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    Top 10 of 2015: Best Book Covers of 2015

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    Welcome to Day Two of the Top 10 of 2105

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As I mentioned yesterday…

    This is my fifth year co-hosting this event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, my fourth year co-hosting with Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and my second year co-hosting with Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader. Wow that’s a lot of years. But this event is so much fun, that I’m thrilled to be able to do it again in 2015.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2015 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Once again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – I’m hosting Day One’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting today’s Day Two giveaway, Tales of a Ravenous Reading is hosting Day Three’s giveaway, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads is hosting Day Four’s giveaway. So be sure to check in with each of our blogs this week.


    Best Book Covers of 2015

    Today’s topic is:

    Best Book Covers of 2015

    There were so many interesting and beautiful and eye-catching covers in 2015 I wish I could share them all. But I had to pick only ten of my favorites for purposes of this post. And while, for me, in the past it was often about the girls in gorgeous dresses, this year it is all about covers that are bold and graphic and different and stunning.

    #1

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    ICE LIKE FIRE by Sara Raasch – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #2

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    RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #3

    SixofCrows

    SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #4

    TheStarsNeverRise

    THE STARS NEVER RISE by Rachel Vincent – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #5

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    A SONG FOR ELLA GREY by David Almond – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #6

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    THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT by Melissa Grey – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #7

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    ROOK by Sharon Cameron – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #8

    BlackWidowCover

    BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED by Margaret Stohl – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #9

    Firewalker_cover

    FIREWALKER by Josephine Angelini – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    #10

    DeathMarked

    DEATH MARKED by Leah Cypess – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS


    Honorable Mentions

    For my honorable mentions I’ve opted to choose a few of my favorite covers for books I either haven’t yet read or haven’t yet reviewed.

    So those are my favorites. What are yours?


    Leave a link to your Best Book Covers of 2015 posts in the Linky List below…



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    Pasadena Loves YA Blog Tour: Interview with Romina Russell + Giveaway

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    I am totally stoked to be participating in the Pasadena Loves YA Blog Tour and hosting a Q&A with the very amazing Romina Russell, author of ZODIAC and the upcoming WANDERING STAR. If you’d like to check out what she had to say about her books,  scroll to the interview, which is just a bit further down in the post. (And yes there may be a teaser…)

    And if you’d like to enter the giveaway for a chance to win some amazing books, the Rafflecopter is at the end of the post.

    For those of you who aren’t familiar with Pasadena Loves YA, here are the deets…

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    When: May 23, 2015 at 12 noon – 4 p.m.

    Where: Pasadena Public Library, Central Branch, 285 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA

    What: Meet 20 YA authors | Panels & Book Signings | Giveaways & Refreshments | Free tote bags for the first 150 guests!

    Cost: Free

    Registration: No registration required

    Authors: Keynote speaker Mary McCoy (author of Dead to Me) with Katie Alender, Victoria Aveyard, Alexis Bass, Julie Berry, Livia Blackburne, Virginia Boecker, Jessica Brody, Stephen Chbosky, Brandy Colbert, Ava Dellaira, Kody Keplinger, Liz Maccie, Morgan Matson, Lauren Miller, Alexandra Monir, Jennifer Niven, Romina Russell, Sarah Tomp, and Kiersten White

    For more info: Visit www.pasadenateenbookfestival.com

    Note: Book sales by Vroman’s Bookstore will begin at 11 a.m. The event is co-sponsored by Bridge to Books. No registration is required, but they would appreciate it if you would post, share, tweet, and tell everyone you know about the upcoming event! Use hashtag #PLYA2015.

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    The Interview

    Q&A with Romina Russell

    Q. If you had to describe ZODIAC (the book or series) in 25 words or less, how would you describe it?

    In a galaxy of people divided by their ZODIAC signs, Cancer’s young Guardian must unite the twelve Houses before an ancient evil destroys them all.

    Q. If you could meet one of your characters from the Zodiac series in real life, who would it be?

    I’d love to answer, but my ship would be showing… 😉

    Q. For those anxiously awaiting the sequel, WANDERING STAR, can you tease a favorite quote or short passage from it?

    Oooh, I don’t know if I’m officially allowed to do this, but I’m not strong enough to refuse! Here are Wandering Star’s opening lines, from the prologue:

    WHEN I THINK OF MOM, I think of the day she abandoned us. There are dozens of memories that still haunt me, but that one always shoves its way to the surface first, submerging all other thoughts with its power.

