Saturday, May 19, 2012

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff US Cover Reveal + Giveaway (Int'l)

Along with eight other AWESOME blogs ( Seriously to be included in this wolf pack - I should be considered royalty I feel so HONOURED) I'm revealing the US cover for STORMDANCER by Jay Kristoff! A while back Kristi @ The Story Siren helped Jay reveal the UK cover of Stormdancer which looks like this -


It's great huh? You know the cherry blossom, the awesome font, the contrast between the dark colours of the badass chick ( who looks like me on a Saturday night when I'm doing n**ja stuff) and the light background. And those symbols down the side of the cover which mean nothing to me right now but still look great!

HOWEVER - this cover? Pfffffft sorry UK but you got the short straw for this cover because the US one is completely A M A Z I N G! Can we get a A M A Z I N G? And another A M A Z I N G!

When I saw it I was like - 





WITHOUT FURTHER ADO I PRESENT YOU WITH the most beautiful cover that you'll ever see because I'm on the cover - legit THE US COVER FOR STORMDANCER -


ARE YOU PLURGING RAINBOWS TOO? Isn't my tattoo sleeve totally badass?

What do you get when you combine Steampunk with Japanese Warrior Stuff? - Some pretty awesome cover art A BADASS NOVEL.

A DYING LAND

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, land choked with toxic pollution, wildlife ravaged by mass extinctions.


AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST

The hunters of Shima's imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary beast, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows thunder tigers have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL

Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a hidden gift that would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

STORMDANCER is released September 18th through Thomas Dunne books/St Martin’s Press

About Jay Kristoff * - ( I wrote him a new bio because the other one was boring!)

Jay Kristoff is a Australian Martian who helps old ladies across the street by day and writes YA books by night. He also slays dragons, teaches Irish dancing and plays the ukulele. On a good day you'll find him at home and on a bad day you'll find him at home. He's hobbies include reading Manga, watching Glee, baking cookies in the shape of Dinosaurs. He has a beard.

You can find Jay -

*99% of that was made up MAYBE....

~ Giveaway~ 

Alright weirdos and dragon-slayers I know you're only here for the giveaway ( and the cover reveal but yeah the giveaway!). So I'm letting you know you there are 10 ARCS of STORMDANCER up for grabs

... But you can only win one of them through this blog! ( HAHAHAHAHAHAHA gotcha!)

For your chance to win the other NINE ARCS up for grabs - answer this question:

Badass Bookie's Stormdancer Uber-Quiz question:

Question 5: What clan does Yukiko belong to?

HINT HINT : It's in the Synopsis

and then continue on to Jay's blog - HERE for the chance to win an exclusive Giveaway Pack ( with uber awesome stuff!) and learn more about this legendary 2012 YA Debut!

Fill out the Rafflecopter Form Below to win Badass Bookie's Stormdancer ARC: 

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Badass Bookie xx

157 comments:

  1. I deem this cover appropriately badass. I like it more every time I see it!

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  2. Yes! I completely agree with you! US one is miles ahead of the UK version! The tattoos so awesome and oh my god! (Face expression like the picture above.) I am seriously reading this! Steampunk AND Japenenese warrior?! Oh purrrlease what more could you want?! It's all you could want for a badass book! :)

    Thanks for the giveaway! (hugs and kisses!). =D

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  3. Such a gorgeous cover! I can't wait for this book!

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  4. Wow... both covers are AMAZING! Really can't wait to read this!!! Love that the US one sort of looks like a graphic novel.

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  5. Wow! *mouth gaping* That's a striking contrast between the two version! The US cover definitely looks way better than the UK in terms of the color, the font, the character. That's basically everything!

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  6. The cover is so eye-catching! I love it.

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  7. Omg, it's gorgeous! I think I love the US cover more than the UK one! EEP!

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  8. Your cover reveal of rainbows? SO TOTALLY TRUE. I am doing SO MUCH DROOLING RIGHT NOW. It looks so kick butt, it couldn't get more fantastic.

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  9. I can't decide which cover I love more!!! Wow, they're both so amazing. I love all of the barfing rainbow pictures, LOL!

