I’ve Got You Covered (9)

All the best (at least by my tastes) in recent cover art.

Middle Grade

1. The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane (Black Hollow Lane #1) – Julia Nobel

All of it’s cool, but my heart was won by that border. Out now!

2. A Kind of Paradise – Amy Rebecca Tan

Despite the horribly mismatched carpets, this reading nook does indeed look like a paradise. Out now!

3. The Bookwanderers (Pages & Co. #1) – Anna James

Bookishness and a cat and cute artwork? YES HELLO YOU HAVE MY ATTENTION.

4. The Woods – R.L. Toalson

There are so many covers of a girl walking into creepy woods, but this one manages to feel completely different. I love the colors and her dress and the art style. Perfection.

5. The Best at It – Maulik Pancholy

I was absolutely the opposite of this kid. I did most of my homework at school and did basically no extracurriculars. But you go, kid. It is also way too close to lunch for me to look at a picture of samosas without my stomach growling.

6. The Other, Better Me – Antony John

I simultaneously love the lights on the golf cart and worry what happens when it’s driven too far away from whatever the lights are attached to.

7. My Jasper June – Laurel Snyder

Magic? An enormous firefly? Fairies?

8. The Very, Very Far North – Dan Bar-El

Marketing can be effective, because I almost expect the polar bear to grab a coke from the icy water.

9. Clear Skies – Jessica Scott Kerrin

Awesome anyway, but it never hurts to get the cute animal cover bonus.

Young Adult

1. War Girls (War Girls #1) – Tochi Onyebuchi

Is it wrong to weep because a cover is so fierce and beautiful? If it is, I don’t want to be right.

2. There Will Come a Darkness (There Will Come a Darkness #1) – Katy Rose Pool

Cover: boss. I think I may just automatically love anything in this color palette, which is weird because black, white, and red aren’t among my favorite colors but idk cover magic somehow. Admittedly, though, I’m annoyed at being two for two with the series name just being book one’s title. Is that a pet peeve for anyone else?

3. The Circus Rose – Betsy Cornwell


4. The Deathless Girls – Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Apparently this is about brides of Dracula and I don’t get that at all from this cover, but whatever this is amazing. Also curious about what Bellatrix’s name is doing down there at the bottom.

5. The Cities of the Dead (The Casquette Girls #3) – Alys Arden

It makes me so happy when self pub/small press covers are amazing. I’ve been really impressed with the ones for this series, even if nothing could make me get on that creepy-ass ferris wheel. Available now!

6. Sisters of Shadow and Light (Sisters of Shadow and Light #1) – Sara B. Larson

There’s something deeply nostalgic about this. (*mumbles about the series title being the book title*)

7. As Many Nows As I Can Get – Shana Youngdahl

I’ll admit there’s something I find off-putting about this cover, but it’s also gorgeous? Looking at the summary, I think that tension I feel looking at it is a good thing, because this so does not sound like a Christina book. Still deserved to make the cut because there’s so much to find in there, and it absolutely draws the eye. Plus, that illustration is amazing. The title treatment I don’t love, but eh.

8. Fireborne (The Aurelian Cycle #1) – Rosaria Munda

Like anyone is surprised that I love the dragon cover. (Also, THAT is how you series title.)

9. Wayward Son (Simon Snow #2) — Rainbow Rowell

For some reason when I google searched to find a version of this cover without the EW stamp, I found one where someone had given Simon ramen-noodle hair ala young Justin Timberlake. Enjoy knowing that exists.

10. Shadow Frost – Coco Ma

As much as I’m mildly tired of arrow or sword fantasy covers, this one works for me. The arrowhead looks awesome, and so does the swirly frost and fire. The colors are great. Not a particularly original cover, but highly effective.

11. Other Words for Smoke – Sarah Maria Griffin

The US cover for this is also awesome, but I’m kind of in love with this owl cover. Out now in the UK!

12. The Soulstealers – Jacqueline Rohrbach

That must be the most used title font ever, but holy shit she looks amazing I don’t even care.

13. All-American Muslim Girl – Nadine Jolie Courtney

Adorable. It almost looks like a classic, actually, like some of the awesome B&N or Penguin editions.

14. The Night Country (The Hazel Wood #2) – Melissa Albert

Honestly, how dare you be so gorgeous? It’s rude to all of our bank accounts.

