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Top Ten Book Cover Trends I Like

I’m not typically too picky about YA book covers, but the covers I’ve listed below have really stood out and deserve some recognition.

Top Ten Book Cover Trends I Like

1. Strong Typography – I love it when the book title takes over the cover. It adds a different flavor to the image. I love what was done in Love Letters to the Dead, but I also like when it’s just some interesting typography that dominates the front.

love letters to the dead top ten ya cover trends


2. Action Shot– Oh my. The cover of Mortal Heart is just fantastic. I love it when a character on the cover is actually in motion, doing something the real character would actually be doing. I enjoy this much, MUCH more than a girl in a pretty dress just staring at you.

 top ten ya cover trends mortal heart


3. Atmospheric– Everything about the Ruin and Rising cover screams Russian influence. The turrets and the font. I adore it all. When a cover actually conveys the area or inspiration behind the story, the cover has accomplished something magical.

top ten ya cover trends ruin and rising


4. Symbolic– This cover is just perfect for the book. The chakram (a la Xena, the Warrior Princess) is actually used in the story, and is a great symbol, as it represents a weapon and sort of looks like a Ying/Yang too.

top ten ya cover trends snow like ashes


5. Maps– Ya’ll, maps are totally a book cover thing now. I especially love this one because it’s artistically drawn and whimsical.

top ten ya cover trends let's get lost


6. Artsy– I love how this cover looks like paint splotches. Books that aim for that actually painted/illustrated feel are totally my thing. They feel more emotional somehow, I think.

top ten ya cover trends a thousand pieces of you


7. Abstract– I like subtle ideas, and Talon is a great example of showing the book is about dragons without having a dragon actually on the cover. Plus, I love the perceived texture of the scales.

top ten ya cover trends talon


8. Full Cover Images– Following the cover theme from These Broken Stars, this novel offers a super huge, striking image that will hopefully draw in readers. They had me at TBS sequel.

top ten ya cover trends this shattered world


9. Drawn– There are more illustrated covers on middle and elementary grade books, so I love seeing them in YA too. This series took a different turn, as the first book had a real model on the cover, but I like this different route they’re taking too.

top ten ya cover trends heir of fire


10. Romantic– Oh, this cover. It’s so romantic and dreamy. I love covers that tell you right away, “this is a kissing book.” Love!

top ten ya cover trends a little something different


What are your favorite YA book covers?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Kayla @ The Thousand Lives

    I actually agree with all of these except #10! I find I’m not drawn to covers like that, although it is pretty adorable. I think my favorite on here has to be Snow Like Ashes (though I’ve never seen Xena!) or Let’s Get Lost – I can’t wait to read either :)

  • Lisa Schensted

    SUCH good choices. Yay font heavy books!