I’ve Got You Covered (4)

I’ve Got You Covered has replaced Cover Snark, which simply wears me out too much now that I’m trying to write. I’ve rounded up all of my favorite upcoming (and occasionally recently released) covers for the enjoyment of your eyeballs and tbr lists. There will, of course, be some friendly snark and a lot of silliness. Now, sit back, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the ride.

Middle Grade:

1. Scorch Dragons (Elementals #2) – Amie Kaufman

Thoughts: The Ice Wolves cover didn’t wow me but this one is stunning. Fire dragon and a diverse cast looking boss and stylish af. Hells yeah.

2. The Echo Park Castaways – M. G. Hennessey

Thoughts: What perfect initials for a middle grade author! I love the understated elegance of this cover and the color choices are *kisses fingers*

3. Jane Doe and the Cradle of Worlds (Jane Doe Chronicles #1) – Jeremy Lachlan

Thoughts: Strange to get the back of the MC, but there’s so much really amazing detail on this cover that I like it anyway. The title treatment is also fantastic.

4. Seventh Grade vs. the Galaxy – Joshua S. Levy

Thoughts: My favorite part is that, though the white boy is front and center, he looks like he’s about to piss himself, but the boy and girl behind him are ready to slay with effortless ease. The monsters are creepy too and the trash can robot adorable. A fun cover all told.

5. Amelia Fang and the Half Moon Holiday (Amelia Fang #4) – Laura Ellen Anderson

Thoughts: Strong Tim Burton vibes with this one but made super adorable. The bow on the monster’s head just kills me with the cute.

6. The Curse of Greg (An Epic Series of Failures #2) – Chris Rylander

Thoughts: There are worse curses than great cover art, Greg.

7. All the Greys on Greene Street – Laura Tucker

Thoughts: Greyt.

8. The Girl Who Sailed the Stars – Matilda Woods

Thoughts: Don’t forget the orange tabby who sailed the stars.

9. Archimancy (Shadow School #1) – J.A. White

Thoughts: Tag yourself. I’m the girl on the stairs trying desperately to ignore the crying child because not my problem and also staaaahhhp.

10. Other Words for Home – Jasmine Warga

Thoughts: So freaking cute!

11. Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Thoughts: Out of this world adorable, though I’m not sure how you make astrophysics easy to understand for children (or adults tbh).

Young Adult

1. Somewhere Only We Know – Maurene Goo

Thoughts: It’s rare that I LOVE contemporary covers with models on them. They tend to look kind of same-y, but I could not love this cover more, from the perfection of the font treatment to the adorableness of their pose together, to her pink lipstick, and the fierceness of that pointed toe. She is modeling h-to-t. This cover just makes me feel happy every single time I look at it, and it’s my favorite YA cover this time, despite some seriously stiff competition.

2. Famous in a Small Town – Emma Mills

Thoughts: I missed putting this one in earlier. TBH I think I under-rated it because I compared it with Mills’ other covers, and then one day I looked at it again, like “holy shit this is gorgeous wtf past Christina.” Emma Mills has the best covers. Well, she and Leigh Bardugo.

3. Hot Dog Girl – Jennifer Dugan

Thoughts: I think this was a tricky cover to pull off, but they’ve managed to perfectly nail that intersection between fanciful and silly. Everything about this cover makes me want to know more when it would be so easy to dismiss the title.

4. Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson

Thoughts: Fucking stunning. This was the other contender for my favorite YA cover, and they’re so different it was basically impossible to choose and just depends on my mood at the moment. I love her freckles so much and also just everything?

5. Ground 33.8 – Nadège Richards

Thoughts: Isn’t it amazing when self-published books have phenomenal covers? If only the book were actually on Goodreads. I’m linking to the first in the series, because that is on there.

6. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) – Suzanne Collins

Thoughts: Did you guys spot these awesome special editions of THG? I’m a fan, though probably not enough to buy second copies of the series. Probably.

7. The Merciful Crow – Margaret Owen

Thoughts: Let’s all crow about how awesome this is.

8. These Witches Don’t Burn (These Witches Don’t Burn #1) – Isabel Sterling

Thoughts: I like how this goes for humor rather than a more stereotypical angsty paranormal witchy vibe.

9. Screen Queens – Lori Goldstein

Thoughts: I’m here for the sass and for female characters dressed like normal teens would dress.

10. The Princess and the Fangirl (Once Upon a Con #2) – Ashley Poston

Thoughts: Will someone please get me that dress?

11. Maybe This Time – Kasie West

Thoughts: It’s a little Coachella but whatever it’s cute.

12. Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun – Guillermo del Toro & Cornelia Funke

Thoughts: Super weird this is coming out so long after the movie, right? But whatevs pretty.

13. Teen Titans: Raven – Kami Garcia

Thoughts: The art is gorgeous but I also love the mopey teen-ness of this.

14. Going Off Script – Jen Wilde

Thoughts: Bright and colorful, and the placement of the author name is delightfully cheeky.

15. The Pursuit of Miss Heartbreak Hotel – Moe Bonneau

Thoughts: So completely my kind of cover. Honestly, I’m not sure if this book is for me but I waaaant it.

16. Blood Heir (Blood Heir Trilogy #1) – Amélie Wen Zhao

Thoughts: That murderous expression: 😍

17. If It Makes You Happy – Claire Kann

Thoughts: It does indeed make me happy.

18. Containment (Sanctuary #2) – Caryn Lix

Thoughts: The cover for Sanctuary didn’t make a huge impression on me, but THOSE CREEPY HANDS.

Adult:

1. The Marriage Clock – Zara Raheem

Thoughts: Literally could not move fast enough to add this to my tbr list the moment I saw this cover. This is my personal top fave adult cover in this round up, so it gets first place.

