I’ve Got You Covered (6)

In case you missed it, I’ve Got You Covered is a monthly feature that has replaced the weekly Cover Snark posts I used to do. Instead of trying to find everything, I’m just looking for the gorgeous stuff. I miss the snark, although there’s a bit to be found here, but it takes less time to do one post a month than four.

Middle Grade

1. The Dragon Warrior – Katie Zhao

That middle grader is precious, down to the 80s retro shirt, which is so very now (tragically), and the dragon looks so boss. Hells yes.

2. Hoax for Hire – Laura Martin

Awesomeness on loch.

3. Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races (Water Dragon Races #1) – K. D. Halbrook

Does this result in some Never-Ending Story feels for anyone else? Even without that, I’m always a sucker for a dragon cover with badass illustrations.

4. Guardians of the Wild Unicorns – Lindsay Littleson

I’m just saying that unicorn cliff is amazing, especially the tree horn, and I would have begged for this SO hard when I was ten.

5. Just South of Home – Karen Strong

Just stunning.

6. The Butterfly Circus – Francesca Armour-Chelu

The trapeze artist forming the body and antennae of the butterfly is phenomenal like holy shit wow.

7. The Princess Who Flew with Dragons (Tales from the Chocolate Heart #3) – Stephanie Burgis

I will not apologize for my love of dragon covers.

8. The Princess Who Flew with Dragons (Tales from the Chocolate Heart #3) – Stephanie Burgis

Nor will I apologize for loving both the UK (previous) and US (this one) editions. If I had to choose one, it would be the US cover, but I don’t have to because I make the rules. MWAHAHAHA.

9. Sea-ing Is Believing (Nothing to See Here Hotel #3) – Steven Butler

TBH this won me over with the commitment to the punny title, but the illustration also reminds me of Bedknobs and Broomsticks in a really great way.

10.The Dragon Thief (Dragons in a Bag #2) – Zetta Elliott

Could this BE any cuter?

11. Best Babysitters Ever (Best Babysitters Ever #1) – Caroline Cala

Number of fucks given = none. This is how I feel about kids too, so very relatable.

12. The Clockwork Ghost (York #2) – Laura Ruby

Despite my general frustration with the series name being larger than the title, this cover’s glorious.

13. Scary Stories for Young Foxes – Christian McKay Heidicker

Does the horror right while also being incredibly damn cute.

14. The Green Children of Woolpit – J. Anderson Coats

TBH the green children freak me the eff out, but the cover’s undeniably masterfully crafted, so enjoy the horror.

15. A Pinch of Phoenix (Lailu Loganberry #3) – Heidi Lang & Kati Bartkowski

Looks more like middle grader flambé tbh.

Young Adult

1. Not Your Backup (Sidekick Squad #3) – C. B. Lee

I can’t get behind the return of overalls as a fashion piece, but I can get behind this cover. This is probably my least favorite of the three, but I love purple and that font is still amazing.

2. We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1) – Hafsah Faizal

Their original design for this cover rocked, and so does this one. It’s like a fantasy Starry Night.

3. The Confusion of Laurel Graham – Adrienne Kisner

Confusion is right because I always think this says Lauren Graham. Gilmore Girls for life.

4. The Darkest Bloom (Shadowscent #1) – P.M. Freestone

Even online this looks shiny af, and the UK edition (aka this one) came out this month.

5. Shadowscent (Shadowscent #1) – P.M. Freestone

Here in the US, we have to wait until November, but our cover has an awesome classic feel to it that I lurve.

6. If You’re Out There – Katy Loutzenhiser

Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky tacky, little boxes on the hillside, little boxes all the same. On sale next week!

7. Dear Haiti, Love Alaine – Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite

Fun fact: for some reason, I’ve been reading this title as “Don’t Haiti,” which I thought was hilarious, but it removes zero of the awesomeness of the cover art to learn the actual title.

8. Scar (Skin Books #3) – Alice Broadway

The covers for this series are drool-inducing.

9. Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance – Bethany C. Morrow, ed.

Angry and amazing.

10. Tarnished Are the Stars – Rosiee Thor

That title treatment is cool, and the constellations are also working for me.

11. A Dream Within a Dream – Kristina Mahr

This screams Disney and fairy tale and I love it so much.

12. Rated – Melissa Grey

An absolute nightmare depicted very effectively.

13. Fake – Donna Cooner

The Instagram post feel of this immediately captures what the book is about, and the color scheme is boss.

14. Mooncakes – Wendy Xu & Suzanne Walker

The cute is overwhelming.

15. It’s a Whole Spiel – Katherine Locke & Laura Silverman, eds.

TBH this isn’t my favorite illustration style for the people, but I adore the fonts, the title, and the color scheme.

16. The Survival List – Courtney Sheinmel

Mostly I love how the fonts have been done here.

17. A Constellation of Roses – Miranda Asebedo

A bit on the nose, but it doesn’t look like any other cover, and I enjoy the irony of “Constellation” being the one title word that’s NOT made out of constellations.

