Tuesday 6 November 2012

UK Cover Alerts: The Killing of Kayla Sloane by Kim Harrington, Imposter by Jill Hathaway, Speechless by Hannah Harrington & More!

Here are some recent UK cover reveals that have caught my eye including new releases from Kim Harrington and Jill Hathaway. 

I've included the US cover counterparts where available, so tell me what your favourites are! Some of these UK covers are very different to the US looks (one of them even has a different name!), so I'll be interested to hear what you think!

The Killing of Kayla Sloane by Kim Harrington
Publisher: Scholastic
Release date: October 2013
Ages: 12+

A haunted house, a buried mystery, and a very angry ghost make this one unforgettable thriller.
Jade loves the house she's just moved into with her family. She doesn't even mind being the new girl at the high school: It's a fresh start, and there's that one guy with the dreamy blue eyes. . . .
But then things begin happening. Strange, otherworldly things.

Jade's little brother claims to see a glimmering girl in his room. Jade's jewelry gets moved around, as if by an invisible hand. Kids at school whisper behind her back like they know something she doesn't.
Soon, Jade must face an impossible fact: that her perfect house . . . is haunted.

Haunted by a ghost who's seeking not just vengeance, but the truth. The ghost of a girl who ruled Jade's school -- until her untimely death last year. It's up to Jade to put the pieces together before her own life is at stake. As Jade investigates the mystery, she discovers that her new friends in town have more than a few deep, dark secrets.

But is one of them a murderer?

US Cover Art:

The Killing of Kayla Sloane is the UK title of The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington.


Imposter (Slide #2) by Jill Hathaway
Read my review of:  Slide
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Release date: April 2013
Ages: 14+

Be afraid of your shadow…

Vee Bell has witnessed murder. She nearly died trying to track down the killer, all because of her secret condition. She’d tell her best friend Rollins but lately he seems more interested in his colleague Anna than her. Maybe she should confide in her long-lost aunt who’s turned up out of the blue?

All of a sudden life is happening in reverse: Vee is waking up in weird places not knowing what she’s done. The only thing she’s sure of is that someone is messing with her. And when a prank goes horribly wrong, this time the hands with blood on them might be hers.

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Speechless by Hannah Harrington
Publisher:  Mira Ink
Release date: February 2013
Ages: 14+

EVERYONE KNOWS THAT CHELSEA KNOT CAN'T KEEP A SECRET Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast--and nearly got someone killed. Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence--to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she's ignored, ridiculed, and even attacked is worse. But there's strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way. People she never noticed before. A boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she's done. If only she can forgive herself.
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The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
Publisher: Definitions
Release date: January 2013.
Ages:  13+

Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination – an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her ‘other’, if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything she’s ever known – the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love – to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive ...
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 From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Release date: January 2013
Ages:  14+

Life is nothing like you planned. Even when you've planned absolutely everything. Kylie Flores - class brain and movie addict - has been planning her big graduation day speech for three months. A scholarship student, she would never dream of mixing with the likes of Max Langston - rich, undeniably handsome and athletic, but totally dead from the neck up. So it's a total mystery when Kylie wakes up in Mexico, with the hangover from hell, in a bed she doesn't recognise, next to Max - and they are both wearing wedding bands...Rewind 48 hours to find out just how and why they got there!
US Cover Art

So many lovely covers and I'm not done yet!

 Hold Your Breath by Caroline Green
Publisher: Piccadilly Press
Release date: June 2013
Ages: YA

Hold Your Breath features Tara who has telepathic powers, though they have only ever brought her trouble. However, when one of classmates, and enemies, Melodie Stone goes missing, Tara can't ignore the images in her head, and she sets out to find her.

Clark said: "Caroline is one of the best writers for young adults of the moment. Hold Your Breath is full of tension, mystery and real life drama. It will grip readers completely and this will be a read-in-one-sitting novel."

Source: The Bookseller


 The First Last Kiss by Ali Harris
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 
Release date: January 2013
Ages: Adult.