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  10. The cover is gorgeous!

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  11. I love the cover Yukiko looks awesome.

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  12. The cover is awesome I like it some much more than the uk one.

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  13. The US cover is so cool!

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  14. I am totally plurging rainbows right now. That cover is amazeballs. Definitely makes me want to have the book NOW.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. This is one of the most beautiful covers I've ever seen!! Everything is just perfect!!

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  16. I think it's amazing! The more I see it the more I love, love, love it! I cannot wait to read this book! September can't get here fast enough!

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  17. I'm completely with you. The US one is 1,000x better than the UK one. If I saw this in a bookstore, I would definitely pick it up to see what the book was about.

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  18. I like both covers, but the US cover is my favorite. I love the tattoo and all the red.

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  19. I LOVE the US cover!! So need a copy of this book on my shelves right now, ha! :)

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  20. Umm...this cover is AMAZING! No waay am I getting this one on an eReader!

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  21. The cover looks great!

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  22. I can't wait for this book!

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  23. OMG! I love love love the cover! And holy crap. I need this book. I really, really need it. Like the US cover the most :D

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  24. I have to admit, I am so surprised by this cover! Usually the UK/Australian covers are WAY better than the U.S. ones, but the U.S. cover of Stormdancer is nothing short of phenomenal! It's definitely my favorite and I love it! :D I feel as if it captures the mood and tone of the novel set by the synopsis much better than the overseas cover and I can't wait to read this! :)

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  25. Damn! Now I have to order the large hardcover print to savour the awesomeness of this book

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  26. The US cover owns it! I love it!

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  27. I'm obsessed with anything and everything Japanese, so I'm biased when I say: I love it! I love it! I LOVE it!!

    I'm going to have to change my Japanese name to Yukiko...

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  28. I think this might be my favorite cover ever... or at least this year.

    kittycommittee@cox.net

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  29. The cover is so epic! I LOVE IT

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  30. Somehow it's totally kickass AND beautiful at the same time. Gorgeous artwork.

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  31. The cover is awesome!!! LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!

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  32. Gorgeous and stunning and amazing and all over adjectives that mean KICK. ASS.

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  33. I like the boldness of the cover -- the sharply contrasting colors, lines, and fonts. (commenting as Justine)

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  34. I just absolutely love it! The colors stand out magnificently. I need another tattoo stat!

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  35. Holy mother effing shit in my mouth that cover is spectacular. like seriously kickass. definitely a fave but definitely also still getting all covers.

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  36. I have to say I like the UK cover better. It's just more bright and attention drawing in my opinion. Great shelf appeal.

    Courtney
    Stiletto Storytime

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  37. I'm completely in LOVE with this cover. Yep, that's as much as I can say (unless you want me to write, I don't know, a billion lines about all the good things it has).
    And I also LOVE the UK cover so, I'm pretty sure I'll buy both editions xD

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  38. Love. That tattoo? So ridiculously awesome.

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  39. I love the US cover, but I've always been partial to works with Jason Chan's artwork on it. The only part of the US cover I don't very much like is the font of the title, which I know, is to suggest the exoticism of an Asian country -- but I find it cliched and annoying because it also suggests that an Asian character based in an Asian world is something 'exotic' in the literary world and media in general. The UK cover's title font has less of this issue, but the character on it kind of gives me the creeps, she's so gray and... dead-looking. She looks like a samurai zombie...

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  40. I was enchanted by the first cover the moment I saw it, but there is so much more badassery in the US version! I want to read this SO BAD.

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  41. The UK cover is awesome but the US cover is more awesome! The cover is so gorgeous! :D

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  42. BADASS! The UK cover is pretty but the US one is gorgeous! The colors are striking and the details on Yukiko (the tattoos, clothes, etc) and the thunder tiger is amazing.

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  43. Definitely loving the badass girl on the cover! Down with the pretty girls in foofy dresses. :)

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  44. This is one of the most beautiful covers ever and I wants it.

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  45. I love the Uk one but the US one is just so Badass!

