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Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt cover reveal!

Hi everyone I’m so excited to be part of the cover reveal for Chosen Ones by Tiffany Truitt! It be published by Entangled publishing with a scheduled release for April 2012. 🙂

Enjoy the pretty cover and intriguing blurb!

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What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?
Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.

But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?


Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

After seeing the cover for Sweetly, I’m super excited for the book. I mean, how can you not be?

Synopsis: SWEETLY is a modernization of Hansel and Gretel and a companion book to SISTERS RED and FATHOMLESS.

Twelve years ago, Gretchen, her twin sister, and her brother went looking for a witch in the forest. They found something. Maybe it was a witch, maybe a monster, they aren’t sure—they were running too fast to tell. Either way, Gretchen’s twin sister was never seen again.

Years later, after being thrown out of their house, Gretchen and Ansel find themselves in Live Oak, South Carolina, a place on the verge of becoming a ghost town. They move in with Sophia Kelly, a young and beautiful chocolatier owner who opens not only her home, but her heart to Gretchen and Ansel.

Yet the witch isn’t gone—it’s here, lurking in the forests of Live Oak, preying on Live Oak girls every year after Sophia Kelly’s infamous chocolate festival. But Gretchen is determined to stop running from witches in the forest, and start fighting back. Alongside Samuel Reynolds, a boy as quick with a gun as he is a sarcastic remark, Gretchen digs deeper into the mystery of not only what the witch is, but how it chooses its victims. Yet the further she investigates, the more she finds herself wondering who the real monster is, and if love can be as deadly as it is beautiful.

At first glance, you see a house and trees surrounding it. But upon further inspection, you see a face! Of a witch (I presume). How awesome is that? Erm, we have to wait till August 2011 for this?!! I cannot wait! Are YOU excited for it too?

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater cover — revealed!

The whole blogosphere is buzzing about Maggie Stiefvater’s EXCELLENT cover for the last book in the Mercy Falls trilogy. BEHOLD, THE ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS COVER FOR FOREVER!

Die-hard Maggie Stiefvater fans you will want to PRE-ORDER A SIGNED COPY OVER HERE asap! 😀 The wait for the last book is long but it’s worth it, with the ever dreamy Sam Roth on the cover!

Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler final cover

About a week ago, 21 Pages revealed the final cover for Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler. It was simply stunning. I thought the ARC cover was nice but this one blew my mind. The colors are so vivid, bright and will definitely catch my eye at the bookstore. I have been dying to read Fixing Delilah ever since I first hear about it, months ago. Has the new cover got you interested as well? 😀

“We all long for what could have been.” Things in Delilah Hannaford’s life have a tendency to fall apart. She used to be a good student, but she can’t seem to keep it together anymore. Her “boyfriend” isn’t much of a boyfriend. And her mother refuses to discuss the fight that divided their family eight years ago. Falling apart, it seems, is a Hannaford tradition. Over a summer of new friendships, unexpected romance, and moments that test the complex bonds between mothers and daughters, Delilah must face her family’s painful past. Can even her most shattered relationships be pieced together again?

The Dark and Hollow Places covers

Today we’ll be talking about Carrie Ryan’s upcoming novel, The Dark and Hollow Places. Or more specifically, the covers!

US cover

UK cover

Synopsis: Warning do not read this unless you’ve read Ryan’s earlier works.
Annah knows she has a twin sister, but she forgot her long ago. Back when they went to play in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, she and Elias lost her, and after that there was no going back to the village.
Life’s been hard, but Elias has taken care of her, and living in the Dark City can help one to forget the horror of the Unconsecrated—if you try hard enough.
But when Elias disappears, Annah’s world crumbles. To her, life isn’t worth much more than the walking dead who roam the wasted world she lives in. It’s not until she meets Catcher that she cares to start living again.
Yet Catcher has secrets. Dark, terrifying secrets that link him to a past she’s longed to forget and to a future too deadly to consider.
Annah must decide: Can she continue to live a world covered in the blood of the living?
Or is death the answer to all her problems?

Which cover do I prefer? For me, it’s an easy decision. I am positively in love with the UK cover. It’s FREAKIN’ AWESOME. Barbed wires are certainly uncommon on YA covers (except for Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma which uses the same image).

By the way, this is just a random entry to fill in the gap for my absence on the blog lately. Don’t forget I have giveaways for a $70 giftcard which ends on August 10 and Linger by Maggie Stiefvater which ends on August 15.

The Replacement UK cover


Synopsis (from S&S UK website): Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, Mackie comes from a world of tunnels and black, murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattoed princess. He is a replacement – left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago when it was stolen away by the fey. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood and consecrated ground, Mackie is slowly dying in the human world. Mackie would give anything just to be normal, to live quietly amongst humans, practice his bass guitar and spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem, where he must face down the dark creatures and find his rightful place – in our world, or theirs.

Coming January 2011 in UK.

I am absolutely madly in love with the cover for The Replacement. It is the best cover for any YA book published in UK, in my opinion. 😛 The cover designer did a marvelous job. I’m positively drooling over Mackie now. One teeny complain though, I don’t like how there’re so many blurbs on the cover. I think just Maggie Stiefvater’s blurb will do. 😛

What do you think of the cover?

Book covers: before and after

Books undergo many cover changes before they come to the final cover. The final cover that will be seen by YOU, dear readers, in the bookstores. I will be talking about two books today, both of their cover underwent changes before the final covers were released.

The first book is One Night That Changes Everything by Lauren Barnholdt.

Personally, I loved the first cover. The lights and everything were beautiful. But it looked a little sad to me which contradicted the synopsis. It’s supposed to be a ‘hilarious and sweet teen novel’. Barnholdt said on Twitter that the new cover fits the book more so of course they want what’s best for the book.

The second book is Confessions Of The Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford.

The first cover was pretty but it’s too plain and is not likely to catch my eye at the bookstore. The second and final cover is very Pretty Little Liars-ish and I think will definitely appeal to fans of PPL.

So what are your thoughts on both books’ covers?