Friday Favorites is a weekly meme hosted here, that spotlights a favorite author, book, series, publisher, cover, blog, etc. Basically whatever bookish thing that you love, recommend, and want to tell others about. Just pick one and link up to my post each Friday to share. You can use the graphic I used above, the other one here, or your own.
I normally spotlight the book covers I love once a quarter, but I decided I may be doing it more often. Today are the covers that stood out to me that I've seen for books published in June and July. Here they are:
A Little Something Different: I love just how adorably cute this looks. I also like that it's not a cover that looks like any other cover I've seen. I also love the bench and tree, which seems to relate to the story.
Sisters' Fate: I have liked all of the covers in this series. I love this one for the colors in the background, but mostly for the three sisters and how only the one is turned.
Fiendish: This cover is just amazingly creepy! I love how it looks and portrays the story. It's not one I'll be reading, but still it's a great cover.
Let's Get Lost: I love the map and the little travel log. It's simple, but perfect for this story.
Illusive: I loved this cover the first time I saw it. I love how you can see the shadow of the girl and how the title is in those big block letters that look like they are really resting on the street.
Strange and Ever After: This is another series that I have really liked every cover from. I love the formal, but oriental kind of look. I love the colors and the way the model is portrayed as well.
The Kiss of Deception: This has got to be one of my favorite covers for the year! I just love everything about it: her being in the field, the darkening sky, the two men in opposite directions, the flowers in her hair (which is in the story), the overall vintage look... Yep. Just love it! :)
Midnight Thief: I also loved this cover from the first... Yes, love at first sight. ;) I love the mysterious look and the way the doorknocker looks. I'm not sure exactly what the cover was trying to portray from the story, except the cat I get, but I still love it.
The Defiant: I love how creative and technical/sci-fi this cover looks. All the covers in this series are really interesting like this. It's just a creative and intriguing way to portray the cover. I also love the color green, so maybe I'm also a little biased.
Full Steam Ahead: This cover cracks me up! I love how she's getting blown with steam and how her eyes are wide and he's got that partial smile. I also love her dress and the background that is perfect for this time period. A Lady of Willowgrove Hall: Just gorgeous! Love the dress. Love the garden and manor in front of her. Love the colors. Just love it! The Butterfly and the Violin: This cover is just beautiful! I love the symbolism of the butterfly, the woman, the architecture... It portrays this novel well.
Which covers do you like? Did I miss one of your favorites? Do you have a favorite to share this week?
YA Paranormal, Urban Fantasy Hardcover, 725 Pages
May 27th 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry
In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother.
Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.
The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?
When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned...
Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!
YA Historical Urban Fantasy Hardcover, 385 Pages
April 2nd 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
When Sybella arrived at the doorstep of St Mortain half mad with grief and despair the convent were only too happy to offer her refuge - but at a price. The sisters of this convent serve Death, and with Sybella naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, she could become one of their most dangerous weapons.
But her assassin's skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to the life that nearly drove her mad. Her father's rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother's love is equally monstrous. But when Sybella discovers an unexpected ally she discovers that a daughter of Death may find something other than vengeance to live for...
Adult Paranormal Romance
Kindle Edition, 276 Pages
August 25th 2013 by Kellan Publishing
Dawn Summers is dying. It’s 1853 and as the seventeen year old continues to fade away she has visions of the father she never knew, urging her to fight for her life.
In the small village of Fandova the only medical care is in the form of the mysterious Dr. Moralus who has a known penchant for bloodletting. Thomas, Dawn's fiancé, is warned against inviting his intervention, but feels he has no choice, he pleads with the doctor to save Dawn’s life…whatever it takes.
Whatever it ‘takes’ has some consequences neither of them expected. Now, it’s a hunt to the death, with both Dawn and Thomas determined to win.
I read Sunkissed back in July. I needed to sit on it for a while before I felt I could write a good review. I was expecting a cleaner read and there were some scenes that kind of seared my brain. They weren't long enough to really be able to see them coming and then skim. They were just there. For those that enjoy adult paranormal romance on a regular basis I would say that this was all really well done. For me, it was just too much. Thus, the waiting until I could think and let things settle. Here's my review...
Adult Contemporary Romance Ebook, 348 Pages
December 12th 2012 by Exclusive Publishing
Julia Dorning is a spinster, or at least on the road to becoming one. She has no social life, hates her job, and lives in her parent’s basement with her cat, Charlie.
With the arrival of Jared Moody, the new hire at work, Julia’s mundane life is suddenly turned upside down. Her instant (and totally ridiculous) crush on the new guy causes Julia to finally make some long-overdue changes, in hopes to find a life that includes more than baking and hanging out with Charlie.
But when the biggest and most unexpected change comes, will the new and improved Julia be able to overcome it? Or will she go back to her spinster ways?
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Three sweet and steamy clean romance novels complete with cowboys, romance, and happily ever afters. Featuring the witness protection program - rancher style, these ebooks sale for $3.99 a piece, but this week you can snag 'em for just .99 cents each on Amazon.
Here's a bit about each book just to whet your appetite. Happy romance reading!
Cookbook Paperback, 192 Pages
Published December 10th 2013 by Cedar Fort, Inc.
Gluten-free, healthy and delicious? Yes, it is possible! Use Jillayne Clements’s unique whole foods approach to baking to create Buttermilk Biscuits, Honey Oat Bread, Potato Rolls, German Chocolate Cake, and more! This book blends taste and satisfying nutrition into mouthwatering gluten-free recipes your whole family will enjoy. Bake your way to better health today!