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Can we talk about all the pretty book covers?

Every time I think book covers are getting stale, the cover designers go and blow my mind with their new and amazing cover designs. Here are a few that have caught my eye recently:

1- The Comet Seekers by Helen Sedgwick – I read about this in a blog post from Vintage on the design process for this one. Basically they commissioned an actual embroidery from the extremely talented Chloe Giordano. While I know very little about the book, the cover is absolutely stunning, especially once you know about its history. I now desperately want all of my book covers to be embroidered.

2- A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry – I saw this cover  and fell in love. I love the subtle, handcrafted letters (with those thorns!) and how they intertwine with the beautiful jungle illustration. The cover looks bold and wild.

3- A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess – The dreamlike flames engulfing the rose are really unique and draw your eyes in and around the cover. Meanwhile, the colors of the flames and rose stand out. The more I look at this one, the more I see.

4- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – As part of the official cover release, we were graced with not one, but two awesome covers. However, it’s the bold, rich blue and detailed illustration of the UK edition that really caught my eye. The subtle cloud background with the illustration lend a dreamlike quality to the cover.

While I haven’t read any of the above books, I’m always interested in looking for new covers, and reading about the inspiration and process behind the designs. (Like this great piece on hand-lettered book covers from Chronicle.)

Are there any awesome covers that have been revealed lately that I should know about? Or any interesting behind-the-scenes articles? If so, leave a comment so I can check them out.

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3 thoughts on “Can we talk about all the pretty book covers?

  1. I’m having trouble thinking of any recent covers I really, really loved. Hmm…the artwork on Mary Weber’s Storm Siren trilogy is pretty nice, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Skottie Young’s Little Marvel coloring book. Does that count? 🙂

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