It’s that time of year again…! time to start reviewing my year of reading. Starting off with my favourite young adult covers of 2017. This was so difficult to narrow down, but here they are…
First up is Caraval by Stephanie Garber, (US version) designed by Erin Fitzsimmons and Ray Shappell. Throwing it back to the beginning of the year, and this beauty. Not only is this book one of my favourites I’ve read this year but it’s also one of the most beautiful that I’ve added to my collection. The text is to die for, its flowing and whimsical like the story inside. I also really love how when you hold the book the star in the centre looks bevelled and really stands out.
Damn a cop-out, and it won’t be the first in this post, I’m also including the UK cover design as well. Which I really loved the concept of, having 5 different hardback designs under the dust jacket (not so good for my bank account or shelf space but…). I wonder if they will bring this concept back for the second book, or something different perhaps, either way, i’m excited.
Next up is Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (UK edition), Another book like Caraval that I have quite a collection for. My favourite being the UK hardback which features not just a gorgeous cover but a title page illustrated by Laini herself (in the first edition print only though I believe), I adore the foiled detailing on the front, Along with this, the pages are sprayed blue! The outside is just as beautiful as the inside. I’m so happy I got to meet Laini at YALC this year and blab about how much I adore this book. I’m intrigued to see what the designer will do for the second book in the series!
Oh, look a book I haven’t actually read yet, what a surprise. Next up is Windwhich by Susan Dennard, the second book in The Witchlands series. I’m going with the UK cover for this one, although I do love the US version as well. I just love how autumnal the cover feels. To me its the small things that matter and I love the movement of the leaves in the background, creating direction and a different view. Also LOOK AT THAT TYPE. I’m obsessed with the ‘Windwitch’ text and how bevelled it is from the rest of the imagery, but at the same time complements whats going on in the background. Now I just need to read this soon!
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera, both the UK & US covers! I think they are both perfect in different ways. For the UK cover I love the orange for the background, there simply just isn’t enough orange covers around in my opinion, as someone who once upon a time had rainbow shelves, the area was lacking in this colour palette. Other than that I love the more minimalist approach, with the two main characters standing on top of the sand timer that’s running out, linking to the storyline. I also love the use of type, its a bit more playful, with it having a bit of movement, sliding down the glass with the sand.
As for the US cover, I love the ‘painted’ style the designer has gone with, using the darker colour palette, perhaps to link with the sadder storyline. The shadow behind the two characters is so creepy, but a great focal point, linking with the story. I love both of these covers, I think they both convey two different sides of the story.
Next up is There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Unfortunately, this is a book that I ended up not liking, it just wasn’t for me. But the cover, on the other hand, is really quite lovely. Around release date, I read this article on Entertainment Weekly, which goes through the various stages of brainstorming ideas and how the final cover came about, I found it extremely interesting and I adore the final design. It’s equally creepy, with a romantic twist using the pink colour palette. I love how the type is broken up on the staircase, giving the image movement and adding to the eerie factor.