The Bookanistas: Cover Lovin’ (had me a blast!)


This week on the Bookanistas, we’ve got:

Elana Johnson Recommends THE DUFF
Shelli Johannes-Wells Recommends PERSONAL DEMONS
Beth Revis Recommends THE ETERNAL ONES

Myra McEntire Shares the Top 10 Reasons She Loves The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassie Clare
Shannon Messenger Recommends CANDOR
Carolina Valdez Miller Recommends THE BODY FINDER
Lisa and Laura Roecker – Interview with Mandy Hubbard author of YOU WISH

If you follow Kim Harrington, you’ll know that she was allowed to reveal the cover for Clarity this week.

What it’s about: Clarity “Clare” Fern sees things. Things no one else can see. Things like stolen kisses and long-buried secrets. All she has to do is touch a certain object, and the visions come to her. It’s a gift.

And a curse.

When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare’s ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case–but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare’s brother–who has supernatural gifts of his own–becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?

Why I love this cover: Everything about the cover feels fresh and clean.  The expression on her face is haunting, and I love the little sunspots in her hair, and the added detail of the birds above her head.

Next up is The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge.

What it’s about: In the city of Lovecraft, the Proctors rule and a great Engine turns below the streets, grinding any resistance to their order to dust. The necrovirus is blamed for Lovecraft’s epidemic of madness, for the strange and eldritch creatures that roam the streets after dark, and for everything that the city leaders deem Heretical—born of the belief in magic and witchcraft. And for Aoife Grayson, her time is growing shorter by the day.
Aoife Grayson’s family is unique, in the worst way—every one of them, including her mother and her elder brother Conrad, has gone mad on their 16th birthday. And now, a ward of the state, and one of the only female students at the School of Engines, she is trying to pretend that her fate can be different.

Why I love this cover: This is the exact opposite of Clarity.  This cover is dark.  You know right from the start that the book is going to be heavy.  The models eyes look strange, and the way she clutches at her dress – both details that are fascinating.

And finally, there’s So Shelly by Ty Roth.

What It’s About: Until now, high school junior, John Keats, has only tiptoed near the edges of the vortex that is schoolmate and literary prodigy, Gordon Byron. That is, until their mutual friend, Shelly, drowns in a sailing accident.

After stealing Shelly’s ashes from her wake at Trinity Catholic High School, the boys set a course for the small Lake Erie island where Shelly’s body had washed ashore and to where she wished to be returned. It would be one last “so Shelly” romantic quest. At least that’s what they think. As they navigate around the obstacles and resist temptations during their odyssey, Keats and Gordon glue together the shattered pieces of Shelly’s and their own pasts while attempting to make sense of her tragic and premature end.

Why I love this cover: I think this is another “heavy” cover, but also one that’s totally gorgeous and haunting at the same time.  I love the blues and the font and just everything about it.

So what do you think? Which of these do you like?  And what covers have you seen lately that just take your breath away?


10 thoughts on “The Bookanistas: Cover Lovin’ (had me a blast!)

  1. Oooh, awesome covers. I especially love Clarity, it’s really haunting and the story sounds great too. =)

    Bookcovers I’ve fallen in love recently are Steel by Carrie Vaughn – it just looks kick ass and there’s pirates! Who doesn’t love pirates? And also Wither by Lauren DeStefano. It has this vintage feeling with all these beautiful details. To die for – when you read the premise literally, LOL

  2. I love the cover of The Iron Horn. It’s beautiful and promising. In the bookstore I’d definitely flip it over and give the blurb a read.

    The cover of So Shelly is a bit mature for my taste (maybe because my behind has never looked that good) for what I assume to be a boy read. But then again, sex sells. Right?

    That said, the back blurb would have me at the counter with gift card in hand in 2.2 seconds.

  3. I agree, Clarity is a lovely cover, the sun burst spots in her hair really work.

    I also love the title font and cover to So Shelly…that she’s walking away from us, potentially off the dock, is compelling.


  4. I simply adore covers. CLARITY is one of the best I’ve seen lately that isn’t black. Seems like there’s so much black in YA. I like the clutching of the chest in THE IRON THORN. And SO SHELLY is gorgeous. The font, the faded word, is perfect. Can’t wait to read them all!

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