Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is about recently read (and liked) books that were outside our comfort zones. But I have a pretty broad comfort zone with books, and the recent Top Ten Tuesday about historical fiction covered a lot of this. (Also, a post I wrote at the very beginning of my blogging career did cover this exact topic.)
So I'm going to go back to the archives again and do my Top Ten Recently Revealed Book Covers. I did a post about favorite book covers a while back, but since then, my tastes have become slightly more developed--plus, a lot more book covers have been revealed! I love looking at the pretty new covers as they come out, so yes, I'm gonna share my favorite ten recently revealed book covers with you today. Enjoy!
1) This Is Our Story by Ashley Elton. The cover for this YA thriller (Fall 2016) is lovely--simplistic set-up, blocked colors (blue with two neutrals, white being the main one), a clear central image to focus on, and the perfect air of mystery to fit the story's genre.
2) A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray. The conclusion to this gorgeous YA sci-fi romance (Fall 2016) also continues the tradition of the trilogy's gorgeous covers--colorful, intricate watercolor mirror images that you want to hang on your wall. The contrasting orange and purple color scheme on this one is fantastic.
3) Replica by Lauren Oliver. Lauren's new YA sci-fi (Fall 2016) is two stories in one: you can read from the POV of each main character separately. The cover, with its mirrored back and front, reflects this (as well as the central story concept: cloning) quite well. It's a clean design with a singular central image and good color blocking--blue and purple on one side contrasting the orange and yellow on the other. BONUS: the hardcover sleeve comes off to reveal a base white where both butterflies are pink! Legit.
4) Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. Thiskickbutt YA fantasy (Fall 2016) has a fierce cover to go with it: showcasing the three crowns, which are all threatening and burnished rather than bright and shining, but also beautiful in their own unique ways. Everything else is kept simplistic (white on black) in order to have a clean focus. I can't wait to read the book and see how the uniqueness of each crown reflects the characters!
5) The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron. This speculative YA dystopian (Fall 2016) possesses a truly lovely cover, whimsical and winding and nature-y without being too busy, and with a lovely contrast between the greenish-yellow pieces and the purple base. Purple is my favorite color. Just look at the delicateness of those roots and blossoms!
6) The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee. A YA sci-fi thriller (Fall 2016) with a oh-so-wonderfully clean cover. Just look at those lines! The way the text forms the skyscraper, the swooping feel of it all, the red ribbon punctuated against the blue-toned clouds--just yes.
7) A World Without You by Beth Revis. Our latest "Waiting On" Wednesday (Summer 2016) happens to sport another of my favorite recent book covers! I love the silhouette in black versus the white background and text, and I think the lines of primary colors cutting across the image express the chaos of the main character's mind without being too visually overwhelming. It's nicely done.
8) And I Darken by Kiersten White. This YA historical fantasy (Summer 2016) has a cover with a centerpiece of sword and petals, which is always awesome, because it's a symbolic contrast that also looks really pretty. The color contrast of the silver and purple with the black works perfectly too, so yeah, I'm on board.
9) Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana. A new YA sci-fi (Summer 2016) and a spacey cover to go with it! We've seen covers like this one plenty times before, but this one executes the idea the best, I think. It has a mirror feel to it that fits the story, and it keeps things simple so you can focus on the dual images. There's also a good contrast with the blue sky/planet and the orangey sunset/characters' outfits. Plus, a little bit of shiny!
10) Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh. The cover for this YA historical fantasy (Summer 2016) is what tipped me over on adding it to my TBR. I love the white, black, and blue color scheme, particularly because the shades chosen are somewhat unusual, and there's a clear symbol in the middle for the eye to focus on. The fact that this (ivory/bone?) symbol is shattering just adds intrigue. I also like the typography a lot--it's different from what I usually see. Striking.
What does this reveal about my book cover taste? I like contrast and a clear focus, I suppose. Clean lines. I'm also drawn towards cooler colors, which makes sense because they're my favorite in real life. Really, though, this just shows how important it is that the cover fit the book itself--the genre, the idea, the characters. You're not going to find one constant theme that makes book covers beautiful because what makes them great, a lot of the time, is how they showcase the story itself. Don't you think?
Thanks for reading! I hope you find these covers as pretty as I do. Come back tomorrow for a Wordy Wednesday--vote on what it is at the bottom of this post.
Images via yaloveblog.com, Goodreads (4), thefandom.net, and Goodreads (7).
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