Category: Cover Talk

Stories of 18 Iconic Book Covers from History

Posted May 28, 2018 by Jana in Cover Talk / 3 Comments

I pretty much live for book covers, and I know I’m not alone. I’ve actually met a lot of amazing books because I fell in love with their covers! I’ll see a cover, be intrigued, read the synopsis, and all of a sudden it’s on my TBR or in my shopping cart. It’s easy to admire a book’s design, but often we fail to recognize the story and brilliance behind its creation. Creating book cover art is a long, deliberate process that can start years before the book’s publication date. Contrary to what you might think, authors are rarely involved in the book cover art, and instead designers work with publishers or editors to develop a concept that is marketable and on brand.

This fun infographic from Invaluable shows some of the most iconic book covers throughout history and how those visions came to life. See if any of your favorites made the list!


Book Covers with Beautiful Hair by Everly Frost | Debut Author Guest Post

Posted June 24, 2016 by Jana in Cover Talk, Guest Post / 1 Comment

I’m happy to welcome Everly Frost, 2016 debut author of Fear My Mortality, to the blog today to share her favorite book covers that feature models with beautiful hair! Following her post, read more about her and her book below. Thanks for stopping by, Everly!


Book Covers with Beautiful Hair
by Everly Frost

A while ago, I cut my hair. Not a big deal in the history of the world, except that it ended up far shorter than I’d intended. The main character in my book knows that feeling only too well: she’s been waiting her whole life to grow her hair past her shoulders.

Because people in her world (an alternate Earth) can’t be killed and live for hundreds of years, they need a way to tell how old a person is. To do that, there’s a universal social rule about hair: a person’s hair length has to match their age. Children under the age of sixteen aren’t allowed to grow their hair past their shoulders and people over a hundred years old are expected to grow their hair past their waist. (This applies to boys as well as girls. Bring on the man buns and dreadlocks a la Thor and Legolas.)

In line with that, I went searching for book covers with beautiful hair – the kind that make me go all heart-eyed and wish I had lovely locks like that.

Here are just a few I found …

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Exiled by RaShelle Workman – It’s the silvery light reflecting on delicate butterflies that makes this cover so wistful.

Cress by Marissa Meyer – That amazing Rapunzel-style hair just keeps going and going, all entwined with shiny, red ribbon.

Huntress: Life After by Julie Hall – This cover is all about the hair with that gorgeous slash of purple-blue highlighting the layers across the middle.

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – This is the kind of cover that makes me wish I could stride across a sea of white, deadly weapon in hand and equally deadly locks sweeping behind me.

Nobody’s Goddess by Amy McNulty – Everything about this cover is appealing and the hair is simply one more part to love.

Air Awakens by Elise Kova – Sweeping wind and endless grace, I love how the girl’s hair is a seamless part of this cover.

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And now for the reds – Each of these covers puts red hair front and center, from the rippling waves of Everblue by Brenda Pandos, to the fiery tresses of Fury by Elizabeth Miles, and finally the dark and mysterious locks of Hidden by Sophie Jordan. These beautiful covers really make me miss my long(er) hair.


Make sure you grab a copy of Everly’s new book, Fear My Mortality, in stores now! 

Fear My Mortality by Everly Frost
Series: Mortal Eternity #1
April 5, 2016 from Month9Books
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The future is bright for 16-year-old Ava Holland and the residents of Evereach. They don’t have to worry about old age or even getting sick. In their world, humans regenerate, heal, and live for hundreds of years. Mortality isn’t something to fear. Disease has been all but eradicated. Everything changes when Ava watches her brother die and he doesn’t regenerate. Ava’s genetics are called into question by the government, scientists, extremists, and Ava herself. Could her genes hold the answer to mortality? Is she an anomaly or something to be feared? Determined not to become anyone’s guinea pig, Ava doesn’t stick around to find out. She wants answers too, but the only person who can help her is 17-year-old Michael Bradley, the boy who killed her brother. If either of them have even the slightest chance of survival, they must find the genetic keys hidden in Ava’s DNA before it’s too late.


