March 4, 2013

Monday Pep Rally - What Are Your Favorite Book Covers?

Monday 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!

Hey, Misfiteers!

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 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.
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Shiny red pumps and shiny cyborg bones? Yessssssss.
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)

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. 
Not a Drop to Drink

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. 
How My Summer Went Up in Flames

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:



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.


Michelle S. said...

I adore the covers for Tahereh Mafi's SHATTER ME series. Gorgeous! Also have mad love for Trisha's covers.

Melody Simpson said...

Wow! Trisha Leigh was not on my radar before but I am going out to buy this series asap! These covers are gorgeous! So creative! Love the premise of the series! I cannot wait to read these books!

I love the cover of your book, One as well! I've added One to my TBR list, can't wait until June!

Rachel said...

I love the cover of NOT A DROP TO DRINK and I am SO excited by the cover IN THE SHADOWS OF BLACKBIRDS ('s a YA historical/ghost story thing). The cover is SO cool and creepy. I can't wait to read it!

Carrie-Anne said...

I'd love to see more covers with artwork instead of pictures of models supposed to represent the characters. Any cover with a deep, vibrant color scheme, like purple and dark blue, is a winner for me. I also hate the trend of lopping off part of a body or face on the cover. That looks really creepy.

tawney13 said...

I love covers. Unfortunately,people do judge a book by the cover. I love the covers of Colleen Houck Tiger's curse. I love tigers and this just snapped my eyes to it with the vibrant colors and intricate designs. Each sequel cover had an image of an animal and colors that just enhanced the cover. I also love Veronica Roth's Divergent and Insurgent covers. They were different and unique. Congrats on your cover reveal of One! It is gorgeous and defiantly will draw readers attention.

STBende said...

Oh my goodness, that Shiver cover is absolutely striking. *sighs*

Morgan York said...

Libbra Bray's GEMMA DOYLE TRILOGY has such pretty covers that capture the essence of the era it's set in (Victorian age). I have yet to read it, but GRACELING's cover is also gorgeous--it's sitting on my bookshelf, torturing me!

Congratulations on your book cover reveal! And the cover is absolutely lovely. I would pick that up.

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