Persnickety Snark’s FIVE Challenge, Day 2: Great Covers

Today, December 22, is the second day of Persnickety Snark’s FIVE Challenge, and today’s particular challenge is…Great Covers!

Adele’s list may be YA only, but I’m including all age brackets. Where necessary I’m listing the country, because some countries get fabulous covers while other countries get stooged.

Anyhoo, here we are, counting down from 5 to 1 – yes, I do play favourites:

This is the Australian cover, and it’ll also be the UK’s in 2011. The colours are darker than the similar US/Canada cover, so I like this more.
Andrea Cremer
Nightshade (Witches’ War, Book 1)
Penguin Philomel (US & CA: 19th October 2010); Hachette Little, Brown Atom (AU: November 2010; UK: 6th January 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies’ throats. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Calla was born a warrior and on her eighteenth birthday she’ll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves. But Calla’s predestined path veers off course the moment she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a boy her own age. This human boy’s secret will turn the young pack’s world upside down and forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches’ War that surrounds them all…

This is the same art for US/UK/Canada/Australia. So good that everyone had to have it.
Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster Margaret K. McElderry (US & CA: 31st August 2010); Walker (AU: 31st August 2010; UK: 6th September 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gas-lit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos. Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organisation called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own. Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by – and torn between – two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length…everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realises that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world…and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

US/Canada cover. Simplistic, but stunning. The sequel’s cover is also pretty damn good.
Catherine Fisher
Incarceron (Incarceron, Book 1)
Penguin Dial (US & CA: 26th January 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible. And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside – she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison, and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don’t realise that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know.

US/UK/Australia cover. It totally scares me – it’s a GIANT FREAKING AUTOMATON! Can that golden gun really take it down?
Cherie Priest
Dreadnought (Clockwork Century, Book 2)
Macmillan Tor (US: 28th September 2010; AU: 1st December 2010)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Nurse Mercy Lynch is elbows deep in bloody laundry at a war hospital in Richmond, Virginia, when Clara Barton comes bearing bad news: Mercy’s husband has died in a POW camp. On top of that, a telegram from the west coast declares that her estranged father is gravely injured, and he wishes to see her. Mercy sets out toward the Mississippi River. Once there, she’ll catch a train over the Rockies and – if the telegram can be believed – be greeted in Washington Territory by the sheriff, who will take her to see her father in Seattle. Reaching the Mississippi is a harrowing adventure by dirigible and rail through war-torn border states. When Mercy finally arrives in St Louis, the only Tacoma-bound train is pulled by a terrifying Union-operated steam engine called the Dreadnought. Reluctantly, Mercy buys a ticket and climbs aboard. What ought to be a quiet trip turns deadly when the train is beset by bushwhackers, then vigorously attacked by a band of Rebel soldiers. The train is moving away from battle lines into the vast, unincorporated west, so Mercy can’t imagine why they’re so interested. Perhaps the mysterious cargo secreted in the second and last train cars has something to do with it? Mercy is just a frustrated nurse who wants to see her father before he dies. But she’ll have to survive both Union intrigue and Confederate opposition if she wants to make it off the Dreadnought alive.

US/Canada cover. Automatically became my favourite as soon as I saw it. No other cover has come close since. Unfortunately, it has a different cover in UK/Australia that just doesn’t appeal to me. You North Americans are very lucky to have this awesomeness. So spooky and atmospheric.
Brenna Yovanoff
The Replacement (Gentry, Book 1)
Penguin Razorbill (US & CA: 21st September 2010); Simon & Schuster (AU: 1st December 2010; UK: 6th January 2011)
Buy (US) Buy (UK) Buy (CA) Buy (Worldwide)

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement – left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world. Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

8 responses to “Persnickety Snark’s FIVE Challenge, Day 2: Great Covers

  1. oooh, I picked the Replacement too. The cover is awesome!!! We have different choices for the other 4 though ๐Ÿ™‚ I had a really, really, hard time picking ๐Ÿ™‚

    That Bookish Girl

  2. Great pickss! I keep seeing The Replacement pop up as a favorite cover of 2010 — it is absolutely creeeeepy. =)

  3. Great choices – the Replacement was definitely one of my favorite covers of 2010. Here are my 5

  4. Ah, I had also been drooling over those Dreadnought and The Replacement covers. Lovely list!

  5. Love The Replacement cover! Not sure what my others of 2010 would be, but Wither would already be on the list for 2011.

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