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My Reaction to Harper Collins August-December 2017 Cover Reveals Pt. 1 (Lots of Heart Eye Emojis Were Used)

I’m an avid follower of the Epic Reads blog, so you can imagine my excitement when they announced the cover reveals for their August-December 2017 releases. It was pretty much the closest thing to bookish Christmas I can think of. And because I’m SO thrilled to see the face of these soon to be published books, I decided to do a reaction post for my thoughts on all 36 covers. So without further ado…let’s cut to the first 18 of these!

9780062457790_a5595THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END by Adam Silvera

Publication: September 5, 2017

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I definitely don’t get science fiction vibes from this one, or really a YA feel at all. To me it resembles a portfolio piece for a high school artist more than anything else. The grim reaper is a nice nod to the story, but seems dinsticntly out of place with the water color-esque background. Two thumbs down from me.

 

 

evendarkest_hc_c.jpgEVEN THE DARKEST STARS by Heather Fawcett

Publication: September 5, 2017

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Ugh. Very rarely do I find a fantasy cover I love, and this one is no exception. The dustjacket could conceivably belong to eight of the last ten fantasies I’ve read. The typography does nothing for me, the ‘protagonist overlooking a steep obstacle’ cover trend is way overused, and what is up with that random dog?

 

 

9780062466525_5e8fe.jpgPROJECT SEMICOLON by Amy Bleul

Publication: September 5, 2017

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Lukewarm vibes from me. I love the title (which actually is a pretty big factor in my cover adoration), but beyond that this one doesn’t leave much of an impact. I usually like my nonfiction reads to give some indicator they are, in fact, about real people; but this one could just as easily be a contemporary.

 

 

9780062466525_5e8fe.jpgNEIGHBORHOOD GIRLS by Jessie Ann Foley

Publication: September 12, 2017

Goodreads Page

All the heart eyes for this one. The symbolism of dawn is a nice touch for a story centered around fresh beginnings, not to mention all the beautiful pinks, blues, and yellows it draws off of. The artwork is reminiscient of The Sun is Also A Star, which is a compliment in the highest. Hopefully this one can lure in as many readers!

 

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THE GRAVE KEEPERS by Elizabeth Byrne

Publication: September 12, 2017

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Sometimes I look at this cover and love it…then I look away and hate it. You’ll come into the story knowing exactly what to expect, but in some ways I also feel like it’s slapping readers in the face. Is my indecisibeness palpable through the screen? Good, because I have a thoroughly split consensus on this one.

 

3e1d75d8f6b41af347e65a72744aed98.jpgONE DARK CROWN by Kendare Blake

Publication: September 19, 2017

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It’s hard for me to review a sequel cover when I haven’t read the first book, but from my unedicated eye One Dark Crown resembles Three Dark Crowns waaay to closely. Even though I’m all for series consistency, there’s also something to be said for individuality. Great start to the cover game, but could use a few more personal touches.

 

3e1d75d8f6b41af347e65a72744aed98.jpgRELEASE by Patrick Ness

Publication: September 19, 2017

Goodreads Page

Yes! Yes! Yes! Patrick Ness is the king of covers, and Release only adds another notch to his belt. I’ve never seen anything like it before, though I certainly hope more designers follows suit. I’m also very optimistic this is one of those reads where I’ll appreciate the cover even more after I’ve read the story. Not to mention…is that the Pacific Northwest I spy?

 

3e1d75d8f6b41af347e65a72744aed98.jpgMADNESS by Zac Brewer

Publication: September 19, 2017

Goodreads Page

It’s me, not you cover designer of Madness. I know there’s plenty of readers out there who’ll proudly feauture this book on their shelves, if for no other reason than to admire the piece of art it is. I am just not one of them. This one is what I imagine magical realism would look like if it had a face which, if you know me as a reader, is not something I’m interested in finding out.

 

3e1d75d8f6b41af347e65a72744aed98.jpgSPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE by McKelle George

Publication: September 19, 2017

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Though Speak Easy, Speak Love isn’t exactly my favorite cover of ever, I can’t deny how perfectly it fits the books synopsis. Heck, it’s exactly the image I conjure up when I think of just the TITLE. It’s rare for a designer to hit a story’s essence so right on the head, so cudo’s for that.

