My Thoughts on the Harper Teen Winter/Spring 2017 Cover Reveal

Recently Epic Reads announced the covers of all Harper Teen’s Winter/Spring new releases. Let me just say I was a little excited. So naturally, as I was going down the list, I selected a few that really stood out to me. Either they’re so beautiful I could frame them on my wall, or represent a major misstep in design. In any event, they warranted a reaction out of me! And because I’m something of  a coverologist, I also pinpointed what exactly I find so appealing (or unappealing) about them. It’s a gush, and a rant, and everything good in this book blogging world. Keep reading!




Beheld by Alex Finn


Ehh…lukewarm about this one. I like the tagline ‘Magic is in the eye of the beholder’, and can definitely appreciate the gold/black color scheme, but that’s about all. The trouble with Alex Finn books is that each one looks exactly the same. While I understand that consistency in a series, her standalones all seem like one unit instead of separate pieces. Bottom line: Behold would never be displayed proudly atop my bookshelf, however I also wouldn’t cringe if anyone saw me reading it.



carve-the-mark-by-veronica-roth.jpgCarve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Oh hell no, Veronica. How’d you let this cover go to print? Harper Collins has one of the strongest design teams in the publishing world, yet this looks like something a self-published author could have managed. I’m not sucked in, it gives me no clue what the story is about, and I have absolutely no interest at all. Oozing gold and a star dropped background do not a good cover make. #fail. Apparently when the words ‘Bestselling Author’ are featured on a dust jacket no other work needs to go into things.


allegedly-by-tiffany-d-jackson.jpgAllegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

I can get on board with the vibes Allegedly is giving off. The synopsis hints at a very dark, very emotional story, and I feel this cover could not capture the essence of those two things more. It reminds me a lot of The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, and took a very similar avenue in cover design. Clean lines and a pretty blank canvas are perfect in both instances at hand, it gets my stamp of approval! Also, can I just say typewriter font is the coolest thing since sliced bread.


blood-of-wonderland-colleen-oakes.jpgBlood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes

Spoiler alert: I love this cover. Red, white, and black is the new ‘it’ palette in my opinion, and could not transcend the dark side of Wonderland any better. While the designs are fairly predictable given the topic (queen of hearts card, power faced women playing guard), it’s done in such a way that the cover still manages to strike a chord. As a sequel I feel it’s just the right amount of similar to its predecessor, while also expanding on the series dynamic.


silver-stars-michael-grant.jpgSilver Stars by Michael Grant

…And this is the dark side of design. Michael Grant is notorious for horrible covers (remember the Gone days, anyone?), but Silver Stars pretty much takes the cake. It even manages to surpass the atrocity of the first book in this new series. The color choices are only acceptable when transporting me to ‘70’s funk, the font might as well be Comic Sans, and the graphic art is pretty pitiful. This is why I have yet to read a Grant book, nor does it look like that trend will break anytime soon.


wait-for-me-caroline-leech.jpgWait for Me by Caroline Leech

Though at this point the soft, pastel-y cover is becoming a bit overdone, Wait for Me executes the Polaroid filter flawlessly. It’s very fitting with the historical setting, and the color scheme of grey/ green/soft pink is a good fit for the heavily romantic and feminine story. The war aircraft in the background instantly pits this book as tragic one, as do the two hands grasping for each other. Going along with that theme, I also appreciate the designers insight in including only a small glimpse of clothing, and an arm. I hate full body shots, and a phantom limb would have totally crushed this covers beauty.


kings-cage-victoria-aveyard.jpgKing’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard 

King’s Cage is one of those books where it’s hard for me to judge the cover. On one hand…the crown looks like something out of Toddlers and Tiaras, as well as that quite possibly being the ugliest shade of blue EVER. The designer of Aveyard’s books is consistent though, as that’s what I thought about all of them. Granted, you can tell they’re one series; but they also sort of, kind of, definitely look like they could be the exact same book. A bestselling book does not necessarily have a bestselling cover.


returned.jpgReturned by Kimberley Griffiths Little

My eyes!!! They burn!!! Human faces on book covers are deserving of capital punishment, and I thought we had that figured out since circa 2012. Guess not, as Returned is bent on bringing back the prom sampler as an acceptable cover. I’m sorry to say it, but I will go to my grave saying how entirely not ok that is for us book lovers. Also, while I understand this isn’t necessarily part of the cover, why would you choose the tagline “Her kingdom and her love are at stake…”? YA is trying to get rid of its association as pure drivel, and all that does is take us ten steps back.


rise.jpgRise of Fire by Sophie Jordan

I really liked Reign of Shadows cover. It had a beautiful color scheme, a great idea to center it, and flowers are my kryptonite. So all that has to mean I love the cover of Rise of Fire, right? Not quite considering they’re the exact same cover! Sure the first book is a bit darker, but other than that? Twinsies! I can understand wanting to follow a cohesive pattern, but this was just too much similarity. I needed this second book to go out on a limb and expand the world, not stick in a tried and true safe zone.


ones.jpgOnes and Zeroes by Dan Wells

This looks like the poster for an indie sci-fi no one’s going to watch. Quite honestly it’s horrible. From the human faces and their cringe worthy fashion to the gaudy background complete with baby robots. Nothing about this seems like a book cover to me, but instead living proof of one not to do when designing. I could go on and on, but you know the drill.




lastThe Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

Though I’m more of a fan of A Study in Charlotte’s orange/blue color palette, I love that Cavallaro decided to keep going with her pattern of incorporating little scenes from the book on the cover. Not only is it incredibly unique but one of the reasons ASiC was one of my favorite covers of 2016. I think it would be really cool to try and guess how each of these nuggets plays into the plot, so I may just have to make that a future blog post!



gem.jpgGem & Dixie by Sara Zarr

Is it just me, or has it been a million years since Sara Zarr has written a book? In any case, never fear! This cover is so amazing I can’t imagine the book being anything short of awesome. The main reason I have such an appreciation for Gem & Dixie is the fashion the titular characters are pulling off. Let me revise my former rule: Human’s are ok…as long as I want to steal their clothes and put them in my closet. Also, for some reason I’m really digging that grassy background. It’s simple while still adding a whole lotta something to the mix.


literally.jpgLiterally by Lucy Keating

OMG. I’m literally (ha ha 😉 get it?) in love with this cover. To understand why I feel it hits all the right chords x10, let me tell you a bit about the book. It follows a girl who suddenly discovers her life is being plotted out for her by bestselling author Lucy Perkins, and she essentially has no control over anything. As the tagline says it’s “A book about a book about falling in love”. This is why think the idea of our heroine stepping out from a curtain of text (what I presume to be a page of her own life) is so clever. She’s pulling things back and giving her own view of things. Perfection!


Which of these is your favorite cover? Any you’ve already heard of? Let me know in the comments!


-Keep Calm and Read On


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