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Charming Covers #2: The Distance Between Lost & Found by K. Holmes

August 8th, 2014 Kaitlin Posted in Book Talk, Taking Cover Comments Off

I had a lot of covers I was considering for this week’s Charming Covers, but in the end I settled on this one. Firstly, I wanted to feature a contemporary this time. But also, even among the five extremely unique covers I had chosen, it still managed to stick out. It looked like something that deserved to be featured!

I love the cover of The Distance Between Lost and Found. Not only is the title eye-catching, so is the cover! It makes me want to live in Ohio, or somewhere surrounded by trees. Let me tell you, the use of setting and lighting on this one could not be any better. The color scheme, too, makes it stick out- blue and green and black, with a dark tinge. To me I feel as if I’m looking at a real life, living forest and not an edited picture of one.

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The synopsis is beautiful and seems to fit with the front of this novel. A girl struggling to recover from a mysterious event? This sounds a lot like Faking Normal, a book I had reviewed. The main problem I had with that one was I wasn’t attached enough to the characters enough to appreciate how it turned out, so I hope this book does things differently. And the lost in the wild aspect — that just adds action and suspense that I know will make this book even richer. I love survival stories, so mixed with a great cover and the contemporary genre it should equal one amazing story!

And look at all the symbolism on the cover! I guess a cover is different to everyone, it’s just how you interpret it, but this is what I see on The Distance Between Lost and Found. I see a girl, completely alone in the middle of a huge forest, walking towards the light. Could the light be finding herself? If it is, how much longer does she have to walk? Also, her hood is up. That could either represent that she’s not letting her guard down or that, well, she’s cold — in which instance I’m over-examining it! No matter how you interpret it, though, you can’t argue this cover is amazing!

Synopsis

Ever since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher’s son, sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun has been silent. When the rumors swirled around school, she was silent. When her parents grounded her, she was silent. When her friends abandoned her…silent.

Now, six months later, on a youth group retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallie still can’t find a voice to answer the taunting. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her. Not even meeting Rachel, an outgoing newcomer who isn’t aware of her past, can pull Hallie out of her shell. Being on the defensive for so long has left her raw, and she doesn’t know who to trust.

On a group hike, the incessant bullying pushes Hallie to her limit. When Hallie, Rachel, and Hallie’s former friend Jonah get separated from the rest of the group, the situation quickly turns dire. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to band together.

With past betrayals and harrowing obstacles in their way, Hallie fears they’ll never reach safety. Could speaking up about the night that changed everything close the distance between being lost and found? Or has she traveled too far to come back?

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Charming Covers #1: The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

July 28th, 2014 Kaitlin Posted in Book Talk, Taking Cover 1 Comment »

You know that old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”? I am guilty of judging books by their cover. Of course, if a book has a creative synopsis and good reviews, a bad cover can always be overridden and I will read it anyway, but I’m going to be honest, a good ‘ole dust jacket draws me in.

Among other things, a cover can give the general tone and feeling of a book in just one glance. Like the dark, creepy covers hint at dark, creepier stories, and cute bright ones with girls on the cover are usually adorable contemporaries. I love the way certain covers have a hidden meaning you only get after you read, or how the colors swirl and splatter on the page. Basically, I love covers!

So here is a blog feature Dark Faerie Tales will be adapting. Each week, I will choose a cover of a certain YA book, with an amazing sounding synopsis, that draws me in and talk about what I love about it. I hope I can inspire myself and others to read the books I’m featuring!

So what is the cover for this week’s Charming Covers?

Red Queen

The cover itself of Red Queen is simply gorgeous. Gory, but gorgeous. The simple three-color palette makes me swoon — they couldn’t have chosen a better bluish-white to bring together the glaring difference between the silver and red. Another reason I love it is because it makes me remember the cover of The False King, a book I loved so so much. Also, the font. It so simple and elegant.

And when you read the synopsis, certain symbolism shines through. The crown is silver, and obviously beautifully crafted. Rich and fancy like the silver-blooded in this novel. Then there is the red blood that drips down the side of the crown, making the silver impure. Basically, like the main character in this book, posing as someone she is not. I can’t wait to see her adapt to the silver world as she struggles internally and helps out with a rebellion. If that were me, I’d have a lot on my mind, and I can’t wait to see how it will go down. Finally, you see that the crown is overturned. I’m not positive what this means, but I’m guessing it is hinting towards the rebellion that is starting.

Lately, I have been pining for fantasy books. Not dystopian, sci-fi, or fantasy books set in a modern world. I want fantasy — a whole kingdom filled with chaos, love, and magic. Something where I can invest myself in the world-building. The cover and synopsis of Red Queen promises all that plus action and violence. It sounds like Graceling or The False King with certain differences that make it unique and original. I have never heard of a plot like this, so I’m excited. I swear, I will get my hands on a copy of this baby.

Synopsis:

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn’t know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

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Taking Cover & Giveaway: Blood Beyond Darkness by S. M. Brown

June 9th, 2014 Kristie Posted in Taking Cover Comments Off

Stacey Marie BrownWe have a beautiful cover to share with you today for Blood Beyond Darkness by Stacey Marie Brown. Blood Beyond Darkness is the fourth and final novel in the Darkness series. This novel will be released in August.

A huge thanks to Stacey Marie Brown for today’s giveaway. A grand prize ARC of Blood Beyond Darkness will be given to one lucky reader. Five additional readers will receive (winner’s choice!) an ebook copy of any of Stacey’s novels.

