This week’s Top Ten Tuesaday prompt is Book Cover Freebie (choose what kind(s) of covers you want to talk about: prettiest, most unique, most misleading, weirdest, most memorable, creepiest, ugliest, etc.). I usually hate when books have faces/people on the cover. I want to imagine the characters based on the descriptions in the book, not what somebody decide to slap on the cover. But there are, as always, exceptions to this. Here are ten books with people on the cover that I actually like.
An Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir
I absolutely love the new covers for this series. They are so much more memorable and vivid, and I love the colors. I can’t wait to see which color they choose for book four!
Aurora Cycle by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Okay, but these covers are gorgeous and I’m so excited my space elf boy is on book two!
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han
These covers are so bright and lovely with the pastel colors. I’m also glad for the Asian representation before the movie covers came out.
Dread Nation duology by Justina Ireland
Jane looks like a complete badass in these photos, especially with those bloody weapons. I love the flag in the background and time period clothes that give just enough hint of what these books are all about.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
I don’t know who the artist for these types of covers are, but I love their work. The illustration isn’t cheesy or cartoon-ish, but stunning. I love all the details too.
Montague Siblings series by Mackenzi Lee
These covers are so great and fun. They fit the books perfectly.
Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
These were probably the first books I liked with people on the cover. I adore the original illustrations and loathe the newer versions with actual people on the cover, though.
Once Upon a Con series by Ashley Poston
Even though the faces of the people aren’t detailed, I’m still counting these. I love that they are both simple in the design but incorporate a lot of intricate details from the book on the covers.
Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
These books were somewhat weird with the covers since they’re so zoomed into the faces (hello, eyeballs! hello, lips! hello, nostrils!), but the subtle details that show each version of “people” (Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras) are so cool!
Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie and The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning
Like Sorcery of Thorns, the covers for these upcoming books are absolutely gorgeous. I don’t mind that they feature people and faces because they are so well designed. I’m totally on board for this kind of cover design.