About Everly

Everly Frost wrote her first story when she was nine. She grew up in a country town, lived for a little while in Japan, and worked for several years in Canberra, Australia’s capital city. Now, Everly lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and two children. She doesn’t speak Japanese so often anymore, has left the cold Canberra winters behind, but has never stopped writing.

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What do you think of these covers? Can you think of any others that feature beautiful hair?


Discussion: Lauren Oliver’s Delirium Trilogy Gets New Covers

Posted May 17, 2016 by Jana in Cover Talk, Discussion / 13 Comments

We’ve all come to expect that the trilogies we love might possibly get new covers. It’s kind of a thing that happens. I’m usually not ok with it. I was not happy when Stephanie Perkins’s Anna and the French Kiss companion books were redesigned, I hate the new covers for The Winner’s Curse trilogy by Marie Rutkoski, and redesigning the covers of the Ruby Red trilogy by Kerstin Gier is a downright sin.

The Delirium trilogy has been redesigned three times now. I loved Delirium‘s original cover, especially on the hardback because removing the dust jacket gives you more cover detail of the woman’s face.

I’m not the biggest fan anymore (what can I say? Tastes change). But I like it much better than the “random girl on the cover” syndrome we have been exposed to with the most recent cover redesign.

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Boy, did I hate these. At least the original cover stood out from the crowd. These ones look so generic and weird (who shoves flowers in their faces like this?), plus the model looks like she can only make one facial expression: “I’m going to seduce you with my slightly separated lips and my bedroom eyes,” which doesn’t even make sense because love is outlawed in this trilogy. To be honest, I’ve always loved random girls on covers because I like to picture my own characters, thank you very much.

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But now… LOOK at this re-design. I love them! I want to re-buy these books with these covers, and this rarely happens to me! But these are so pretty! I love the minimalist design and the colors and the symbolism. SO great. I can see adults, teens, boys, girls, etc. reading these whereas the older covers make the series look so juvenile and geared towards girls. This is so much better, and I can see the trilogy popping back up on everyone’s radar as a result of these new covers. And the novella covers are pretty great too.

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So! What do you think of these new covers? What do you think of cover changes in general? Do you usually like the change? Do you get mad having to re-buy books so your covers match? Do you care at all? Let me know in the comments!

(New cover images taken from the Epic Reads site.)


Stephanie Perkins Gets New Book Covers?

Posted March 4, 2013 by Jana in Cover Talk, Discussion / 17 Comments

So… I love Stephanie Perkins. LOVE HER. And I love Anna and Lola. And I am SOEXCITED!!!! for Isla. But… I’m not sure how I feel about the cover for it. Or the new covers for Anna and Lola. Don’t get me wrong. I did not love the original covers either. But… they have become rather iconic, you know? And they looked like YA romances. These new ones don’t, in my opinion. I like the colors, the pictures, and the pull away from pretty girls on covers, but I really do not like the typography. I dunno. I guess they need to marinate in my mind a little, but upon first look, I’m kind of iffy about this…

 

Discussion: So, how do you feel? Do you like these new covers? If so, what do you like about them? Are you iffy like I am?


Covers of the Rainbow: Yellow

Posted February 19, 2013 by Jana in Cover Talk, Covers of the Rainbow / 6 Comments

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You know me! I love colors, I love art, and I love beautiful book covers. So this new feature here on my blog features my favorite covers from every color of the spectrum. I’ll also feature a short explanation of the color’s meaning so we can discuss if the predominate use of that color was a good choice.

 

Oh, lovely lovely yellow. I don’t know about you, but I am tired of winter. And I mean TIRED. This winter has been more brutal that this state has had in about 60 years, and I am counting the degrees until spring! So how about I showcase some lovely sunshiney yellow colors to get away from this wintery slump?

Pure, bright and sunnyyellow is the easiest color to see. People who are blind to other colors can usually see yellow. Yellow is full of creative and intellectual energy. Always use yellow note pads. It symbolizes wisdom, and means joy and happiness.

 

So, what do you think? Does yellow work for these covers? Have you read any of these? What covers am I missing?


My Favorite Christmas Book Covers

Posted December 16, 2012 by Jana in Cover Talk / 2 Comments

There are so many darling Christmas book covers out there with pretty winter scenes and glitter. I’ve picked out some of my favorites to display here. Let me know what you think!

