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Top Ten Tuesday – November 12, 2013: Top Ten Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic:  Ten Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

Well, of course I spent WAY too much time on this, deciding to redesign the covers myself. Therefore, you only get two today because I am in no way a graphic designer and ideas as well as Photoshop take me forever hahaha. The “new designs” aren’t fantastic either (again, lack of skillz), but you’ll get the gist of what I wish they could be!

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The Book of Broken Hearts – Sarah Ockler

This is one of my FAVORITE books and the cover does it no justice. I do love the purple on the original cover but what a STOCK IMAGE. God, I hate that book folded into a heart. The flower, the book, ugh. Just has nothing to do with the book (well, the book does, but not the way it’s pictured. ICK.) so I chose to redesign this cover with something I felt was a teensy bit better. Still not 100% the way I envisioned it in my head, but Photoshoppin’ ain’t easy! I wanted this book once full of love torn up! So there you see the general idea of what I would have liked this cover to be!

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The Summer I Became A Nerd – Leah Rae Miller

Again, not EXACTLY how I wanted the “new” cover to come out, but I just didn’t like this girl’s legs in the background. Her shoes, her costume jewelry, weirdly shiny legs…? Just not working for the cover. That’s not even nerdy. Not a fan of the font either. My re-imagination isn’t exactly how I wanted this to turn out either, but you struggle with Photoshop for a few hours and you take what you can get haha! Anyway, I just wanted it to be a bit “nicer”… If I could have done it the way I wanted it to and not turned out crappy, I probably would have thrown something silly or cute on there like a pair of glasses or formulas or comic books. You know. I tried, but it wasn’t turning out the way I wanted it to, so I settled with summer, whimsical, and neat.

More Covers That Could Use a Facelift…

      

The Beginning of Everything – Robyn Schneider
Sweet Evil (Sweet Trilogy #1) – Wendy Higgins
A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) – George R.R. Martin
Sisters In Sanity – Gayle Forman

  • I LOVED The Beginning of Everything and I totally understand WHY the roller coaster is on the cover… But I don’t think it’s a big enough part of the story to be on the cover. Technically, it involved a secondary character AND it wasn’t even a roller coaster like a Six Flags theme park — it was a ride at Disneyland. I don’t think it should be the main focus of the cover although I LOVE the image and the color.
  • I totally fangirled over Sweet Evil when I first read it but… it even stated in the book that Anna wasn’t a girl who wore dresses. So why is she in a prom dress on the cover? She never wore a dress the entire book. It’s a striking cover and gorgeous, but not applicable to the book at all except for the fact that the main characters are on there.
  • A Game of Thrones is a pretty freaking epic book and an epic start to an epic series. So why is the cover so dull? (The rest of the series follows suit…)
  • Gayle Forman’s first YA fiction novel Sisters In Sanity is a little lesser-known but I still really enjoyed it! But what’s up with the cover? I’m not quite sure what the flowers are for…?

      

Life After Theft – Aprilynne Pike
Before I Fall – Lauren Oliver
Bloodlines (Bloodlines #1) – Richelle Mead
Lola and the Boy Next Door – Stephanie Perkins

  • Life After Theft was from a male POV… So why is Kimberlee on the cover instead of Jeff?
  • The cover of Before I Fall is kind of scary. You can’t see the rest of this girl’s body and it almost looks like…. it’s not attached to anything? She also looks really young and I actually thought this was an MG book for the longest time. I thought the main character was like, 12 and not in high school. Laying in the field also has nothing to do with the book…
  • I actually didn’t think the Vampire Academy series was TOO bad but for some reason I feel like the Bloodlines series got even more soap opera-looking. I also feel like this burgundy color is just really dark for a background.
  • Lola’s eyes seem REALLY big on the cover of Lola and The Boy Next Door haha. I also feel like aside from the two models on the cover, everything looks really Photoshoppy.

So sorry there are only two actual designs today! I wanted to give you an ACTUAL new cover design instead of just listing them though! The rest you just get listed line by line! I think a lot of these covers could have been designed a BIT more carefully and I wish I could seem the redesigned! I know Lola got a new cover recently but ehhhh. I’m still not a huge fan!

