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Cover Love #101


Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.

Oh, this series. AGOS’s cover was released a while ago, but I wouldn’t even let myself read the synopsis until I finished ADSOM (which I finally did this month.) But now I can enjoy every square millimeter, because WOW, does Victoria Schwab have great luck when it comes to covers for this series.

This cover does a great job of carrying over the themes from the last cover (color palette, cool coat, maps) but does something new at the same time. First of all, LILA! HI, LILA, YOU BEAUTIFULLY CUNNING PIRATE THIEF QUEEN YOU! Way to rock the coat and the hat, girl! Also, A++ on the double-fisted daggers there. What really impresses me, though, are the hands. They’re freaking creepy and tie in nicely to the synopsis. Also, the continued use of red is great, given the color’s association with blood magic.

What do you think of this cover?



Cover Love #100


Wow! 100 Cover Love posts! Whodathunkit. I had no idea I’d keep up with the meme for this long, but I’ve definitely enjoyed it. I couldn’t even remember what my first Cover Love pick was, so I went scrolling back through the archives…

Halo by Alexandra Ardonetto. My, how my tastes have changed. Contrast this with, say…

A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder, which is one of my most recent picks that still makes me sigh happily every time I look at it. Absolutely classic.

The nice thing about cover design is that it’s just as subjective as many other aspects of the industry. Often, most of us can agree about the most egregiously awful or stunningly good outliers, but the vast middle ground is open to interpretation. A cover that I love may be one that you hate and vice-versa, and that’s okay.

So whether you’re a fan of any of the covers I’ve chosen over the last 100 posts or none at all, thank you for sticking around and celebrating the creativity of design with me.



Cover Love #99


High-school radio host Jasmine Torres’s life is full of family dysfunction, but if she can score the internship of her dreams with a New York City radio station, she knows she can turn things around.

That is, until her brother Danny’s latest seizure forces her to miss the interview, and she’s back to the endless loop of missing school for his doctor appointments, picking up the pieces of her mother’s booze-soaked life, and stressing about Danny’s future.

Then she meets Wes. He’s the perfect combination of smart, cute, and funny. He also happens to have epilepsy like her brother. Wes is living a normal life despite his medical issues, which gives Jasmine hope for Danny. But memories of her cheating ex-boyfriend keep her from going on a real date with Wes, no matter how many times he asks her.

Jasmine can’t control everything. Not who wins the internship, not her mother’s addiction, not her brother’s health–not even where her heart will lead her. She wishes she could just have an ordinary life, but maybe what she already has is pretty extraordinary after all.

EEEEEEEEEE SO CUTE! Illustrated covers are almost always an automatic win, but look at that cuteness. The color palette is so fun and relaxing (and modern.) I love all the little details, too. The skyscrapers, the paper airplanes, the fonts, the headphones, the vinyl… It all goes together so well. To me, this cover promises a fun, cute, exciting book with a musical theme. Hopefully, it delivers!

What do you think of this cover?



Cover Love #98


Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself—because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of—a woman with a future. Inspired by her own grandmother’s journal, Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz relates Joan’s journey from the muck of the chicken coop to the comforts of a society household in Baltimore (Electricity! Carpet sweepers! Sending out the laundry!), taking readers on an exploration of feminism and housework; religion and literature; love and loyalty; cats, hats, and bunions.

I think this is absolutely lovely! I’m woefully ignorant when it comes to art and art history, so I have no idea if the image is from a real piece hanging in a museum somewhere, but it looks like it could be. It’s so… real. The lighting, her wisps of hair, the way she has the feather duster tucked under her arm, the Asian chochkies in the foreground. Granted, I usually think of England when I think of aproned housemaids, but Baltimore works, too, in this case. I also ADORE the font. Great job, Candlewick!

What do you think of this cover?


Cover Love #97


1888. A little girl called Mirror and her shape-shifting guardian Goliath Honeyflower are washed up on the shores of Victorian England. Something has been wrong with Mirror since the day her grandfather locked her inside a mysterious clock that was painted all over with ladybirds. Mirror does not know what she is, but she knows she is no longer human.

John Loveheart, meanwhile, was not born wicked. But after the sinister death of his parents, he was taken by Mr Fingers, the demon lord of the underworld. Some say he is mad. John would be inclined to agree.

