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The Best Explosion of YA Covers You’ll Ever See Pt. 2 Featuring All of Harper Collins Fall 2017 New Releases

If you guys can remember from a few weeks back, I did a Part One post on Harper Collins Fall cover reveals. I had SO much fun writing it that it was a no brainer for me to hurry up and get Part Two published. This compilation features all their releases from October 10- December 26 that currently have a finalized cover. Lots of stunning typography, graphics, and color schemes are to be seen! My advice: if you don’t want your TBR exploding before your eyes in the next ten minutes…click away. Click away very quickly. But without further ado…let’s cut to the books!

33830397The Memory Trees by Kali Wallace

Publication: October 10, 2017

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I would like this cover more if it belonged to a middle grade story, as I feel like the color palette, artwork, and typography most closely resemble other books in that demographic. That being said, I still quite like it and find it very representative of its magical realism aspects.

 

26082351.jpgMonster by Michael Grant

Publication: October 17, 2017

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Considering Monster is a companion novel type deal to the Gone series (which is pretty much the epitone of bad covers), I actually quite like this one. The literal monster in the background has my interest piqued, as well as the not quite so discernible objects in the background. Plus, it’s always nice to see a female protagonist taking some kind of action on the cover.

 

26082351.jpgLike Water by Rebecca Podos

Publication Date: October 17, 2017

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This cover is so strange, and yet I find myself being very drawn to it. I love the black and white outlines of the iceburgs, as well as the drawing of our main character. It makes me wish more designers would embrace using very neutral colors with a few bright pops to accentuate key things.

 

26082351.jpgThe Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

Publication Date: October 24, 2017

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If I love the premise of this book, then I want to marry the cover. Its castle made out of gemstones is the closest thing to perfection I’ve ever seen and that color palette is the stuff of dreams. It’s the kind of design that makes me think of action, adventure, magic, and romance all at once; which is hopefully exactly what the story is like.

26082351.jpgCalling My Name by Liara Tamani

Publication Date: October 24, 2017

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I love the colors used for this cover (ivy is so underappreciated in the design world), but I don’t like the artistic style used for the protagonist. It doesn’t seem like it belongs on a book cover, and just looks so out of place.

 

33843251The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

Publication Date: November 7, 2017

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This cover is exactly the blend of gothic chic and color I love, though I don’t think it works well with the story very well. To me it seems more fitting for a horror/Halloween style read as opposed to a Scrooge inspired Christmas tale. Nevertheless, it’s gorgeous.

 

33843251.jpgHere We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

Publication Date: November 7, 2017

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Jasmine Warga always has beautiful covers, and Here We Are Now is no exception. I love the artistic style being used, as well as the color scheme. The diverse cast of people is amazing, and just catch my eye all around. Lovely!

 

 

33843251.jpgEight Days On Planet Earth by Cat Jordan

Publication Date: November 7, 2017

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This one’s a little too cheesy for me to say I like it, but all around not too bad. The purple night sky is gorgeous, while also serving as a nice focal point. The couple sitting next to each other is exactly the kind of image that comes to mind when I hear the title Eight Days On Planet Earth, so thumbs up for consistency.

 

33843251The Closest I’ve Come by Fred Aceves

Publication Date: November 7, 2017

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I like the cover of The Closest I’ve Come, but then again I don’t really. I know it’s going to appeal to a lot of readers, which makes me think this is more of a “me not you” type of deal. To me it just resembles a piece of computer art more than anything else, and doesn’t really slap you in the face saying “I’m a book cover”.

 

33843251.jpgKat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza

Publication Date: November 7, 2017

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Every time I look at this cover it reminds me of the Adam Sandler movie Pixels, with a bunch of CGI Pacman’s running around. I’m really not into video games (which is the basis of this whole book and cover, by extension), so I’d love to hear the opinion of someone who actually enjoys these things.

 

33843251Now is Everything by Amy Giles

Publication Date: November 7, 2017

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I feel like if a Lifetime made for TV movie was a book, its cover would be Now is Everything. I can’t really say anything positive about this one, as it’s just so CHEESY. I mean, seriously? Skywriting (or whatever that’s supposed to be)??? A bunch of suburban houses in the background??? Like what is this insanity???

 

33843251.jpgGood and Gone by Megan Frazer Blackmore

Publication Date: November 14, 2017

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As a rule of thumb, if I could sit down and draw a book cover with pen, paper, and some subpar art skills… it is not good. Such is the case with Good and Gone, which could win an award for most simplistic cover of all time. Less if often more, but not in this case.

 

33843251.jpgThree Sides of a Heart by Natalie C. Parker

Publication Date: December 19, 2017

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I hate love triangles, but something about a compilation of short stories that focuses entirely on them really appeals to me? Strange, I know. And I especially like this cover, with its kaleidoscope of interconnected triangles. It may be basic, but no other cover on this list is so to the point.

 

33843251.jpgHere, There, Everywhere by Julia Durango & Tyler Terrones

Publication Date: December 19, 2017

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This cover is bizarre in a kind of Dr. Seuss-esque way, and I love it for that reason. Blue and pink together are my kryptonite, as well as gorgeous houses present for no apparent reason. I might be in the minority with this one, but I would gladly display Here, There, and Everywhere on a shelf.

 

33843251.jpgShadow Girl by Liana Lu

Publication Date: December 19, 2017

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Normally I hate overly simplistic covers like Shadow Girl, which is especially true when the main focal point is a human face. However, against all odds, I really like this one. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before, and I find it both striking and understated. Definitely an unexpected favorite!

 

33843251.jpgWar of the Cards by Colleen Oakes

Publication Date: December 19, 2017

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My beef with War of the Cards is exactly the same as every other sequel on the list- not enough to distinguish it from its predecessor. In the case of War of the Cards, it has the same color scheme, same theme, and same overall feel as the other books in the Queen of Hearts trilogy. When you consider I didn’t like the first one very much to begin with, you can just about guess my overall thoughts.

 

33843251Before Now by Norah Olson

Publication Date: December 26, 2017

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The cover of Before Now is cute, and I do like it for that reason, however it’s not very memorable. Artwork that relies so much on typography just never seems to stand out in my brain, and this is no exception. Those colors though are gorgeous, and hopefully complement a poppy and fun contemporary.

 

33843251.jpgThe Mind Virus by Donna Freitas

Publication Date: December 26, 2017

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Probably my favorite sequel on this list, the cover of The Mind Virus hits nearly all the right notes for me. Ignoring the horrendous outfit the model is wearing, I really like the color scheme and overall tone of things. Had I read the first book in this series I think it would be a lot more meaninful, but for now let me just say I approve!

 

What was your favorite cover? Your least favorite? Do you agree with my thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

Keep Calm and Read On

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