VENGEANCE ROAD cover reveal

I am so excited to reveal the absolutely gorgeous cover for VENGEANCE ROAD, my historical fiction western YA novel coming out from HMH on September 1st.

Because I know you’re going to immediately scroll down to the cover, lets just get right to the good stuff!









I don’t have official jacket copy yet, but here’s the short-and-sweet synopsis on retail sites:

When her father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, eighteen year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers–and justice. In the spirit of True Grit, acclaimed young adult novelist Erin Bowman brings to life the unpredictable and cutthroat days of the Wild West.

Guys, I am so in love with this cover. The Design team at HMH did a fantastic job brainstorming how to capture the atmosphere of Vengeance Road, and then the illustrator behind the artwork—Teagan White—hit it out of the park. From the pistols to the cactus to the skulls to the bits of gold, I could not imagine a more perfect cover for this book. It feels true to the time and setting (1877 Arizona), but still feels fresh and relevant to today’s YA landscape.

I had an absolute blast writing this book and am so excited for you to read it! Vengeance Road is radically different than the Taken trilogy, but if you like spitfire characters, gritty worlds, and a good revenge tale, I think you’re going to love Kate’s story.

But don’t take my word for it! Here’s what other amazingly talented writers have had to say about Vengeance Road:

A story of grit, love, and deadly revenge that climbs off the page and into your heart—saddle up for a thrilling, harrowing ride!

—Alexandra Bracken, New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds trilogy

Vengeance Road is a page-turning, unputdownable story of revenge. Bowman paints a thrilling, vivid picture of 1877 Arizona, and Kate is a heroine to be reckoned with.

—Jessica Spotswood, author of The Cahill Witch Chronicles

Gritty and honest, Vengeance Road captures the heart of the Wild West.

—Mindy McGinnis, author of Not a Drop to Drink

A take-no-prisoners heroine with a bloody debt to settle. I’m still breathing in the dust and hot Arizona sun.

—Megan Shepherd, author of The Madman’s Daughter

Relentlessly readable, Vengeance Road is a perfect western. You won’t be able to turn in until you get to the very last page!

—Saundra Mitchell, author of The Springsweet

Flinty and fierce, Kate is a formidable addition to the pantheon of tough young adult heroines. Her story and voice crackles to life.

—A.C. Gaughen, author of the Scarlet trilogy

Gold madness, a good-for-nothing posse, and frontier justice: Vengeance Road is everything you could want in a Western.

—Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate trilogy

This is the kind of book I’ll re-read again and again.

—Susan Dennard, author of the Something Strange and Deadly series

If you feel so inclined to pre-order a copy of Vengeance Road, you can do so on most major retail sites: IndieBound | B&N | Amazon | Book Depository. You can also add Vengeance Road to your Goodreads shelf here.

And because I’m feeling super grateful for the opportunity to put this story into the world—not to mention the gorgeous cover and the kind words from fellow authors—I’d like to give away an ARC of Vengeance Road to one lucky reader. This is US only (sorry, folks!), and the ARC will ship once I receive them from my publisher. Use the handy widget below to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


92 Responses to VENGEANCE ROAD cover reveal

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    Erin Bartels Feb 3 2015 at 11:53 am #

    That is GORGEOUS. Congratulations!

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    Ranee Feb 3 2015 at 11:53 am #

    I am super excited about this book! It looks so awesome.

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    Audrey Feb 3 2015 at 11:54 am #

    I don’t want to use expletives here but THAT IS EFFING GORGEOUS. Congrats, Erin!!!

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    Katrina @ Bookish Th Feb 3 2015 at 11:54 am #

    Absolutely love the cover. It’s beautiful!!!!

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    Rasheed Feb 3 2015 at 11:55 am #

    The cover looks so cool yet ominous !!! Looking forward for this book :D!!!!

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    Gwen Cole Feb 3 2015 at 12:00 pm #

    I can’t wait for this book!!! Ever since you announced it, I’ve been looking forward to it.

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    Erin Feb 3 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    OH WOW!!! THE COVER IS BEAUTIFUL!! It’s amazinnngg!!!! I can’t wait to read the story!!!

