Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore
(Bloomsbury / June 7, 2011)
Holy gorgeous. The blues, and the way it perfectly portrays this as a mermaid tale... need I say more?
Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
(Little, Brown / June 7, 2011)
Whoever has been designing the covers for Jackson's recent books is an artistic genius, really. This one, a modernization of Hansel and Gretel, is yet another cool visual illusion, in which the tree branches double as a really creepy face. I wouldn't want this staring down at me from my bedroom walls, but I wouldn't mind having, like, a postcard-size picture of this image.
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
(Philomel / July 12, 2011)
I am conditioned to like all things green, and the green on this sequel to Nightshade is just so lush. I like how the model retains much of the same look as she did on Nightshade's cover (i.e. the purple and pale makeup), and how it looks like it would clash with all the green but in fact they just help each other stand out. Wow.
Nightspell by Leah Cypess
(Greenwillow Books / May 31, 2011)
It looks soooo similar in layout to Mistwood's cover, but I think I like this one a lot more! The intensity of the sunset sky over the waters, the illuminated castle... the richness of the colors really gets me. Not sure how I feel about the flatness of that face, but I'm sold. Plus, it's by Leah Cypess. I loved her first novel. Can't wait for this one.
A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
(Balzer + Bray / June 21, 2011)
I know this is not the sort of cover I would typically drool over. It's just...a face. That tells us nothing much about the story. How unfortunate. But it's incredible how the yellow-gold color scheme transforms this cover for me. Never have I felt so much pure warmth emanate from a cover.
The Demon's Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan
(Margaret K. McElderry / May 2011)
Not my usual type of drool-worthy cover, either, but can we just point out the fact that it's ALAN on the cover? More specifically: a guy with glasses?? Guys with glasses don't get enough love in YA lit, in my opinion. I love them. Loooove them. And SO glad that one is pictured on this cover.
Abandon by Meg Cabot
(Scholastic / April 26, 2011)
I would already like this cover because of the swirly designs, but check out the full jacket spread (you should probably click on it to enlarge it):
Wow. Isn't that gorgeous?