Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cover Characteristic: Pretty Fonts

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Each week we will post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favorite cover’s with that characteristic. 

Title:  Unearthly
Author:  Unearthly, Book #1
Author:  Cynthia Hand (FacebookTwitter) 
Genre:  YA, Paranormal Romance, Angels

In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees...
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

Why I Picked It: The swoops add to an already pretty font. The single feather floating amongst the swoop adds a nice touch.

Unearthly (Unearthly #1) Unearthly (Unearthly #1)

Title:  Black Feathers
Series:  Black Dawn, Book #1
Author:  Joseph D'Lacey (Twitter) 
Genre:  Fantasy, Horror, Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian

Black Feathers is a modern fantasy set in two epochs: the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, and generations into the future in its aftermath, the Bright Day.

In each era, a child undertakes a perilous journey to find a dark messiah known as The Crowman. In their hands lies the fate of the planet as they attempt to discover whether The Crowman is our saviour… or the final incarnation of evil.

Why I Picked It: I like how a pretty font is made sinister with the distressed, faded effect.  Also, I like bold calligraphy. 

Black Feathers (Black Dawn #1) Black Feathers (Black Dawn #1)

Title:  Seed
Author: Rob Ziegler (Twitter) 
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

It's the dawn of the 22nd century, and the world has fallen apart. Decades of war and resource depletion have toppled governments. The ecosystem has collapsed. A new dust bowl sweeps the American West. The United States has become a nation of migrants -starving masses of nomads who seek out a living in desert wastelands and encampments outside government seed-distribution warehouses.

In this new world, there is a new power. Satori is more than just a corporation, she is an intelligent, living city that grew out of the ruins of Denver. Satori bioengineers both the climate-resistant seed that feeds a hungry nation, and her own post-human genetic Designers, Advocates, and Laborers. What remains of the United States government now exists solely to distribute Satori seed; a defeated American military doles out bar-coded, single-use Satori seed to the nation's starving citizens.

When one of Satori's Designers goes rogue, Agent Sienna Doss-Ex-Army Ranger turned glorified bodyguard-is tasked by the government to bring her
in: The government wants to use the Designer to break Satori's stranglehold on seed production and reassert themselves as the center of power.

Sianna Doss's search for the Designer intersects with Brood and his younger brother Pollo - orphans scrapping by on the fringes of the wastelands. Pollo is abducted, because he is believed to suffer from Tet, a newly emergent disease, the victims of which are harvested by Satori.

As events spin out of control, Brood and Sienna Doss find themselves at the heart of Satori, where an explosive climax promises to reshape the future of the world.

Why I Picked It: Wile the actual font isn't anything spectacular,  it's used that makes it beautiful. 

Seed Corralled: A Blacktop Cowboys Novel

Title:  Railsea
Author:  China MiĆ©ville
Genre:  YA, Science Fiction, Steampunk

On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt: the giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one’s death and the other’s glory. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham can't shake the sense that there is more to life than traveling the endless rails of the railsea–even if his captain can think only of the hunt for the ivory-coloured mole she’s been chasing since it took her arm all those years ago.

When they come across a wrecked train, at first it's a welcome distraction. But what Sham finds in the derelict—a series of pictures hinting at something, somewhere, that should be impossible—leads to considerably more than he'd bargained for. Soon he's hunted on all sides, by pirates, trainsfolk, monsters and salvage-scrabblers. And it might not be just Sham's life that's about to change. It could be the whole of the railsea.

From China MiƩville comes a novel for readers of all ages, a gripping and brilliantly imagined take on Herman Melville's Moby-Dick that confirms his status as "the most original and talented voice to appear in several years." (Science Fiction Chronicle)

Why I Picked It: I think this is really beautiful because of it's simplicity. I like how the rails forming the letters are suspended on with ropes to the author's name. 

Railsea Railsea


Title: Watched
Author: Sharde Richardson
GenreYA, Paranormal, Fantasy

Mikayla doesn't want much: just to rock out to her favorite band, become the next Kwiki Stop video gaming champion, and keep her Q-tip habit under control. What she does want is the sight of the sudden inexplicable dark auras around everyone to stop. Problem is, those auras are demons and Mikayla is the last trait holder with the power to ban them. Which is a total buzz kill.

Her past becomes present when a shape-shifter tells her what her true identity is, and how to keep the demons of Hell from nipping at her Converse. Through him she'll discover who to trust, who to kiss, and how valuable her abilities are to the right beings. Because the evils of Hell aren't staying down without a fight...

Or without her soul.

Why I Picked It: I choose this cover as my favorite because I love the font looks like delicately-painted calligraphy, and the I think the thin highlighting strokes add something really beautiful and unique. I almost didn't notice the bird perched on the "w". I really love the cover as a whole. The left-side illumination is truly something. I love the hoodie and how it blocks her from the light.



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1 comment:

  1. A lot of great picks there! I particularly like the font of Railsea, it's very unique with the rails hanging down as they form the title.

    Here's my Cover Characteristic for the week!