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    Cover Evolution

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    There are so many stunning covers for our favorite series. Some are bold and some are much more subtle. But the one thing they have in common as the series evolves is the continuity factor.

    There is always some element that is carried through the artwork from cover to cover. Whether it’s the color palette, the model, a symbol, the font, the image placement or simply just an attitude, each cover looks and feels right when placed next to one another on the bookshelf.

    And they look even more right when laid out side by side and cover to cover. Your eye can pass from one to the next without that alarm bell ringing that something is amiss.

    When you have a bookshelf you spend most of your time staring at the spines. And as long as the book heights are the same and the fonts are consistent they look perfect on your shelves.

    But if you were to take out a complete series and place each book next to one another you will see they have more in common than just their spines.

    And if you were to study them for their similarities and their differences you may just discover a few things you might never have noticed as you purchased each book and stuck it on the shelf.

    Because we typically buy books over time instead of all at once, we don’t always take the time to make the comparisons. But it is worth it to pull those books from our shelves to see each cover’s evolution.

    As it’s much more exciting to find out for yourself, I will not point out all the discoveries I made from the covers featured above. But I will mention one.

    The very first thing I did notice, that I hadn’t really thought about before, was that in each cover of the Fallen series we see a different side of Lucy – the right profile, the back and finally the front – and in each she just might be wearing the same dress. I’m not sure that it means anything but it’s interesting that the author chose to give readers a different look at Lucy in each one. Does this mean, then, that the fourth book will show us her left profile?

    Have you ever studied the evolution of the covers in your favorite series? Was there anything that surprised you? Maybe you found something that you never noticed before?

    Did you have a least favorite cover, that when viewed next to the others, all of a sudden made sense?

    I would love to know what you found out when you explored the cover evolution happening on your shelves.

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    Quickie Review: Turned at Dark

    Turned at Dark is a bonus short story in the Shadow Falls series by author C.C. Hunter. It was released in eBook format only on March 15, 2011 in the U.S. It is currently available at Amazon for free download.

    It is published by St. Martin’s Griffin (a division of Macmillan).

    Goodreads description:

    Independent and strong-willed Della Tsang hadn’t believed in ghosts until she saw her dead cousin darting into the shadows of an alley. She hadn’t believed in vampires until in the dark of that same night she is turned into one.

    Introduced to a strange world of supernaturals, she struggles to accept this new reality. Unfortunately, the boy she loves senses something different about her and can’t accept her.

    Should she follow her vampire cousin’s lead–walk away from everything she’s knows and loves—and fake her own death? Or should she set her pride aside and ask for help from the camp leader of Shadow Falls—a camp where supernaturals go to learn how to cope with their powers.

    Either way, her life as she knows it, will never be the same.

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    In Born at Midnight we meet Della Tsang, Kylie Galen’s vampire roommate at Shadow Falls camp. But Della wasn’t always a vampire. This is her story.

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    Turned at Dark is a quick, fun and at times humorous short story about how Della became a vampire and how she ended up at Shadow Falls. It is a prequel to the full length book, Born at Midnight, which will be releasing in two weeks.

    This is a great way to introduce this new series, get a feel for the author’s writing style and meet one of the more interesting characters from Born at Midnight. And it will give readers the opportunity to learn a little more about Della and why she acts as she does.

    As this is releasing prior to the first book, it can obviously be read without having read Born at Midnight, although I’m glad I read it afterward. I already liked Della – she is one of my favorite characters – and was therefore much more interested in hearing about her transformation than I might have been had I not previously been introduced.

    The Turned at Dark eBook includes a sneak peek of Born at Midnight.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=4]

    C.C. Hunter’s debut young adult novel, Born at Midnight will be releasing on March 29, 2011 in the U.S.

    Check out my “Book Watch” post for details or if you’d like to read my review, click here.

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