When it comes to book covers, I’m not that picky. It’s the story that matters, right? But, I always find myself reaching for books that have pretty typography or gold lettering (*cough* A Quiet Kind of Thunder *cough*) rather than books with actual people on them. But, when I looked at my shelves and books on my TBR, some of the covers I really gravitate towards have models. Who would have thought? Let’s appreciate them and all the good casting that goes with that.
Run by Kody Keplinger and Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Put together because I love them for the same reasons: the girls look identical to the characters and do a great job of giving you a sense of their personalities by the poses and their proximity to one another, the backdrop…just looking at the cover tells you so much about the book and I adore it.
The World Walker Series by Josephine Angelini
This author is getting quite a few mentions recently, but I couldn’t do this list without including the new covers of this series. When you have all three, the faces on each all line up to create one image and if that’s not the coolest thing you’ve ever seen, I don’t know what is!
P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han and When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Seeing POCs on the cover of books makes my heart flutter. I can’t help but grin as wide as Dimple when I look at these covers. Lara Jean’s room is aesthetic goals, and if I could swap with her, I’d do so in a heartbeat. But the one thing I love about both of these covers is how they incorporate orange. It’s my favourite colour and it’s fabulously eye-catching.
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows
and Forever Geek by Holly Smale!
I’m calling these covers ‘Peekaboo Style’ because for the first time in six books, we’re finally seeing Harriet’s eyes from behind the glasses (character development on the cover? Hello!) and I’m so caught in Lady Jane’s gaze. It’s very ‘Yes I’m Only Queen For Nine Days I Can Still Rule!’ and such an improvement on the hideous UK cover…let’s not talk about it.
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger, Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
and The Winner’s Series by Marie Rutkoski
We’ll finish up with a twist on the classic cover trope of girls in dresses…add weapons! (Scissors are a weapon, okay, they’re pointy.) The cross bow definitely wins the most violent kill award, but Krestel’s dress is killing it on The Winner’s Kiss. Gorgeous and independent as the same time.