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    Stormy Feb 3 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    Love it! Definitely my favorite cover of a 2015 book so far. Can’t wait until it’s on my shelf!

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    Lena Marsteller Feb 3 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    This cover is so cool looking!!!!! I love the browns and golds mixed together, and the title’s typography!!! This sounds awesome!!!

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    Jen S Feb 3 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    I love this cover. So unique!

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    Christina R. Feb 3 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    Love how it’s illustrated! It stands out and it makes it unique 🙂

    Lovely cover!!

    I have a US address but rafflecopter might show my location outside US because I’m doing a semester abroad

    thank you so very much 🙂

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    Kristie Feb 3 2015 at 12:34 pm #

    I love this cover. I feel that this year will be the year of all the beautiful covers.

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    Grace Fonseca Feb 3 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    This book sounds amazing. I would so love to get a chance to read this early. Plus the cover is really amazing.

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    Stacy L Feb 3 2015 at 12:36 pm #

    I love the cover! It’s is so artistc: the colors and imagery provide such a specific tone and genre, and they make me SO excited to read it. Can’t wait until Sept 1st when I’ll read it on my train ride to Hogwarts (I’m totally getting my letter THIS year). 😉

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    Alice Feb 3 2015 at 12:47 pm #

    I already fangirled over this at Erin on Twitter, but it bears repeating that this cover is seriously gorgeous. I love the colors and the detail, and Teagan White’s art is stunning!

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    elena Feb 3 2015 at 1:02 pm #

    So gorgeous!!! I am in love!!!!

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    Chelsea Feb 3 2015 at 1:12 pm #

    Holy bologna. That cover. I want it on my shelf.

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    Jillian Heise Feb 3 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    That cover is gorgeous! Will definitely stand out on the shelves and beg to be read!

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    Lena @ Addicted 2 No Feb 3 2015 at 1:18 pm #

    I love it, especially since I’m from Texas. HOOK ‘EM!

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    Breana M. Feb 3 2015 at 1:19 pm #

    The cover is stunning! I absolutely love it.

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    Jillian M Feb 3 2015 at 1:29 pm #

    such a droolworthy cover! That summary and that cover will ensure I buy this one and out it on display on my shelf.

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    Jeremy West Feb 3 2015 at 1:30 pm #

    SO BEAUTIFUL! Can’t wait to read!

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    Kristen@MFAF Feb 3 2015 at 1:34 pm #

    I LOVE IT. Wow, it is stunning and I’m so pumped for a western style novel. YES. Thank you so much for the chance to win a copy.

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    Courtney Feb 3 2015 at 1:37 pm #

    This cover is seriously beautiful!

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    Jenny Perinovic Feb 3 2015 at 1:38 pm #

    GORGEOUS! I can’t wait to read it!

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    Nicole Feb 3 2015 at 2:00 pm #

    The cover is gorgeous. Really excited to read the book!

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    Robert Adams Feb 3 2015 at 2:01 pm #

    This cover is awesome. Can’t wait to read this book.

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    Kat V Feb 3 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    It’s incredible! It’s seriously one of the best covers I have seen!

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    Jessica Solano Feb 3 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    Love the cover; it looks so dark! Looks like something I would thoroughly enjoy! Can’t wait!

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    Brigid Feb 3 2015 at 2:25 pm #


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    Misti Feb 3 2015 at 2:29 pm #

    I think it’s terrific and very unique. The whole book has me so excited. The summary, the cover. Just fantastic job Erin. Congratulations!

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    Peggy Eddleman Feb 3 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    Wow! That cover is INCREDIBLE!

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    Gabriele Feb 3 2015 at 2:50 pm #

    The cover is stunning! I love the color scheme and the Southwest, cowboy vibe to it!

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    Alex Ray Feb 3 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    YESYESYES! I have been looonging for this day to come! It’s so beautiful, and I JUST WANT THE BOOK! Is that too much to ask???

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    Melanie W. Feb 3 2015 at 2:52 pm #

    Gorgeous cover! Excited for the book.

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    Natalie Aguirre Feb 3 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    Love your new cover, Erin. Congrats!

