The Best Of: YA Book Covers #5

Beautiful YA covers are becoming somewhat of a problem for me. I cannot resist buying books with beautiful covers and it’s hurting my bank balance. 

I know these posts are probably making me come across as shallow because a lot of the time the covers are what made me buy the book, although I do have to say that two of these were arcs that I had been sent, however, I would have brought them anyway let’s be honest. 

So I have again decided to talk about a few more of my favourite covers. Also, I have included the Goodreads synopsis and my review of each of these books just incase the covers have piqued your interest. 

A Trial of Sorcerers (A Trial of Sorcerer #1) by Elise Kova

It came as no surprise to me that this book, like all of Elise’s, has a stunning cover. I don’t think I will ever get over this type of art style, especially for book covers. I was wondering at first whether this was a Charlie Bowater as it is very similar to her style, however, it is actually Marie Magny. Whom I had not heard of before, but will definitely look out for now. 

I’m not really sure what else to say other than the fact that it is simply stunning. I’ve found that I am very drawn to this type of cover and no matter what the book is about I will think about buying it. This is probably bad and a little shallow, but can you really blame me? 

If you want to read my review of A Trial of Sorcerers then you can do so here.

Goodreads synopsis: “Ice is in her blood.

Eighteen-year-old Waterrunner Eira Landan lives her life in the shadows — the shadow of her older brother, of her magic’s whispers, and of the person she accidentally killed. She’s the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers until the day she decides to step out and compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms.

Pitted against the best sorcerers in the Empire, Eira fights to be one of four champions. Excelling in the trials has its rewards. She’s invited to the royal court with the “Prince of the Tower,” discovers her rare talent for forbidden magic, and at midnight, Eira meets with a handsome elfin ambassador.

But, Eira soon learns, no reward is without risk. As she comes into the spotlight, so too do the skeletons of a past she hadn’t even realized was haunting her.

Eira went into the trials ready for a fight. Ready to win. She wasn’t ready for what it would cost her. No one expected the candidates might not make it out with their lives.”

Love Is A Revolution by Renèe Watson

If you have read any of my previous posts about my favourite covers then you will have definitely noticed a theme. I love the drawn/painted art style. I believe it has made YA covers look way more mature and there’s just something so classy about them. 

The cover was definitely what first drew me into this book. The green background with the main character wearing a yellow top was super eyecatching and I will admit that I definitely need to start reading more books by black authors. My lack of reading books by black authors has never been intentional, but I know now that I need to start looking into them more. 

This cover has a lot of character and I like that it acts as a sort of timeline for the story. 

If you want to read my review of Love Is A Revolution then you can do so here.

Goodreads synopsis: “When Nala Robertson reluctantly agrees to attend an open mic night for her cousin-sister-friend Imani’s birthday, she finds herself falling in instant love with Tye Brown, the MC. He’s perfect, except . . . Tye is an activist and is spending the summer putting on events for the community when Nala would rather watch movies and try out the new seasonal flavours at the local creamery. In order to impress Tye, Nala tells a few tiny lies to have enough in common with him. As they spend more time together, sharing more of themselves, some of those lies get harder to keep up. As Nala falls deeper into keeping up her lies and into love, she’ll learn all the ways love is hard, and how self-love is revolutionary.

In Love Is a Revolution, plus size girls are beautiful and get the attention of the hot guys, the popular girl clique is not shallow but has strong convictions and substance, and the ultimate love story is not only about romance but about how to show radical love to the people in your life, including to yourself.”

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Oh look here’s yet another cover with that art style I love so much. 

The cover was definitely the deciding factor when it came to buying this book. I mean just look at it. I’ve just checked out the artist Fernanda Suarez and I am obsessed with her Disney princess-inspired art. 

The painted realism style is so beautiful and it definitely works for the fairytale aspects of this story. The main character Sophia is absolutely stunning and looks so badass in her ballgown that is torn and dirty. This is definitely up there with some of my all-time favourite covers. 

If you want to read my review of Cinderella Is Dead then you can do so here.

Goodreads synopsis: “It’s 200 years since Cinderella found her prince, but the fairytale is over.

Sophia knows the story though, off by heart. Because every girl has to recite it daily, from when she’s tiny until the night she’s sent to the royal ball for choosing. And every girl knows that she has only one chance. For the lives of those not chosen by a man at the ball. are forfeit.

But Sophia doesn’t want to be chosen – she’s in love with her best friend, Erin, and hates the idea of being traded like cattle. And when Sophia’s night at the ball goes horribly wrong, she must run for her life. Alone and terrified, she finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s tomb. And there she meets someone who will show her that she has the power to remake her world.”

Do you have an all time favourite cover? If so what is it?
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