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  46. I love the cover! I hope I win.

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  47. The thunder tiger is one of my favorite all-time book elements. Beyond. Epic. O.O

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  48. Yuki belongs to Fox clan!! And also that cover is too awesome to behold. It has so many intricate details that I could stare at it for hours and still be trying at the end to decipher all the meanings. Of course, once I read the book I'll be doing some more staring because I ned to find out what each thing represents in the story. =P

    </end of creepy rant>

    Thank you for doing this giveaway =D

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  49. The US cover is wickedly badass. I would buy this just for the cover. The US cover has a much darker look to it than the UK one. Both are amazing!

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  50. What a high-impact cover! I love the mixture of red and black, and the thunder tiger flying across the sky is a nice touch :D

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  51. Awesome cover! Love it's boldness and originality - it's kinka BADASS like someone I know...YOU!

    :D

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  52. I really like the UK cover, but the US cover...WOW! It just stands out and is seriously gorgeous! I'll definitely be buying a US copy so I can have that pretty on my shelf forever! :-D

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  53. The things I would do to this cover.. oh wow that came out wrong. I liked the UK one but the US one is worthy to make love to.. oh wait that's...no..that's wrong

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  54. Yuki belongs to the Fox Clan. I hope this is where you want the answer though I don't think it is. Sorry if it's not. Thanks for the giveaway though. ;-)

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  55. Fox clan! I can't really decide which cover I love more. While I love the colors of the UK cover, the US is just badass! It's awesome!!

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  56. Much better cover than the UK - more modern and bad-ass!

    Thanks!
    Leanne

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  57. Dudeee...this cover is effing BADASS! Sorta reminds me of MULAN in a way! PLUSSSS...I love the lettering of the title- sooo JAPANESE-LIKE! MEEEE LOVEEEE<333

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  58. Seriously!!! It really is super badass amazing!!! I think I vomited up a little rainbow too. <3
    -Heather/BookStacksOnDeck

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  59. This is one badass cover! I thought I loved the UK cover, but no. I LOVE this one!

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  60. What a beautiful cover! I love how the red color probably tells so much about the story.

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  61. Wow, awesome cover! Love the red colour!

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  62. I love this cover and can't wait to get my hands on this book. :)

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  63. The cover is beautiful ! One of the best i've seen this year.

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  64. I think the UK one is way nicer but the US one is lovely too! :)

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  65. I absolutely LOVE this cover! I thought it was just going to be an okay cover as I was scrolling down, but when I saw it, it was like: BAMMM! BEAUTIFUL! I love the red flowers in the background!

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  66. Hallelujah! *choir singing in the background*

    I really love both, but I think that since the skies are red in the world, it's just much more striking and intense-looking. You know?

    I think this (http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3mdppvPy71rr85udo1_500.gif) sums it up pretty well though. It's definitely something you'll be barfing up rainbows for. The UK will appeal to adult reader audience types and US will do it for YA freaks. :) Very clever strategy, appealing to both markets. Very, very clever.

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  67. I love the cover! Yuki is in the Fox clan.

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  68. I love both, US and UK covers, but I LOOOVE the US cover...beautifully done! Fusion of steampunk and samurai warriors..whoa!! My daughter and I are looking forward to reading about Yukiko's quest. Thank you for the giveaway!!

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  69. It's a very stunning cover, and a nice change from the usual girls in dresses with their faces hidden. The coloring is great!
    ~ Brianna McBride

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  70. The... uh... small reddish canine clan? Fox clan!

    Ooooooh, the UK cover is GORGEOUS! And then I scrolled down and saw wide-eyes and ranbows, and for a second I DEADSET THOUGHT IT WAS THE COVER :O

    HOLY MOTHER TRUCK SWEET BABY CHEESES ON A CRACKER THE USE COVER IS GORGEOUS!

    Also: I will automatically read anything Patrick Rothfuss blurbs... even though I still need to read The Name of the Wind... but after blurbing DoSaB, and me DYING, I'm sold. Also: did you seriously re-writed Jay's blurb, because I'm about to die laughing.

