Best Book Covers of 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS

from me to you, spreding the joy of Christmas 🙂

Let’s Vote! Which Book Covers are the best of 2012?

I’ve decided to choose US Covers Vs International Covers that were beyond my favorite.

So what do you like? What do you love? What don’t you like?

Before I Wake

Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)What I like about these covers, are that they haven’t change the theme of each one. With the UK covers they are presented with a gray and mysterious look. The US fit the bill for all of the other covers presenting Kaylee in a dress.(Only a few was present in the books)  I was curious on what the color for Before I Wake was going to be because Rachel have quip that she’s doesn’t wear pink and therefore Kaylee was presented wearing a pink dress. Rachel Loves the Pink cover and went to find a pink sharpie so she can sign the books in pink ink. From what I can tell that it is a one shoulder dress. Its one of my favorite beside the Sapphire (My Soul to Steal) dress and the omnibus covers white (Volume 1) and Black (Volume 2)

I died on a Thursday—killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn’t get it.The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high schoolÂ…Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent “recovering,” she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend.But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life.

Partials

Partials (Partials, #1)I haven’t read many science-fiction books until now, and what made me pick up Dan Wells’s PARTIALS book was based on the inguring  cover. The US cover remains me of an X-Files Theme or something I’ve seen on television on the SYFY channel that was based on the end of the world disasters. Both covers aren’t much different from each other and I could be happy with either one, I’ve seen the second book of this series and it is similar to the first book but has one extra character on the cover facing the future.

The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials–engineered organic beings identical to humans–has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.
Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what’s left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she’s not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them–connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.
Dan Wells, acclaimed author of “I Am Not a Serial Killer,” takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question–one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.

Rift (Nightshade Prequel)

Rift (Nightshade Prequel, #1)Rift I’d personally like the US cover for Rift because it fits the story, the other cover is unclear for the concept of the book, yes there was a love story but that didn’t come til later in the books when the two characters admits their feeling to each other. This book was from the medieval time/era so the other cover doesn’t fit the theme.

Chronicling the rise of the Keepers, this is the stunning prequel to Andrea Cremer’s internationally bestselling Nightshade trilogy!
Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother’s life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the world. She also finds herself falling in love with her mentor, the dashing, brooding, and powerful Barrow Hess. When the knights realize Eira, one of their leaders, is dabbling in dark magic, Ember and Barrow must choose whether to follow Eira into the nether realm or to pledge their lives to destroying her and her kind.
With action, adventure, magic, and tantalizing sensuality, this book is as fast-paced and breathtaking as the Nightshade novels.

Pushing the Limits

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)I like the US editon rather than the UK because you can see the slip cover enlarge on the book, but because I don’t know what UK really is. It is an IMO matter. The cover is so dark and brooding but I love it, I found it drawn to me and I kept thinking I had to pick this book up and read it. Best decison I ever made.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.
Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again

Finale

Finale (Hush, Hush, #4)Finale (Hush, Hush, #4) The epic ending of the HUSH, HUSH series presented a very compelling cover, both version are similar in image and font but across the seas, they use a red font color rather than white or black like the other books in the series. They did a pretty good job on keeping the gray-scale and featuring either Patch or Nora. This time the cover portray what happening in the book, a reach for the love of your life and you’ll do anything to protect him or her.

Fates unfurl in the gripping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Hush, Hush saga.
Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made, and a friend’s ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn—but which sides are they on? And in the end, are there some obstacles even love can’t conquer?

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Pretty in Pink: Before I Wake Review

I want to make this an all out review about Before I Wake . . .

Although Rachel Vincent isn’t fond of pink, neither does Kayless but they choose pink as the next cover color/dress for Kaylee to wear.

Now I had the privilege of winning a Kaylee quote last October and it was a quote from BIW “Turns out not even death can get you out of high school . . .”

While that quote was from the first page of BIW, I found others that I love as well, but first my review which has a few small spoilers (Hence you been Warned)

Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)The Book Description

I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn’t get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school…  Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent “recovering,” she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life….

