Monday, September 23, 2013

COVER CRAZY: Several Crazy YA

If you haven't noticed, I have been gone for quite some time, and I haven't really had the chance (and resources) of scouring the world wide web for book updates like cover reveals, new releases etc... So now, I'll try to catch up with what's happening and finally be able to at least get a little in line with every one out there.

Now, to start things off, I just want to say something... This blog post is entirely dedicated to those upcoming books I have been on my TBR list that unfortunately, I haven't been able to check up on for the past few months. And just by random chance, when I looked into my goodreads account, I saw that they have already covers. How amazingly bitter-sweet was that.

This cover reveal may be a few weeks or a few months late, but I don't care. I have the right to fangirl, too! :)

1. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith


Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.


Yes, PLEASE! Jennifer E. Smith is out to set our fluttery hearts into overdrive once again. This blurb is just makes me want to time travel to 2014, specifically April 15th. I want it now. And the COVER! It's just so Jennifer E. Smith-ish, if you know what I mean. It goes perfectly with her other books' covers - The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and This Is What Happy Looks Like - which by the way, are awesome contemporary novels. It's that kind of cover that catches your attention in a book store, and makes you want to take it home and display it on your shelf immediately. It's simple, and very pleasing to the eyes. It's just so awesome!!!

2. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick


17-year-old Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy.

Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her a tip: her wealthy, elderly employer is redoing her will this summer, and that could be Gwen's ticket to the good life. But what will it mean for Gwen’s now life?

Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.


I have been so in love with Huntley Fitzpatrick's debut novel My Life Next Door. It has been one of my favorite reads of 2012. So even though that blurb for What I Thought Was True is a little confusing and does not really promise a sweet contemporary novel like her first book, I'll still read this. I just hope its as good as her first book. It also comes out on the same date as Smith's book above, April 15th, 2014.

Now on to the cover... Hmmmm... It is okay, typical YA contemporary romance covers. It doesn't really stand out that much. But I'm glad they still used the same clean font they used for My Life Next Door. It makes it a little more connected with Ms. Fitzpatrick's first novel. 

3. Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer


Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.


Aaaaaaah!!! The third book of Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles already has a cover!!! And it is so cool! Both Cinder and Scarlet have had wonderful covers as well, and Cress' cover is as good as the first two books.  But before I gush about how pretty this cover is, can I just take a moment to give Ms. Meyer a big round of applause for doing an excellent job of retelling some of our favorite fairy tales into an amazing kick-a** series. She made it into a series for crying out loud! Have ever even imagined Cinderella as a Cyborg teaming up with Scarlet to find a girl hacker trapped in a satellite tower? Her imagination is just out of this world. Okay! Now I can swoon over the cover.

The thing I like about the Lunar Chronicles' covers is its simplicity and clean look.  It just has one element of focus that distinguishes each book from the other (well, aside from the title). Cinder has the red shoe, Scarlet has the red hooded cape, and now Cress has this long braided hair with red ribbons. I love how they consistently use the blackish-blue background and associate some splash of red into it. So, yes! Cress has also an awesome cover!

By the way, Cress comes out on February 4th, 2014.

4. Toxic Heart (Mystic City #2)  by Theo Lawrence


A city in flames. A trust betrayed. A perfect love destroyed.

Has Aria lost Hunter, her one true love?

Ever since rebellion broke out in Mystic City, pitting the ruling elite against the magic-wielding mystics, Aria has barely seen her boyfriend. Not surprising, since Hunter is the leader of the mystic uprising, and he'll do whatever it takes to win freedom for his people—even if that means using Aria.

But Aria is no one's pawn. She believes she can bring the two warring sides together, save the city, and win back the Hunter she fell in love with.

Before she can play peacemaker, though, Aria will need to find the missing heart of a dead mystic. The heart gives untold powers to whoever possesses it, but finding it means seeking out a fierce enemy whose deepest desire is for Aria to be gone—forever.


One issue with the second book of the Mystic City Trilogy, why the change of title? If my memory serves me right, it was Renegade Heart not Toxic Heart. Renegade Heart sounds so much better than Toxic Heart. But whatever... The cover looks good. It was Mystic City's cover that first drawn me to read the book, and now I must say that this cover looks awesome as well. A little more manly than the first book's cover, but still has that same aura of coolness. :) Although  can't really grasp the exact events that happened in Mystic City, I'm still looking forward to reading Toxic Heart. It comes out on April 8th, 2014.

5. Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor

This one is a special case because I haven't really finished reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone yet. But I just love the cover of these books. It's so mysterious and they look a little dangerous. It just gives you a spark of thrill just by looking at it. All the covers in the series are pretty awesome. I love how they had use primary colors for this series - blue for the first book, red for the second, and yellow for this one.

I can't really post the blurb here because I'm afraid it might spoil me. I hope I finish the first book soon.

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