I’ve Got You Covered (1)

Since the beginning of the year, I abandoned my most popular post, Cover Snark. It was a tough decision but one I needed to make. Weekly posts where I’m trying to be funny take a lot out of me. Still, I’ve definitely missed being more dialed in to what’s releasing, and I miss looking at book covers. Lenore Appelhans, dear and talented friend, suggested that I do a Mini Cover Snark post, which was an excellent idea except that I’m not so great at moderation in some things, and there’s just no way my perfectionism would be cool with the process of picking and choosing what to include. So, no, Cover Snark is not back, but I’m here to dish about covers again.

My plan is for this series of posts to be monthly, as opposed to weekly. It will cover (pun intended) the covers that I find that wow me. It’s all positive all the time, because that’s the mindset I’ve been working toward. It’s not attempting to be comprehensive of all covers ever. Most of the posts probably won’t be that long, but this one will be massive, because I don’t do things by half, so I’m going to try to get all the books with covers coming out after September. This should be similar but different.

There’s no doubt that some of my readers will be disappointed by this change. Honestly, I’m a bit sad to see Cover Snark go too. And I want to be clear that I’m not ending it to get more love from publishers or because I think there’s anything wrong with cover snarking. It’s just that I do not have the time or the creative energy to spend on those posts anymore.

Though I tried to be somewhat comprehensive, obviously the covers skew young adult and the adult titles come predominantly from SFF. And, most obviously, these are covers that appeal to my subjective aesthetics. Let me know which ones you love, have read (if you are one of the lucky few who has them early or just tell me about the author’s other books!), or desperately want to read. The posts will not usually be this long, if I keep to my monthly plan.

Titles link to the Goodreads pages for the books. Happy TBR hunting!

Middle Grade

1. Tight – Torrey Maldonado

Thoughts: This adorable child with his comics and batman t-shirt. I also have serio0us love for that title font.

2. The Bridge Home – Padma Venkatraman

Thoughts: I’m not much of an art person, but the up close details of this, how it looks so much like a painting, are completely stunning. Does anyone else really want a puzzle of this?

3. We’re Note from Here – Geoff Rodkey

Thoughts: These are the glitziest bugs I’ve seen since A Bug’s Life.

4. Song for a Whale – Lynne Kelly

Thoughts: The colors! The whale! The encouragement that girls be loud!

5. The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day – Christopher Edge

Thoughts: Adorable and Escher-inspired. What’s not to love?

6. Never Evers – Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison

Thoughts: This reminds me of 90s Simon Pulse titles in the best way.

7. No Fixed Address – Susin Nielsen

Thoughts: Listen, I was helpless to resist the little mouse and the gnome.

8. The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise – Dan Gemeinhart

Thoughts: Despite my old person concern for the safety of this, I’m in love with the art, the fonts, and the kitty.

9. The Magical Unicorn Society Official Handbook – Selwyn E. Phipps

Thoughts: Call me unicorny but I love this.

10. Spirits, Spells, and Snark (Magic, Madness, and Mischief #2) – Kelly McCullough

Thoughts: WINGED FLAME BUNNY

11. Earth to Charlie – Justin Olson

Thoughts: Before I zoomed in on the high res version of the cover, I was impressed with the loveliness of the colors and the title font, but after I zoomed in, I was blown away by the detail in those trees. Bob Ross would approve.

12. The Remarkable Inventions of Walter Mortinson – Quinn Sosna-Spear

Thoughts: I’d actually forgotten how delightful steampunk covers are when they go past the stereotypical gear motif.

13. The Size of the Truth – Andrew Smith

Thoughts: No idea what’s going on here, but every time I see this cover, I have to stop and stare for a while.

14. Flashback (Keeper of the Lost Cities #7) – Shannon Messenger

Thoughts: Jason Chan forever. There’s a reason he’s the only cover artist whose name I actually know lol.

15. Friday Night Stage Lights – Rachele Alpine

Thoughts: When I was in the intended age group, I would have whined for my parents to buy this for me SO HARD. Now, I have to whine at myself.

