I’ve Got You Covered (3)

I’ve Got You Covered is a monthly post about beautiful, swoonworthy cover art set to be released in the coming months. This feature replaces my prior Cover Snark feature. Here, I’m only talking favorites, thought there will definitely be the occasional friendly snark or pun here and there. Covers are broken up into age groups, so skip to the ones that interest you if you want. YA is obviously my focus, but I check certain adult/middle grade imprints as well. Obviously, it’s all about my personal tastes. 😛

Tell me your favorites when you’re done, but for now relax and enjoy the beauty.

Middle Grade

1. Aquicorn Cove – Katie O’Neill

Thoughts: As a middle grader, I would have whined to my parents SO HARD for them to buy me this.

2. Road Tripped – Pete Hautman

Thoughts: Just in case we forgot that middle grade did illustrated covers first, this one’s here being totally badass.

3. Riverland – Fran Wilde

Thoughts: Fantastic, clear as crystal.

4. All the Ways Home – Elsie Chapman

Thoughts: A.Maz.Ing.

5. The Multiplying Mysteries of Mount Ten – Krista Van Dolzer

Thoughts: About a middle grade girl who moonlights as a contractor?

6. The Spinner of Dreams – K. A. Reynolds

Thoughts: Maybe my favorite cover this week.

7. The Miraculous – Jess Redman

Thoughts: Wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles!

Thoughts: *plays The Second Star to the Right*

9. Summer of a Thousand Pies – Margaret Dilloway

Thoughts: Dream life.

10. Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale – Lauren Myracle

Thoughts: The cat’s meow.

11. The Fang of Bonfire Crossing (Legends of the Lost Causes #2) – Brad McLelland & Louis Sylvester
Thoughts: Pumbaa, what are you doing here?

12. The Twelve – Cindy Lin

Thoughts: 12/10

Young Adult

Shiny and New:

1. Beware the Night – Jessika Fleck

Thoughts: I love it so muuuuch.

2. Ruse (Want #2) Cindy Pon

Thoughts: So much more awesome than book one. Those colors and a heroine with glasses!

3. Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens – Tanya Boteju

Thoughts: Disregarding the fact that they’re all shades of people, I love that they all look so much more real than most cover people do.

4. The Language of Fire: Joan of Arc Reimagined – Stephanie Hemphill

Thoughts: This designer is ON FIRE. It’s so beautiful it BURNS. You guys are SAINTS for putting up with my puns.

5. Ordinary Girls – Blair Thornburgh

Thoughts: I slightly expect this to be about mermaids who love to read, but who even cares when it’s so beautiful. But seriously why are their clothes so matching of their skin tone that they look naked? lol

6. The Near Witch – V.E. Schwab

Thoughts: Maybe I’ve been watching too much Bake Off, but that tree looks like an elaborate braided bread loaf showstopper.

7. XL – Scott Brown

Thoughts: Really adorably and simple narrative to the cover itself, which very accurately represents the book’s description.

8. Destroy All Monsters – Sam J. Miller

Thoughts: Absolutely added because of the t-rex on the camera.

9. Bright Burning Stars – A. K. Small

Thoughts: I’m probably twice her size, but I would not fuck with her. Nope.

10. The Beholder (The Beholder #1) – Anna Bright

Thoughts: It’s rather appropriate that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

11. Echo North – Joanna Ruth Meyer

Thoughts: I’m not sure what kind of animal is in those trees but it’s awesome.

12. Last Things – Jacqueline West

Thoughts: Serious Stranger Things vibes, and I dig it.

13. Girls of July – Alex Flinn

Thoughts: They look just as confused as I am by the fact that the trees look so bare in July.

14. Soul of Stars (Heart of Iron #2) – Ashley Poston

Thoughts: Admittedly, I’m a big fan of space covers anyway and I fucking love this color palette, but the flower space station opening up is fucking cool. Fight me.

15. With the Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevedo

Thoughts: Damn, I want some blood oranges now.

16. Sorry for Your Loss – Jessie Ann Foley

Thoughts: Not sorry for your gorgeous cover.

17. Like a Love Story – Abdi Nazemian

Thoughts: Pink and yellow pink and yellow.

18. Fan the Fame – Anna Priemaza

Thoughts: This cover is the bomb.

19. The Wise and the Wicked – Rebecca Podos

Thoughts: Wicked cool.

20. The Arrival of Someday – Jen Malone

Thoughts: There’s no place like good cover.

21. The Beast’s Heart – Leife Shallcross

Thoughts: It’s got my heart, that’s for sure.

22. Wild and Crooked – Leah Thomas

Thoughts: Down and outright gorgeous.

23. Smoke & Summons (Numina Trilogy #3) – Charlie N. Holmberg


24. We Rule the Night – Claire Eliza Bartlett

Thoughts: All I do is win win win no matter what
Got fiyah on my mind I can never get enough
And every time I step up in the kingdom
Everybody wings go up
And they stay there

25. Romanov – Nadine Brandes

Thoughts: The cover has me russian to read this.

