Let’s be honest. We all judge books by their covers.
There is nothing better than a beautiful book with a beautiful cover to match, so I wanted to highlight some books that are coming out in 2019 (or already have) that have absolutely stunning covers. Admittedly, this is just an excuse for me to fangirl over some beautiful art, but maybe you’ll see something you love as well!
Now for some quick disclaimers. Naturally, this is all my opinion. Maybe there’s a cover I love that you hate, but I just want to shine a light on some of the gorgeous works of art that I know I’ll be wanting on my shelf.
Also, I’ll only be covering covers of books released from January 2019 – July 2019. A lot of later 2019 releases haven’t released covers yet, and I don’t want to miss some potentially gorgeous covers. So we’ll be doing the first half of the year in the post, and hopefully, later I’ll make a part 2 with the July – December releases!
I tried to find the cover artists for all of these amazing books, but unfortunately, I couldn’t find them all. If you know any of the artists I missed, please let me know so I can correct it!
I just saw this book while getting all the covers saved to make this post and was blown away by the details in this design. I love the mosaic style used in the title, and the details in the design behind it.
Charlie Bowater can do no wrong. Any time I see a cover drawn by her, I immediately add the book to my TBR. It was Charlie’s cover on Margaret Rogerson’s An Enchantment of Ravens that got me to pick it up and fall in love with her Margaret Rogerson’s writing, so I was so happy to see her work on Sorcery of Thorns!
I don’t really know what it is in particular with this cover that I love, but it is so stunning. Anthia’s expression just seems so intense, the amount of crows and the details on their wings is amazing, and I especially love the little crow sticking his beak into the “O” in the title. He’s adorable and he’s my favorite.
And that’s my list! Twelve 2019 releases with covers that I adore, and that I can’t wait to see on my shelf.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead US Paperback (2007) vs. US Paperback (2013) Movie Tie-In Edition vs. 10th Anniversary Edition
This series is so much better than all of its covers combined (However I do like the 10th Anniversary edition). It has gone through so many cover changes, and honestly, I just want this epic series to have the covers it deserves.
The original covers are a little cringey, but kinda the classic YA paranormal type. They did rebrand them in 2013, but they didn’t improve it much. They took the previous cover, and threw an overlay on top with some letters. As for the movie tie-in, it isn’t awful. I’m never a fan on movie tie-in editions because I just don’t like people on covers, but by having a cohesive color scheme and really making the title pop with the bright pink, it felt a little more unique and original. The 10th Anniversary edition is definitely my favorite, with a simple color scheme and a faded rose on the cover. Simple, cute, and slightly ominous, which fits the series pretty well.
Have you read this series? Which cover do you prefer?
Also, what cover changes do you want me to talk about next?
The original cover of Shatter Me is… I’m sorry to say it… just bad. Really, really bad. People on covers has just gotten boring and in this case, it also has none of the feel of the book (if that makes sense?). However, the newer cover is so gorgeous and I think is a perfect way of representing Tahereh Mafi’s beautifully poetic novel.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi US Hardcover (2011) vs US Paperback (2012)
Do you like this cover change? Have you read this series? What cover changes do you want me to talk about next?
I absolutely adore this series, and this is one of the few times when I actually like every cover. I’m planning on buying the paperback set with the newer covers just to have them. The spines line up to spell “DARK” and I love it.