I thought it would be fun to look back at some of my favorite covers from last year! These are all 2016 releases, and it’s interesting to look back over some of the similarities and differences. (Illustrated covers seem to have been popular across age groups, for instance.)
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1. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan: The original hardcover, OF COURSE.
2. The Spellcoats/Crown of Dalemark by Diana Wynne Jones
3. The Wheel of the Infinite by Martha Wells
4. House of Shadows by Rachel Neumeier
5. The Attolia Books by Megan Whalen Turner
6. Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo: Okay, I don’t love the book, but the cover is AMAZING.
7. The Agency series by YS Lee
8. A Most Improper Magick by Stephanie Burgis
9. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
10. The Winter Prince by Elizabeth Wein
So as we should all know at this point, I love Code Name Verity. Favorite book of 2012, read twice and listened to the audiobook once.* I’ve also been fascinated to see the different covers in the US & UK, and now with the paperbacks coming out there are even more covers to choose from! I’m rounding them up here.
First, there’s the original UK version, which is what I own. It is so pretty, and I love the way the underlining in the text is hinted at in the circled name. And the rose, and the way the plane’s trail almost makes a V. It’s a very lovely, atmospheric cover, and one of my favorites.
Next, we have the original North American hardcover. Initially I was very not sure about this one, but I’ve come around to it. I like the subtle text in the hands and arms, and the way it reminds me of the scene with Marie. And it’s a very visually striking cover.
EDIT: Commenter Frida, below, pointed out that there’s actually another cover–the Canadian hardcover is slightly different in terms of font and layout.
The new US paperback. I really like this one–I think it has a sort of Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society feel to it, and I love the fact that it shows the bicycles. It’s a fresh cover, not very stereotypically YA. And it makes me want to buy another copy.
And here’s the new UK cover (source). Hopefully someone will have a larger image at some point–I would love to look more closely at the details. I like the slight ambiguity of the woman’s expression and the tear-away effect of the text.
Finally, here’s the new Canadian cover (source). I really like this one too–I think it’s interesting that it keeps the same color scheme as the hardcover above–black and beige with scarlet highlights. The girl’s face really looks like she’s staring out of a WWII photo. And it keeps the “I have told the truth” tagline, which I like.
As a bonus, here’s the link to the Canadian cover of Rose Under Fire, the companion book, out in September. (Eee! So pretty! So excited!)
I will also note that Elizabeth Wein has historically gotten some excellent covers–I love the ones for the Lion Hunter series as well and I may do a separate post for those sometime.
So, which one is your favorite cover?
* I have not gone on about this audiobook here, but it is AMAZING. Morven Christie is perfect as Verity–she does all the accents and she SINGS and she is completely and heartbreakingly wonderful. Lucy Gaskell is excellent as Maddie, but Julie’s portion had me crying over things I had never cried over before. And trust me, that’s difficult.
Last year, I read Marissa Doyle’s Bewitching Season and was a bit dubious. My dubiousness started when I saw the cover, with the badly fitted dress from the wrong period (this is 1837, not 1850!) and the funny curls. In short, the cover summed up my problems with the book: it just didn’t convince me that the setting was really Victorian England.
But then I saw the cover for Doyle’s latest book, Courtship and Curses, and look at it! It’s not an awkwardly posed photograph; in fact it seems to be a tinted print, from the right period, and it made me stop and go, “Huh.” And then I put it on hold. And I was right about it–it’s a very nice book with lots of period detail and a heroine who is learning to deal with the fact that she’s disabled. Plus there’s a sweet romance and a good depiction of a friendship between two girls.
So was I right to judge the two books by their covers? Would I have liked Bewitching Season better if I hadn’t been instantly put off when I picked it up? I don’t know. I’d guess that it might have helped but that Doyle has also grown as a writer.
I mean, look at that. LOOK AT IT! She is standing there, in a beautiful dress, obviously wearing the correct period undergarments, not slouching all over the place with awful wispy hair, and she’s the right ethnicity for the character in question. This does not happen!
And just to make it better, there are behind the scenes shots. The costume history geek in me is so happy right now.
Of course, the series is pretty awesome too. What with a girl detective in Victorian London, and a slow-simmer romance, and covers made of WIN. (Third book I want it now!)