All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux / Sept. 27, 2011)
So Daisy Whitney and I were gushing over Twitter the other day about how simply genius this cover is. Rather than layering on the imagistic complexity that I have no doubt this dystopian story will give us, the cover sticks to a rather somber color scheme, and then it's all about texture texture texture. The more I gaze at this, the more details I see that I missed before. It's the kind of cover that gets better and better with each look, and, like most other aspects in life, that's the best sort of thing.
Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong
(HarperCollins / Sept. 20, 2011)
I was such a sucker for perspective drawings back when I took art classes. I could totally picture this being a creepy photo taken from an old book about supernatural encounters, complete with grainy feel. The swirl of smoke around the girl, the subtle rays of light glancing down from the title, and the title font complete the attraction for me.
Displacement by Thalia Chaltas
(Viking Juvenile / June 9, 2011)
This is a mishmash of bright color and eerie pose that at first glance probably seems like it shouldn't work. But it does, in a rather disturbing kind of way... at least, that's how it makes me feel. I mean, you're trying to force warmth and comatose together. But it really captivates me. It kind of has a creepy smoothness similar to Scott Westerfeld's UK Uglies series covers.
(Then again, I could be totally misinterpreting how this cover wants readers to feel.)
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
(Philomel / July 26, 2011)
So I cover-lusted over Wolfsbane's original cover several months ago, and was rather surprised when they decided to change the cover, as well as the whole look of the series. There's been lots of outrage over the change, but I'm not complaining: I like this new cover quite a bit. It's simple, yet bold and powerful and alluring at the same time. The model's pose suggests a combination of sex and strength, which is what I feel like this entire series is about. And, of course, I'm rather partial to that rich, deep, luxurious shade of emerald green.... *strokes lovingly and sleeps with it by my head*
I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
(Little, Brown / May 3, 2011)
Does anyone know if this was done by the same cover artist who designed Francisco X. Stork's covers? You know, the everlastingly fabulous Marcelo in the Real World? It sure has that feel. Totally not what I was expecting from reading the book's synopsis, but I like it! The silhouette design draws me in.
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
(St. Martin's Griffin / Sept. 27, 2011)
This cover reminds me quite a bit of the covers for Lisa McMann's Wake series. I like, however, that it's so simple, with the details and our focus centered on that glowing porthole that's the O in the title.
So there you have it. Six very different covers, all of which I like. I think they're also a shift from the types of covers I usually lust over. Perhaps my cover preferences are changing...?