2. Meet Cute – Helena Hunting

Thoughts: I continue to live for the adorable illustrated covers suddenly coming to adult contemporary romance. This is almost too cutesy for me, but I mean I can’t resist despite the heart straw of cheesiness. DO WANT.

3. A Murder Unmentioned (Rowland Sinclair #) – Sulari Gentill

Thoughts: The art style of this is super adorable. The details really won me over here: the monkeys flying the plane and the dog barking excitedly and nearly pulling that man over. Excellent.

4. …And Then You Die of Dysentery: Lessons in Adulting from The Oregon Trail – Lauren Reeves

Thoughts: This came out in October but I didn’t find it until after, and this cover just makes me so happy that I had to share. Nostalgia to the max!

5. Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals) – Alyssa Cole

Thoughts: Avon continues to rock the shit out of these covers. I don’t know why the city is purple and I honestly can’t give a fuck because LOOK AT THEM. This may be the best f/f romance cover ever.

6. A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals #3) – Alyssa Cole

Thoughts: His hair makes me chuckle, but otherwise I am just as in love with this as all the other covers in this series. I mean, look at her face and her dress. I hope this series never ends tbh.

7. Gimme Some Sugar (Southern Eclectic #3) – Molly Harper

Thoughts: *gives a Paul Hollywood handshake*

8. The Island of Sea Women – Lisa See

Thoughts: Admittedly I’m a bit torn on the fanciful addition of the sea plants, but I love these women, their smiles and their strength. Also, I’m so glad they’re wearing their actual work outfits.

9. The Accidentals – Minrose Gwin

Thoughts: In this instance, I adore the fanciful illustration overlaid on the image. The whimsy works for me, and I love the way the colors go together here.

10. Bad Day at the Vulture Club (Baby Ganesh Agency Investigation #5) – Vaseem Khan

Thoughts: The elephant and vultures are just too cute. I also would not have thought a purple and orange color scheme could be so awesome but I was wrong obviously.

11. Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop – Rebecca Raisin

Thoughts: Cute and quirky. The UK HQ Digital covers tend to be super adorable.

12. Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience – Patrice Vecchione & Alyssa Raymond, eds.

Thoughts: The paint splashes convey the meaning of the title really effectively while also looking really visually appealing.

13. The American Agent (Maisie Dobbs #15) – Jacqueline Winspear

Thoughts: It’s always great to see cover artists find a way to depict WWII on a book cover without having to resort to the obvious symbols.

14. That Ain’t Witchcraft (InCryptid #8) – Seanan McGuire

Thoughts: I don’t think I’ve featured McGuire’s covers too much before, because they can be very hit or miss, but this one’s a hit. It almost looks more like an October Daye cover than InCryptid, but there’s a Skate or Die shirt so you know that’s Antimony.

15. How a Poem Moves: A Field Guide for Readers Afraid of Poetry – Adam Sol

Thoughts: As a reader who does fear poetry, this makes me want to like it.

16. Crewel and Unusual (A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery #6) – Molly Macrae

Thoughts: This cover has everything I want from a cozy mystery cover: puns, a cute animal, and pretty font.

17. Fierce Fairytales: Poems & Stories to Stir Your Soul – Nikita Gill

Thoughts: Released in September but I didn’t see it until recently. So beautiful I had to include it anyway.

18. The Sentence Is Death (Hawthorne #2) – Anthony Horowitz

Thoughts: The cover does please me but I’m mostly here for the play on words and images.

19. Westside – W. M. Akers

Thoughts: Hand-some cover.

20. Gather the Fortunes (Crescent City #2) – Bryan Camp

Thoughts: No clue what this is about or why Tinkerbell is trapped in a web, but I love the colors of this so much that I do not care one bit. Also, it’s not often male authors get purple and pink colors, so I love that aspect too.

21. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune – Roselle Lim

Thoughts: Berkley, give your cover designers a raise.

22. Ayesha at Last – Uzma Jalaluddin

Thoughts: For real, Berkley, they are geniuses.

23. Waiting for Tom Hanks – Kerry Winfrey

Thoughts: This reference might be dated? But I reiterate how much those designers deserve that raise.

24. The Right Swipe (Modern Love #1) – Alisha Rai

Thoughts: Not Berkley! This is actually Avon, who is getting in on the mission to make contemporary romance the genre with the best cover game.

25. The Wedding Party – Jasmine Guillory

Thoughts: I’m not a party person really, but I want to go to this one. (Berkley designers killin’ it again.)

26. New Orleans Rush – Kelly Siskind

Thoughts: We’re all going to be rushing out read this because it’s so damn cute.

27. The Perfect Date – Evelyn Lozada & Holly Lorincz

Thoughts: Doesn’t look like my idea of a perfect date, but the cover makes me want a date with this book.

28. The Woman in the Dark – Vanessa Savage

Thoughts: Anyone else getting The Haunting on Hill House vibes?

29. The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games – Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

Thoughts: Yeah, fantastic is right.

3 responses to “I’ve Got You Covered (4)”

  1. Isabel says:

    I just want to let you know how much I always love these posts!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I love this new post series. This is where I find most of my “to watch for” titles. Thank you for it!

  3. MG covers are just the best. I love them. Sorcery of Thorns is BEAUTIFULLLLL and I love every Emma Mills cover (even though I keep thinking this one is fruit and not flower petals lol!). Something about the Kasie West cover is super appealing and summery, I like it. I love The Marriage Clock!! It’s so striking and fun! I want to eat the cake on that book cover omg. Dang, Berkley has so many amazing and sparkly covers!

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