    Q. What can readers expect from future books in the Zodiac series?

    ZODIAC explores the evolution of a young leader who’s been thrust into the galactic spotlight before she’s had a chance to figure herself out. Rho’s rise to power takes place in tragic and turbulent times, so she must learn the lessons of leadership on the job, and always on the run. In subsequent books, readers can expect Rho to try even harder to unite her universe, which means traveling to new Houses and exploring new and wildly different cultures, technologies, and worlds. <3

    Thanks so much for having me! xoxoxo


    About Romina Russell

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    Romina Russell is a Los Angeles based author who originally hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a teen, Romina landed her first writing gig—College She Wrote, a weekly Sunday column for the Miami Herald that was later picked up for national syndication—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s not working on the ZODIAC series, Romina can be found producing movie trailers, taking photographs, or daydreaming about buying a new drum set. She is a Virgo to the core.

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    About ZODIAC

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    Title & Series: ZODIAC (Zodiac #1)
    Author: Romina Russell
    Release date: December 9, 2014
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

    Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

    When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

    Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

    But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

    Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | GOODREADS

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    About WANDERING STAR

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    Title & Series: WANDERING STAR (Zodiac #2)
    Author: Romina Russell
    Release date: December 8, 2015
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    Orphaned, disgraced, and stripped of her title, Rho is ready to live life quietly, as an aid worker in the Cancrian refugee camp on House Capricorn.

    But news has spread that the Marad–an unbalanced terrorist group determined to overturn harmony in the Galaxy–could strike any House at any moment.

    Then, unwelcome nightmare that he is, Ochus appears to Rho, bearing a cryptic message that leaves her with no choice but to fight.

    Now Rho must embark on a high-stakes journey through an all-new set of Houses, where she discovers that there’s much more to her Galaxy–and to herself–than she could have ever imagined.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | GOODREADS


    The Giveaway

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    The tour includes a giveaway for…

    • Any THREE (3) books from the 2015 Pasadena Loves YA authors – US ONLY

    **Giveaway ends May 20, 2015**

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    Exclusive Cover Reveal: WANDERING STAR (A Zodiac Novel) by Romina Russell + Giveaway

    I am over-the-moon excited to be able to reveal the ahhhh-mazing cover for Romina Russell’s WANDERING STAR, the second book in her epic and riveting Zodiac series. And I have to say that it is absolutely stunning.

    It is an explosion of stars where the first book’s cover is a sky devoid of most but the constellations. The contrast between darkness and light is more dramatic and it flips their placement drawing the eye up versus down. And it reveals Taurus and Capricon, whose houses I imagine will feature in this novel.

    And although there are these differences from the first book’s cover, there are similarities – the fonts, the tagline, the placement of tagline, title and author, the use to two constellations, the pale peachy-orangey colors in the nebula – making both covers cohesive and perfectly paired for a bookshelf.

    Anyway, enough about what I think about this absolutely gorgeous cover. You’re here to see the cover for yourself.

    And…

    So…

    Now…

    For…

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    Reveal…

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    Coming December 2015

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    What do you think?

    So what do you think? Stunning? Amazing? Dramatic? A perfect complement to ZODIAC’s cover? A book you’d be happy to showcase on your bookshelf?

    Here they are side-by-side for comparison…


    The Covers Side-by-Side

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    About Romina Russell

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    Romina Russell is a Los Angeles based author who originally hails from Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a teen, Romina landed her first writing gig—College She Wrote, a weekly Sunday column for the Miami Herald that was later picked up for national syndication—and she hasn’t stopped writing since. When she’s not working on the ZODIAC series, Romina can be found producing movie trailers, taking photographs, or daydreaming about buying a new drum set. She is a Virgo to the core.

    WEBSITE | TUMBLR | TWITTER | TWITTER2FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | PINTERESTGOOGLE+GOODREADS


    About ZODIAC

    Zodiac_CoverTitle & Series: ZODIAC (Zodiac #1)
    Author: Romina Russell
    Release date: December 9, 2014
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    At the dawn of time, there were 13 Houses in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now only 12 remain….

    Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories.

    When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts.

    Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians.

    But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?

    Embark on a dazzling journey with ZODIAC, the first novel in an epic sci-fi-meets-high-fantasy series set in a galaxy inspired by the astrological signs.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | GOODREADS


    The Giveaway

    A hardcover copy of ZODIAC to ONE winner

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is International to anywhere The Book Depository ships
    • Giveaway is open until March 9th at 9:00 a.m. Pacific
    • Prize will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
    • Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter, announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
    • Winner will have 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen

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