Monday, October 17, 2011

Cover Lust (32)

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
(Dial / May 1, 2012)

I think this one deserves an AT LONG FREAKING LAST. But the wait will be sooooo worth it. Kristin Cashore is one of those rare authors who get better and better with each book, and I don't care how long she needs to write each of her books, I will wait patiently. I'm so happy that Bitterblue got such a gorgeous cover too. The style matches the covers for Graceling and Fire, but the keys just... wow! They really pop. Reading this article on Cashore in last week's edition of Publisher's Weekly's Children's Bookshelf email made me all the more excited for May 2012.

Destined by Jessie Harrell
(Mae Day Publishing / Nov. 17, 2011)

I feel kind of silly for liking this cover, but I do think it's gorgeous and works well for its intended YA audience. The sharpness of the lines and texture complements the model's stare, but then the softness of the colors and lighting elevate the image into a dreamlike state. The textured silhouettes on the edges, and the complex font treatment, is still delicate enough in my opinion, and not overboard: they complement the image well. Very pretty!

Insignia by S. J. Kincaid
(Katherine Tegen Books / July 10, 2012)

This book has the same publisher as Divergent, and sources point to the publisher's hope that this book will pull in some of Divergent's audience and do just as well. And from the looks of the synopsis and that cover, I don't see why it couldn't do just that. I LOVE the sci-fi feel of this cover: YA sci-fi is a whole new as yet unexplored world, and I'm excited to see what the future will bring in terms of YA sci-fi. This one is fancy enough to catch the attention of tech-minded male and female readers, while still having an overall theme that unites all the different elements.

(Penguin / Aug. 16, 2012)

More indulgence of the pretty! That bride-worthy dress trailing off into strands of beautiful flowers... There is a softness in the costuming, and the flowers, and the lighting, but the woods in the background suggest that something darker may abound, and I want to know what it is.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
(Harvill Secker / Sept. 15, 2011)

I posted about another version of this cover in my previous Cover Lust post, but then I saw this one and was swept away again. Is this the UK version? Aussie? I like how it keeps the style of the US version, in terms of silhouettes and color scheme, but the silhouettes in this one are so gorgeously intricate. Wow. Sigh.

The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley
(Bloomsbury / April 4, 2011)

I'm often not a fan of UK covers for YA contemporary novels, with their wishy-washy pastel-colored swirly lines, but when it comes to the fantastical, I think that this style of strong lines and dashes of color works so, so well. I think this is the UK version of The Folk Keeper...? Whatever country's version it is, it is so much better than the original US cover. Now that was a cover that would have succeeded in keeping both past me and current me away if I didn't now think that Franny Billingsley is an amazing writer.

Singing the Dogstar Blues by Alison Goodman
(Penguin / April 12, 2012)

The fact of the matter is that THEY ARE RE-RELEASING SINGING THE DOGSTAR BLUES, WOOHOOOOO. Probably on the heels of the success of Eon and Eona. I'm so glad. This was such a charming sci-fi read (see my review here), in a YA publishing world where quality sci-fi is still scarce. I appreciate this new cover as well. Yes, a harmonica appears in the book. Yes, you should definitely look out for this book. Hopefully this new cover will remind, and thus attract, fans of Tamora Pierce, Megan Whalen Turner... and maybe even Stephenie Meyer?


So, which of the above covers do you like the most? Which book are you looking forward to reading the most?


  1. YAY for re-release of Singing the Dogstar Blues! I loved that book in high school. All the covers are so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Yeah, I love the Bitterblue cover, too. And thank goodness Franny Billingsley got a good cover for The Folk Keeper- she's an AMAZING writer, and, well, more people should want to pick up her books.

  3. The Treachery of Beautiful Things is such a gorgeous title!!!! Some lovely choices here. :)

  4. That's the UK cover for The Night Circus. It's one of the most gorgeous-looking books I've ever seen in person - the cover is this velvety texture and it has black-edged pages.

    And AMEN to the news about Bitterblue! It's really true? It's really being published soon? I cannot wait (well, obviously I have to but I don't want to).

  5. I adore the cover for the UK version of THE NIGHT CIRCUS -- I wish I were the US one. And THE TREACHERY OF BEAUTIFUL THINGS is perhaps one of the prettiest covers with nice dresses I've seen.

  6. BITTERBLUE. i can't wait!

    and The Folk Keeper looks amazing (purely based on cover, obviously. :) )

  7. The very last one is my fav. What a great selection!

  8. The Treachery of Beautiful Things, has a really unique title, sounds promising. All these covers are quite beautiful. I love seeing the differences between US and UK book covers.


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