26. Kingsbane (Empirium, #2) – Claire Legrand

Thoughts: SO SHINY

27. The Candle and the Flame – Nafiza Azad

Thoughts: If you can think anything coherent while looking into her eyes, you’re stronger than I am.

28. Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) – Emily A. Duncan

Thoughts: I was on the border about including this one, but the tagline won out.

29. Again, But Better – Christine Riccio

Thoughts: It can’t be an accident how much the illustrated girl looks like Christine, but that two-tone effect is fab.

30. Risking It All – S. M. Koz

Thoughts: The clouds in the IT are a bit silly but otherwise thoroughly adorbs.

31. Gates of Stone (Lord of the Islands #1) – Angus Macallan

Thoughts: Tigerception.

32. These Divided Shores (Stream Raiders #2) – Sara Raasch

Thoughts: So fucking cool that the symbol from book one is washed up broken on the shore.

33. Don’t Date Rosa Santos – Nina Moreno

Thoughts: Despite my deep loathing of rompers, I can’t help but be charmed by this cover.

34. Tell Me How You Really Feel – Aminah Mae Safi

Thoughts: The cover as a whole is great, but the amount that those models are selling being into each other is fire.

35. Opposite of Always – Justin A. Reynolds

Thoughts: Hate to love in a cover. Tropey perfection!

36. Finale (Caraval #3) – Stephanie Garber

Thoughts: The shiny rich gold elements got me, despite the cheesy heart.


Shiny and New:

1. The Trial of Lizzie Borden – Cara Robertson

Thoughts: With a simple cover like this one, having the right image and font to top it off is the key. I love the starkness of the image, the absurdly large hat that hides her face from the gazes of those judging her, and the firmness in the set of her mouth. The font’s simple but effective.

2. The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books – Edward Wilson-Lee

Thoughts: The alternation between the waves and the artificial ones of book pages is perfection for the subject matter.

3. The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports – Joshua Robinson & Jonathan Clegg

Thoughts: I give zero fucks about sports, but I enjoy the irreverent over-the-top nature of this cover, which is encapsulated by the ragged, dirty soccer ball wearing a shiny crown.

4. WaterSnakes – Tony Sandoval

Thoughts: This cover was previously used on foreign editions starting in 2014, so I thought about leaving it out, but I love it too damn much. This army of women going to fucking destroy the patriarchy (at least in my head) makes me so happy, despite the creepy bug on the crotch of the leader.

5. City of Flickering Light – Juliette Fay

Thoughts: Though it’s hard not to laugh at that guy’s sweater, I love the way this cover serves as a metaphor for historical fiction, and the way it brings characters from the past into bright color for the reader.

6. Salvaged: Leadership Lessons Pulled from the Junkyard – Roy Goble

Thoughts: That face made out of salvaged items is oddly adorable. It’s probably the quirked brow.

7. The Seamstress – Allison Pittman

Thoughts: The French flag bodice and the way the font manages to look sewn and also to convey the flounces of an 18th century French gown: delightful.

8. Sabrina & Corina: Stories – Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Thoughts: Looks like a tor.com cover, which is one of my highest possible compliments.

9. The Very Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan – Caitlín R. Kiernan

Thoughts: I’m always impressed when something manages to be creepy and beautiful at the same time.

10. In the House in the Dark of the Woods – Laird Hunt

Thoughts: Emphatically repeating the previous comment.

11. Among the Lost – Emiliano Monge

Thoughts: The skull made out of one continuous piece of barbed wire is interesting, and the color choices are fun. The font’s oddly historical, but I do enjoy this cover.

12. Camouflage: The Hidden Lives of Autistic Women – Sarah Bargiela

Thoughts: The way the women are camouflaged into the camouflage is genius.

13. Good Riddance – Elinor Lipman

Thoughts: A book with a book on the cover is a Christina trap.

14. The Outlaw & the Upstart King (The Map of Unknown Things, #2) – Rod Duncan

Thoughts: I adore the covers for this series, and I like the defied expectation of a cheater’s extra king as opposed to a monarch or crown for the cover.

15. Shuri: The Search for Black Panther – Nnedi Okorafor

Thoughts: I usually find the superhero spin-off covers a bit silly, but this one’s as badass as the movie is.

16. The Ingenious – Darius Hinks

Thoughts: Not my favorite colors but damn that’s cool and so intricate.

17. Women Who Dared: To Break All the Rules – Jeremy Scott

Thoughts: That photo of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, is perfect for the title, and that gold font color completes the bossness.

18. The Crimes of Grindelwald: The Original Screenplay (Fantastic Beasts Screenplays, #2)- J.K. Rowling

Thoughts: These are so fucking gorgeous it’s not even fair.

19. Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors – Sonali Dev


3 responses to “I’ve Got You Covered (3)”

  1. lissa says:

    I think I would buy these books just for the covers, they’re gorgeous! I really like #20, 21, 22.

    have a lovely day.
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  2. The Spinner of Dreams made my eyes bug. It totally reminds me of this android game I used to play, Monument Valley. I totally missed the bug on her crotch. Thanks for pointing that out. Lol
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  3. Leah says:

    Ugh I just added eight of these books to the TBR based on the covers. So worth it. 😀

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