Top Ten - Notable Book Covers

Monday, September 1, 2014

Notable Book Covers

Here's a list of some of my top favorite or most notable book covers. Some might be pretty familiar to you, but others might not. I tried to keep in mind some of the more obscure books and covers while making this list - because they need some love, too.That being said, here's my list!

Number 10: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

While this definitely wasn't my favorite series - the second book was a little slow and I didn't even bother reading Allegiant - stupid, spoilers! >:( - it held quite a bit of potential and some of the best cover art. Insurgent was always my favorite cover, as my favorite faction was Amity and I love the fact that the leaves of the tree make the circle for the entire symbol. Go Amity and Happy Bread!!!

Number 9: Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace
By MaryJanice Davidson and Anthony Alongi 
First of all, let me tell you - if you haven't read the series, yet, do it! It's one of the best paranormal YA series I've ever read and I can't spread the love enough. Besides that, the covers - at least the first two, illustrated by Jerry Vanderstelt - are amazing. The dragon detail is astounding and it really achieves in creating a mysterious aura for the book. 

Number 8: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

Mmmm, Michael Merrick. Do I even need to explain this one? Just give me a cutout of the model for this book. Please? Anyway, I tried not to put too many covers with models on the front - especially girls in prom dresses - because we just have waaay too many of those. But I just couldn't resist that strong jawline and those blue, blue eyes. But seriously, read this series!
@.@  ......  Erhem, back to business.
 Number 7: Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

One of the best things that Anna Dressed in Blood had going for it was the creepy factor. It wasn't full on horror genre, but it had enough spookiness to keep me hanging on. The cover art does a great job of playing on that. I love that the only real color if the red in the leaves and the blood on Anna's dress. It promises horror and gore to the reader, and it doesn't disappoint! The sequel had pretty awesome art, too! Check them out!

Number 6: Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano

This was the hardcover release for my country and I'm so glad it was! This is one of the few instances that my country had - in my opinion- the prettiest cover. While I don't know what is up with DeStefano covers and having girls with frizzy hair, I absolutely love the border art in this edition, with the objects hanging from the trees representing the Winter Festival from the book. The font for the title is pretty, too. 
 Number Five: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Technically, all the Grisha covers tie for this spot, but I thought the final book looked the coolest, so it go to be pictured. While the castle and the font for the title are pretty awesome, I think the coolest aspect of these covers is that they depict the legendary animal that is sought after in each books. The stag in the first, the whip in the second, and the fire bird and the third. It's a very nice and unique reference to the material.

Number Four: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Again, this is another instance in which any of the books by this author could've taken this spot, but this was my favorite cover. I love the attention to detail and I love that EVERY BOOK is original, drawn art. So many books like to use models now a days, it's refreshing to see books stick to tried and true illustration. Also, I love the reference to Athena by placing the owl at the top!

Number Three: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

You guys have no idea how much I wanted this particular book cover. I LOVE Sophie Nelisse playing Liesel in the movie - she's SO adorable - and I love the fact that the background has the book burning. So many aspects of the novel were perfectly represented in this cover. Oh my god, I wanted it. Ugh! Fortunately, I DID manage to get a cover with Sophie on it. I guess I could always order it offline.
Number Two: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Okay, let's talk judging a book by it's cover. I rarely do that, but when I saw the cover art for Cruel Beauty, I didn't even bother reading the synopsis. I could tell it was a Beauty and the Beast retelling and it looked awesome. That was all I needed to be sold. Yes, it needed serious photoshopping to make it look that way and, yes, it has a girl in a prom dress, but I couldn't get over the fact that the train of the dress and the spiral staircase created the rose. So owned!
  Number One: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

This remains my favorite cover of all time. Sweetly, the sequel, comes as a close second. I love the abstract art and how it blends to create the two sisters and the Fenrir wolf. I hate that they discontinued making this type of art for the other books in the series. Whoever made that decision the in the publishing company should be fired, seriously. This is also my favorite fairy tale retelling series and if you haven't read them, be sure to check them out! You won't be disappointed!


  1. That last cover is so cool ! It's like that picture with the vase and the two faces XD
    I love how two pictures are mixed together.

    I love the cover of insurgent too <3

  2. I think it's awesome, too! This one and the sequel, Sweetly, have similar artsy covers. I was so devastated when they changed the covers for the third and fourth books. :(

  3. I agree I could put pretty much anything by Rick Riordan on this list, too. I've really been meaning to read Anna Dressed in Blood and Jennifer Scales and the Ancient Furnace. I've also heard a lot of good things about the Elementals series - aside from the cover model here, I mean! :)

  4. Riordan almost always has great covers. We're lucky to have the coolest ones - at least in my opinion - here in the US. And you should definitely take time to read Anna and Jennifer Scales soon - they're awesome! So is the Elementals series. The first book is a little rough, but they get a lot better as the series continues - and the models are just the icing on the literary cake. ;)

  5. Great book covers!
    The one of Sisters Red is absolutly beautiful *-*
    And I aswell didn't like the Divergent trilogy that much than others and I was spoiled too, so that I never finished and will finish Allegiant. (:

    And you have aswell a beautiful blog !
    I'll follow :*

    xo Anne @

    1. I loooove it, too! You should check out the sequel's, Sweetly, cover as well. Pretty awesome. But they switched to a different style cover after the second. =/

      Thanks so much! Happy blogging!

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    1. Me, too! That ending, though! >.< Luckily, the wait for House of Hades wasn't too much, but really Rick? A cliffhanger? At least we have pretty covers to look at between novels, lol.