The theme of this best YA covers post is books I’m yet to read. I’ll be honest and say that some of the books I’ve read recently haven’t had the prettiest covers. Also I’ve been reading a lot of adult fiction lately. How very mature of me. Well not really because most of them were awful, but anyway. Here are a few more of the best YA covers, why I like them and what the books are about.
Belittled Women by Amanda Sellet
*I was sent a copy of this book by HarperCollins, all thoughts and opinions are my own*
I feel like this one speaks for itself. Well unless you don’t like this style of cover, which I know some people don’t. I, however, absolutely love them.
The colour palette is what appeals to me most. I love the mix of colours and their slightly muted tone. Everything ties together very well.
The character designs are also really interesting. I like the modern take on such iconic literary characters. Although I will admit I have never read Little Women myself, it’s probably at the top of my ‘classics to try’ list. Please don’t have met. This cover is simple but effective.
Synopsis: Lit’s about to hit the fan. Jo Porter has had enough Little Women to last a lifetime. As if being named after the sappiest family in literature wasn’t sufficiently humiliating, Jo’s mom, ahem Marmee, leveled up her Alcott obsession by turning their rambling old house into a sad-sack tourist attraction.
Now Jo, along with her siblings, Meg and Bethamy (yes, that’s two March sisters in one), spends all summer acting out sentimental moments at Little Women Live!, where she can feel her soul slowly dying.
So when a famed photojournalist arrives to document the show, Jo seizes on the glimpse of another life: artsy, worldly, and fast-paced. It doesn’t hurt that the reporter’s teenage son is also eager to get up close and personal with Jo–to the annoyance of her best friend, aka the boy next door (who is definitely not called Laurie). All Jo wants is for someone to see the person behind the prickliness and pinafores.
But when she gets a little too real about her frustration with the family biz, Jo will have to make peace with kitsch and kin before their livelihood suffers a fate worse than Beth.
Twin Crowns by Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber
This one is an easy pick for me. Charlie Bowater art = beautiful cover. It’s that simple. She is by far my favourite artist and every time I see a book with her art I instantly want it.
Again with this cover the colour palette is stunning. The pink of the dress and flowers really pops and I love the character designs. The slight differences between the twins are subtle but beautiful. I’m yet to find a Charlie Bowater cover I do not like.
Synopsis: Wren Greenrock has always known that one day she would steal her sister’s place in the palace. Trained from birth to return to the place of her parents’ murder and usurp the only survivor, she will do anything to rise to power and protect the community of witches she loves. Or she would, if only a certain palace guard wasn’t quite so distractingly attractive, and if her reckless magic didn’t have a habit of causing trouble…
Princess Rose Valhart knows that with power comes responsibility. Marriage into a brutal kingdom awaits, and she will not let a small matter like waking up in the middle of the desert in the company of an extremely impertinent (and handsome) kidnapper get in the way of her royal duty. But life outside the palace walls is wilder and more beautiful than she ever imagined, and the witches she has long feared might turn out to be the family she never knew she was missing.
Two sisters separated at birth and raised into entirely different worlds are about to get to know each other’s lives a whole lot better. But as coronation day looms closer and they each strive to claim their birthright, the sinister Kingsbreath, Willem Rathborne, becomes increasingly determined that neither will succeed. Who will ultimately rise to power and wear the crown?
She Gets The Girls by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick
Make a cover bright pink with flowers on it and I will love it. Well, maybe not always but I really like Rachael Lippincott so I love this one.
I actually prefer the other cover, which is well with rollerskates (so cute) but for some reason, I forgot that one existed. Also, this was in the buy one get one half price at Waterstones so I can’t complain really.
This cover is still absolutely stunning and it really brightens up my shelves.
Synopsis: Alex Blackwood is a little bit headstrong, with a dash of chaos and a whole lot of flirt. She knows how to get the girl. Keeping her on the other hand…not so much. Molly Parker has everything in her life totally in control, except for her complete awkwardness with just about anyone besides her mom. She knows she’s in love with the impossibly cool Cora Myers. She just…hasn’t actually talked to her yet.
Alex and Molly don’t belong on the same planet, let alone the same college campus. But when Alex, fresh off a bad (but hopefully not permanent) breakup, discovers Molly’s hidden crush as their paths cross the night before classes start, they realize they might have a common interest after all. Because maybe if Alex volunteers to help Molly learn how to get her dream girl to fall for her, she can prove to her ex that she’s not a selfish flirt. That she’s ready for an actual commitment. And while Alex is the last person Molly would ever think she could trust, she can’t deny Alex knows what she’s doing with girls, unlike her.
As the two embark on their five-step plans to get their girls to fall for them, though, they both begin to wonder if maybe they’re the ones falling…for each other.
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