18. Postcards for a Songbird – Rebekah Crane

Admittedly, I’m still not a massive fan of silhouettes, but I do like the placement on the wire with the birds, and this is so much better than I expect from Skyscape, so props.

19. What I Like About Me – Jenna Guillaume

I love the positivity of the title, the adorable illustrations, and the snarky fourth-wall-breaking of the tagline. Out now…in Australia only.

20. Wicked Fox (Gumiho #1) – Kat Cho


21. The Fountains of Silence – Ruta Sepetys

How did the pub not do a crossover deal with Modcloth to sell this dress? Because zomg do want.

22. She’s the Worst – Lauren Spieller

It’s all about that eyeroll.

23. The Spaces Between Us – Stacia Tolman

The illustration has an awesome old school vibe, and I also appreciate how few fucks these girls have to give.

24. Pumpkinheads – Rainbow Rowell

I’ve got the soundtrack to this cover right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88h9iL5ez0Q.

25. The Boy Next Story (Bookish Boyfriends #2)- Tiffany Schmidt

So sweet my teeth hurt a bit, but that’s so on point for the vibe of this. Also, REDEMPTION FOR LAURIE!!!!

26. The Revolution of Birdie Randolph – Brandy Colbert

Dem colors!

27. The Blue Castle – L. M. Montgomery

The lake of shining waters (even if that is a different Montgomery book). This one’s out now!

28. Just My Luck – Jennifer Honeybourn

You had me at “Karma’s a beach.”

29. Salvaged – Madeleine Roux

That blue letter in the middle of the title is the grade the cover gets. (Also, why is it blue?!?!)

30. Angel Mage – Garth Nix

For such an intense title, apparently the angel mage uses those talents to make costume jewelry.


1. This Green and Pleasant Land – Ayisha Malik

I want to go to there.

2. Mostly Dead Things – Kristen Arnett

I’m honestly not sure what I like so much about this, but it’s got it flamingoing on.

3. Well Met – Jen DeLuca

RENAISSANCE FAIRE HATE TO LOVE SHIP SOLD. I love when a cover totally tells you exactly what the book’s about in the image. Also, I want her skirt.

4. The Unhoneymooners – Christina Lauren

Lauren’s covers have been hit or miss, but this may just be the best one to date.

5. Thornbound (The Harwood Spellbook #2) – Stephanie Burgis

If this cover doesn’t give you instant grabby hands, you’re nothing like me. This title released in mid-February, so it’s available now!

6. One Summer’s Night – Kiley Dunbar

Some of the indie pubs/self-pubs have started borrowing cover style from the way the UK does their adult romance covers, and I’m all about it. I want this outfit too, fyi. Out next week!

7. More Than Words – Jill Santopolo

Silhouette covers are such catnip. I can’t even be mad about the fact that she’s got New York City stuck in her throat (and I thought it hurt when I swallowed a chip whole).

8. Curious Toys – Elizabeth Hand

I’m realizing I maybe have an obsession with covers that reference classic styles, because this old-school mystery styling is aces.

9. Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) – Marlon James

The sort of creepy that’s also beautiful, and it’s a cover that draws you in and makes you want to look more to try to understand what all is happening. This book released at the beginning of the month.

10. Woman 99 – Greer Macallister

What draws me in are her eyes, but I love the styling and blurb too.

11. The Rogue of Fifth Avenue (Uptown Girls #1) – Joanna Shupe

These sorts of romance covers generally aren’t fantastic, but I think this one’s lovely. I’m especially fascinated with his awesome burgundy jacket.

12. The Dollmaker – Nina Allan

Dolls are creepy enough put together, but the component parts are horrifying. This cover’s not a doll, but it’s going to be.

13. The Bird King – G. Willow Wilson

This would make a really fun puzzle.

14. The Monster of Elendhaven – Jennifer Giesbrecht

Tor.com knocking it out of the park once again.

15. A Thousand Ships – Natalie Haynes

Odyssey what they did there?

5 responses to “I’ve Got You Covered (6)”

  1. Just here to say how much I love and appreciate these posts!!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    YAY! My fav blog series.

  3. Leah says:

    Middle grade covers are THE BEST. I love the Tales of the Chocolate Heart series by Stephanie Burgis and am so excited for The Princess Who Flew with Dragons.
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  4. Gosh I love middle grade covers! The Dragon Warrior and The Princess Who Flew With Dragons are particularly gorgeous. Ooh this also reminds me of how much I want to read the York series! The She’s The Worst cover is amazeballs mostly because it reminds me of making my sister take selfies with me LOL. I love it. The colors are Birdie Randolph are sooooo great. Thornbound makes me think of fantasy Belle, which means I need it.

  5. Emily Blake says:

    Wow, the middle grade genre has really stepped up its cover game. I am very impressed.

    Emily @ Emily’s Crammed Bookshelf

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