Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is a cover freebie, so I'm going to share my Top Ten Book Covers of 2017. Keep in mind a number of books that release later this year do not yet have covers, and of course, this is all a matter of personal opinion.
1) Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken. A cloudy purple background, a simple landscape with a tree in a jar, a city-like reflection, a distant flock of birds flying free--it all makes for a lovely and intriguing cover.
2) The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed. This is basically a still-life painting of pink and white flowers in a vase, with the title painted over in yellow. I love the effect. I think adding a flair to the "no" in "nowhere" by making the text pink was also good decision. This cover, overall, strikes notes both classic and bold.
3) RoseBlood by A.G. Howard. This Phantom of the Opera inspired novel works perfectly with its cover illustration, of a pale young woman in a white mask, surrounded by dark hair, brambles, and red flowers. The red-white-and-black color scheme is offset just enough by the green of her eyes to be interesting, and the perfection of her face adds an ethereal aspect.
4) The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. I wouldn't expect to be as drawn to this cover as I am, but it has a good balance. The background image places the girl's figure top center, while the skull motif is lower center, with nothing but a rocky cliff face to add distraction. The loops and curls imposed over the image add a bit of yellow to offset the overall purple-tone, and the hourglass shape they create also draw attention towards the two main images. It's more broody than beautiful, but there is beauty to it.
5) Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser. Understated but lovely--a starry teal blue sky that almost matches the ocean in color, with only a moon lower center to provide any focus. The curlicues add flavor without being distracting, in their similar blue shade, and the title being glittery and silver grabs just enough attention to offset the overall subdued tone.
6) Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios. This one's a bit unusual, but it definitely grabs the attention while maintaining its own kind of beauty. A decaying bouquet of flowers, with odd shades of fading color, bursting out of the edges of its wooden frame--it really does seem like a good metaphor for the abuse that the story is about. The plain white wall doesn't distract too much, but it also has shadow and greytone to maintain an appropriate sense of dimension.
7) The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord. I'm always here for watercolors and cool colors, and that's this cover: watercolor splotches creating a sky that transitions from blue to spring green, with a tree and ground sketched over it in what looks like exact lines of black Sharpie. Simple, easy to focus on, colorful enough to grab attention.
8) The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale. This is another odd one. It's got the cool colors and naturey theme that I like--a dark blue forest with a bed of deep red leaves and occasional bursts of green--as well as a clear centerpiece to focus on. But that centerpiece is strange to the point of being unnerving--it looks like the figure of a girl in a black dress, turned away from the viewer, but it also looks like a tree stump with a fine layer of branches growing out of it in the shape of wings. That unnerving quality, as well as the blurred line between nature and woman, fits the story well, which makes this a great cover overall.
9) Cold Summer by Gwen Cole. More watercolors! These are more pastel in nature, which fits the title and story concept well. It also has a mirror effect, which I love: the female figure in a vaguely sketched forest of green and yellow opposing the male figure in a similarly vague forest of purple and blue. The background itself is white, which draws the eye and contributes to the vague coolness of tone that this cover presents.
10) Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. Another cover that's easy to focus on, with cool colors and a clear motif: a blue background with a plain snowglobe in which there is a single white rose. It's both romantic and a bit ominous--pensive, perhaps--which works well with the story synopsis. I'm not sure I like the font choice in conjunction with the snow spots all over the image, but otherwise, this cover is beautiful.
As you can see, I continue to prefer cool tones, moody watercolors, and clear motifs. This year, I've also developed a definite interest in flowers and other nature-y images. What kind of book covers do you like?
To see more of my favorites, check out this Goodreads shelf. And I will be back again tomorrow!
Images via ya-aholic.com and Goodreads.
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