My Review

Go Kaylee! Go Kaylee! It’s your Birthday! It’s your Birthday! Whoo!
Ok seriously this has been the best of the best of all Soul Screamer series, Praise to Rachel!
What happens to your life after you died? You become an extractor . . . similar to being a reaper but with more abilities and works in the Reclamation department.This includes a few things, you live for eternity, you don’t age, and you can make yourself see or unseen and heard. But the best part of all is spending your afterlife with the hottest Reaper boyfriend in town Tod Hudson.(You should have read IF I DIE if you didn’t know this part) Kaylee struggles with fitting back into the world after she was killed by an incubus teacher seeking a purity soul. Nash Hudson her now ex-boyfriend refuses all contact with his brother and hates Kaylee for framing him. Sabine on the other hand is trying to cut off the Kaylee addiction from Nash but he can’t help it . . . he still refuses to let her go. But we also loses a character in this series, it’s one you’ll never expect. The sixth book of this series brings back a few people from Kaylee’s past, and enemies. So many changes happen while Kaylee was recovering from death, like for example Emma’s new boyfriend, Sophie’s boyfriend who by the way is a necromancer, and somehow Harmony and Brendon? The Kaylee and Tod romance are to die for, making you wish that Tod Hudson was real! Kaylee’s dad struggles with the fast pace relationship between Tod and his daughter, but hey what father wouldn’t worries?

My thoughts . . .

I love how Kaylee is so grown up in this book but what I love even more is the chemistry she and Tod had, now don’;t get me wrong Nash and her had some chemistry between them but after Nash’s addiction that all change. Now Sabine and kaylee seems to have mended a small friendship a little before she died but that’s only because Sabine got what she wants . . . Nash. Although poor Nash is still struggling with betrayal, framing, and heartbreak, he even showed up at Kaylee’s house when he was drunk and that was funny. Then a twist in time where people from Kaylee’s past returns and that includes people from My Soul To Take, My Soul To Keep, and even If I Die.  So watch out!

Quotes I Love

“This is the only time /i feel real, Tod. Only when I’m touching you. I wish it could be like this forever.” ~ Kaylee

“Everytime I see you, I want to touch you, and I’m a little stunned eery time you do.” ~ Tod

“Because he knew it would traumatize you, and your trauma is like his chocolate-fudge brownie, It’s yummy.” ~ Alec

“You want me to be your understudy? I’m not sure I have the dark with to pull that off.” ~ Nash

“The world lost something when you died, Tod, and I know that wasn’t easy for your family. But the world’s loss was Kaylee’s gain. I hope the two of you hae the forever her mother and I never got.” ~ Kaylee’s Dad

Before I Wake

The Review I wanted to express @ Goodread . . . But this contains Spoilers 🙂

Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)Go Kaylee! Go Kaylee! It’s your Birthday! It’s your Birthday! Whoo!

Ok seriously this has been the best of the best of all Soul Screamer series, Praise to Rachel!

What happens to your life after you died? You become an extractor . . . similar to being a reaper but with more abilities and works in the Reclamation department. This includes a few things, you live for eternity, you don’t age, and you can make yourself see or unseen and heard. But the best part of all is spending your afterlife with the hottest Reaper boyfriend in town Tod Hudson. (You should have read IF I DIE if you didn’t know this part)

Kaylee struggles with fitting back into the world after she was killed by an incubus teacher seeking a purity soul. Nash Hudson her now ex-boyfriend refuses all contact with his brother and hates Kaylee for framing him. Sabine on the other hand is trying to cut off the Kaylee addiction from Nash but he couldn’t help it . . . he still refuses to let her go. The sixth book of this series brings back a few people from Kaylee’s past, and enemies. So many changes happen while Kaylee was recovering from death, like for example Emma’s new boyfriend, Sophie’s boyfriend who by the way is a necromancer, and somehow Harmony and Brendon? The Kaylee and Tod romance are to dying for, making you wish that Tod Hudson was real! Kaylee’s dad struggles with the fast pace relationship between Tod and his daughter, but hey what father wouldn’t worries?

 

There is so much that I want to say about this book!

As weird as it sounds Kaylee seem to always have a weapon, no not just any weapon . . . THE Weapon that killed her! Apparently she uses it to obtain the stolen souls, plus there a necklace that Madeline gives her called Amphora which is a heart-shape locket. So in visual aids, I present Kaylee as Xena the Warrior Princess. I couldn’t find a dual Dagger online but Xena colse enough 🙂 And the heart shape locket.

