Books You CAN Judge By Their Covers

They say you should never judge a book by their cover. We say, you’re just not looking at the right books! Below, Ashley shares 10 books that are as excellent on the outside as the stories within them.

1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Not only does the red blood dripping off the silver crown contrast nicely with the stark, crisp background, but this cover also reveals elements of Red Queen while looking gorgeous and enticing. Victoria Aveyard‘s debut novel follows Mare’s journey from a lowly red blood to the long lost (albeit, fake) princess, betrothed to a handsome prince. But can a red blood really rule silver bloods? And does she even want to?

2. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

This cover is simply stunning. The feather, which shows pieces transforming into birds and taking flight, is a brilliant concept. Magonia can be described similarly: it is about Aza, a girl suffering from a life-alternating disease. But hallucinations that are at first assumed to be side effects from her medication are actually messages from another world and Aza leaves Earth to find Magonia.

3. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Normally I don’t like covers that focus solely on one person, but Amy Poehler‘s memoir defies this rule. The pop of colour and Amy raising her arm in an authoritative, empowering way makes me want to throw my own arm up in the air and say “YES PLEASE!” (and apparently I’m not alone). A humourous autobiography, Yes Please is everything you’d expect from Poehler: hilarity, honesty and heart.

 4. 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

This cover art playfully demonstrates all of the feelings and memories summer evokes: freedom, first love, sunshine, friendship… which is why 99 Days is the perfect read to bring to the cottage or park this summer. Even the endpages are adorable!

Need more reasons to read 99 Days? It elevates the standard love triangle plot line and examines double standards, forgiveness and the mistakes we make when we are young, confused and in love. Plus, it’s by Katie Cotugno, who wrote last year’s highly acclaimed How to Love!

5. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The bright colors and simple imagery draw you in to this fun read! The Rosie Project will make you laugh, cry and think. To find love, Professor Don Tillman has created a foolproof questionnaire to weed out the smokers, drinkers, and constantly late people. But then he meets Rosie, who is he is immensely incompatible with. Fun fact: a poll on Facebook determined this was the favourite of all international covers!

6. The Queen of The Tearling by Erika Johansen 

This cover eludes darkness and magic, which is perfect, as both of these are themes throughout The Queen of The Tearling. In Erika Johansen‘s debut novel, Princess Kelsea is taken into hiding as a young girl after her mother is killed. But on her nineteenth birthday, the Queen’s Guard comes to escort her back to her rightful place on the Throne.

7. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

The Enchanted is about finding light in the darkest places, as it takes place on Death Row and follows a convict living his finals days. The cover, in my opinion, conveys this perfectly — it is so serene and simple and the golden horses contrast against the dark background. This is a must-read.

8. Against A Darkening Sky by Lauren B. Davis

This cover blends typography and graphics extremely well, showing you the night sky but making the letters stand out without disappearing into the stars. It is just stunning. Taking place in 7th century England, Against A Darkening Sky is about belonging, and whether you should stay true to your beliefs or change along with the world.

9. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

Typography is very popular right now in YA literature (think The Fault In Our Stars and How to Love, for examples). Extraordinary Means‘s mix of stellar typography and contrasting colours makes this an auto-buy in my books. Robyn Schneider‘s new novel (following her highly acclaimed The Beginning of Everything) follows Lane, who has tuberculosis, and Sadie, the girl who just may save his heart.

10. The Sleeper and The Spindle by Neil Gaiman

This is quite possibly one of the best covers I have ever seen. It’s beautiful and dark; everything you’d expect from Neil Gaiman. In The Sleeper and The Spindle, this master storyteller turns your perspective of fairy tales on its head and gives you a deeper, darker, look at a girl cursed to sleep forever –- and *spoiler alert* a prince does not come to the rescue. Stay tuned for this one, readers!

What is your favourite book cover? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader.


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