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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: Old Habits

    Old Habits by Melissa Marr is a short novella in the Wicked Lovely series. It was released in the U.S. in eBook format only, published by HarperCollins, on January 11, 2011. It is available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble for $1.99 and it is also available from other online booksellers.

    Brief description from HarperTeen:

    Melissa Marr returns to the ravishing world of Faerie with a story set between her bestselling novels Ink Exchange and Fragile Eternity.

    Recently anointed king of the Dark Court, Niall struggles to forge a new relationship with his subjects—and with the former Dark King, Irial, his once-friend, once-enemy, and now possible-advisor.

    Old Habits is a short novella, of ten chapters, that focuses on the relationship between Irial, the former Dark King, and Niall, the new King of the Dark Court. It is set between the events taking place in Ink Exchange and Fragile Eternity.

    Irial and Niall have had a long and rocky history. Irial, who is now serving as Niall’s adviser and protector, must learn to take a subservient role now that Niall is beginning to accept his status as the new King. It’s not an easy adjustment for either, and in trying to protect Niall, Irial makes some decisions behind the King’s back that do not sit well with the new ruler. This short story expands upon this transitional period as roles become reversed.

    This is another incredible short story by author Melissa Marr that allows fans of this series to get one more look at two of their favorite characters, Irial and Niall. In Stopping Time we got to see these two dealing with each other and their feelings for Leslie and in this story we see how a brief power struggle plays out as Niall finally accepts that he is meant to be the Dark King.

    Old Habits does require readers to be familiar with the Wicked Lovely series, and specifically the characters of Niall and Irial and the stories that involve them. There are a number of references to other characters and events that have taken place in the series. And an understanding of the dynamic between these two characters is important for readers to truly enjoy this story.

    This eBook download also includes a sneak peek at the upcoming book Darkest Mercy.

    Reviewer gives this novella [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    Originally I was team Summer Court, but as the series has progressed, I am totally in league with the Dark Court and especially Irial and Niall. I am so glad that Ms. Marr chose her short stories to be about these characters as they have become my favorites and the ones I will miss most when the series ends next month.

    Although this story did not involve the love triangle with Leslie, it was nice to see, from both points of view, how Irial and Niall interacted when Niall was the one with all the power.

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    Darkest Mercy, the final book in the series will be released on February 22, 2011. It will be released in harcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order in both formats from Amazon and as a hardcover from Barnes & Noble. Check back here for the review after release.

    A bunch of cool extras from the Wicked Lovely series are available at HarperTeen, including videos, podcasts and ringtones.

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    Book Watch: Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovey Book #5)

    Darkest Mercy the fifth and final book in author Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series is due out on February 22, 2011. A new excerpt is available on the author’s blog with a new peek (hopefully) each week. There is still time to get caught up on all four previous – and amazing – books and Stopping Time, the novella, before release.

    Some more possible clues to Darkest Mercy from the author’s blog here.

    Amazon.com description:

    The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey.

    Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle. And Seth, sworn brother of the Dark King and heir to the High Queen, is about to make a mistake that could cost his life.

    Love, despair, and betrayal ignite the Faery Courts, and in the final conflict, some will win . . . and some will lose everything.

    The thrilling conclusion to Melissa Marr’s New York Times bestselling Wicked Lovely series will leave readers breathless.

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