The Cover Wars: Upcoming YA Romance Books

Last of The Cover Wars posts for February! Woo! I mean, *ahem* let’s get on with it, shall we?


1. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

13188676Yash: You know what? I actually like this cover. It is a vast improvement on the previous one. And having examined the series’ covers, I can tell this is going to be a good in terms of empowerment. (Note the open, alert eye.) But, the title is still ominous. Still not sure if I would pick it up.

Janet: Yash is right, this is better than the previous. But still, the paraphernalia around the eye creeps me out.

Steph: This looks exactly the same as some of the other ones – with the feather eyelashes – fracture me? Or something like that. I didn’t like that one, so I stand by my previous judgement. This is a nay!

Nafiza: I don’t like this one but I gotta agree with Yash, it’s better than the first one with the fluffy dress. I just don’t see what having a giant eye does anything for the story. Why do I get a sense of deja vu about this cover? Have we already done this?

2. Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

8709524Yash: We also talked about the cover for the prequel in this post. I can’t say I like this one much more than the last one. But it is interesting to see how they are no longer clinging to each other. Oooh, DRAMA! :D

Janet: Same girl, same boy. Well, at least this time she can see.

Steph: Thumbs up for the haircut, thumbs down that this drama mama is still going.

Nafiza: I like the font? The people and their faces? Not so much.

3. The One by Kiera Cass

15844362Yash: Wow. That’s, um, some dress. Yeah. Okay, look, moving beyond the fairy-tale-wedding-dress, I strongly dislike the title. And the tiara above implies that it’s a princess story … which only makes me like it less. Sorry, but I’ll pass on this one.

Janet: Going by the title and the series name, there is no reason I would want to read this book. “The chosen one” etc. Blech. Way to encourage girls to view other girls as rivals, and to pose and primp and focus on outward beauty. Side note: why is the “1” in the blurb in numerals rather than letters?

Steph: What the bachelorette in novel form? This is no good. I don’t like the competition for one man idea at all, I think it’s terrible and despise characters being nasty to one another for no good reason. I also can just imagine that the “good girl” will somehow thrive because the man will have to have a redeeming quality. It’ll all be circumstantial. She’ll get swept into the competition and not want to be there, and he’ll see that and be drawn to it, but there will be drama because women are evil. Ugh, no. No. No. Just no.

Nafiza: I’m never going to read this and that said, I do like the dress even though I’d never wear it. But still, pretty dress. Doesn’t do anything for the story or hooking readers. If I wanted to read about a white girl in a dress, there are a million others to choose from.

4. An Unstill Life by Kate Larkindale

18979066Yash: I am fairly certain this is the cover to an eBook, so I might forgive the unpolished quality. And they’re both girls, so yay! I am kind of intrigued. I am hoping there will be a fantastical element …

Janet: Are the pale/green girl and the dark girl are the same person? If it’s not fantasy, I’m worried about this. The water and the colours are pretty. The rest of the cover does not interest.

Steph: I’m sufficiently intrigued. I like the art, I like the consistent font, and I like not knowing if they are the same person or two different people. I’d look at the back :)

Nafiza: I like this. I’d read it.

5. The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi

17586458Yash: I looked up the summary for this one. I am pretty sure it’s a lesbian romance, so I can see why the crossed and pierced hearts may be symbolic. But here’s the thing- on it’s own, there is no way to tell if it’s a groundbreaking LGBTQ romance or not. I mean, it could have been a selling point. Instead, it looks generic- I would probably have walked right by it.

Janet: Well then, who were you? The nails are striking, although at first glance I though the hearts were poppies and was struck by the anti-veteran/Remembrance Day sentiment. I might look at the back, but it would have to be pretty good to convince me to read the inside.

Steph: Boring. I like the blue, but this sort of symbolism is common on romance covers and I don’t really look at them. I wouldn’t even make it down the aisle. Poor romance. I gotta give some more a try so I’m not so dismissive. I’m curious now to see what the story is, but… I wouldn’t look in a store.

Nafiza: Hmmm, I’d read the back. The nails through the hearts are deliciously wrong.

6. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

9627755Yash: I have heard a lot of good things about Stephanie Perkins but I haven’t yet read her stuff. The title is pretty interesting- I have a feeling this might end with a break-up instead of a union. Plus, look, not a couple in sight! I do like the cityscape! I might finally give Perkins a shot!

Janet: The rose makes me thing of Beauty and the Beast, which fairy tale I love. Still, this is a romance novel (and the “author of” bit would put me right off) so I’ll leave it to Yash. The title takes up most of the cover and oddly enough, creates the effect of concealing rather than revealing (something about the font and the white letters blocking out the more colourful, detailed  background).

Steph: Well, her’s name is Stephanie – and though I am a Stephanie, awful Stephanie Meyer really besmirched our name. Still, I would love for a redemption of the name, and so, I might read the back. Haha, the cover it’s awful, it looks a little Stephen King-y with giant font and very little image. In the case of romance, maybe this is a good thing? I mean putting two peeps/hands/eyes on the front cover is pretty revealing, this is a little better.

Nafiza: I read Anna and the French Kiss and I really liked it until my friend told me their whole relationship was problematic and why and I began to see where she was coming from. None of this has anything to do with the cover but I am likely to read this because I like Perkins’s style.

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