 

Now for the Spoilers talk, what happens in this exciting sixth book of the Soul Screamer Series?

What can I possibly list? Well there’s a few people that comes back, a drunken Nash, Sabine’s brutal honsetly, Emma’s Candy stripper costume, Sophie part of the gang, Tod and Kaylee’s first time, Kaylee’s birthday bash. There are so many!

So I’ll start wherever . . . That way you can figure out where those scenes are 🙂

What first got me blown away is the maturity that the characters becomes, espically Kaylee, she seems so grown up! Tod and Kaylee are MADLY IN LOVE with each other! Now I still have a soft spot for Nash considering what the poor guy been going through . . . withdrawals, loss of friends/teammates, losing his girlfriend to his dead brother, trying to get past the fact that he was frame for murder!

Sabine was . . . should I say “right” about the situation at hands, but with the deal she and Kaylee made, she got what she wanted . . . well sort of? If you say sex can fix everything for a moment.  Plus she has a rader of virginity and non-virginity . . . weird? YES.

Sophie, we all hated her right? Well now let’s start liking her more because she’s now involved along with her necromancer Luca (You’ll have to read Never To Sleep to leanr how those two met . . . and no I haven’t read that novella yet).

Kaylee seem to found her sexy side with Tod, and one sexy moment involves Emma’s Candy Stripper Costume from Halloween . . . But that turns out to be a “Turn Off” when Thane decide to rip her shirt in half that she had to put the costume on.

YES Thane is back, but so are people from My Soul To Take . . . Plus Avari who is obessessed with getting Kaylee’s “SOUL” because it pure and very rare. But then there were other hellions that came into play.

Ooh Nash shows up at Kaylee . . . drunk. Really? it was a desperate cry to win her back. Being drunk doesnt work Nash . . . sorry 😦

OH the moment we were waiting for . . . Kaylee’s first time, I can’t say for Tod because he already done it before he died. But this moment was important to Tod as well. And Kaylee’s dad? doesnt approve quite yet because he believe that those two were going to fast. But hey when you’re madly in love you cant help it.

I saved the best part for last, This book presented Kaylee’s birthday! She “WAS” turning 17     

 

 

Happy Book day!

This is just a little shout out to a great Author Rachel Vincent, who always gives herself a moment of the doubt.

Now who is Rachel Vincent?

Rachel Vincent is the author of the Shifters series, from Mira books. Stray, Rogue, Pride, Prey, Shift, and Alpha are available in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia, and are being published in Turkey, Norway, Sweden, Finland, India, France, and Italy.

Also, look for the Soul Screamers books, Rachel’s young adult series! My Soul to Take, My Soul to Save, My Soul to Keep, My Soul To Steal, and If I Die are available now, and Before I Wake will be on the shelf in the US and Canada on June 26, 2012. The Soul Screamers series is also being published in the UK, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Vietnam, Thailand, and Spain.

Rachel’s new adult series Unbound debuted with Blood Bound on August 23, 2011 in the US and the UK, to be followed by Shadow Bound on May 22, 2012.

Rachel will be writing an new Adult and YA series, she’ll be working on them as soon the re-edits of WAMS (Soul Screamers book 7: With All My Soul) and shiny up Oath Bound. So she “expects” to have the new books out in 2014. Yes it a long time to wait . . . BUT we have WAMS and Oath Bound in 2013 plus maybe a Novella or two.  “All Infom are taken found on Rachel Vincent’s WordPress Blog”

Today her next installment of the Soul Screamer: Before I Wake came out today! Happy Book Day!

Give her a round of applauses! Whooo! Although she is not done with the series, she will be shortly closing this chapter of her writing world.

WAMS (With All My Soul) will be indeed the last of the Soul Screamer installment but cross your fingers for one more Novella.

If you haven’t read her Soul Screamers yet, you better jubmp on that train because it coming to an end (But please don’t attempt to really jump onto a moving train)

Some of the Platforms that you can get on the SS Train, are Fiktshun, RV FaceBook, RKV Twitter, RV WordPress, Harlequin Teen, or Mira Ink.

So What is BEFORE I WAKE about? Here’s is the Goodreads Descriptions plus a photo of the cover

Spoilers from IF I DIE (be forewarned!)

Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn’t get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school…  Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent “recovering,” she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life….