Fantasy covers for a young-adult audience tend to go with the flow—specifically, flowing dresses and hair. This year’s gorgeous fall covers have some of that—okay, a lot of it—but most of those we collected go off in various cool directions.
LOTS of cool directions. Early on, we despaired of finding any common themes at all. But then we looked closer and noticed . . . The Bare Shoulder.
Yes! *fist pump*
These stunning covers are from books with pub dates between July and December 2013. We defined “young adult” as written for teens 12 and older.
The covers start after the "read more" jump. As always, if we missed one you wish we’d caught, please link to it in the comments. And—as always—we want to know your favorites!
Is there something crawling on my shoulder?
There is, isn’t there?
Perhaps it’s a tendril of something.
Do you smell fire?
Let’s stay in the water just in case.
Stop looking at me like that.
You know, all glassy-eyed.
Hands and glass are an unsettling combination, too.
I’m not sure these birds mean well.
But I can fight them with this sword . . .
. . . Or that marvelous dagger.
Good thing there are two of us.
Because this eerie light is freaking me out.
Also that evil-looking edifice.
But what awesome art!
And, of course . . . flowing dresses and hair!
Ellen Booraem's latest is TEXTING THE UNDERWORLD (Penguin/Dial, August 2013, the story of a scaredy-cat South Boston boy and a neophyte banshee. Ellen also is the author of THE UNNAMEABLES and SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS. She lives in Downeast Maine with an artist, a dog, and a cat, one of whom is a practicing curmudgeon. She's online at www.ellenbooraem.com.