Similar to the law of nature, the law of attraction as it relates to books involves many elements. For one thing, it’s the blurb that teases readers about the content of a book. Then there’s the cover which can either draw the eye of the reader or be overlooked due to its lack of appeal.
To celebrate the artwork of this year’s book covers, I’ve compiled a list of amazing covers that needed to be highlighted. These book covers were chosen based on their relation to the novels and their eye-catching graphics.
Novels about time travel are always intriguing because there’s always something we’d like to change in life. Whether it’s something we did or didn’t do, being given the chance to reshape history in hopes of creating a more appealing future is an opportunity most would kill for. Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds explores this and more as Jack and Kate try desperately to defy fate. Keeping true to the storyline, the artwork for this book perfectly depicts the time travel aspect of the novel and the somewhat hopelessness of the teenagers’ relationship.
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Heart-wrenching but empowering, Queenie tells the tale of a young woman who is on the verge of discovering her self-worth. Torn between two national identities, Queenie takes many wrong turns as she tries desperately to figure out where she fits in this world. While the vibrant orange cover is eye-catching in itself, the strands of braids that are embossed over the title is what makes this novel really stand out.
Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury
A novel about love, trust and royalty, Last of Her Name delves into the aftermath of a fatal coup. However, Stacia’s life is thrown into chaos when she is identified as Princess Anya, the sole remaining royalty of the monarchy. When the Union government which rose in place of the monarchy catches wind of this, they will stop at nothing to ensure that their rule is permanent. The artwork on this novel is phenomenal. A dark but stunning galaxy backdrop with the title being in a shiny broken crystal font, clearly resonates with the theme of the novel.
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
Like a Love Story tells the tale of three teenagers growing up in the late 80s during the AIDS crisis. Reza is a gay Iranian boy who continues to choose not to confront the truth about his identity out of fear of what people will think. He also doesn’t want to hurt Judy, his current girlfriend, but secretly pines for her best friend Art who is an openly gay teen. Despite the novel’s drama, the book’s cover is styled in a gorgeous mellow yellow-ish, fuschia ombre background. It’s also noteworthy that the characters’ surroundings is in black and white as if their society is only capable of viewing things from one perspective while they proudly stand out.
Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta, Cori McCarthy
Reincarnating classic literature and adding a twist has become a common trend among YA novels these days. Once & Future tells the futuristic tale of Ari as she crash lands on Earth and is able to pull out Excalibur. In keeping with the theme of the story, the cover beautifully depicts an armored alien pair of hands holding a magical sword akin to a fancy lightsaber. The colours blend naturally together and catches your eyes instantly.