Young Adult

1. The Lantern’s Ember – Colleen Houck

Thoughts: Though I’m not a skull person or a bug person, this is really gorgeous. Like, I feel like it shouldn’t be so pretty, but it really just is.

2. The Waking Forest – Alyssa Wees

Thoughts: Fairy tale forest-y goodness, and managing to look creepy but also like somewhere you absolutely want to visit.

3. Immoral Code – Lillian Clark

Thoughts: If I look too closely at the models, my delight wavers a bit, but the kerning on the fonts is boss, and the tagline is to die for. There are a fair number of books about coding with this basic cover idea, but I think this is the strongest I’ve seen.

4. Winter War Awakening (Blood Rose Rebellion #3) – Rosalyn Eves

Thoughts: On first glance, this cover is simple and arresting. Looking closer, the gold raining off the tree looks fake, but in this instance that’s one of the things I love most. It feels like the fact that, when it’s off, the gilding isn’t as nice as you thought and is being replaced by the natural beauty of the tree is the actual point.

5. Fire & Heist – Sarah Beth Durst

Thoughts: The title font is one that’s way overused, but it’s shiny up close so that’s nice. The reason this cover made the cut is the clever use of the dragon for the ampersand. Very cool.

6. On the Come Up – Angie Thomas

Thoughts: I’d be totally happy for Thomas’ covers to continue on in this style indefinitely.

7. For the Muse of Fire (For a Muse of Fire #1) – Heidi Heilig

Thoughts: I like most covers with dragons, it’s true, but I usually don’t like silhouette covers, but this is an instance that really works for me. It’s also a rare cover that manages fiery without crossing over into cheesy or fake.

8. Pride – Ibi Zoboi

Thoughts: The combination of the ornateness of an old book and the graffiti works incredibly well. I’ve read the book already, and this cover really sells the basic concept.

9. The Disasters – M. K. England

Thoughts: Simple covers are so great when they work out. That bright purple background is doing so much, and the orange font and bluish-grene in the reflection off the helmet somehow all pull together perfectly. FYI, I’ve read this already, and it’s also GOOD.

10. What If It’s Us – Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Thoughts: I’m not usually one for a neutral color palette, but I’m living for the peachy title and the way your eyes end up being drawn to the cuteness of the two boys. I’m always of two minds about the way they style Albertalli’s covers, and I’m glad they went for a less garish illustration for this one, mostly because it’s more my personal style. 😉

11. Evermore (Everless #2) – Sara Holland

Thoughts: Gorgeous, shiny trap cover.

12. Glass Sword (Red Queen #2) – Victoria Aveyard

Thoughts: Damn, this collector’s edition is amazing. Like, I want to buy and display this even though I didn’t like book one or continue the series? That’s a good use of money, right? Help?!

13. Sawkill Girls – Claire Legrand

Thoughts: This looks like a cover I’d see from Tor.com, and I mean that as the biggest compliment.

14. The Resolutions – Mia Garcia

Thoughts: Not the most visually wow of all the covers, but I really appreciate how much they look like real teens, and how they don’t look posed. The girl on the left looks bored, and the guy’s maybe slipping on goggles or glasses. Bonus points for how realistic it seems, which is why it stands out for me.

15. Swing – Kwame Alexander

Thoughts: and a non-miss

16. Black Wings Beating (Skybound #1) – Alex London

Thoughts: As much as I hate feather and bird covers as a general rule, there are always exceptions, and the details here are so effing beautiful.

17. The Boneless Mercies – April Genevieve Tucholke

Thoughts: I’ve loved this cover since I first saw it. There’s almost this campy paranormal vibe that works because the art is so good.

18. Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson

Thoughts: Haunting.

19. Archenemies (Renegades #2) – Marissa Meyer

Thoughts: I don’t love this one quite as much as book two (partially because I still loathe a single word title split onto multiple lines because CONFUSE), but the comic book-ness of these covers is so excellent, and the use of primary colors really sells it.

20. King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) – Leigh Bardugo

Thoughts: Worthy of Nikolai.