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    Rachel Bellavia Feb 3 2015 at 3:17 pm #

    Wow, the book sounds fantastic, and the cover is gorgeous! Makes me think of the art for Pretty Deadly, which is a very very good thing! Can’t wait to read it!

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    Laney Feb 3 2015 at 3:18 pm #

    The cover is awESOME IM SO EXCITED

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    Michelle Collins Feb 3 2015 at 5:11 pm #

    Very cool cover. I’m looking forward to reading this!

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    Sara A. Feb 3 2015 at 5:14 pm #

    This cover is awesomesauce!! Probably obe of the coolest covers I have seen in awhile.

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    Claudia McCarron Feb 3 2015 at 5:18 pm #

    Congratulations! It’s beautiful!

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    Rachel Patrick Feb 3 2015 at 6:15 pm #

    OH MY GOSH. This is the kind of cover that I would put on my shelf AND my wall. Congratulations, Erin; it’s fantastic!

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    Kat Feb 3 2015 at 6:20 pm #

    Oh my goodness! Such an inspiring cover, with grit, depth and the promise of intrigue. I want!

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    Abby Feb 3 2015 at 6:20 pm #

    What a gorgeous cover, and what an awesome-sounding book! Right up my alley. Congratulations!

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    Gabrielle Carolina Feb 3 2015 at 6:25 pm #

    This cover epitomizes why I love non-model covers!

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    Katie Feb 3 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    I am so excited for this book! With that gorgeous cover and the promise of epic Wild West showdowns and shenanigans, it sounds like a heart-stopper from start to finish. CONGRATS.

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    Faith McKay Feb 3 2015 at 6:40 pm #

    It’s so gorgeous! I kept looking over all the little details. So perfect. As a proud judger of covers (I never read the description from fear of spoilers) I totally want to read this book.

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    Steph Sessa Feb 3 2015 at 7:28 pm #

    Amazing cover!! This is def going on my fave covers list.

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    Lexi Feb 3 2015 at 7:58 pm #

    you were right, I scrolled down to the cover. I love how it doesn’t have a character on the cover. It’s great!!

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    Tracey Neithercott Feb 3 2015 at 8:05 pm #

    I love this, Erin! The illustrations, they typography—it’s all so perfect. I half expect to see it sold as a poster on Etsy. Gorgeous!

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    Brandi Feb 3 2015 at 8:14 pm #

    Ooooo!! That is a gorgeous cover. And this post reminded me about the Taken series and that I need to finish it! Can’t wait for Vengeance Road!

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    Lily Meade Feb 3 2015 at 8:17 pm #

    Stunning. I love it! Would make an awesome poster.

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    Alyssa Susanna Feb 3 2015 at 9:51 pm #

    Interesting cover! Very telling of the book and its contents. I’m digging the skulls 😉 Congrats on another great cover, Erin!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    Natalie Feb 3 2015 at 9:57 pm #

    I LOVE THE COVER. It has such a unique color scheme, honestly haven’t seen a cover that looks like that. I’m sure the inside is as brilliant as the outside. Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Alexa S. Feb 3 2015 at 9:58 pm #

    Your cover is FANTASTIC, Erin! I love the illustrations. I love the colors. And I love that there are so many things to infer from it. Congratulations, and can’t wait to read it 🙂

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    Rachel Mullikin Feb 3 2015 at 10:42 pm #

    This cover is so striking! It’s also unlike anything I have ever seen before. It’s something that I would frame and put on my wall.

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    Dan Stout Feb 3 2015 at 11:50 pm #

    That cover is phenomenal! Congratulations on the great design and what sounds like the beginning of a terrific roll-out.

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    Shae/Shelver @ Shae Feb 3 2015 at 11:59 pm #

    It’s so different! I LOVE that it’ll pop right off the shelf, and the details are awesome.

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    Stephanie Quinn Feb 4 2015 at 8:52 am #

    This cover will pull in browsers looking for something different to read. Sounds like a great story too!

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    Meg Kassel Feb 4 2015 at 8:55 am #

    GREAT cover, Erin!

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    Kelly L. Feb 4 2015 at 9:29 am #

    I love the cover! The cover designers really did a terrific job! :D<3

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    JillP Feb 4 2015 at 10:26 am #

    Amazing cover – I love the colors. The book sounds great too.