How do you hold on to a love that is slowly slipping away from you? Can you let go of the past when you know what is in the future? And how do you cope when you know that every kiss is a countdown to goodbye? This is the story of a love affair, of Ryan and Molly and how they fell in love and were torn apart. The first time Molly kissed Ryan, she knew they'd be together forever. Six years and thousands of kisses later she's married to the man she loves. But today, when Ryan kisses her, Molly realises how many of them she wasted because the future holds something which neither of them could have ever predicted...

* Please note: These covers may not be final and may be subject to change. Images sourced from publishers websites, Goodreads & Amazon.  


  1. Loving ALL of these covers especially the book cover for The Killing of Kayla Sloane.

  2. I LOVE the cover of Jill's book and Hold Your Breath - they're stunning!

  3. BookWorm Reviews6 November 2012 at 11:05

    I prefer all the UK covers personally, but by far my favourite is The Killing of Kayla Sloane, verrrry nice cover!

  4. Oh Leanna! You have totally made my day by sharing some of these gorgeous covers! I much prefer the US cover of The Killing of Kayla Sloane, Speechless and From What I Remember and I adore the UK covers of Imposter and Lost Girl! Thank you so much for sharing them! :)

  5. A bunch of pretty new covers! The Imposter cover is my favourite. Still have to read Slide though

  6. I love the covers for Killing of Kayla Sloane and First Last Kiss.  I'm not a big fan of the Dead and Buried Cover (US).  Thanks for sharing these -- love to see all the different covers.

  7. Wow, some amazing covers there, particularly love the Speechless cover :)

  8. Oooo I love the UK cover for Kim Harrington's book - it's gorgeous! I always wonder why they change the titles though, that throws me for a loop when I'm visiting blogs and reading reviews. I keep thinking I've missed a book release or something:)

  9. Becky @ Stories & Sweeties8 November 2012 at 23:38

    OK, so I will definitely be ordering Kim Harrington's new book in the UK version---I like it so much better than the US cover (I actually loved the original US cover art, with the girl on the creepy stairway and was so sad when they changed it.)
    I think I really prefer the US cover of Lost Girl---it's a bit more original and fits the story better.  Have you read it yet, Leanna?? It's freaking fantastic, one of my favorites this year!
    And I have to go with the UK cover of From What I Remember. SO cute and a bit less cheesy!

  10.  I know! Isn't it great?! :)

  11.  I love that one too! :)

  12.  Slide is a ton of fun! I really liked it!

  13.  I'm not a fan of the US Dead and Buried either. I much preferred the original cover for that one!

  14.  Me too! I get confused!

  15.  I feel the same way about the original Dead and Buried cover. It was a real fave of mine. :( I haven't read The Lost Girl yet -- it's got a later release over here -- I'll definitely check it out in January! :)

  16. The First Last Kiss is SO PRETTY! Seriously can't wait for that one. I've heard really great things about The Lost Girl I'm so happy it's being published in the UK. Thanks for all the pretty :)

  17. These covers are seriously awesome. You always feature the most fantastic books - some of which I haven't even heard of until now. I'm always fascinated when UK and US opt not only for different covers, but for different titles too. Would be interesting to have someone in the publishing industry do a post on that, don't you think? Must say my favourite cover is definitely The Killing of Kayla Sloane and Hold Your Breath (the UK editions)

  18. Oh Leanna! You have totally made my day by sharing some of these gorgeous covers! I much prefer the US cover of The Killing of Kayla Sloane, Speechless and From What I Remember and I adore the UK covers of Imposter and Lost Girl! Thank you so much for sharing them! :)

  19. That would be a really interesting post! I'm really interested in title changes especially! To me it's always confusing when a title changes alá The Killing of Kayla Stone and Mind Games/Sister Assassin by Kiersten White. It'd be interesting to hear about the reasoning behind it all. I would have thought that it would actually make more sense from a marketing point of view to stick with the same title across the board.


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