brother, and the reawakening of childhood fears, all push Leena to take increasingly desperate measures to feel safe. FROST is the story of a haunting. As to whether the demons are supernatural or psychological...well, which answer would let you sleep at night?


Kimberly Derting is going to be one busy lady!  The Body Finder novels are set to continue (yay!) and November 2011 will see the release of The Pledge described by Kimberly as a "dystopic-fantasy...with a fair amount of romance".  I can't wait to meet Max, but it should be noted that Jay will forever be my number one! I just love how I managed to make this all about Jay. Ha! :-p




The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Publisher: McElderry/Simon & Schuster
Release date: November 2011.
Ages: YA

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.


This is another one that went straight on my wish list.  A stunning cover, and the synopsis reminds me of If I Stay by Gayle Forman, a book that I completely love!  Watch out for this one in September 2011. 



The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: September 2011
Ages: 12+

Sixteen-year-old Laurel's world changes instantly when her parents and brother are killed in a terrible car accident. Behind the wheel is the father of her bad-boy neighbor, David Kaufman, whose mother is also killed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Laurel navigates a new world in which she and her best friend grow apart, boys may or may not be approaching her out of pity, overpowering memories lurk everywhere, and Mr. Kaufman is comatose but still very much alive. Through it all, there is David, who swoops in and out of Laurel's life and to whom she finds herself attracted against her better judgment. She will forever be connected to him by their mutual loss, a connection that will change them both in unexpected ways.

Fans of emotionally true and heartfelt novels, such as Lauren Oliver’s BEFORE I FALL and IF I STAY by Gayle Forman, will fall in love with Jennifer Castle’s incandescent debut novel...a heart wrenching, surprisingly witty testament to how drastically life can change in the span of a single moment.


Hunting Lila is the debut novel from Sarah Alderson, and it sounds like a good one. I first heard about this one with Simon & Schuster UK snapped up the rights, and I have to say, I'm intrigued. I love the vibrant colours on the cover, and I want to know what she is running from in those heels!



Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Release date: August 2011
Ages: YA


17-year-old Lila has two secrets she’s prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she’s been in love with her brother’s best friend, Alex, since forever. Or thereabouts.After a mugging on the streets of South London goes horribly wrong and exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust – her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organisation called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they’ve found them. Trying to uncover the truth of why her mother was killed, and the real remit of The Unit, Lila becomes a pawn in a dangerous game. Struggling to keep her secrets in a world where nothing and no one is quite as they seem, Lila quickly realises that she is not alone – there are others out there just like her – people with special powers -and her mother’s killer is one of them… 





* Please note: These covers may not be  final and may be subject to change.

21 comments :

  1. I love all of these covers especially The Pledge. I can't wait til they come out!
    -Danna

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  2. I hadn't heard of Hunting Lila before now, but it looks creepishly good...thanks for alerting me to it!

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  3. Oh, both Frost anf The pledge look really interesting, and all of them have lovely covers. thanks for sharing!

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  4. What lovely covers! My favourite has to be Frost. The synopsis seems intriguing too. Thanks, Leanna!

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  5. I'm way excited about The Pledge. I even like it better than her first few books.

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  6. I am excited about all of them but especially Hunting Lila. Thanks for sharing :)

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  7. Ooh, I can't wait to read Frost and The Pledge. Both look awesome. Never heard of Hunting Lila before but will be adding that to my TBR pile too. Love all the covers!

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  8. Frost has caught my eye. It is going to be available in the US? I must have it :)

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  9. Why are there so many YA books coming out this year?? I seriouseley need to save more money!! ;)

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  10. I have Frost on my list for my Debut Author Challenge. It sounds really good. Love that cover too. It's the first time I've seen it.

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  11. @Savy - Yup - Frost is a US release from Balzar & Bray/HarperTeen :)

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  12. Wow, I absolutely adore all of these! I think The Pledge is my favorite, it's so dark and mysterious and gorgeous all at the same time. Can't wait to read it either, but for not I'm content to stare at it longingly:) Love when you post these covers Leanna, they always get me excited for the book itself.

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  13. Great covers! The Pledge is on my to read list.

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  14. I think The Pledge is my favorite of these covers. There's just something about it that seems so spooky.

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  15. Wow! These all look amazing. I am excited for Derting's new novel as well. Love that cover! I also never heard of The Beginning of After. Thanks for sharing this one. I immediately added it to my TBR list.

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  16. I haven't heard of any of these other than The Pledge, but they all sound like novels I'd be interested in reading. I'm off to add them to my wishlist now.

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  17. I have The Pledge on my wish list already. Added The Beginning of After. It looks great!

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  18. I'm in love with all these covers! Thanks for sharing :)

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  19. I am now drooling over all of these. Frost is the sequel to Stork yes. I liked that one - did you read it?

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  20. This is an amazing line up of books. I want them all :)

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