Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Go Ahead, Judge These Books by Their Covers

This post is pretty much dedicated to some of my favorite covers of 2011 upcoming books. Sure, authors don't get a say in what their cover looks like, but looking at these babies, I think that's not such a bad thing. There are some covers of upcoming books that would make me pick the book up in store without ever having heard anything about the book, that might even make me buy the book whether I like it or not just for the cover.

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma: I adore the blue, and the contrast of the red into it. This one is just downright gorgeous on so many levels, and I get the sense that it's one of those covers that actually really fits with the book, once you've read it.

A Need so Beautiful by Suzanne Young: In a world of dark colors for paranormal/supernatural books, the gold on this is just stunning. I seriously cannot wait to see the final hardcover bound version. I love the font for the title, and the intense look on the girl's face. So. Pretty.

Hourglass by Myra McEntire: This one is honestly just a mind meld. It takes you a few seconds to really see it before... oh, she's on the wall. I love the initial interest in the way her hair and dress are falling forward, before realizing the why of it. The colors are catchy and simple, too.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: I love the dark colors. I love that there is actually a guy behind the girl, holding her closer... maybe saving her, maybe dragging her under. This one is just so intense in such an inexplicable way.

Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey: Gorgeous. If ever there was a cover to say nothing but gorgeous about, it's this one. The muted, simple colors are appealing, the way the dress flows into petals is just so pretty, even for someone who isn't really into flowers.

Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey: This one totally appeals to the boy side of me. It's creepy and makes me wonder what's in the pages. The red building, set in a murky green, with the freaky eye thing going on above it? Why yes, I do want this book. Not to mention, this is another one where the font of the title itself is just... awesome.

So there you have it. Some of my favorite 2011 covers of upcoming books. Make sure you check these out when the time comes, even if some of them are far off. I certainly will be.

Kari is a querying YA writer and book blogger who currently works a day job with a radiologist group and lives in Dallas. She enjoys badgering her dog Toby, meandering around the internet, and reading lots and lots of books. Currently juggling three manuscripts, she’s dreaming for the day she can stay at home and write full time, preferably with a charming boy to cook and clean. You can find her at http://agoodaddiction.blogspot.com/.


  1. Ooo I love these. They all have a flowy quality! Good picks, Kari! I can't wait to read them all!!

  2. I especially adore the Shattered Souls cover - breathtaking!

  3. Covers don't tell me much about the writing itself, but it shows me the quality of the publishing company. If they can afford the best of the best in cover design, they probably work with the best books.

  4. Beautiful covers - I really love the Witch Eyes cover - so spooky. Thanks for sharing! :D

  5. I loved imaginary girls cover :)

  6. Ooh my favorite is Imaginary Girls!!

    Great idea Brenda, I adore book covers. Looking at them is one of my favorite part of visiting the bookstore :)