Friday, May 10, 2013

Cover Love Friday [1]

I know we're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but lately I've been noticing how many book covers I've seen lately that I just LOVE. And while the old adage is true in most cases, you can't help but realize how much power a book cover has. It can form an instant connection with a reader and draw them into the story, or it can steer someone away with one glance. So I decided to start a new meme on my blog devoted solely to book covers. This week I have two covers I spotted on NetGalley.

Hidden by Marianne Curley
This cover is fairly simple, and yet I'm just having some major Cover Crush going on here. The black and white starkness with the turquoise title, the elegant frills and details around the edging, the feather covering up the girl's eyes - it's all so good! The white feather is probably my favorite part. It hints at so much, it's something you look at, glance away, and then find yourself looking at again. After I saw it and read the premise on Goodreads I added to my to-read list.

Summary taken from Goodreads.

For as long as Ebony can remember, she's been sheltered. Confined to her home in a secluded valley, home-schooled by her protective parents, and limited to a small circle of close friends. It's as if she's being hidden. But something is changing in Ebony. Something that can't be concealed. She's growing more beautiful by the day, she's freakishly strong, and then there's the fact that she's glowing.

On one fateful night, Ebony meets Jordan and she's intensely drawn to him. It's as if something explodes inside of her--something that can be seen from the heavens. Ebony still doesn't know that she's a stolen angel, but now that the heavens have found her, they want her back.

A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchison
This is unlike anything I've seen lately. It's simple and yet so evoacotaive. It reminds me of another time, another place: it's haunting. It reminds me of medieval lore and faeries, of forgotten times and imagination. I also love the motion capture in this cover - the sweeping, flowing white dress with the pointed toes and blurred, flying hair. It's breath-taking. The purple font matching the flowers clutched tightly to the girl's chest is fantastic as well. And the hint of the reflection at the very bottom - instant love. I saw this cover and IMMEDIATELY clicked on the description. Unfortunately, it didn't sound like a book I wanted to read, but I'm so in love with the cover!
Summary taken by Goodreads.

There's a girl who could throw herself head first into life and forge an unbreakable name, an identity that stands on its own without fathers or brothers or lovers who devour and shatter.

Sixteen-year-old Ophelia Castellan will never be just another girl at Elsinore Academy. Seeing ghosts is not a skill prized in future society wives. Even when she takes her pills, the bean sidhe beckon, reminding her of a promise to her dead mother.

Now, in the wake of the Headmaster's sudden death, the whole academy is in turmoil, and Ophelia can no longer ignore the fae. Especially once she starts seeing the Headmaster's ghosts- two of them- on the school grounds.At the center of her crumbling world is Dane, the Headmaster's grieving son. He, too, understands the power of a promise to a parent- even a dead one. To him, Ophelia is the only person not tainted by deceit and hypocrisy, a mirror of his own broken soul. And to Ophelia, Dane quickly becomes everything. Yet even as she gives more of herself to him, Dane slips away. Consumed by suspicion, rage, and madness, he spirals towards his tragic fate- dragging Ophelia, and the rest of Elsinore, with him.
Yet even in the face of certain death, Ophelia has a choice to make- and a promise to keep. She is not the girl others want her to be. But in Dot Hutchison's dark and sensuous debut novel, the name "Ophelia" is as deeply, painfully, tragically real as "Hamlet".

So have you seen any covers you'd love lately? What do you feel about these?

1 comment:

  1. I love the cover for Of Silver and Beasts by Trisha Wolfe. You can see it here: Of Silver And Beasts Cover

    I just love it. And the silver streaks on the model's back tie into the story so well, it's just the perfect cover all the way around.

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