Stunning Covers: Take One!

( This was partly inspired by The Story Siren's Books To Pine Posts, but mostly it's just me wanting to talk about books that are coming out in what seems like the way distant future. :) )

I recently came upon several Young Adult 2010 catalogs which are filled with SOOO many great books! Seriously, I think I've added over 200 books to my wishlist over the past couple of days. :)

Anyway, with this I decided to give you all I glance at some of the titles that I'm personally dying to read and would love to talk about!

The Extroaordinary Secrets of April, May, and June by Robin Benway ( This looks sooo fantastic!)

Three sisters, three extraordinary, life-changing powers!

I hugged my sisters and they fit against my sides like two jigsaw pieces that would never fit anywhere else. I couldn’t imagine ever letting them go again, like releasing them would be to surrender the best parts of myself.

Three sisters share a magical, unshakeable bond in this witty high-concept novel from the critically acclaimed author of Audrey, Wait! Around the time of their parents’ divorce, sisters April, May, and June recover special powers from childhood—powers that come in handy navigating the hell that is high school. Powers that help them cope with the hardest year of their lives. But could they have a greater purpose?

April, the oldest and a bit of a worrier, can see the future. Middle-child May can literally disappear. And baby June reads minds—everyone’s but her own. When April gets a vision of disaster, the girls come together to save the day and reconcile their strained family. They realize that no matter what happens, powers or no powers, they’ll always have each other.

Because there’s one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood.
Spells by Aprilynne Pike ( Haven't read the first one yet, but I coudln't resist posting the cover ( so pretty!) and summary)

Six months have passed since Laurel saved the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Now she must spend her summer there and hone her skills as a Fall faerie. But Laurel quickly realizes that her human family and friends are still in mortal danger and the gateway to Avalon is more compromised than ever.

When it comes time to protect those she loves, will she depend on David, her human boyfriend, for help? Or will she turn to Tamani, the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable?

In this stunning follow-up to the #1 nationally bestselling Wings, Aprilynne Pike continues to weave Laurel’s story with unique magic, heartstopping action, and thrilling romance. Spells will leave teens breathlessly awaiting the next novel.

The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong ( I adore this sereis!)

Chloe Saunders would love to be normal.

But she’s not.

For one thing, Chloe’s having a hard time dealing with her feelings for both an irritable, antisocial werewolf and his charming, sweet-tempered brother—who just happens to be a sorcerer—and she’s leaning toward the werewolf. Not normal.
She and her friends are also on the run from an evil corporation that wants to get rid of them—permanently. Definitely not normal.

In this final installment to the tremendously popular Darkest Powers trilogy, which includes New York Times bestsellers The Summoning and The Awakening, Kelley Armstrong delivers another irresistible combination of supernatural suspense and high-action thrills. This fast-paced finale is the best in the series!
And finally, Chloe is a genetically altered necromancer who can raise the dead, rotting corpses and all, without even trying. As far away from normal as it gets.

Brilliant by Rachel Vail ( I love Rachel's books!)

Consistently praised by readers and reviewers for her authenticity, warmth, wit, and penetrating insight, Rachel Vail brings her finely honed voice to the issues closest to the hearts of teen readers—friendship, school, family, love, and growing up.
In Brilliant, the conclusion to the Avery sisters trilogy, Rachel Vail delivers the ultimate summer story. Sixteen-year-old Quinn is in love, but it’s not that simple. Quinn is just about perfect: She doesn’t make a fuss—even when her family is facing the loss of their home and a financial meltdown; she doesn’t get angry—even when her younger sister screams her head off straight in Quinn’s direction; and she certainly does not fall head-over-heels for a guy totally out of her league and then mistakenly go off and kiss her sister’s boyfriend…till now.
Rachel Vail concludes her compelling sisterhood trilogy with her most dramatic story yet. Timely, poignant, witty, and heartwarming, Brilliant is the perfect conclusion to Vail’s interconnected and inspiring sister stories.

Stranded by J.T. Dutton ( Stunning cover!)

Who abandoned Baby Grace?
A farmer’s discovery in his cornfield thrusts a small farm town into a raging media frenzy—and Kelly Louise into a new home. Who knew a person could feel so completely stranded somewhere with national news coverage?
How is Kelly Louise supposed to shed her virginal status when the baby in the cornfield shadows her every hair flip, every wink? And the one boy around who rates anywhere near acceptable on the Maximum Man Scale only has eyes for her cousin, Natalie (who only has eyes for Jesus).
But Natalie has a secret. Everyone is so busy burying the truth about Baby Grace, they can’t see who they’re burying alive.
Welcome to Heaven, Iowa.

Compromised By Heidi Ayarbe ( Again, this looks great!)

With a con-man dad and a long-gone mom, the only thing that makes sense to Maya is science. In fact, every time her dad’s cons go wrong, she has a scientific way to fix it, to keep both of them safe and together.

Only this time Maya’s scientific method doesn’t work. She finds herself stuck in an orphanage, and then living on the street, where scientific laws don’t apply, with two unlikely allies, and she has to learn to live on instinct alone. But when Maya goes off in search of an aunt she’s never met in hopes of finding some semblance of stability in her chaotic world, she finds something even more important: her own strength.

