Sunday, November 23, 2014

Cover Characteristic: Sports

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

Title:  Crackback
Authors:  John Coy (FacebookTwitter) 
Genre:  YA, Sports

In his gripping debut novel, acclaimed picture book author John Coy presents the high stakes world of high school football, where doing what it takes to win doesn't always mean doing the right thing.

When Miles Manning, a successful high school football player, discovers his teammates are using steroids--and one of them is his best friend--he's faced with a tough decision: Is he willing to do what it takes to win? Football is his life, and his family, especially his dad, is pinning its hopes on him. It's a lot of pressure for a high school junior to bear. This gripping look into the world of high school boys and athletes--and their struggle to be the best--is provocative and searingly honest.

Why I Picked It: It's pretty simple, but that's why I like it. It's gritty and raw.

Crackback Crackback

Title:  Finishing Kick
Author:  Paul Duffau (Twitter) 
Genre:  YA, Sports

Callie Reardan finds herself captain of the Cloverland team and embarks on a journey to figure herself out as a runner and a person. She dreams of big things for the team, even while she makes up for letting them down before.

Focused on being a great captain to the team, Callie discovers that she holds the keys to a nuthouse. Callie sees their potential - but how do you bring it out when it seems everything- and everyone - is against you?

Muddling the picture, Callie likes Mark, a senior on the team - and she would really like him not to land in jail. And Mattie, a teammate, has a roving eye that just landed on Mark . . .

Why I Picked It: It's really a great image of sports, of effort and achieving your goals. 

Finishing Kick Finishing Kick

Title:  Riptide
Author: Lindsey Scheibe 
Genre: YA, Sports, Contemporary

Grace has one summer to prove she’s good enough
For Grace Parker, surfing is all about the ride and the moment. Everything else disappears. She can forget that her best friend, Ford Watson, has a crush on her that she can’t reciprocate. She can forget how badly she wants to get a surf scholarship to UC San Diego. She can forget the pressure of her parents’ impossibly high expectations.

When Ford enters Grace into a surf competition—the only way she can impress the UCSD surfing scouts—she has one summer to train and prepare. Will she gain everything she’s ever wanted or lose the only things that ever mattered?

Why I Picked It: I picked this one mostly because of the peacefulness. Calm waters, gorgeous sunset and her slow stride. Nothing rushed; you can sense that this is her element. 

Riptide Corralled: A Blacktop Cowboys Novel

Title:  Offside
Series:  Counterattack, Book #5
Author:  M.G. Higgins
Genre:  YA, Sports, Contemporary

Between finishing late school projects and looking after her brothers and sister, Faith Patel barely has time to play soccer. And when she's at practice, surrounded by girls who can afford to play in club leagues, she doesn't even feel like part of the team. So when Coach Berg starts to give Faith extra attention, she feels . . . really special. It might be crazy, but suddenly Faith has a crush on her coach. Can she keep her head in the game?

The situation gets worse after Faith's frenemy Caitlyn decides that Faith's getting special treatment. Will Caitlyn tell the rest of the teamand make Faith into a total outcast?

Why I Picked It: I love it for its ferocity and strength! Love seeing women portrayed as strong and athletic, without having to be glammed up.

Offside (Counterattack #5) Offside (Counterattack #5)


Title: Take Me On
Series: Pushing the Limits, Book #4
Author: Katie McGarry (Facebook  | Twitter)
GenreNew Adult, Sports, Contemporary

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.

Why I Picked It: This is the most recent entry from my favorite new adult series. No brainer. Anyone siting on this series -- pick it up now!

Take Me On (Pushing the Limits #4)

Take Me On (Pushing the Limits #4)

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