What Happens at Christmas by Victoria Alexander
All I Want for Christmas by Amy Silver
Twelve Days of Christmas by Trish Ashley
Christmas at Tiffany’s by Karen Swan
Wish Upon a Star by Sarah Morgan
Secret Santa by Sabrina James
Married by Christmas by Scarlett Bailey
Home for Christmas by Cally Taylor
It Started with a Kiss… by Miranda Dickinson
Home for Christmas by Cally Taylor


Covers of the Rainbow: Orange

Posted October 25, 2012 by Jana in Cover Talk, Covers of the Rainbow / 5 Comments

You know me! I love colors, I love art, and I love beautiful book covers. So this new feature here on my blog features my favorite covers from every color of the spectrum. I’ll also feature a short explanation of the color’s meaning so we can discuss if the predominate use of that color was a good choice.

 

In honor of Halloween coming up, this time I chose to feature covers that are predominately orange. Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

So, what do you think? Does orange work for these covers? Have you read any of these? What orange covers am I missing?


Covers of the Rainbow: Red

Posted September 26, 2012 by Jana in Cover Talk, Covers of the Rainbow / 6 Comments

You know me! I love colors, I love art, and I love beautiful book covers. So this new feature here on my blog features my favorite covers from every color of the spectrum. I’ll also feature a short explanation of the color’s meaning so we can discuss if the predominate use of that color was a good choice.

 

This time, I’m featuring red covers. Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.

So, what do you think? If you’ve read these books, does the use of red on the cover reflect the subject matter of the story? What other red covers do you like?


Again… That’s Totally the Same cover! (#3)

Posted August 30, 2012 by Jana in Cover Talk / 7 Comments

It’s been a while since I showed off some copycat covers, so I thought it’d be fun to write another post! I’ve gotten a lot of comments on my other posts about how stock images are cheaper than hiring a photographer for your own photo shoot, etc. I know! I promise I know this. :) I’m not pointing fingers or trying to stir up trouble. I just enjoy finding duplicates out there in the book world. :) It’s all in good fun!

Blue Skies by Catherine Anderson (Portuguese version)
Cicada by Belle Whittington

I definitely like the treatment of the image better on Catherine Anderson’s book than I do on Belle’s. Plus, I like the typography so much more. It’s not that I don’t like the second one, I just like the entire presentation of the first one more than the second.

Luna by Julie Anne Peters
Fate by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I like the colors on the second one more than the first. It’s so bright and colorful. The butterfly is more of a focal point, plus I like the way the title was tattooed to the girl’s arm.

Flirting with Boys by Hailey Abbott

The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti 
 

I like the first one more because I really dislike the big yellow box on the second one. I also enjoy it when the title has equal or more emphasis than the author’s name. “Deb Caletti” is screaming at me so much more than the title of the book. I guess that works when you’re a really well-known author, but still… The hierarchy is better on the first one regardless. :)
So, now you get to weigh in on your thoughts! Which covers do you like better? How do you feel about multiple covers with the same imagery? Do you get mixed up between books, or do you really not care at all?

 

 


Again… that’s Totally the Same Cover! (#2)

Posted May 24, 2012 by Jana in Cover Talk, Discussion / 9 Comments

So, in March I talked about my opinion of copycat covers and showed off some of them (click here to see!). I have found more! Which do you like better? How do you feel about covers with the same images? Yes, they are stock photos… but this can be avoided if a publisher hires a photographer and copyrights the image. Of course, it costs more money, but I’d rather do that than have my book show up to a party in the same dress as someone else’s. Sometimes they both look good in the same dress… but still. I’d want my cover to be completely unique. :) What do you think?

Chosen by Sarah Swan

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long
The Hedgewitch Queen by Lilith Saintgrow

The artist who did Treachery of Beautiful Things did a great job with this one! You can hardly tell! The other two are pretty similar.

 

Glimmerglass by Jenna Black

No, this is not the same book! We have twins here! Wow… Same fonts, same dots, same everything! To give them credit, we’re dealing with two different countries… and I seriously love this cover. But wow! Do they sell pre-made covers anywhere?

 

Evermore by Alyson Noel
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Selena Penaluna by Jan Page

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