Tuesday, September 4, 2012

YA Fall Covers, Take Two

In yesterday's post, we admired the way cover designers catch our eye. Today's covers draw us in with hints of what's inside the book, whether it's a stern-faced couple, evil eyes, or a gargoyle.

Once again, these books are being published between July and December 2012. I'm intrigued by the crow-cloak on the MAGISTERIUM cover (I liked that crow action in "Snow White and the Huntsman," too) and I'm absolutely nuts about the beetle in the Jasper Fforde cover.

Which are your favorites?

It's two of us against the world.
(Although we're not entirely happy about that.)

In fact, the atmosphere does get a bit toxic.

Maybe it's best if there are three of us.

Although I might be better off alone.


One way or another, I can take care of myself.

Which is good, because I don't like the look in those eyes.

And those hands don't bode well at all. 

Water will play a role, perhaps metaphorically,


But there definitely will be fins, we can say categorically.

Wings there will be, or maybe just feathers,

And scary dudes with faces like leather.

We're heading into a marvelous spot.


It may be healthy, but probably not.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,

"Beautiful" often is no fun at all.

But a cool cover image will always enthrall.




Ellen Booraem is the author of the middle-grade fantasies THE UNNAMEABLES, SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS, and TEXTING THE UNDERWORLD (coming in August 2013). She lives in coastal Maine with an artist, a dog, and a cat, one of whom is a practicing curmudgeon. She's online at www.ellenbooraem.com.


  1. Oh, my, how delicious are these covers? I can't wait to read Terry Pratchett's DODGER!

  2. Kimberley Griffiths LittleOctober 6, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    These book cover posts take a ton of time so thank you, Ellen!!!

  3. The best round up of fall covers I've seen yet! Awesome, thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow Ellen, so many gorgeous books! It's a little scary how many I need to read - so right off the top of my head, TEN of course, by Gretchen McNeil, THE TIME BETWEEN us since I met Tamar, at Gretchen's POSSES launch in SF and it sounds brilliant, THE RAVEN BOYS because Maggie is brilliant - but going purely on the covers... I'm a sucker for water, WAKE and ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY, are very appealing - also EVERY DAY by David Levithan, because it's so pale it stands out. And I can't believe how many amazing books are out this year!!! Seriously going to need a better paying job!!


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