Cover Crush: June 1st
Some beautiful covers hit the web this week! Here’s a roundup of our favorites:
We’ve eagerly been awaiting these first two covers for oh-so-many months, because they come from two ladies we love to read on les internets. And they were revealed on the same day! Lenore Applehans, well-known around the lit blogosphere as the brains behind Presenting Lenore (one of the most fabulous YA blogs around) revealed the cover for her debut novel, Level 2, in spectacular fashion. Don’t just gaze at it here. Go e-party on Lenore’s site with her!
If you haven’t heard of Victoria Scott, head over to her blog. Read one or two posts. You’ll likely develop a bit of a friend crush on her. And if you read the synopsis for The Collector, you’ll likely develop a ginormous more-than-friends crush on Dante Walker. This story necessitates a cover full of smoldery sexy godliness, and it absolutely delivers!
These next covers just missed last week’s crush roundup, but wow, they are seriously crushworthy sequels. First up, the cover for Laini Taylor’s follow-up to Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight, is every bit as dramatic as the first book’s cover. Next up is the sequel to Fair Coin by E.C. Meyers, Quantum Coin, which has kind of a vintage sci-fi feel to it (like this series should be bundled with Ursula K. Leguin and Madeleine L’Engle in bookstores). Lastly, Entice, the sequel to Jessica Shirvington’s romantic-as-hell Embrace has another winged Violet front and center. Though this time she looks way less innocent, perhaps even a little sassy.
In addition to the striking, gorgeous artwork on these covers, it’s SO lovely to see continuity from the first book to the sequel. No cover identity crises so far (we see this so often lately in YA novels, and it irks our OCD urge to have series books match).
These two new books not only sound enticing, they look it. Hannah Moskowitz’s Marco Impossible has a playful, stylish-yet-simple cover composition. Trisha Leigh’s Whispers in Autumn shares the same simplicity in design, but it has a more serious look to it.
Two covers that make good use of hazy, blurry images to evoke mood are The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson (which looks very different from its predecessor, The Name of the Star), and Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger. One story is about ghosts, the other about sylphs, but both covers definitely achieve certain mood with this gorgeous cover work.
Sarah Dessen is getting a rebrand for her entire paperback repertoire. Here are the re-released covers we’ve seen so far. To keep up with the rest of the cover reveals, check back with the Sarah Dessen Ning page, which is keeping meticulous track of new cover developments.
Finally, middle grade reads have had some MAJOR cover reveals this week! Check out the cover reveal/excerpt for Survivors: The Empty City by Erin Hunter, and the first chapter of The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan. The seventh Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, The Third Wheel, has just been given a cover with a woefully downtrodden Greg front and center.