Welcome to DAY FIVE of Blogmas on Matilda’s Library. How is this month already flying by so fast?! Sorry this is a bit delayed in going up – I haven’t prepped at all in advance, besides having the ideas for posts all set up, so I’m kind of winging everything day by day. My other half and I were both off work today which is a rarity in itself so I wanted to spend some much needed time together.
Anyway, back to the point of the post! I will be showing, and discussing with you, my favourite book covers of the year. I’m not going to include anything regarding plot details because this is a imagery based post and I don’t think plots often come into cover buys. I wanted to take these covers at face value as if I was in a bookshop and that’s what I’m going to do! After all, I am a cover buyer and PROUD.
Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – I’ve been drawn to this cover since I first saw it promoted on Twitter. It’s giving me heavy video game vibes and I love adventure games so this just looks like a perfect read to me. I’m thinking Temple Run/Tomb Raider with a little bit of Mass Effect thrown in for good measure. I’ll be picking this book up at some point and it will one hundred percent be a cover buy and I’m not even sorry.
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson – Once again, loving the sci-fi elements of this cover. Especially paired with the golden border and the dramatic scene pictured – you can just tell this is going to be an intricate, exciting and hopefully riveting novel. I’d imagine this book to be an EVENT. You know? The sort of book that leaves you with the best kind of hangover. CANNOT. WAIT.
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – I’ve not made it a secret that I wasn’t a massive fan of the Illuminae Files. I always saw it as a bit of a gimmick *gets a brick thrown to face* – but that doesn’t mean that I don’t love the covers. Especially Obsidio. The black background contrasting against the explosion makes it look like a massive galactic scene with stars everywhere and it’s just so beautiful. I’m sure I’ll have this on my shelves at some point because my boyfriend absolutely adores this series and he’s yet to complete it. Who knows? Maybe I’ll give it another go too!
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw – Despite the title giving me oceanic vibes rather than witchy, everything else about this is pure magic. Literally. The deep blue of the background cast against the silver of the images and text makes for an intriguing cover. I may prefer this without it’s dust jacket however, as the naked book is covered in stars with a half moon on the front. Totally wouldn’t buy it just for that though….*orders book*
The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill – This is probably one of the most beautiful books I have ever had the pleasure of seeing in my life. I know I said I wasn’t judging these based on the plot or anything, but I will just mention that this is actually meant to be a dark retelling of The Little Mermaid. Like really, pretty dark. So, I think it’s managed to steer in a different direction with the cover here. In fact in a way, this looks a lot more like middle grade than YA. From the rouge of the mermaid’s hair, to the floating items scattered around, it’s a phenomenally designed cover and so many little intricacies have been added to make it that extra bit special.
Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova – The photo really doesn’t do this book justice. This is only one of two books on this list that I actually own physically and though I’ve yet to read it, I’m hoping it’s just a beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. It’s definitely creepy – moths certainly aren’t the most delightful of creatures, especially not when they’re designed with a skull on their body. They’re synonymous with death and the occult, so I’m hoping that’s going to be an accurate indicator of what the book will be like. I’m loving the simplicity of the design here. A delicate border, bold background and font with the moth as the focal point. Very effective.
Damsel by Elana K. Arnold – Once again, this cover is all the more beautiful for it’s simplicity. The font reminds me a lot of a lit up neon sign and obviously paired with a black background, it’s a very dramatic contrast. The fact that the book title gives the impression of a damsel in distress/a weak protagonist, the bold fiery colours utilised here represent the contrary whereas the flowers represent the softer, stereotype of a female which matches the title a lot more. I’m imagining a lot of excellent character development woven into the plot of this story and I hope I’m right!
Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman – This has very powerful imagery present from the first moment you lay your eyes on it. We’re seeing a very strong, powerful and large dragon, looking down on a tiny woman. However, she’s standing her ground and it’s unclear as to whether the dragon is a friend or a monster. The details when you look closer, such as the forest etched onto the dragon, and the watercolour effect of the background just bring it all to a very pretty finish.
All The Wandering Light by Heather Fawcett – I have the first book of this series on my shelf and it’s also gorgeous, but this sequel has definitely outdone it in terms of beauty. The purple colouring and the stars in the sky would have been beautiful on their own and just the title but add in the mountainscape, the lake and and the promise of an adventure and I’m all the more sold. It looks like pure magic and I cannot wait to read it. Once I’ve finally read the first book of course…
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – This is another book that looks a lot better in person – or at least in booktube videos as I’ve still not seen this one out in the wild. It reminds me a lot of The Surface Breaks’ cover that I previously discussed in this post due to all the little intricacies making up the illustration. I’m presuming that each of the items featured have different parts to play within the novel and because of that I think it’s a book cover that will feel even prettier once you know the meaning behind everything pictured.
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas – All of Maas’ book covers are pretty similar however some just work a little more than others for some reason and this is one of them. I don’t know whether that’s because it is the final book of the Throne of Glass series that it just looks like a FINAL book, if you know what I mean, but the gold background and the protagonist’s stance just feel powerful and final. I think it’s gorgeous.
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett – What can’t I say about this cover? Typically adult fantasy novels are incredibly unappealing but this, this is just something else. I know little about this novel, but I am without a doubt going to give it a try based on the artwork. The burning city, the border, the girl staring out into the flames whilst sitting on a window sill. I already want to this girl’s story and it’s the book on this list that I’m most excited to read in 2019.
Antipodes by Michele Bacon – I already had some ideas as to what books I was going to feature in this post before I delved deeper into hundreds of 2018 releases. Antipodes was a book I’d never heard of but the cover had me eager to read the synopsis as soon as I saw it featured on a Goodreads list. I believe it’s set in New Zealand, so it features a landscape from the country reflected in the water. The stars, the mountainscape and water rippling lead to a very atmospheric and mysterious cover.
State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury – At first glance I originally thought this was an island, a little bit like Mako Island in H20 Just Add Water. When I looked closer, I could easily tell that this is meant to be a lake or a pond. It looks like a novel that focuses a lot on reflection and character rather than a plot driven story. I’d imagine it to be quite thought provoking and I’m loving that I’m getting all of that solely from the cover artwork. It’s subtle but it’s very pretty.
All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth- No, this is not the first or last time I’ll be mentioning this book throughout Blogmas. It’s stunning. In every way. I’ve always found this particular version of the cover to be very in keeping with the theme of the book. It’s dark. It’s more than a little creepy and the girl on the front is only a tiny part of the story, just like she’s pictured so small in a vast amount of water. It’s a very clever cover, and it also helps that it’s gorgeous to look at.
What were your favourite covers of this year? Do you agree or disagree with any of mine and do covers have any influence on whether or not you’ll buy a book or not? As always, let me know your thoughts in the comments down below! I hope you enjoyed day five of Blogmas and I hope to see you all again, at what I hope will be a much earlier time tomorrow! Thank you for reading!