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  71. I love the cover! Her tattoo is the coolest!!

    Question 5: What clan does Yukiko belong to?
    Fox clan.
    Yay! Me loves kitsune :)

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  72. I like the cherry blossom and the text front of the UK version. But overall, I prefer the US one! The girl, the lotus and the red and dark contrast. Can't wait to read this book!

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  73. Loving this WAY more than the UK art. WOW. <3

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  74. I'm on my way out the door to get my sleeve tat so I have to make this short... I'm "plurging" rainbows, too :D And yes, UK got robbed!!!
    -Kristin @myparahangover

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  75. The cover looks amazing!!!
    *rainbow puke* :D

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  76. I want to kiss it i love it so much!

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  77. The cover is gorgeous! The black and red tones really make it pop and the lettering is fantastic!

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  79. I love it. I think it looks so awesome. :)

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  80. Love both covers! But I do think I like the UK cover just a tiny bit better than the US cover!

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  81. I'm loving the covers. I love the US one the most.

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  82. I think they are pretty <3 but the US is my favorite one. The colors are awesome!

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  83. The US cover has awesome colors and movement. The UK cover is a bit quite in comparison.

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  84. the US cover is totally amazing!!! i love it and i'd totally grab it in the bookstore.

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  85. Barfing rainbows? Please. This makes me barf monkey ninjas. It's AWESOME.

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  86. I love the cover! I like how it's hand-drawn.

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  87. I think it's gorgeous and badass and completely fantastic.

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  88. Lovely rainbow pictures, and i have to agree they are totally necessary! That is one amazing cover :D

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  89. I love LOVE the cover, the illustration really reminds of manga (which I adore!).

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  90. jason chan has been illustrating kick ass covers for quite some time now!!!

    gitapar at hotmail dottie com

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  91. Hey all, thanks so much for the cover love! It's much appreciated :)

    If you want another chance to win an ARC, remember there are nine more being given away this week - all the details are on my blog - www.jaykristoff.com.

    Good luck!

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  92. I think the Cover arkwork is beautiful! I like the red background with the lotus because it gives it a blood stained look. The girl looks so calm and prepared to fight with the wind blowing at her hair. The outfit and tattoo compliments her character too.

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  93. the US cover of Stormdancer is beautiful!

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  94. I. LOVE. IT. Need I say more? *happy sigh*

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  95. I'm in love with this cover. I want to marry this cover! haha. No seriously . . . it's so beautiful!

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  96. Love the cover. If the novel is half as good as the cover it'll be awesome. But I bet it'll be even better...

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  97. I love the cover, especially the font!

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  98. Gorgeous covers! The red is really striking, and I must admit I agree with the quote that I didn't read anything past "Japanese Steampunk" o.O

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  99. I love it! That katana looks about read to slice some head off LOL. The UK cover looks nice but the US cover WINS it! I sense badass all over it!

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  100. It's honestly one of the best covers I've seen so far this year. I need it. All this promo for it is killing me because I can't get my hands on it. WHY IS THIS MY LIFEEEE?!

    Also, your reaction to the cover? Beautiful.

    Thanks for participating! :D

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  101. Both covers are beautiful, but I love the US cover because it has the Thunder tiger on it. Don't ask me why I'm so obsessed with it, but since I found out a Griffin was going to be in it, I have followed Mister Kristoff religiously. He is funny. Maybe some of what you wrote in his bio is true. I thought that was funny! I'm sure he did, too. Yes, I was purging rainbows!

    Heather

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  102. The US cover is beautiful but I have to admit, I like the UK cover better!

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  103. dude, Katanas, Griffins and tats, I am so in for this fiery looking series.

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  104. It screams power and beauty all at the same time. I think it certainly justifies the summary. :)

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  105. Maybe not purging rainbows but that is an awesome cover. Both of them. The UK one is a little less dramatic but still beautiful. (KateB)

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  106. Awesome cover--for both! 8D While the UK cover is more elegant, I think that the US one captures the bad-assery of the synopsis.

