Friday, August 17, 2012
Hellooo everybodee! It's time for another round of Cover Dazed, my own featurette spotlighting New & BEAUTIFUL covers! I mean, I don't know about you but I could sit and browse covers for hours! Woot! I have some lovely ones today so look and read on.

The Fairest Beauty

Author: Melanie Dickerson
Will Release: 12. 3. 12
 Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother's jealousy, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be Sophie's one chance at freedom—but can she trust another person to keep her safe?

Gabe defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the girome
l's inner and outer beauty has enchanted him. Though romance is impossible—she is his brother's future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to sone else—he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what. When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help—but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them—they must also protect their hearts.

Isn't this cover beautiful? I only recently discovered it so I have no idea how long it's been out, but I'm thunderstruck. Gorgeousness! And this looks like a totally cool retelling of Snow White! Double Score!

Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Will Release: 1. 22. 13
There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away. That’s why they make the perfect assassins. The Institute finds these people when they’re young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.

Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute’s monitoring. But now they’ve ID’ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can’t make the hit. It’s as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are—because no one else ever notices them.

Ooh-la-la! Isn't this intriguing and stunning and GORGEOUS! Woot! I totally give this cover, and synopsis a thumbs up! I enjoyed Jennifer's Raised by Wolves, and I'm totally intrigued by this new one. Totally gonna check out this latest assasin book! (Is it just me or has there been a lot of those lately?)

Special Feature: Perception (w/excerpt)

Author: Lee Strauss (FB / GR / Site)
Seventeen year old Zoe Vanderveen is a GAP—a genetically altered person. She lives in the security of a walled city on prime water-front property along side other equally beautiful people with extended life spans. Her brother Liam is missing.

Noah Brody is a natural who lives on the outside. He leads protests against the GAPs and detests the widening chasm they’ve created between those who have and those who don’t. He doesn’t like girls like Zoe and he has good reason not to like her specifically. Zoe’s carefree life takes a traumatic turn. She’s in trouble and it turns out that Noah, the last guy on earth she should trust, is the only one who can help her.

Lee asked me to share this as a part of the release cover reveal! Doesn't this look fantastical? I think it's beautiful. The book sounds awesome as well so I'm for sure hoping to get this one in hand ASAP! As part of this special reveal I've got an awesome book excerpt for you!

I balanced on my surfboard, right thigh burning and salt water stinging my eyes, while the best wave of the early morning carried me like a goddess on a pedestal to shore. My older brother Liam and I shared a friendly competition, and it gave me a certain, blissful satisfaction to catch the same wave and to get to shore first.
Beat ya!” I shouted over the noise of the crashing surf.
Seagulls flocked and circled over us, squawking loudly, adding to the cacophony.
The sun glistened off Liam’s damp blond curls as he shook them out. His eyes sparkled as his lips tugged up into a grin. “I let you win.”
Did not!” I smacked him playfully on the arm. “One more ride?”
Liam unzipped his wetsuit letting the top half fall down past his waist. He was in fine form, and I understood why all the girls raved about him. He was responsible for a long list of broken hearts.
I gotta get going,” he said, lifting his board.
I fell into stride beside him, my feet sinking into the cold, wet sand. “So soon?”
He nodded, the glint leaving his eyes. My lips tightened into a frown “You’re taking off with Jackson again?”
Jackson was my boyfriend but lately he’d been spending more time with my brother than he had with me. It was starting to tick me off.
Liam stared straight ahead. “Lab stuff.”
What are you working on?” I rushed to keep up with my brother’s long, strong strides. He flicked his head, tossing the hair out of his eyes but didn’t answer.
Come on,” I knocked into him sideways. “Tell me!”
It’s just stuff.”
Just stuff? Like what? Top CIA stuff? I know you’re smart but I think the government has been doing a good job without your help.”
I meant it as a joke, but Liam huffed. “It’s just stuff, okay? So leave it.”
I stopped short shocked that he’d snapped at me.
He turned around and exhaled, “Zoe, I’m sorry.”
Fine. If you can’t tell me, you can’t tell me.”
We resumed our trek along the beach, and I pushed back my frustration. Liam used to include me in everything. It was always him and me against everyone else. Him and me against Alison and Paul, aka our mom and dad. Him and me against the surf. We were a team. When did we start keeping secrets from each other? Rather, when did he start keeping secrets from me?
Woot! Those are some awesome covers, and fantastic sounding books! And that excerpt from Lee was just crazy good! So many fantastic books! What are your thoughts? Are you Cover Dazed yet? ;)


  1. Thanks for the heads up on the new Melanie Dickerson-I really enjoyed her other fairy tale retellings and I'll definitely want to check this one out!

  2. Oh yea! I didn't know Melanie Dickerson had another book coming out. I loved her book The Healer's Apprentice but haven't read her other one The Merchant's Daughter yet. Nobody and Perception both sound really good. I need to stop adding books to my ridiculously long TBR list, but I can't help it!! Too many great books out there.

    Kathryn @ Clean Teen Fiction

    1. I know what you mean. I've got at lease 2000 books on mine! *sheepish grin*


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