One of the things I love about books (real books, as opposed to ebooks etc.) are there beautiful, creative covers. Let’s face it, most of us do judge books by their covers. The artwork on the front of the book is the first thing I notice when browsing a book shop, then the title, and if that interests me I will turn it over to read the blurb on the back. But if it has a boring cover it’s most likely that I won’t give it a second glance.
I noticed a lot of beautiful new covers during 2011. Here is a run-down of my favourites- some which I’ve read and some I haven’t but hope to.
Kiersten White’s Supernaturally
Beautiful model in a stunning dress, rich romantic colours and a bit of lightening in the background to give it some drama. What’s not to love?
Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
I love the muted colours in this one, and the way the dress disintegrates into rose petals, suggesting fragility. The fractured font is also appropriate. Beautiful.
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
The model’s pose in this one is so intriguing. The fact that you can’t see her face or tell which way up she is makes me curious to read it.
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
I love the model’s hair and dress in this one- they have a frayed, antique feel about them that goes well with the title. The bird in the cage is a nice little metaphor to give a clue as to what the story is all about and I like the circles that connect the main images, reminding me of a chart or family tree and indicating that everything is connected.
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
The stars on this cover give it a magical, overworldly feel. I love the way the couple seem suspended in the moment just before they kiss, and the perfect symmetry of their faces. Perfect.
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
I love the way the model stands calmly staring ahead while a storm looms in the clouds, the waves are turbulent and her greek-inspired dress billows behind her. It is as if she is facing up to her fate. It looks so tragic, yet beautiful.
Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore
The turquoise colours and swirly shapes attracted me to this one. I love the flourish on the title shaped like a mermaid’s tail and the pose of the model, who looks like she’s giving herself up to reckless abandonment.
And the covers I’m most looking forward to for 2012….