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  107. The covers are both beautiful and unique :)

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  108. I quite like the uk one but the us is just as pretty :)

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  109. The cover is SOOO BEYOND GORGEOUS! I can absolutely get your first reaction! Love love the color so much! <3

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  110. The cover is fascinating, enchanting, gorgeous... I'm running out of words! I've fallen in love with the colours..

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  111. I think the cover looks stunning! Especially love the black and red tones, they are such a perfect combination. I can't wait to read this book!

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  112. A beautiful cover. Tons of energy is those contrasting colors.

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  113. LOL, I love reading your reaction :)
    As for me, I love the cover too. Back in high school, I love reading anything that related to Japan. This cover have some manga-style that make it rock!

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  114. i love the cover! love how it's got the red mixed in : )

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  116. This cover is amazing! It's so nice to see such a strong female character on the cover.
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

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  117. Sweet. Japanese steampunk. Hmmmm.

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  118. So...when I featured the UK cover in one of my WoW posts, I thought it was sooo beautiful..

    But heck I was SO wrong!!!!

    That US cover up there surpassed my expectations! It's gorgeous..badass..deadly beautiful. Love it!

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  119. Beautiful cover - totally badass!

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  120. I like the UK cover better! It just looks a lot more sophisticated and gorgeous. <3

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  121. The cover jumps out at me. It looks strong!

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  122. Um, the US cover is absolutely STUNNING. GAH. If possible, I'm even more desperate to get my hands on an arc now. LOL

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  123. I thought the UK cover was gorgeous, but this is just another level. It's so different from anything out there right now. I LOVE it.

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  124. It makes my eyes bleed with greed! I love it that it isn't like every other cover out there. So many of the covers featuring females on the front cover just look like the same artists or photographers spit them out. You can definitely tell this one was made with just this book in mind.

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  125. The US cover is much cooler than the UK one, personally :)

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  126. I agree with you that the UK cover pales in comparison to the US cover! The UK one isn't that exciting. But I love the colours and the emotion in the US one.

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  127. I really like the US cover, it's so much more fierce than the UK cover :0) The story sounds amazing!

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  128. I personally love both covers! I'm going to get both editions regardless of whether I manage to win this giveaway or not! The US is badass and the UK is so pretty!
    Plus the US blurb makes me want to plurge rainbows alone.

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  129. The US cover is striking and bold. I really like it but the UK cover is beautiful!

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  130. I love the color choice for the US cover! It looks really intriguing and makes me want to buy it!

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  131. Super want. It's so pretty!

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  132. Brilliant cover - I love all the red :)

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  133. So in love with the cover! Thanks for the chance to win :D

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  134. Love this cover! It's so unique and appealing to the eye. It's got a badass heroine on it, not some girl in an obnoxiously fancy dress like many covers have these days.

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  135. Kyaaaa xD Comment with the cover thoughts.. wait a second, let me get a napkin to wipe my drool first :P I think the cover is intensely mind-blowing! I can't wait to get my hands on this book - seriously, it sounds wicked cool and I'll wither if I don't read it soon! :) Thank you for the awesome giveaway, you rock!

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  136. Not that this thought is new, but I love the US cover :D The tattoos on Yukiko's arm are amazingly detailed and epic!

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  137. So amazingly beautiful. And of course, BAD-ASS! :D

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  138. THIS COVER IS BAD ASS! LOVE IT!!!! :D

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  139. I actually like the cherry blossoms on the UK cover, but I love all the red and black on the US cover. Plus, her tattoos are AWESOME!

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  140. That is so sweeet. I do love your tattoo arm ;)

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  141. The US cover is so INTENSE! It's one of those books that you'll consider buying as soon as you see the cover.

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  142. Just added to me TBR list! Can't wait to read this one! Oh, and the cover is absolutely, drop-dead beautiful. :)

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  143. I love both covers actually, but I have to admit that I prefer the UK one because of the beautiful background. Thanks for this giveaway!

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  144. Dang...Don't ya hate it when you are late to the parrtttyyy..hehe!!

    So awesome!! Your blurb on Jay...very funny:D:D

    Michelle

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