Now Mr Fingers is determined to find the little girl called Mirror, whose flesh he intends to eat, and whose soul is the key to his eternal reign. And John Loveheart has been called by his otherworldly father to help him track Mirror down…

Oh my gosh, I can’t handle this cover. I can’t remember the last time I saw something so beautifully textured on a flat jpg image. The crackle of the background, the shiny gloss of the gilt, the way the blue, purple, and gold play off each other… And the details! Look at that border! The moon! The FONT! The tiny ladybugs! The manor house! Goliath’s tail!


What do you think of this cover? I won’t take less than pure awe.



Cover Love #96


How many times can you lose the person you love?

A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about reincarnation and the timelessness of first love from a talented young writer.

Teenagers Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again. Each time their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…

Wow. More than anything, I really like the concept of this cover. If you’re going to try to capture the idea of repeating stories, using a bunch of covers only makes sense. Also, if you look, the covers clearly change from left to right. The cover strip on the far left is old, vintage, and the strips become progressively more modern until you reach the crisp, teal-ish cover on the far right, decorated with modern, cutesy chemical diagrams. AND though the font is uniform across all the strips, you can see that the letters are pieced together from the different covers as well. Add in the nice color combinations, and boom. Sold.

What do you think of this cover?



Cover Love #95


A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject’s body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.

A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.

Right, like I can look at a cover like that and not add it to my TBR. I’ll be honest, I’m not entirely sure what’s happening in the cover, but that’s part of the appeal. The collage of flowers, armor, weaponry, and death is interesting, and they do their job. This cover will look gorgeous on a shelf, and I gotta know what happens inside.

What do you think of this cover?


Cover Love #94


Feo’s life is extraordinary. Her mother trains domesticated wolves to be able to fend for themselves in the snowy wilderness of Russia, and Feo is following in her footsteps to become a wolf wilder. She loves taking care of the wolves, especially the three who stay at the house because they refuse to leave Feo, even though they’ve already been wilded. But not everyone is enamored with the wolves, or with the fact that Feo and her mother are turning them wild. And when her mother is taken captive, Feo must travel through the cold, harsh woods to save her—and learn from her wolves how to survive.

Eeeee, lookee! It’s a wolf that’s also a forest that has creepy cries and another wolf! I’m not sure how I feel about the background and font color, but does it matter? WOLF! Boom, done, argument over. Wolves are like dragons in that way.

What do you think of the cover?



Cover Love #93


In a small river village where the water is cursed, a girl’s bravery—and the existence of magic—could mean the difference between life and death in this elegant, luminous tale from the author of Parched and Audacity.

Along a lively river, in a village raised on stilts, lives a girl named Luna. All her life she has heard tales of the time before the dam appeared, when sprites danced in the currents and no one got the mysterious wasting illness from a mouthful of river water. These are just stories, though—no sensible person would believe in such things.

Beneath the waves is someone who might disagree. Perdita is a young water sprite, delighting in the wet splash and sparkle, and sad about the day her people will finally finish building their door to another world, in search of a place that humans have not yet discovered.

But when Luna’s little sister falls ill with the river sickness, everyone knows she has only three weeks to live. Luna is determined to find a cure for her beloved sister, no matter what it takes. Even if that means believing in magic…

This has to be one of the more beautiful covers I’ve ever featured on Cover Love. It reminds me a lot of Listen, Slowly in terms of color palette and the like. (Anyone know if it’s the same designer?) I love every inch of it. The huge, full moon in the center, the details in the trees with the vines and the birds, the two girls (one who is Jack Sparrow-ing it on the prow), the ripples in the water, and that creepy hand reaching out from the depths… Even if I weren’t getting a fabulous Two Princesses of Bamarre vibe from the synopsis, this book would flare on my radar because of the cover alone. Well done!

What do you think of this cover?



Cover Love #92


It’s summertime in New York City, and aspiring filmmaker Wes Auckerman has just arrived to start his summer term at NYU. While shooting a séance at a psychic’s in the East Village, he meets a mysterious, intoxicatingly beautiful girl named Annie.

As they start spending time together, Wes finds himself falling for her, drawn to her rose petal lips and her entrancing glow. But there’s something about her that he can’t put his finger on that makes him wonder about this intriguing hipster girl from the Village. Why does she use such strange slang? Why does she always seem so reserved and distant? And, most importantly, why does he only seem to run into her on one block near the Bowery? Annie’s hiding something, a dark secret from her past that may be the answer to all of Wes’s questions . . .

I have no idea what’s going on here or how it ties to the story, but holy cow, am I intrigued/freaked out. I love the deep, rich, sinister blue of the door and the way it fades to shadow. I love that they did the author’s name in the same font as her previous book. And that DOORKNOB. Creeptastic! I just love to look at it.

What do you think of this cover?



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