Monday, August 16, 2010

Cover Lust (18)

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Nightshade (Jillian Conrad, Book 2) by Michelle Rowen
(Berkley / Feb. 1, 2011)

I'm rarely impressed by urban fantasy covers, as they quickly begin to look alike. This, however, took my breath away. The model's pose is uniquely badass, the light streaming through the slats. I even like all the blueness.

Outside In (Inside Out, Book 2) by Maria V. Snyder
(Harlequin Teen / March 2011)

Only a small size image of this cover is currently available, but WOW! I like that it feels science-fiction-y. I even like this more than I did the Inside Out cover. I just know that this cover will look fantastic on my bookshelf, and hopefully on others' as well.

Starstruck by Cyn Balog
(Delacorte / 2011)

This cover makes me laugh. I like how it's in keeping with Cyn's previous book covers, with the black background, but this one has a far different feel than her previous books. I mean, it's a donut--a sparkling, scrumptious donut--on the black background. Love it!

Throat by R.A. Nelson
(Knopf / Jan. 25, 2011)

Okay, maybe you're disturbed by this. Maybe it's too sensual for you, the full-on neck exposure. But for some reason, I can't help but think, yes! Why haven't other vampire books done this already? This is really just so creepily representative of the dangerous allure that vampires have on us. It appeals to the part within us that wants to succumb to the vampire--in other words, to show him/her our necks. I'm not too big of a fan of the title placement, size, and font, and as this is a vampire story set in space, it would've been cool to add that space element to the cover... but I still like this.

Wither by Lauren DeStefano
(Simon & Schuster / March 22, 2011)

This just might be one of the absolute most painfully beautiful covers I have seen this year. Or maybe ever. It's just so right in its extravagance: the yards and yards of chiffony/feathery stuff on her dress, the intense desaturation and amping up of green (i.e. ionizing) tones, and OHMYGOODNESS the pink of the words and the lines that hint of the mechanical, but in a subtle, almost girly way. I am stunned. Stunned. I can't help looking at this over and over. I REALLY hope the story inside--a dystopian, if I remember correctly--will be deserving of this jaw-dropping, achingly beautiful cover.

[ETA] Check out the Wither cover's photographer's website here, at! I'm sure you'll recognize some other book covers she's done. :)


So what about you guys? What do you think of the covers above? Have you seen any beautiful covers recently that you just want to print out in high-quality poster paper and hang on your bedroom wall?


  1. These covers are LUSH and I want that girls dress, i want it i want it!!

  2. Lovely choices! I love the cover for Wither... so gorgeous. The first one you showed also caught my attention. It's so unique!

  3. I love the cover of Wither, and read the description elsewhere and it sounds uniquely amazing... definitely planning on reading that one now :).

  4. s! I've seen the cover for Wither before and I like you fell in love with it on the spot. I want the book just for the cover.

    The cover for Nightshade is also eye catching but I can't help but thinking that her shoes are a bit impractical for kicking a-- xP

    If I use my imagination I can pretend that the girl is floating in the air that's spacey right? Though she could also be lying down or dancing and has just been dipped xD.

  5. I love the cover for "Starstruck"! (Granted it could be related to the fact I'm 4 months pregnant and would LOVE a donut right now) Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  6. The one with the donut reminds me of the Simpsons. It would pique my curiosity though. The neck one looks really creepy,but I'm with you, I really like Wither's cover, I don't know what to think of the book but it is something I would pick up and look at it.

  7. Ahh<3 I love the cover for Withered.

  8. I like the cover for Throat! It looks interesting.

  9. Wither's cover is so beautiful. I hope they keep the same one over here!

  10. I love the simplicity of covers like Starstruck. It reminds me of the beautiful sugar cookie cover of Sweethearts by Sara Zarr.

  11. I love Wither's!

    My fave cover of 2010 is Extraordinary. So gorgeous :)

  12. Throat and Wither are definitely my favs.

  13. Vampires in space? Gotta read that one - and I love the girls dress!

    Teens Read and Write

  14. I adore the cover of Wither!!!

  15. omg the wither cover is breathtaking. wow!

  16. The cover of THROAT is fantastic! I love it!

  17. The Throat cover is amazing. I can't believe that it's take so long for an neck to appear on a vampire book!

  18. Ha, the doughnut cover makes me laugh as well. Especially since it looks so much like the pink flower that's on her latest book.

    Also: Vampires IN SPACE? I do believe that's a new one for me. Unless you count Christopher Pike's Season of Passage, and that was hardly traditional vampires.


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