Cover Comparisons: Spies and Sunglasses

Why is it that whenever espionage is involved, YA covers resort to the cliche of sunglasses? If you think about it, sunglasses aren’t a great disguise. You’ve still got the same stature, hair colour, smile…what is it about sunglasses that makes people feel like spies?

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First, we have the ‘Heist Society’ series by Ally Carter – this was my first experience of sunglass-overload. But sure, the sunglasses are being used to reflect the things Kat is trying to steal, so overall, it’s a pretty, succinct cover. But this leads me to think that any similar cover is a parody! 

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Which brings me on to the ‘Jessica Cole’ series by Sarah Sky. I haven’t read this series, but am definitely looking into getting these books – it seems like an original concept to combine fashion with espionage and delete the boarding school entirely. Does it have a ‘Totally Spies’ feel about it? So what isn’t original? … THE SUNGLASSES!

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And finally, what about the ‘St Jude’s Academy’ books by Lucy Carver? So, there is a boarding school, but this time, murder is involved. We’ve got thieves, spies and detectives, who all have one thing in common: their choice of eye-wear. Props to ‘Killing You Softly’ for splashing out on the heart-shaped lenses.

Are there any other sunglasses covers out there that I’m missing? Preferably ones that grip the glasses, or emphasise nail polish colours! I love reading spy books, and other types of book within that genre of under-cover work, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes the similarities in covers makes it harder to pick out a book that seems original, if they don’t stand out from the crowd!

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