Monday, May 7, 2012

Spring YA fantasy covers take wing!

Angels and mermaids still rule in young adult fantasy, and cover artists have to exercise all their creativity to come up with new ways to depict them.  (The creators of wings--whether angelic or fae--were especially inventive this season.)

Meanwhile, YA covers continue to love gorgeous dresses and tresses. (Who doesn't?) Also one-word titles. Unearthly light. Well-toned torsos.

And, of course, nothing says "uh-oh" like a good mist.

This spring's round-up includes books whose pub dates were January through June. Once again, we're so overloaded with wonderful cover art that we're going to spread this post over two days. Tune in for more great covers tomorrow!

In today's groupings, I admit to a fondness for the kick-butt females in the bottom grouping--not to mention the GRAVE MERCY lady who has both a great dress and a crossbow. (You really won the sweepstakes on that one, Robin!) On the other hand, you can't beat DRAGONSWOOD for sheer weird resplendence.

Click "read more" to see the covers. Which ones are your favorites?

Want. That. Dress.



Think they're happy together?

All alone in a weird light

Stay misty for me



Why do I feel inadequate all of a sudden?

Tomorrow, we take a look at techniques cover artists are using to catch our eye. (That's sort of a pun. You'll find out why.) (Oh, great, now it's a rhyme.) See you then!


Ellen Booraem is the author of SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS and THE UNNAMEABLES. She lives in Downeast Maine with an artist, a dog, and a cat, one of whom is a practicing curmudgeon. She's online at

1 comment:

  1. Gosh, there are so many great covers this year <3 I bought Dragonswood not so long ago and I think it's one of the prettiest covers in my collection so far! It really stands out :D


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