Rose Sees Red by Cecil Castellucci
(Scholastic / Aug. 1, 2010)
How cool is this? I love the silhouette look, the outline of the NYC skyline, the sparse but carefully used splashes of red. This is the kind of cover I'd love to have as a giant poster to hang up on my wall.
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
(Little, Brown / June 7, 2010)
I really, really, really, really hate the cover for Jackson's first (and awesome) book, As You Wish. I'll make no secret of it. So when I first saw the cover for her second book, I think I screamed. It was just so utterly unique, SO different from the first cover (thankfully)...so different from everything I had ever seen, really, that it is perfect. I love the slight mirroring effect between the human faces, and I didn't even notice until now that there's a WOLF at the bottom!! This is brilliant brilliant brilliant and is the type of modern art that I so wish I had the talent for. I'm so happy Jackson got such an amazing cover.
The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
(Flux / Feb. 1, 2010)
This one came out last year, but it's similarly awesome, still one of the most striking and original YA covers out there. At first all you see is the skull, the almost glaring contrast of black and white. Then, you begin to notice the incredible intricacy that is the silhouette of the girl holding the ship in her lap. Awesome!
Do you know any similarly colored or silhouetted covers that you like? Feel free to leave a link in the comments below; I'd love to check them out!
ETA: Might as well add the cover for White Cat by Holly Black (Margaret K. McElderry / May 4, 2010). It's not the same silhouette as the above three, but also has the red/white/black color combination, and is seriously KICKASS. The lighting over the leather jacket, the stark, graphic novel-like shadows from one side of the model to the other, the simple yet striking title and author font that stretches across the entirety of the cover. I bow down to its maker.