Breadcrumbs by Anna Ursu
(Walden Pond Press / Sept. 27, 2011)
Not only is this cover one that I would LOVE to own in poster-size, framed up on my wall, but I've also heard lovely things about this middle-grade fairy tale retelling. (Also, does the cover's illustrated style remind anyone else of Kate Messner's covers? Anyone know if it's the same illustrator??)
Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones
(HarperCollins / April 6, 2010)
HarperCollins seems to be on a roll with its covers that have caught my eye recently. The bright colors of this cover, plus the more subtle details upon closer inspection, make this something I would've picked up off the shelf randomly in elementary and middle school. DWJ's name on the cover doesn't hurt, either.
The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison
(EgmontUSA / Feb. 14, 2012)
Anyone else reminded of the iconic creepiness of The Silence of the Lambs? Sometimes the most straightforward cover presentation can be the most jaw-dropping. I like the font type and the blood spatter (at least I'm assuming it's blood spatter, but I may be influenced by my Silence of the Lambs reference), but my favorite part is probably how the butterfly image seems to "chop up" the reddish lines that form a margin around the edge of the cover. One of my favorite things to do when creating banners on PhotoShop (heehee).
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
(Doubleday / Sept. 13, 2011)
Arguably the most unique cover of this batch. I love how this kind of has a touch of the surreal, of the fashion-forward artistic. I think I could stare at it for the better part of a night.
Wide Open by Deborah Coates
(Tor / March 13, 2012)
LOOK AT THE COLORS OF THAT SKY. I WANT THE COLORS.