 

 

3e1d75d8f6b41af347e65a72744aed98.jpgTHE DARK ASSASSIN by Joseph Delaney

Publication: September 26, 2017

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I’m oddly drawn to this cover, even if I did think the mountain ranges were a giant hand the first time I saw it. Something about that cottage just speaks to me, in a weird, Lord of the Rings type way. It’s definitely more mass market paperback than New York Times bestseller, but I’d gladly place this one on my shelf.

 

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BEFORE SHE IGNITES by Jodi Meadows

Publication: September 26, 2017

Goodreads Page

Ahh! Is that a human face? I thought Richelle Mead was the only author who hadn’t moved past that circa 2009 trend? Though I do appreciate it’s diversity (and that dress is prom goals), real life models are something that will never flow with me. Plus, don’t even get me started on that dragon/snake creature not so cleverly disguised as an ‘s’.

Ringer_jacket.jpgRINGER by Lauren Oliver

Publication Date: October 3, 2017

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If I thought One Dark Crown was leaching off it’s predecessor, then Ringer pretty much stole its identity! This is the exact same cover (if I’m not mistaken) but in a new color. And it wasn’t even that attractive to begin with! Literally just a butterfly, with Lauren Oliver written in gigantic letters. I want to fire whoever gave this the OK.

9780062418302_52cb6.jpgTOP TEN by Katie Cotungo

Publication Date: October 3, 2017

Goodreads Page

Meh. Katie Cotungo definitely gave a nod to Instagram with this cover, which I think is a unique straying from your typical contemporary fare. Whether or not I like it? Not sure, but I’m leaning towards indifference. It’ll never be given a place of honor on my bookshelf, that’s for sure.

 

 

9780062666208_4ef6c.jpgCLASS:JOYRIDE by Guy Adams

Publication Date: October 3, 2017

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I’m not really sure if this is an original cover (from what I understand the book is based off a BBC TV show), but I do like it nonetheless. It gives off cool dystopian/superhero vibes, and I LOVE the warped effect on the cover’s corner. Definitely painted into a certain genre, but nonetheless very representative of the story.

 

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AMONG THE RED STARS by Gwen C. Katz

Publication Date: October 3, 2017

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I don’t know if this one is a graphic novel, but Among the Red Stars is definitely giving off those kind of vibes. If it is in fact a comic book, then I guess I’ll let this horrendous design go (if it’s in keeping with the story’s artwork). If not…well then this might just win the worst cover ever anti award. It gives off major Front Lines vibes, which is NOT a compliment.

C4knK1TUEAAN3pt.jpgINTO THE BRIGHT UNKNOWN by Rae Carson

Publication Date: October 10, 2017

Goodreads Page

I like this series conclusion a lot. It’s similar in style to the first two books, but has its own color palette and natural element to work off of. I love the protagonist coming out of the flames, which serves as a striking contrast to the mountain ranges (once again making an appearance) Two thumbs up!

 

 

9780062479860_764d3.jpgDARE MIGHTY THINGS by Heather Kaczynski

Publication Date: October 10, 2017

Goodreads Page

Sorry, Among the Red Stars, Dare Mighty Things has upseated you worst worst cover honors. It’s said to be a blending of The Selection and The Fifth Wave, but to me it more closely resembles the cover of a Guiness World Record Book. I would never, not in a million years, guess this one is YA fiction- a statement that does not bode well for sales.

 

9780062479860_764d3.jpgTHIS DARKNESS MINE by Mindy McGinnis

Publication Date: October 10, 2017

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I usually love the covers of Mindy McGinnis books, but not the case with her upcoming publication. It gives no indicators of being YA, not to mention how terribly plain it is. I’m very interested in seeing if this release brings in less hype, and if the cover is a big force in that.

 

Which of these is your favorite cover? Your least favorite? Do you agree with my reactions? Let me know in the comments!

-Keep Calm and Read On

 

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