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A few things I realized…I often find Young Adult book covers the most attractive and that is probably why I often pick them up off the shelf and even read the back. Simple covers call to me as well as chaotic ones. I have not read all of the books on this list, and some of them that I have read I did not LOVE, but I must admire their covers.
Saving the best for last, here goes…
5. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
I actually didn’t care much for this story. It was okay, but easily forgettable after I finished it. The cover however with its darkness and dripping gold that appears to be seeping from a stone of some sort was the reason this ended up on my TBR list for the longest time! Every time I passed it in a bookstore the desire to pick it up and take it home was almost irresistible.
4. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Here is an example of a book that I know nothing about, that I have not read, but that I have wanted to read simply because of the cover. The way the light and dark play with each other as well as the idea of a ship in a bottle, but it isn’t a ship. The fact that the reflection does not match the above water image and the water that is in the bottle and in the reflection but yet the bottle sits on a hard surface blows my mind!
I’m a big fan of fancy lettering and dark and light contrast, as you’ll soon notice.
3. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
First, I really enjoyed this book (and Renée Watson in general), second I loved the way the title matched the image and the story. The colorful mosaic with the beautiful main character on the front had me itching to read the book. After I read the book, it meant even more to the story. This is a book cover that sticks out in my head without having to search through all of my memory files.
2. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Another set of covers that are memorable (with the exception of Fairest which is a cover I don’t care for) is the Lunar Chronicle book covers. Not only do they balance color, light, dark, and human bodies, but each cover gives a little away about the main character of that particular story and the fairytale that you will find redone within. The contrast in images and faded background grab my interest right away and by judging the book by its cover, I automatically think it’ll be worth my time. (They were!)
1. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Last, but certainly not least, The Sun is Also a Star, is my favorite book cover, to date. I love that every little string has a place that anchors it or turns it, yet they all mesh together to deepen and enrich the colors on the cover. There are spaces where it is easy to decipher between the pieces, but as they begin to intersect and layer one on top of the other, it become increasingly difficult to pinpoint where something begins and the next thing ends.
Aside from the bright and exciting colors, the white negative space that is shaped as the title draws my attention right away. It pulls my eye in before anything else.
I had never read Yoon before, but when I saw this book cover, I had to buy it. Not only was it a beautiful cover, but the book inside drew my attention as I fell in love with Yoon’s writing style and the characters she created. The great content only made the cover that much more magical for me.
What kinds of covers attract your eye?
Are any of yours the same?
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