21. Anna and the Apocalypse – Katharine Turner & Barry Waldo

Thoughts: That moment when you realize the fir tree is made out of zombies.

22. Five Feet Apart – Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, & Tobias Iaconis

Thoughts: I deeply resent the movie sticker marring this beauteousness.

23. Dry – Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman

Thoughts: Really smart use of both space and color. There’s an art to making a cover so simple not look boring.

24. Dealing in Dreams – Lilliam Rivera

Thoughts: Pretty much want to propose marriage to this cover.

25. Sky Without Stars (System Divine #1) – Jessica Brody

Thoughts: It’s like the GOT intro in space. There is no saving me.

26. The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried – Shaun David Hutchinson

Thoughts: Do they have to stay buried in my slushie though?!?!

27. Shatter the Suns (Last Star Burning #2) – Caitlin Sangster

Thoughts: Even without the war planes, I super do not want to live in a town this vertical, but damn it’s like dark Rivendell or something.

28. The Antidote – Shelley Sackier

Thoughts: True story: the first time I saw this cover, I went to look at the book and see if it sounded like my thing. I was dubious. The second time I saw this cover, I looked again. The third time I saw this cover, I said aw hell and added it to my to-read. I literally could not resist it.

29. Grim Lovelies – Megan Shepherd

Thoughts: We all know that I’m weak to shiny and fonts and black covers with just pops of color. No surprise that I want to squish this cover and its adorable gargoyle.

30. Once a King (Clash of Kingdoms #3) – Erin Summerill

Thoughts: There should be more fantasy covers that are blue with silver accents because YES.

31. West (East #2) – Edith Pattou

Thoughts: Pretty much disgustingly beautiful.

32. Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan

Thoughts: *zombie moans with want*

33. Internment – Samira Ahmed

Thoughts: Ahmed’s first cover was great too, but this one is wow.

34. Rule (Rule #1) – Ellen Goodlett

Thoughts: This loses points if the cover’s not textured.

35. Part of Your World (Twisted Tales #5) – Liz Braswell

Thoughts: This loses points if the cover’s not textured.

Adult

1. A Dangerous Collaboration (Veronica Speedwell #4) – Deanna Raybourn

Thoughts: I’ve been in love with the covers for this series since the first one. This isn’t my favorite color combo, but I love the sheen to the bronze, and I also love how badass she manages to look with a butterfly net.

2. The Bride Test – Helen Hoang

Thoughts: I love the way they kept to the color palette of The Kiss Quotient, and they pull off the cuteness and whimsy because it dovetails so well with the heroine’s seriousness.

3. Intercepted & Fumbled (The Playbook #1-2) – Alexa Martin


Thoughts: POC women illustrated on a romance cover looking powerful and also realistic. Excellent.

4. The Matchmaker’s List – Sonya Lalli

Thoughts: Berkley has been killing it with both having diverse romance novels and giving them the best goddamn covers. KEEP IT UP, PLEASE. (All of the ones you’ve seen so far in adult are Berkley, sooooo way to go Penguin Random House.

5. The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls – Anissa Gray

Thoughts: Admittedly I’m minorly creeped out by the spinning faces, but I love the brightness and the sheer mood of it; there really is something that feels ravenous about it. I also just adore that title, because it’s a reminder that girls are forces to be reckoned with. If I saw this in the bookstore, I would stop and google it immediately.

6. Binti: The Complete Trilogy (Binti #1-3) – Nnedi Okorafor

Thoughts: Usually I can’t stand the fake eye color thing, but she’s fierce enough to rock it, and the way it dovetails with the gold detailing is pretty boss. I’m also super loving the gold and purple.

7. 99 Nights in Logar – Jamil Jan Kochai

Thoughts: Really interesting illustration style, and I always love wolfies. Excellent color palette too. The fact that illustrated covers are starting to invade adult books too delights me no end.

8. No Country for Old Gnomes (The Tales of Pell #2) – Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne

Thoughts: My favorite part is the title, but I also love the color palette and Buckbeak.

