The following selection of covers blew my mind. Like seriously BLEW.MY.MIND.
I’m no graphic designer, illustrator, cartoonist or anything close to that. Heck, I don’t even draw straight lines, I barely can draw connected circles AND I failed all my coloring tests in kindergarten. Up to this day I can’t color.
And I’m almost 34 years old.
So this list, with no particular order whatsoever, was chosen by me, with no influence by anybody, just because I like the covers. They are pretty, and to me a pretty cover basically sells 90% of the book at first impression.
You may not agree, but to each it’s own. I think all of these covers ROCK TO THE MOON AND BACK.
I must add though, that this list was not easy to put together either, however I did take into consideration a few aspects before picking them:
- Book to which they belong was released in 2014
- I not necessarily READ said book, but have purchased it and it’s currently sitting in my TBR pile.
Did I mention they are SPECTACULAR?
Well, here they are:
The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
Cover Artist: Cliff Nielsen
Cliff Nielsen, mastermind behind all the covers for the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare, made this list by default. There hasn’t been one cover I have not loved from him, and I am crossing my fingers so he can also be the mastermind behind the upcoming Dark Artifices, third Shadowhunter series by Clare. One thing is to see these covers in digital, which hold true colors and instantly catch your attention, but another one is to see them live, on the book, (a hardback) and see that not only the true colors remain as beautiful as they look in digital, but the dust jacket also has slight patterns. Pretty cool, I might add. 🙂
The Kraken King: Parts 1 to 8 by Meljean Brook
Cover: Berkley Publishing*
Berkley Publishing did Meljean Brook all possible justice. The Kraken King, split in an 8 part serial throughout the Spring turned out to be a fantastic experiment and all eight covers are possibly the most colorful and creative ones I have seen in THE LONGEST TIME. Of course, you have to be a little bit familiar with the entire story, and some have nothing to do with it, but in reality, the whole ‘Steampunk’ movement is well portrayed in these unbelievably beautiful pieces of art making them the icing on top of the fantastic adventure / love story of Zenobia Fox and the Kraken King.
Walk with Me by Cardeno C.
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
What haven’t I said about this book already to finally convince you this is a GREAT read? Well, the main reason I discovered this book in the first place was because of the cover. Just by looking at it, I KNEW this was another Paul Richmond creation. Pure BEAUTY. And see, I insist that covers sell stories, and this one with no doubt whatsoever was the one story that I knew absolutely NOTHING about, no blurb, nothing about the author, no reviews read, NOTHING. It was the blessed creative mind of Paul Richmond who brought to life this cover that instantly bought my curiosity. The rest is history. And just as a side note, every single person I have shared this book with, loved both the story AND the cover.
Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth
Cover Artist: Joel Tippie
I must admit that dystopian fantasy is not my reading preference, but there is something in this series that caught my attention right off the bat. And guess what? IT’S FANTASTIC! (have you seen the movie? no? what are you waiting for then?) Now, if you mix a kick ass story with a very clever book cover, you know you will have the greatest of reading experiences. Joel Tippie had already scored with the previous three covers (for Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant) and once again delivered with the cover of Four.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Cover Artist: Olga Grlic
Sometimes simple is just the way to go. Something simple, with not a lot of fuzz, couple of colors and voila! You have the book recipe for PERFECTION. Just as with the covers for Fangirl and Eleanor and Park, Olga Grlic delivered a very clever, basic and beautiful cover that says it all; just as Rainbow Rowell delivered to all her fans another knock out story worth a million smiles.
Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
Cover: Little, Brown & Company*
Little, Brown & Company scored another favorite of mine, with this gorgeous cover for Gail Carriger’s ‘Finishing School’ series. There is just something about a black and white image on a very colorful background that attracts you instantly. It’s simple, clean, DEFINETELY not too busy, and the thing is, you kind of have an idea about the story just by looking at this cover. Back in Curtsies and Conspiracies I knew NOTHING about this new series, and it was that exact cover that attracted me to buy the book. Three stories later, I am (as since The Parasol Protectorate) an avid fan of Mrs. Carriger and her Steampunk world.
Deacon by Kristen Ashley
Cover Artist: Unknown*
There is always something meaningful behind K.A.’s book covers. They all have to do with a very significant scene, or moment, or phrase or chapter in her books, and believe me, you need to READ and understand these to find the beauty behind it. I did, and never looked back since the first book I read from her, Raid, also from her ‘Unfinished Hero’ series. I wish I could give kudos to the cover artist properly, but, in the meantime I share with all of you how much I LOVE this cover that to the untrained eye is nothing but two leaves, but to me hold a very deep meaning behind an even more mind blowing story.
The Art of Breathing by TJ Klune
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
And once again, Paul Richmond created a masterpiece to be admired for years to come. If you ask me, I WANT THIS COVER IN A 60 X 60 portrait for my bedroom wall.
Is that too big?
Any of Paul Richmond’s creations would never be too big to admire. I wish there was some sort of edict in his native Columbus to cover all front house entrances with one of his paintings. Seriously beautiful stuff he creates, trust me. And of course, TJ Klune knocked it out of the ballpark AGAIN, with a superb storytelling that deserved no less than this colossally beautiful cover to go with it. Match made in book heaven.
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Cover Artist: Unknown*
I think you can pretty much agree with me, that Tahereh Mafi is by far one of THE most fashionable authors ever. I can’t think of another author alive who has her sense of fashion / hip / chic / pop coolness who could rock stripes, plaid, and circles in the same outfit and still look impeccable. Just as her unquestionable excellent taste in clothing, her covers for the entire ‘Shatter Me’ series rocked a lot of people’s socks off. Her final installment in the trilogy, ‘Ignite Me’ is possibly my favorite of all. As I have mentioned, dystopian is still new to me, but I met Tahereh last year at the L.A. Times Festival of Books and fell under the spell. She is simply PHENOMENAL, and these stories deserved such beautiful artwork like the ones re -designed for them. Totally freakin’ cool.