Jun 6, 2013

Thoughts on Thursday: Cover Lovin

Thoughts on Thursday is a meme I created to talk about book related topics, news, and events that I find interesting this week.

Topic: Cover Lovin

This week I have spotted some seriously outstanding cover designs, that I really just wanted to show some love too. As a designer I may be guilty of picking up a book because the cover just screams read me. But I always like the praise a design because I can see and know how much love went into designing something as beautiful as these covers below.

Witch Fall by Amber Argyle: October 2013

All things fall.

Even Witches.

Supreme in their dominion over seasons, storms, and sea, the Witches have forgotten the unmatched destructiveness of mankind. And among the weapons men seek are the magical songs of the Witches.

Lilette is one of the few who see the decadence and decay weakening the Witches. As an outsider amid her own kind, can she help them survive the coming war?

Why I love it: Just look at the details the illustrator put into this beautiful design. As I have read the first book in this series, I can pin point the reason for the cover, I love how each cover has told a little story with focus on the main character. What do you think?

Unhinged by A.G. Howard: January 7th 2014

Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she's always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she'll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.

Why I love it: Well if you haven't seen the first cover you should know that they are similar except for the character focus. Also this will excite all the Morpheus fans who adored this crazy guy in the first book, plus we can put a face to him now. I love the references of his character and wonderland that are on the cover with him, plus doesn't it have the wonderland vibe with a bit of eeriness that the story is? What do you think?

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab:  January 28th 2014

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she's struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn't easy -- not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she's really safe.

Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She's sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she'll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.

Why I love it: Well I love consistency of course but what I also love is that each of these cover in this series have represented or hinted something that is key to the story. The key in the first book and now the ring. If your read the first book you'll know what I mean. But I loved Archive and serious love these mysterious designs and focus on Mackenzie.

So what are some covers out there that have caught your eye and did it make you add it to your wishlist?

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