Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cover Love!

In today's Cover Love post I want to spread the love for a few awesome covers of 2011 debut authors. It was sooo hard to choose only ten for this list because there are so many amazing covers!

Here's my top ten (in no particular order):

So Shelly by Ty Roth
This is one of the books that I'd buy even if I wasn't interested in the actual plot, just because I want it on my shelf. Pure cover lust, I admit it. But fortunately I want to read it just as much as I want to look at it.
What I Love: It's haunting and I love the way the girl holds her dress up and how she walks towards the water. I can't help but wonder if the end of the dock will stop her or if she'll just walk on and drown in the water.

Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
Rose petals anyone? Roses aren't even my favorite flower and yet I love this cover. What's not to love about it? It shows a girl that's dressed in rose petals and her rose dress is falling apart! Also those little four words on the cover: Love, death, destiny and danger. Can't resist them. I love me some danger, death and love (umm, that might have sounded creepy...).

Possess by Gretchen McNeil
Did I ever mention that I love creepy covers? I do. And this on is creepy in a beautifully haunting way. The way the branches look like veins on her skin? Wonderfully creepy. Dark and mysterious, two other things I can't get enough of.

Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez
This book was on my to-read list before I saw the cover (like most of the others, so I'm not a total cover addict) but I have to admit that I wasn't sure about it. I don't read that much contemporary and I don't play any instruments (the mc plays the violin) but after seeing the cover I have to get my hands on it.
Why I love it? One word: PINK. Uhh, yeah, pink is a color I can't get enough of. And the way the girl throws her head back and the way her hair fans out = beautiful.

Hereafter by Tara Hudson
I seem to have a strange love for book covers with girls who stare at a lake with their back turned to me. I love the cover and the way the girl and her beautiful dress are fading, kind of melting into her surroundings.

Anna dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Another cover my creepy radar detected. Love that it's mainly held in black and white with a few blood-red highlights. This book cover promises the reader a good scare and nothing's better than a book that gives you chills and makes you afraid of the dark.

This book has been on my to read list forever and of course I discovered it because of its cover. Now this one is a bit different from most of my other choices. It's not as creepy, not as dark or haunting as the others, but those lips covered with sugar? Beautiful. And the title is pink and so are the lips. PINK ftw.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
This is a serious case of title love in my case but the cover is just as awesome. It keeps me wondering: Is the guys trying to pull her down or is he trying to save her from drowning? I've decided it's the latter without having read the book. Why? Because his grip around her waist is possessive in a lover kind of way and because this book screams sexual tension at me, and if he wanted to kill her that wouldn't be sexy at all, imo.

Wither by Lauren DeStefano
A cover that gives us hints about the plot in a beautiful way. Like the bird in the cage symbolizing the MC's life in a golden cage. I absolutely love the dress.

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
I've had my eyes on this one for a while and today Victoria revealed the final cover. Love the swirls and how the girl stands behind the veil. The font is beautiful too.
So tell me what are your favorite covers of 2011?


Gretchen McNeil said...

I'm so honored to be on the AMAZING list I think my head just exploded. :D

Kiki Hamilton said...

GORGEOUS covers! I'd never seen the SHATTERED SOULS cover before - haunting!! Thanks for sharing!

veschwab said...

Thank you SO much for including my cover alongside so many STUNNING ones!!!

Josin L. McQuein said...

Lots of dark-haired girls' backs with muted colors. I'm not sure how well those three will stand out next to each other, especially since two appear to be on a pier.

Shattered Souls is, indeed, beautifully rendered.

Debra D. said...


Just sayin'.

(I agree---2011 does seem to be the year of girls' backs. I still really love those covers, though!)

Tracey Neithercott said...

All of those are beautiful. I especially love the covers for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Wither, So Shelly, and Bad Taste in Boys.

Colene Murphy said...

Wow! That IS a bunch of beauty!!! Wow. ub

Annie McElfresh said...

Reading Wither right now and it is pretty great! I have some of the others on my TBR ARC stack! I think 2011 is gonna be a stellar YA year! So YAYAYAYA for awesome covers! :D

Mary Lindsey said...

Thank you so much for including my book on this amazing list.