Dark Currents (Agent of Hel #1) by Jacqueline Carey
Behold the patented Crouch into Battle. The classic female action pose involves kneeling. I have no idea why, there is no way this can be useful; but the crouch comes up again and again
Other than that I like it - in a generic “let’s use woo-woo lines instead of background” sense. It’s pretty, it’s pretty clear about what it is - and I like it even if it’s not especially distinctive.
Strange Magic (Yancy Lazarus #1) by James A Hunter
I’m going to have a completely shallow moment and just pause and say “yummy” and maybe “unf…”
Having put my shallowness aside and I have to say the clothing and smoking gives just the nicest sense of bad-boy without TRYING too hard. It isn’t over the top, it’s just nicely conveyed and hinted at.
Then we have the nice magical surrounding just to give the extra sense of what the books about. Yes, I like it
And not just because the model is so very very yummy.
Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2) by Darynda Jones
I don’t like the focus, or the hip tilt. Sure, Charley’s not shy about Danger and Will Robinson, but this level of focus is just sadly sexualised and misses a lot of the fun that so characterises this series. I actually think this book could benefit from a more cartoony, chick-lit cover to convey how fun it is.
Blade on the Hunt (Rowan Summerwaite #3) By Lauren Dane
Again she crouches! What is she even doing with her sword in that position? But, also again, other than that I like this cover. The protagonist works - it looks a lot like how I picture Rowan. On top of that we have the nice backdrop of Venice which takes up a nice part of the book with the nice knotwork just to remind us of Bridget as well.
Dying for a Living (Jesse Sullivan #1) by Kory M Shrum
Yes - ok, maybe it looks a bit too much like a spy drama than an Urban Fantasy. But stylistically I love it - the tunnel, the silhouette and it’s a real metaphor to dying and resurrecting again (especially with that bird… just there).
It’s beautiful, I love it - but it does kind of suggest horror or spy genre.