Current Reading Mood: Urban Fantasy
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I’d have been a lot more appreciative if he hadn’t pushed me first." Cassandra Palmer ― Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cover Art: The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Release Date: May 1st

The Peculiars
Synopsis:                                                                                             This dark and thrilling adventure, with an unforgettable heroine, will captivate fans of steampunk, fantasy, and romance.
On her 18th birthday, Lena Mattacascar decides to search for her father, who disappeared into the northern wilderness of Scree when Lena was young. Scree is inhabited by Peculiars, people whose unusual characteristics make them unacceptable to modern society. Lena wonders if her father is the source of her own extraordinary characteristics and if she, too, is Peculiar. On the train she meets a young librarian, Jimson Quiggley, who is traveling to a town on the edge of Scree to work in the home and library of the inventor Mr. Beasley. The train is stopped by men being chased by the handsome young marshal Thomas Saltre. When Saltre learns who Lena's father is, he convinces her to spy on Mr. Beasley and the strange folk who disappear into his home, Zephyr House. A daring escape in an aerocopter leads Lena into the wilds of Scree to confront her deepest fears.

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My thoughts:
I really like it. It's very unique and completely draws the eye. The wings are a cool touch, but does anyone else find their a bit disproportion? Either way, it's a beautiful cover!

Source: Goodreads


Cass said...

Thats the first thing I thought too...maybe they did that just so people would look at it closer....idk, but I do think its beautiful!

Tyraa said...

They do look a bit small, but I regardless - I like!

Marta said...

Hmm, she is supposed to be a Peculiar and the vestigial wings are definitely peculiar. The disproportion makes me pause and look. I think the colors, fonts, and gimcrack gears are terrific. If I saw this in the bookstore, I'd pick it up just to find out more.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh this one does sound really good. Fantasy and steampunk mixed. Love that cover too. Thanks for sharing this one!

Robin said...

For me the wings are a fairly poor photoshop job. They don't look vestigal; they look like full size wings stuck onto her back. And unfortunately for me, anyway, they highlight the real issue with trying to get the anatomy of arms/shoulders and wings to work.

In birds, the wings ARE the arms and the connection of the wing to the body is where our shoulder would be. So basically you need to figure out a way to give the human skeletal anatomy a second set of arms. You can't, as is shown here, have an extra arm assembly springing from the middle of the scapula, as the scapula is a floating bone. You would have totally non functioning human arms if you stuck the wings there. (can you tell I've got a weird mind and think about this stuff?)

I think for both wings and arms to work, you would need some sort of joint structure that comes straight from the spine with a ball and socket joint, more akin to the hip than the shoulder. It would have to be further down too, so that the scapula could still move; maybe a smaller scapula?

Okay, I've gone too far off on tangent. I like the rest of the cover, and hello, I'm Robin, I am a professional freelance graphic designer, and just stumbled on this blog. UF/F are my favorite genres so I am definitely bookmarking you!

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