About Stacey:

Stacey Marie Brown by day is an Interior/Set Designer, by night a writer of Paranormal Fantasy, Adventure, and Literary Fiction. She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. Even before she could write, she was creating stories and making up intricate fantasies. Writing came as easy as breathing. She later turned that passion into acting, living and traveling abroad, and designing. Though she had never stopped writing, moving back to San Francisco seemed to have brought it back to the forefront and this time it would not be ignored.

When she’s not writing she’s out hiking, spending time with friends, traveling, listening to music, or designing.

You can visit Stacey around the web here: Website | DOL Facebook | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Stacey Marie Brown?

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Grand Prize Drawing: 1 ARC of Blood Beyond Darkness!

Five additional readers will win an ebook of Stacey’s (Winner’s Choice)!

Blood Beyond Darkness

Available August 2014 from Twisted Fairy Publishing

About this Book:

After months of searching, Ember and her friends have finally located the Sword of Light, the only weapon capable of destroying Queen Aneira and ending her rule. This is Ember’s destiny. Or so she thought. Now a pact to save the man she loves changes everything.

In this final installment in the Darkness Series, when the truth comes to light, Ember will learn some things are better left in the dark as her world is ripped even further apart. It is no longer a rabbit hole, but a never-ending black void full of endless lies, betrayals, and secrets.

The fight for Earth has begun, and Ember will have to make the ultimate sacrifice to save millions of innocent lives and those she loves.

But this price may be too high—even for her.

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Taking Cover: Incarnate by Anton Strout

April 25th, 2014 Kristie Posted in Taking Cover 6 Comments »

Anton StroutUrban Fantasy author Anton Strout is pleased to announce the third and final installment of his Spellmason Chronicles, Incarnate, coming to readers’ bookshelves and e-readers on September 30th from Penguin/Ace Books. Like the two previous books in the series, Alchemystic and Stonecast, the book will focus on spellmason Alexandra Belarus, who has the ability to give stone life-like qualities, and Stanis, the centuries-old gargoyle who has sworn to protect her. At the end of Stonecast, readers were left at a point of high tension with lots of questions still unanswered. Incarnate promises to deliver answers by way of a fast-paced adventure with all the action and snarky humor Strout’s fans have grown to love. Want to know our thoughts on the first book in the series, Alchemystic? Read my review here.

One lucky reader will win the first book in the Spellmason Chronicles, Alchemystic! A huge thank you to Anton for this giveaway.

About Anton:

Born in the Berkshire Hills, Strout currently lives in the haunted corn maze that is New Jersey (where nothing paranormal ever really happens, he assures you). He’s the author of the Simon Canderous urban fantasy series and the Spellmason Chronicles, both for Ace Books, as well as many short tales published in anthologies by DAW Books.

In his scant spare time, Strout is a sometimes actor, sometimes musician, occasional RPGer, and the world’s most casual and controller smashing video gamer. He currently works in the exciting world of publishing, which he assures is as glamorous as it sounds.

You can visit Anton around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Anton Strout?

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When Alexandra Belarus discovered her family’s secret ability to breathe life into stone, she uncovered an entire world of magic hidden within New York City—a world she has accidentally thrown into chaos. A spell gone awry has set thousands of gargoyles loose upon Manhattan, and it’s up to Lexi and her faithful protector, Stanis, to put things right.

But the stress of saving the city is casting a pall over Lexi and Stanis’s relationship, driving them to work separately to solve the problem. As Stanis struggles to unite the gargoyle population, Lexi forges unlikely alliances with witches, alchemists and New York’s Finest to quell an unsettling uprising led by an ancient and deadly foe long thought vanquished.

To save her city, Lexi must wield more power than ever before with the added hope of recovering a mysterious artifact that could change her world—and bring her closer to Stanis than she ever thought possible…

Available September 30, 2014 from Ace/Penguin


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Alexandra Belarus is a struggling artist living in New York City, even though her family is rich in real estate, including a towering Gothic Gramercy Park building built by her great-great-grandfather. But the truth of her bloodline is revealed when she is attacked on the street and saved by an inhumanly powerful winged figure. A figure who knows the Belarus name…

Lexi’s great-great-grandfather was a Spellmason—an artisan who could work magic on stone. But in his day, dark forces conspired against him and his, so he left a spell of protection on his family. Now that Lexi is in danger, the spell has awoken her ancestor’s most trusted and fearsome creation: a gargoyle named Stanis.

Lexi and Stanis are equally surprised to find themselves bound to each other. But as they learn to work together, they realize that only united can they save the city they both love…

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Cover Reveal: Tempting the Bodyguard by Jennifer L. Armentrout

April 22nd, 2014 Kelly Posted in Taking Cover Comments Off

Jennifer L. ArmentroutDark Faerie Tales is excited to participate in the cover reveal for the newest Gamble Brothers novel Tempting the Bodyguard by Jennifer L. Armentrout writing as J. Lynn! The 3rd novel in the Gamble Brothers series will be released on May 12, 2014 from Entangled Publishing.

About Jennifer:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

You can visit Jennifer around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Jennifer L. Armentrout?

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Available May 12, 2014 from Entangled Publishing

About the Book:

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

He can protect her from everyone except himself.

Alana Gore is in danger. A take-no-prisoners publicist, her way with people has   made her more than a few enemies over the years, but a creepy stalker is an entirely different matter. She needs a bodyguard, and the only man she can ask is not only ridiculously hot, but reputed to have taste for women that goes beyond adventurous.

Chandler Gamble has one rule: don’t protect anyone you want to screw. But with Alana, he’s caught between his job and his increasingly hard libido. On one hand, Alana needs his help. On the other, Chandler wants nothing more than to take the hot volcano of a woman in hand. To make her writhe in pleasure, until she’s at his complete mercy.

She needs protection. He needs satisfaction. And the moment the line is crossed, all hell will break loose…

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