Pep Rally is a weekly feature where the Misfits post a question for
you, the reader, to answer. You can answer on your own blog and link in
the comments, or just answer here!
The old saying goes that you should never judge a book by its cover, but those of us in the YA writing/reading world know that that's just silly talk.
Of course we judge books by their covers! When a cover has been done well, it stands out from the crowd, tells you something significant yet subtle about the book. It reaches out and grabs your heart without punching you in the face.
In a sea of YA books at the bookstore or online, a book's cover is the single thing that makes us want to know more about what's inside. In fact, we could argue that the cover is the most important part of a book in terms of reaching new readers. (Also, it makes our bookshelves look prettier. Shut up. I know you all were thinking that.)
Which is why authors and readers alike swoon and sigh over the most outstanding covers. At the same time, we all have our faves. Since I know you're all dying to know what mine are....here are some of my favorite covers. Please, share yours in the comments below!
Transparent by Natalie Whipple - This cover transposes the chaos of the world on the outside with the poignant sadness of literally being invisible. I may be partial to this cover because it's a biopunk book, which my debut also is.
Shiver by Maggie Steifvater - So unusual for a YA book, yet totally striking, these covers capture the still quiet of the winter forests in which the books are set.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Shiny red pumps and shiny cyborg bones? Yessssssss.
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Girl standing on her roof with a gun strapped to her back to defend her family's lake? Yepppp. Yeah. I'll take it. Now.
How My Summer Went Up in Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski - I haven't read this book, but apparently it's about a girl who torched her ex's car? Hence the can of gasoline. So OMG I LOVE IT.
Now. I may be biased, but my ultimate favorite covers of all time are my friend Trisha Leigh's covers for her The Last Year series. Because when you put the four books together, they do this:
I KNOW, SWOON RIGHT???
Speaking of covers.
Today is a pretty exciting day for me. Because just one hour after this post goes live, the cover of my debut novel, ONE, will be revealed over at Icey Books (3/4 at 10:00 EST) So...go see, won't you, my sweet Misfiteers?
And don't forget to join in the pep rally! What are YOUR favorite book covers? Leave them in the comments below.