We know it’s still Valentine’s week and all, and the respectful thing to do would be to bring you some gorgeous romantic covers for this weeks Judging By. You know, all covered in pink hearts and sweet embraces or at least hot shirtless man candy. But, just in case you are like us and were ready for a little break from the swoon-fest, we decided to bring you some seriously cool covers that fall into a slightly different category. The slightly creepy category! This weeks covers are all forth-coming 2011 releases that are cool in a makes-you-want-to-scream (all right, and possibly hold tight to your Valentine) sort of way. Enjoy.
“Welcome to the territory. Leave your metal behind, all of it. The bugs will eat it, and they’ll go right through you to get it…Don’t carry it, don’t wear it, and for god’s sake don’t come here if you’ve got a pacemaker.
The bugs showed up about fifty years ago–self-replicating, solar-powered, metal-eating machines. No one knows where they came from. They don’t like water, though, so they’ve stayed in the desert Southwest. The territory. People still live here, but they do it without metal. Log cabins, ceramics, what plastic they can get that will survive the sun and heat. Technology has adapted, and so have the people.
Kimble Monroe has chosen to live in the territory. He was born here, and he is extraordinarily well adapted to it. He’s one in a million. Maybe one in a billion.” ~ Amazon
Metal (and flesh eww) eating bugs. The description alone is enough to give me nightmares (I don’t like bugs in general, but metal bugs…come on!) But, strangely I am almost giddily excited to read this book. Steven Gould, if you aren’t aware is the author of the awesome teleporting Jumper series and I’m so curious to see what he’s cooked up here. And I seriously love this cover, it’s creepy elegance, no?
“Six months have passed since the terrifying battle with Charlie Pink-eye and the Motor City Hammer in the zombie-infested mountains of the Rot & Ruin. It’s also six months since Benny Imura and Nix Riley saw something in the air that changed their lives. Now, after months of rigorous training with Benny’s zombie-hunter brother Tom, Benny and Nix are ready to leave their home forever and search for a better future. Lilah the Lost Girl and Benny’s best friend Lou Chong are going with them.
Sounds easy. Sounds wonderful. Except that everything that can go wrong does. Before they can even leave there is a shocking zombie attack in town. But as soon as they step into the Rot & Ruin they are pursued by the living dead, wild animals, insane murderers and the horrors of Gameland –where teenagers are forced to fight for their lives in the zombie pits. Worst of all…could the evil Charlie Pink-eye still be alive?
In the great Rot & Ruin everything wants to kill you. Everything…and not everyone in Benny’s small band of travelers will make it out alive.” ~ Goodreads
Ok, the cover just makes me want to run. Or scream. Or run and scream. I haven’t read the first book in this series yet, but Rot & Ruin has had some buzz as the zombie book not to miss. Judging by this cover, the sequel looks to be just as (dare we say it?) delicious as the first.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake • September 2011 (Tor Teen)
‘When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.” ~ Goodreads
Really?? What else do I really need to say about this one? Creepers! Not one I would recommend before bedtime, but if you like a good ghost story…this is THE one to pick up. The cover just freaks me out. She’s like Carrie after the prom, and we all know how well that turned out!
That’s all for this week kids. Have some more creepishly cool covers we should know about? Let us know in the comments below!
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