Cover Alert! Endgame by Ann Aguirre (Be still my HEART!)

The cover to final book in the Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre has been released! My opinion? FABULOUS. Seriously, the covers of this series are some of my all-time favourites… and Endgame is no exception. Like the books that came before it, it shows Jax (with her latest hair-do) looking kick-ass in a location that is actually related to the book. See, publishers? It is possible to have a cover that relates back to the book and is aesthetically pleasing!

Anyhow, take a look!Endgame by Ann Aguirre

Endgame (Sirantha Jax #6) by Ann Aguirre 

Sirantha Jax has the J-gene, which permits her to “jump” faster-than-light ships through grimspace. She loves nothing more than that rush, but the star roads have to wait…

Her final mission takes her to La’heng, a planet subjugated during first contact. Since then, the La’hengrin homeworld has been occupied by foreign conquerors.

All that’s about to change.

Now, as part of a grass-roots resistance, Jax means to liberate the La’hengrin. Political intrigue and guerrilla warfare are new to her; this will be the most dangerous game she’s ever played—spies and conspiracies, a war of weapons and hearts, and everyone might not make it out alive…

Cover Alert! Pandemonium (UK) by Lauren Oliver

I just got an email from the lovely team over at Hodder revealing the gorgeous UK cover of Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver. Take a look!

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Goodreads / Out on March 1st, 2012 in the UK

Love, the deadliest of all deadly things.
It kills you when you have it.
And when you don’t.

Pandemonium is a poignant, explosive, recklessly romantic and utterly heartbreaking novel. Like Delirium, the first in the compelling trilogy, it will take you to the very edge. That’s all you need to know. We’ll let Lena do the rest of the talking…

Isn’t it just stunning? I absolutely cannot wait to have it in my ickle hands. While I was originally skeptical about the changes to the cover style that both the US and UK publishers made, this cover has officially won me over! Love it.

Cover Alert! The Calling (UK) by Kelley Armstrong

Eep! I always get excited when a new cover comes out for Kelley Armstrong’s books – but this one is especially exciting. Everyone, take a look at the UK cover of The Calling!

The Calling by Kelley ArmstrongThe Calling by Kelley ArmstrongGoodreads

Maya Delaney’s paw-print birthmark is the sign of what she truly is – a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly anyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it’s only a matter of time before she’s able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents including local bad boy Rafe, with whom she shares a dangerous, powerful secret. Now, Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. After a terrifying helicopter crash, they find themselves stranded in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home. But can Maya really trust her friends? And can she learn how to control the frightening new gift she has discovered before it controls her?

I adore the UK covers of the Darkness Rising series: I love how fierce the girls on the cover are; I love how the cover artists don’t shy away from using a full face; I love the inclusion of the woods and wildlife. Love love love. My only issue with this cover is with the girl… she just looks a bit too Anglo. Which is odd considering how very non-Anglo the cover model of The Gathering was. Perhaps this is supposed to be a different character? Or perhaps they still plan on changing the model? This is clearly a preliminary cover (those editing lines can still be seen) so they may still make adjustments…  but besides the model, I really do adore this cover!

Read my OMG-this-book-is-amazing review of The Gathering here!

Cover Alert! The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

I’ve just discovered the US cover for the second book in the Darkness Rising series by Kelley Armstrong, and I am loving it!  I was not overly keen on the US cover to the first in this trilogy, The Gathering (which I loved, by the way), but with this book, I am starting to come round.  I know Kelley plans on introducing Derek and Chloe into this trilogy, and I can only hope that that happens in book 2!

The Calling by Kelley Armstrong - US CoverThe Calling (Darkness Rising #2) by Kelley Armstrong
April 2012 – Goodreads

Maya Delaney’s paw-print birthmark is the sign of what she truly is—a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly anyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it’s only a matter of time before she’s able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents.

Now, Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they’re kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home. Plentiful action and romance in this second installment in the Darkness Rising series will keep readers enthralled to the very last page!

Now I am extremely eager to find out what the UK publishers will come up with!

Cover Alert! Muse by Rebecca Lim

Yet again, I spotted a gorgeous cover over on Tez Says – this time, the UK cover to the third (and final?) book in the Mercy series, Muse.  I was not at all keen on the UK cover of Exile (Book 2) although I adored the cover to Mercy (not to mention I loved the book too!).  But this cover?  So friggin’ gorgeous I can’t even speak:
Muse by Rebecca Lim

While I’m at it, let me talk about why I am really starting to love all three of the UK covers.  You see, Mercy is in a different body in every book.  She changes, both physically and mentally, and becomes a whole new character (albeit, with a certain something that makes her Mercy).  So while it makes sense for the covers to be similar, it is also rather important that the cover images be very different.  So even though I am not a big fan of the Exile cover, I like how the publishers have kept the same gorgeous font on dramatically different images.  Take a look:

However, I still really like the Australian covers for this book.  There’s a certain otherworldly elegance to them that I just can’t get enough of:

Needless to say, I cannot wait for Exile to come out – May 1st in Australia, June 9th in the UK!   I’m also very very happy that I don’t have to wait an age for Muse to come out, as it is supposed to be released at the end of this summer.  I think this will be one of those series I buy multiple copies of!

(P.S. Notice how I didn’t rant and rave about the hideousness that is the US cover?  That’s how you know I’m in a good mood today.)

ETA: So, there is definitely going to be a fourth book in this series: Fury.  Which, according to HarperCollins UK, won’t be out until June 2012.  Aaages from now.  But still, a fourth book!  Yay!

Cover Alert! Silver-Tongued Devil by Jaye Wells

So, I was scrolling through twitter when, lo and behold, I saw that the cover to Jaye Wells’ fourth book in her Sabina Kane series had been unveiled!  Take a look at the pretty:

This is probably my favourite cover yet.  For the first time, we get a bit of a background behind Sabina, but it doesn’t change the tone of the covers at all.  Sabina is looking fiercer than ever!  I am super happy about this cover, as the cover tease Jaye gave us a few months ago had me worried it would descend into the mid-drift-baring badness that dominates most UF.  But not for our girl Sabina!

Anyhow, you will no doubt be seeing this cover a few more times this year – as the book does not (alas) come out until January 2012. *sighs*

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