The Best and the Brightest: Book Covers

We are without a doubt people who judge books by their covers. We’re all guilty of it to some extent, but believe us, we’re not opposed to picking up books even when they have less-than-alluring cover designs. But it’s time to show some praise for what we each believe are the prettiest covers out there! We can analyze design in relation to books just as well as the books themselves, y’all. Check out each of our top picks, and make sure to tell us what your favorites are!

meg's-picks

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

Not only are these books beautifully written, but the covers are gorgeous too. It’s such a unique series, and delves into elements of fantasy and history that many authors are afraid to touch; namely, race and colonialism. It is an enthralling, highly imaginative trilogy that I would recommend to anyone.

The Wrath and the Dawn Duology by Renee Ahdieh

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Although I read these books with the original covers, let’s talk about how gorgeous that new print is! Both covers are astounding, and it’s especially interesting to see how when you open the first editions, the screen actually peels away and you see the woman behind it – the perfect representation of Shahrzad. But these new covers really elevate the balance of dark and light within the characters and their world. It’s a gorgeous retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, and the perfect diverse read.

The Firebird Trilogy by Claudia Gray

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These covers are a stunning, physical representation of the various settings within the trilogy, and the alternate images reflect the parallel worlds. I also love how the images blend together and complement each other, just as the parallel universes do. Old and new, modern and rustic, the cover designer truly hit the nail on the head with these!

The Red Queen Trilogy by Victoria Aveyard

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No matter your opinion on the actual books, I think we can all agree that these covers are beautiful. They stand out among a crowd and draw your eye immediately among a sea of books, not only for the stark colors, but also for the disturbing yet intriguing image of a bloody crown. When you put them side by side, you can see that each cover gets darker, a perfect tie in to how the story does as well.

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LaBan

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The cover of this book perfectly crafts tone and imagery, and helps to set up a visualization of the setting. I love how the white, stark light metaphorically represents the main character’s albinism, and how the image of running away sets up the idea of fear and hiding.

The Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

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What’s so wonderful about these covers is that they stay true to a theme, while also growing and adapting alongside the characters. I love seeing the eyes go through the diferent seasons, each one representative of Juliette’s mental state during that book. Format is such an integral part of this series, and the inclusion of that in the tagline was such a smart choice!

The Passenger Duology by Alexandra Bracken

 

Gorgeous covers for gorgeous books! We’re huge fans of Alexandra Bracken here, and not only are these books rich in prose, imaginative, and exciting, but the covers are a perfect reflection of that. The dichotomy between what is encapsulated and what is reflected outside perfectly fits with the time travel elements of this novel, and the theme of feeling trapped. Also, that typography is just beautiful!

paige's-picks

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

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I said it when I was published and I’ll say it again: this is the most beautiful book I own. I love how each individual element is not only visually appealing, but has a meaning and a significance. The way they all clash yet create one harmonious picture within a tangled web is the perfect representation of the novel’s contents. There is light to the dark background, attempting to balance each other, yet darkness ultimately winning.

The Three Dark Crowns Series by Kendare Blake

Admittedly, I haven’t finished these books yet. I had to set Three Dark Crowns aside for a while because of school, but what drew me in in the first place was the cover. You can see the personality – and power – of each individual sister within their crown. I love how it’s built upon in the second cover, how the girls begin to intertwine but still remain so separate. I cannot wait to see what covers come next!

The Diviners Series by Libba Bray

Libba Bray has cursed me with cover changes every time I read her books. That being said, I surprisingly like each cover. The first book is a standout, almost abrasive in how the cover stares at you, catching your eye immediately. The keyhole shape gives the reader insight to how the book is going to be a discovery, as well. What I love about the second cover is that it was so easy to build upon, and still gorgeous and in-your-face! But the new covers also bring in a new element, a static image to represent what is an admittedly confusing series. Let’s hope that fourth book doesn’t have a change, though!

A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

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Although I haven’t devoured this book yet, I love seeing such a vibrant cover on a YA book. So many books are getting darker and darker in content, which reflects in each cover design. What’s so great about this is that despite the tangled, dark content, the cover is fresh and new. It is a reflection of the forest and the book’s main color palette, and it makes it a sure standout.

The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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Each cover in this series is beautiful on its own, but they also all complement each other. Each book has its own distinct palette, just as it has its own distinct characters. You can see their ability to stand alone, as well as how they harmonize with the rest of the covers. There is a certain level to chaos, along with the classic arm reach pose. I love how vibrant and potent they are!

The Charlotte Holmes Trilogy by Brittany Cavallaro

Not only do I love how the colors in these novels complement each other, but I adore how each is special to its own content. The little clues to what will happen in the story, the characters, and – in a way – what to look out for, makes for an interesting and complex image. You can examine each cover and find little hints to what makes the book so special, and just like in a case, see the big picture come together.

The Internment Chronicles by Lauren DeStefano

I’ve never been more happy with a cover change than I was with this one! I love how the covers reflect the fragility of sculpture, but also the strength it takes to remain in proper form. The intricate details surrounding each statue add a pop of color and complexity. You can see how each sculpture is in more danger of falling apart than the one before, and how it is being threatened from outside forces, similar to the series and its ever changing plot. Gorgeous!

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