Cover Reveal & Giveway: AWAKEN by JAIME GUERARD

I’ve been following author Jaime Guerard on WordPress for a while now and I was so excited when she approached me to be part of her cover reveal! Jamie Guerard is super sweet and so much fun to follow. It’s been awesome seeing her posts of all of the exciting steps she’s gone through to get her book published and released to the public! I’m really excited and honored to be a part of her cover reveal.

COVER REVEAL

TITLE: AWAKEN
AUTHOR: JAIME GUERARD
GENRE: YA PARANORMAL ROMANTIC THRILLER
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: MARCH 15, 2013
AGE GROUP: 14 – 20+
COVER DESIGNER: ALLIE BRENNAN (B DESIGN)
MOON IMAGE/TREE DESIGNER: STEVEN ASKEW (RED AND BLACK WALLPAPERS)

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BOOK DESCRIPTION

Three things run through my mind at this very moment…
ONE, my life as I once knew it will never be the same.
TWO, the person I’m in love with might not even exist.
THREE, the deception that has unfolded before me has the power of life and death.



Sixteen year old, Breanna Davis, has heard the saying; life isn’t always what it seems…well, that saying rings true now more than ever. As horrifying visions appear before her, revealing tragedies that will forever change the fate of those she loves, she realizes that she may be the only person who can stop them from becoming reality.

Amongst the chaos of this new discovery, Bre is faced with a stranger, Eve, who moves in on Bre’s friends and begins to follow her every move. As Eve’s true motives begin to surface, Bre must fight against, not only the visions, but the dangers Eve holds close.

There is another secret kept- Collin, a boy held captive in Bre’s dreams, the boy she is secretly falling in love with but isn’t sure he even exists. As she tries to make it work with Austin, an old friend who could possibly be more, Bre battles against her feelings for Collin.

Bre is faced with an almost impossible decision, to choose her life or follow her destiny. If she doesn’t intercede, people will certainly die. If she does, her own life could be at stake. In the end, if she fails, she’ll lose everything.

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About the Author (from her About.Me page): Nevada born and Northern California raised, Jaime has combined her passion for writing and suspenseful romantic thrillers with the culmination of her debut novel series set to be released late 2012–early 2013. With more projects on the way, her time is spent writing, editing and raising her family. For more information, visit: www.JaimeGuerard.wordpress.com or www.facebook.com/jaimeguerardbooks

You can also find Jaime at the links below!

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SWEET PERIL by Wendy Higgins – Cover Reveal!

Friends!!! As you know, I fangirled quite hard when I first read SWEET EVIL by Wendy Higgins. Now I will fangirl just a bit more because THE SEQUEL IS COMING OUT THIS SPRING!!! Officially titled SWEET PERIL, this exciting sequel will be released in April 2013. And even more exciting is…. now we have an official cover for the book! Without further ado (drum roll please…..)

SWEET PERIL!!!!

So, what do you think? Looks like we’re in for an edgier Anna and more of some smoldering Kaidan!

Here are some more details about the exciting upcoming release, including a little blurb to tell us what this book holds in store for Anna and Kaidan:

About the Book: Anna Whitt, daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a claim. She’d been naive about a lot of things. Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.
When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?
Publication Date:  April 30, 2013 from HarperTeen
Book 3 of The Sweet Trilogy, Sweet Reckoning, is slated for spring/summer 2014.

Sweet Peril on Goodreads | Preorder on Amazon | Preorder on Barnes & Noble | Preorder on The Book Depository

About the Author: Wendy Higgins was born in Alaska, grew up an Army brat, and lived all over the United States before settling in the Washington, DC area. She attended George Mason University for her undergrad degree in creative writing, and Radford University for her masters in curriculum and instruction. Wendy taught 9th and 12th grade English in a rural school before becoming a mother and author. She now lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son. Sweet Peril is her second novel.

Wendy Higgins Website | Wendy Higgins on Twitter | Author’s Facebook

Also, there is a pretty SWEET giveaway (seriously – these are some awesome prizes) hosted by S.M. Johnston! I’m sure you won’t want to miss your chance to enter!!!