15. The Chosen (Contender #1) – Taran Matharu

One grim reaper to rule them all.

16. Eclipse the Skies (Ignite the Stars #2) – Maura Milan

The eclipse effect is cute, and she’s fierce af.

17. How to Be Remy Cameron – Julian Winters

TBH I’m not about this sideways cover life, but whatever look at that beagle and the post-its and I defy you to not like this cover.

18. Viper (Isles of Storm & Sorrow #1) – Bex Hogan

Absolutely put-up-on-the-wall-worthy.

19. The Wickerlight (The Wren Hunt #2) – Mary Watson

So pretty despite having a bug on it. Downside: I struggled to find this book on GR, because, though this clearly says the title is “The Wicker Light,” it is in fact “The Wickerlight.” *growls* This is the UK edition.

20. The Wickerlight (The Wren Hunt #2) – Mary Watson

The good news is that the US edition is ALSO pretty, with the added bonus of having the title correct!

21. I’m Not Dying with You Tonight – Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal

I mean, that sounds ideal tbh.

22. The Stars and the Blackness Between Them – Junauda Petrus

Trippy as hell and cooler than I could ever possibly be.

23. Speak No Evil – Liana Gardner

Sign me up for any and all book covers that look like Bernini sculptures.

24. Your Brain Needs a Hug: Life, Love, Mental Health and Sandwiches – Rae Earl

Um why do those look ketchup and mustard sandwiches with nothing else? I approve of the sentiment but not the actual pictured sandwiches.

25. Pet – Akwaeke Emezi

Does this cover freak anyone else out or is it just me? Like, objectively, there’s nothing scary about it, but I get horror vibes.

26. The Babysitters Coven (The Babysitters Coven #1) – Kate Williams

Claudia Kishi with magical powers?!?!?!


1. The Girl in Red – Christina Henry

What did I say about that black and red color palette? It does pop more with white than this beige, but I guarantee I’d stop to look at this in a bookstore.

2. The Harp of Kings (Warrior Bards #1) – Juliet Marillier

The fonts let this one down a bit, but that illustration is so amazing. The way her hair shines is fucking captivating, I swear.

3. Someone to Honor (Westcott #6) – Mary Balogh

Maybe I’m biased because I love this series so damn much, but I find the verdancy of this cover irresistible. It makes me feel calm and happy just looking at it. I also love her dress and gloves.

4. The Nightjar – Deborah Hewitt

I feel like Kaylee because this is shiny as hell.

5. Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction – Lisa Kröger & Melanie Anderson

Could have lived without that creepy doll tbh, but I love the references, nerdiness and feminism of this cover.

6. Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) – Leigh Bardugo

Simple, sinister, stunning, and sibilant.

7. The Summer of Sunshine & Margot – Susan Mallery

They are basically living my best life. Only in my best life, bees don’t exist. (Yes, I know bees help make flowers exist but I have a phobia, okay, leave me alone, haters and also bees.)

8. The Bone Ships (The Tide Child #1) – RJ Barker

Black, white, and red AND a dragon. They saw me coming.

9. Get a Life, Chloe Brown – Talia Hibbert

I want to cut his hair, but otherwise this is perfection, and I would change not a thing.

10. A Choir of Lies – Alexandra Rowland

Nostalgia factor again. I’m not a huge fan of the white dude in the center, but I love the border bunches. Hi, Aslan!

11. The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #3) – Theodora Goss

These covers are amazing and the titles are absolutely the best.

12. The Book Charmer (Dove Pond #1) – Karen Hawkins

Listen, I know I’m being manipulated super easily but I don’t care. This looks adorable, and I want it.

13. The Friend Zone – Abby Jimenez

The first version of this cover I saw didn’t have the couple in the red, and omg that made this cover.

14. The Clergyman’s Wife – Molly Greeley

The foliage and the blend of green and purple here just works. Charlotte Collins may have a dull husband, but at least her cover’s exciting!

15. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill – Abbi Waxman

There are so many bookish covers in this post, and I regret nothing. Keep it publishing, it’s working. (Also, a reminder that I fucking love Berkley’s cover design team.)

One response to “I’ve Got You Covered (9)”

  1. lissa says:

    so many great covers but sadly, I don’t seem to want to read the books. they should seriously start selling posters of book covers, I would buy them.

    have a lovely day.
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