9. The Silence of the Girls – Pat Barker

Thoughts: Such understated elegance. The draping is lovely, and the way she’s both covered and revealed, just like the title text. And obvi I love the gold dots because they add interest and shininess.

10. The Labyrinth of Spirits – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Thoughts: It’s a bookish person trap.

11. Vita Nostra – Marina & Sergey Dyachenko

Thoughts: This one made the list because I couldn’t look away from it, and because it absolutely makes me want to know more about what’s going on.

12. Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicles #3) – Jay Kristoff

Thoughts: Jason Chan’s art is incredibly gorgeous even when it’s terrifying. Fact.

13. Vengeful (The Villains #2) – V.E. Schwab

Thoughts: I was on the fence about this one until I zoomed in and saw her epic smirk. Plus, there’s sort of a Cowboy Bebop vibe to this I really appreciate.

14. The City in the Middle of the Night – Charlie Jane Anders

Thoughts: Could be boring but the colors, the font, and the cityscapes are perfection. Although, ironically, it looks like the middle of the night is in the city, rather than the other way around.

15. Amnesty (The Amberlough Dossier #3) – Lara Elena Donnelly

Thoughts: Probably my least favorite of the three, but I still love the shit out of the covers for this series.

16. Splintegrate – Deborah Teramis Christian

Thoughts: Slightly heavy on the video game feel maybe, but that aaaaart.

17. The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon

Thoughts: Fittingly, it’s a bit too orange, but the dragon and art style are so great, I couldn’t exclude it.

18. The Binding – Bridget Collins

Thoughts: This is one of the covers that inspired this post, because every time I see it I want to yell about how freaking perfect it is.

19. The Sisters of the Winter Wood – Rena Rossner

Thoughts: I see a cover like this, and I know it’s gonna be fairy tales and that I want it.

11 responses to “I’ve Got You Covered (1)”

  1. Jamie says:

    Love this!!
    And omg I NEED the Unicorn Society one. THAT COVER.

  2. Nori says:

    This whole thing made me so happy! Thanks for doing this. And thanks, as always, for adding to my TBR.
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  3. Aww I miss Cover Snark but I completely understand. This is a lovely alternative though. 🙂 I didn’t know Geoff Rodkey had a new one! I’m not a big Middle Grade reader but I sure did love Deadweather and Sunrise. That Vita Nostra cover is incredible.
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  4. Kat says:

    I really miss the Cover Snarks but I’m happy that you do this instead! Such a great idea. Without you I would miss so many good books!!

    Thank you

  5. Kayla Beck says:

    And I was thinking that I could wander in and dip my toe briefly into the blogging world… I should have known better here. I now have twenty tabs open, looking at new books. This totally counts as collection development, right?

    Also, thank you for reminding me that I have The Silence of the Girls and that I need to read it.

  6. Leah says:

    Something tells me your new feature is going to get me in a lot of trouble :D. I have a few of these on my To Read list, but pretty covers are a major weakness of mine and I’ve not added a few more of these to my list. How did I not know about this Unicorn Society book?! THE STRUGGLE!

  7. Mary says:

    Based on your comments, I think Bill Elis might become the second artist whose name you know. I am LOVING that 3D aesthetic he’s got going on. And all these illustrated and handlettered covers are AMAZING! I also got that Simon Pulse Rom Com vibe, and it’s amazing, but I also like that the illustrations feel updated, not just a flashback to the 90s.
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  8. 1. Haven’t seen this cover before, I love the composition!!
    2. BEAUTIFULLLLL
    5. So cute and I love the sparkly stars.

    Let’s be real, I am in love with all of these MG covers!

    1. I think this will be even prettier in person, I love the glowing!
    8. I can’t wait to see a finished copy.
    32. I’m not sure if the story is for me but I want this cover sosososo bad.

    18. The textures and colors and the skeleton key!!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I am thrilled to have some iteration of Cover Snark back. Honestly, for me you don’t even need to comment on all the covers, I am just happy to have all/most/a selection of the new YA covers viewable in once place. It is the fastest way for me to grow my TBR list.

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