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    Nicole Layug Feb 4 2015 at 1:17 pm #

    This cover is so gorgeous! I really can’t wait to read it!

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    Cassi @ My Thoughts Feb 4 2015 at 2:09 pm #

    That cover is absolutely gorgeous! I love the style with the drawings and the colors. In particular I love the contrast with the flowers on the top and the skeletons on the bottom. Well done!

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    Jenna Feb 4 2015 at 2:15 pm #

    This may very well be the coolest illustrated YA cover ever. Very nice! I cannot wait to read it!!

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    Cassie Feb 4 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    It’s gorgeous!!! Love the colors and art.

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    Katelyn Feb 4 2015 at 2:40 pm #

    Love the cover, Erin!!! Super intriguing and fun!

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    Traci D. Haley Feb 4 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    That cover is stunning!

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    Alwyn Feb 4 2015 at 4:31 pm #

    That is maybe my fave cover of 2015 so far. So beautiful!

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    JennaML Feb 4 2015 at 4:45 pm #

    Aww, I love the cow skulls and guns. This isn’t necessarily the type of book I’d normally read, but comparing it to True Grit makes me want to read it. :3

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    Danielle D Feb 4 2015 at 5:11 pm #

    Yay for you!! This is GORGEOUS and I can’t wait to snap it up ASAP!!

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    Emily Feb 4 2015 at 8:29 pm #

    WOW. That detail, that COLOR. I love it!

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    Sunshine Reads Feb 4 2015 at 8:30 pm #

    OMG!!! This cover is so amazing. I just live it so much. I will definitely be picking this one up. 🙂

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    Sarah (appifanie) Feb 5 2015 at 12:59 pm #

    Love it!!

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    Rachel Pudelek Feb 5 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    LOVE THIS COVER!!!! It has such a YA and yet western feel to it! Perfect. Can’t wait to read this book!

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    samantha Feb 7 2015 at 8:23 pm #

    i love the artwork – so pretty!! can’t wait for this to come out!!

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    raph Feb 9 2015 at 8:12 am #

    really cool

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    Shannon Sauers Feb 9 2015 at 10:57 am #

    I really love the cover! It’s different than what’s out there in YA right now! I really want to read it!

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    Henna Feb 9 2015 at 10:59 am #

    That cover is gorgeous!! And I really want to read this book.

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    Katy Upperman Feb 9 2015 at 11:01 am #

    Erin, the cover gods must truly love you. Your TAKEN covers are gorgeous and this one is just… perfection. Cannot wait to read it!

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    Marisa Feb 9 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    Ridiculously beautiful cover. Catches the eye. The book blurb? Love it!

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    Jenn C Feb 9 2015 at 4:54 pm #

    This cover is GORGEOUS. I can’t wait until it releases so I can buy a finished copy.

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    Conni Feb 10 2015 at 2:28 am #

    Great artwork. It was what caught my eye.

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    kristin Feb 10 2015 at 10:27 pm #

    erin, you always have the most beautiful covers. the stories themselves are fabulous, and so wonderfully packaged. 🙂

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    Karen D. Feb 13 2015 at 9:43 am #

    Really cool! Love the guns!

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    Kaelyn Feb 13 2015 at 10:03 am #

    This cover looks beyond amazing! The artwork, colors, and font compliment each other so beautifully. Immediately I swoon over this cover! Nice job!

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    Cee Feb 13 2015 at 8:31 pm #

    That cover is sooo frickin’ gorgeous! It totally evokes the Wild West. ;D

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    Liran Feb 13 2015 at 8:32 pm #

    I’m still trying to decide whether I LOVE it or I REALLY LOVE it. I’m pretty sure I REALLY REALLY LOVE it. A lot.

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    Christina2227 Feb 13 2015 at 8:42 pm #

    I think it is stunning! I love the colors and all the details incorporated. Definitely has me more anxious to get my greedy hands ahold of a copy. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.


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    Shannon Feb 13 2015 at 8:59 pm #

    I LOVE the cover! It is so unique and makes me want to read the book even more!

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    Keiko Feb 13 2015 at 10:00 pm #

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is my favorite, based on this cover, I think this is going to be even more epic!

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