Wayfarer by R.J. Anderson ( Oooh, I've been dying to read this since I read R.J.'s debut novel!)
The faeries of the oak are dying, and it's up to a lone fairy named Linden to find a way to restore their magic. Linden travels bravely into dangerous new territory, where she enlists the help of an unlikely friend—a human named Timothy. Soon they discover something much worse than the Oakenfolk’s loss of magic: a potent evil that threatens the fate of all faeries. In a fevered, desperate chase across the country, Timothy and Linden risk their lives to seek an ancient power before it’s too late to save everyone they love.
R. J. Anderson has artfully crafted a world of stunning magic, thrilling adventure, and delicate beauty, where a girl far from home must defeat the pervasive evil befalling her beloved faery realm.
Friend Is Not a Verb by Daniel Ehrenhaft ( What a great title)

From the author of the Edgar Award–winning The Wessex Papers comes a hilariously offbeat novel about Henry “Hen” Birnbaum, a teenage boy who dreams of becoming a rock star despite a minor setback, namely: his girlfriend just dumped him and kicked him out of their band. Now his social life consists of night after night of VH1 marathons with his best friend and next-door neighbor, the neurotic Emma Wood.
Then there’s the matter of Sarah, his sister, who mysteriously disappeared for a whole year and just as mysteriously returned. As the story unfolds, the reasons for her disappearance seem more unbelievable than Henry ever could have imagined. Maybe rock god status isn’t too farfetched for Henry. After all, crazier things have happened.

Lost For Words by Alice Kuipers ( Again interesting premise)

Ever since Sophie Baxter’s sister was killed in the London terrorist bombings, she has retreated into herself. But there’s only so long she can keep everything bottled up inside before she explodes, and Sophie comes to realize that she must confront the horror of her past before she can face the future.
Up-and-coming talent Alice Kuipers lets her teen sensibility, humor, and fresh perspective shine in this remarkable story of family, hope, and perseverance in the face of tragedy.

Whisper by Phoebe Kitanidis ( Love the sound of htis one!)

Joy is used to Hearing whispers—to walking down the street and instantly knowing people’s deepest, darkest desires. She uses this talent for good, to make people happy and give them what they want. But for her older sister, Jessica, the family gift is a curse and she uses it to make people’s lives—especially Joy’s—miserable. Still, when Joy Hears a mysterious and frightening whisper from Jessica’s own mind, she knows she has to save her sister, even if it means running away with a boy she barely knows—a boy who may have a dark secret of his own.
Whisper is a thrilling debut novel from talented newcomer Phoebe Kitanidis.
Mistwood by Leah Cypess ( This has been compared to Graceling, which makes it a must read to me! )

Isabel is a shape-shifter, able to shift at will into any animal form. She senses that her power is great. She knows—deep in her soul—that she exists only to protect the king and the royal family. But when she awakens in Mistwood to the sound of approaching horses, she can’t remember anything and she flees. How long has she been in the forest? Who hurt her? Why is she hiding—because it is certain she is hiding. Who are these men riding after her with such determination? And most importantly, why can’t she shift?
Captured and thrust into the mysterious and dangerous royal court, Isabel must uncover her past, separate the truth of her heart from the legend of her magic, and, above all, keep the unbearably handsome new king safe. Even if protecting him means disaster for her. An astounding debut.

Since, I have some more to share, look for Part 2 coming soon! :)

* Please take note that covers and summaries are subject to change at any moment* 


  1. Those are so awesome, thanks!

    You definitely need to read Wings asap(:

  2. I love the cover for The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June! The story looks interesting, too.

  3. Those all look fantastic! Thanks for sharing these :) What YA catalogs do you look through?

  4. Wow, so many great picks!

    I really like the cover for Spells--so pretty :)

  5. wow, beautiful covers! Thanks for charing, I'll definitely add some on my wish list! ;)

  6. OMG OMG OMG! Wayfarer=drool raised to the infinite power! Spells is awesome so gorgeous!

  7. did you just copy the images out of the catalog? that's really looked down on, especially if the author hasn't even been able to officially release the cover yet. and a lot of times the covers in the catalogs aren't final.

    but maybe you got them online somewhere? just wondered.

  8. Great list, every single one of them sound amazing.

  9. Great list, every single one of them sound amazing.

  10. Anonymous: Most of the covers have just began (or have already been for several MONTHS) going around on the internet. ( Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Other blog websites, author website, exc.). Also, almost all the summaries are from those sites, too. I just got my first hand knowledge of the said books from the catalogs, then browsed the internet for more information. Thanks for the concern, though I personally fell like I have done nothing wrong, because of the facts stated above.

  11. well that's interesting. considering i did some searching of my own and was unable to find a lot of the cover art except on goodreads where YOU uploaded them.

    maybe you should provide the author website/amazon/barnes and noble links?

  12. oh yeah! i want ALL of those books!

  13. oh yeah! i want ALL of those books!

  14. These look great! I think Mistwood is my fav cover.

  15. I'm in love with most of them. Such stunning covers. And that's an awesome thing we'll have a Robin Benway book next year! :D

  16. Wow. Seriously. This is dangerous for my TBR list. What looks most appealing to me:
    The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June

    Are you noticing the same pattern I am? I think the newest trend is paranormal abilities in everyday MCs. Definitely a trend in the Tenners debuts, and one that I'm happy about!

  17. They all sound great! I really like Whisper's plot - can't wait for it to be out.

  18. Wow, so many cool new books to add to the tbr list!

  19. Wow, such a great list, and so many books I wasn't aware of! I'm already looking forward to reading Robin Benway's new book. The premise sounds like fun!

  20. Hey Lauren! Your post was voted "Most Likely To See The Future" in the First Novels Club first bloggers superlatives


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