Oooh, it's been a while since I did a Cover Candy post, so I'm back today with a bumper post featuring lots of lovely covers from the past while. So much pretty!
Let me know what you think of the featured covers in comments. Will you be adding any of these to your wish list?
First up is the UK cover for The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman. This book is high on my wishlist and I could not be more in love with the cover! I can't wait to read it. The setting (Prague), the mystery, the romance...this all sounds wonderful! I've requested this on Netgalley, although I'm not having too much luck with Netgalley requests of late (anyone else experiencing lots of rejections lately?). I'm not a fan of the US cover which you can see here. The UK cover is definitely the winner for me on this one!
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin WassermanPublisher: ATOMRelease date: January 2012.Ages: 12+
It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love. When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark.
But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead. His girlfriend Adriane, Nora's best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora's sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also—according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone—a murderer.
Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.
I'm adding a little spooky to this post with the next two covers featured here! First up is Ghost Flower by Michele Jaffe. I've never read anything by Jaffe although Rosebush has been on my wish list for over a year! Love the sound of that one, and this one which will be releasing in May 2012. This is the UK cover. You can see the US cover: here.
Ghost Flower by Michele JaffePublisher: ATOMRelease date: May 2012Ages: YA
What would you do to find your best friend’s killer?
Eve, a runaway, finds a new job at a coffee shop on the outskirts of Tuscon. When she’s approached by two wealthy teens who claim she bears an uncanny resemblance to their missing cousin Aurora, her life takes a turn for the dark and mysterious. Drawn into a scheme to win Aurora’s inheritance, Eve finds herself impersonating the girl, who disappeared three years ago on the night her best friend Elizabeth died. But when Liza’s ghost begins to haunt Eve, doing harm to the people close to her under the guise of “protecting” her, Eve finds herself in a nightmare maze of lies and deception that leads her to question even her own identity. She realizes her only chance is to uncover the truth about what happened the night Liza died, and to find Liza’s killer— before she’s next.
This teen thriller by Michele Jaffe will keep readers turning pages well into the night.
The Haunting of Tabitha Grey is releasing in April 2012 but this is definitely one that I'll try to save for Halloween reading. Sounds so chilling! It's definitely sure to scare younger readers...and maybe even a few older readers too!
The Haunting of Tabitha Grey by Vanessa Curtis
Release date: April 2012.
I've just moved into a creepy old manor house with my family. And it feels like the house is waiting for something. I can't explain all the things that are happening here. The maids I hear sobbing...The old ladies that stand in the hall. The cold breath of...Life? Death? I don't know. I can't tell Dad or Mum. But least I've got my little brother Ben to talk to. This is a ghost story unlike any other...It will leave you chilled to the very last page.
Next up is Revived by Cat Patrick. I loved Cat's debut Forgotten when it released earlier this year, and this one also sounds amazing. This author just has THE best imagination! Can't wait to read this one. Come to think of it, I seem to be keeping up the spooky theme with the covers...
Revived by Cat PatrickPublisher: Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersRelease date: May 2012Ages: YA
As a little girl, Daisy Appleby was killed in a school bus crash. Moments after the accident, she was brought back to life.
A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency’s true goals, she realizes she’s at the center of something much larger — and more sinister — than she ever imagined.
Illuminate by Aimee Agresti doesn't have a spooky cover but it has a very, very pretty cover! I know this one has been around for a while, but I just had to include the pretty here! Love it!
Illuminate by Aimee AgrestiPublisher: Houghton Mifflin HarcourtRelease date: March 2012Ages: 12+
Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything begins to change when she turns sixteen. Along with her best friend Dante and their quiet and brilliant classmate Lance, she is awarded a prestigious internship in the big city— Chicago—and is sent to live and work at a swanky and stylish hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous and shockingly young-looking strangers: powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers a network of secret passageways from the hotel’s jazz-age past that leads her to the heart of the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel? Illuminate is an exciting saga of a teen’s first taste of independence, her experience in the lap of luxury, and her discovery she may possess strength greater than she ever knew
Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock is another one that's been on my radar for a while. I believe I first heard about this one over at Stories and Sweeties - one of my fave blogs! Love the cover of this, and even though I am not a major fan of werewolf books (team Vamp!) I think that this one sounds good!
Hemlock by Kathleen PeacockPublisher: Harper Collins Children's Books.Release date: May 2012.Ages: 12+
Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.
Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.
Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.
Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.
Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.
And finally for this edition of Cover Candy, here's the cover of Until I Die the second book in Amy Plum's Revenants trilogy. I loved Die for Me and I can't wait to find out what happens in this one. Isn't it pretty!
Until I Die is released in May 2012.
* Please note: These covers may not be final and may be subject to change.
** All Cover Images have been taken from Goodreads and/or Publishers catalogs/websites.