Okay, this week I’m really doing something a little different this week. I’ve been admiring a lot of book covers lately and I’ve noticed things I’ve liked about them, but not enough for a full post so I’m going to assess a bunch of small book cover designs. Let’s go!
History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
There are a couple things that this book does exceptionally well. Firstly, I love the contrasting colors of the cover. It really emphasizes Griffin’s state of mind in the book. His grief feels like (I know it’s cliche but…) the night. Contrasty, his life with Theo was full of so much light and happiness—but they’re separated by a very clear line representing not only day and night, but in their obviously strained relationship after Theo left for college, and finally between death and life.
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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This book was exactly what I needed when I read it. I loved its commentary on priorities and I especially like the pose of the model on the cover in this edition. I think it tells us a lot about Evelyn as a character. In the book, Evelyn used her looks and reputation as a form of power and to get what she wanted.
She showed the public, not who she really was, but who they thought she was and I think that’s why the cover is so striking. Because the pose is one associated with people who are showing off their body, potentially as a distraction, and using that image to get what they want.
Battle Royale by Koushun Takumi
There’s a small detail in this cover that bounces out to me. I don’t know when I realized it, but I love it. The negative space between the two people on the cover, is in the shape of a gun. This very subtlety hints at the violence of the book and the dark themes.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
This is probably one of my favorite covers because of how the negative space that is used so spectacularly. It so perfectly symbolizes all the Dregs individually and together as a group. The crow flying by the buildings represents their ability to melt into the Ice Court and execute their cons (mostly) without being noticed. It also can represent how they melted into Ketterdam.
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Almost all of the Dregs are from places outside of Ketterdam (and Wylan doesn’t count because of circumstances I don’t want to get into—I’m not getting into it in this post), so they all had to learn in their own way to fit in and fly *badump shhhh* under the radar in Ketterdam. Don’t even get me started on Crooked Kingdom and how the covers compliment each other, it’ll take forever.
The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern
At first glance, this cover is one word: Gorgeous. On most covers, the eye first goes to the circus in the palm of someone’s unknown person’s hand. I think the hand is the cover’s best feature, despite it being one most people don’t comment on. I love even more that the person is unknown, it adds a mysterious aspect to the cover that perfectly matches its mystical interior. The hand could be Celia’s (which I think most people jump to because it looks like the person is wearing those fancy elbow gloves people use to wear to balls, and Celia is often wearing gowns fit for a ball), but it also could be Marco or Celia’s father (whose name escapes me). But any of them have numerous implications of having the circus in the “palm of their hand”.
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