Cover Awe: Giddy Smiles, Snakes, & More

We’re back with Cover Awe! Here are four covers that have captured our attentions recently.

The Undead Detective by Jennifer Hilt. A brunette woman in dark jeans and a jacket is standing out in the snow. The title is in yellow that looks like it's glowing.

Amanda: I love the atmosphere and this woman’s hair!

Sarah: Excellent use of light, too. The two brightest things are her face and the title.

That said, my hair would NEVER look that good in a snowstorm.

Amanda: I also like how the title has a different light effects. “The Undead” isn’t as bright and glowy. It’s a subtle touch, but I like it.

Elyse: She looks like Amber Heard! I love that she’s a suspense heroine who isn’t doing a dumb pose with her boobs or butt jutting out. She’s allowed to stand like a person.

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins. The figure of a Black woman is front and center, though we can only see up to her neck. She's wearing a deep purple dress and her hands are balled into fists in her skirt.

Elyse: I’m so fascinated by this cover because at first it’s like “oh okay, lit fic. Faceless person.” Then you notice her fists and the quietly contained rage and go “ohhhhhh.”

It’s so dynamic but also subtle.

Amanda: I’m so excited about this book.

CarrieS: Those hands, man. They tell a story all by themselves.

Sarah: If this cover doesn’t win a design award I will eat my own socks


Elyse: This pleases my inner Slytherin

Sarah: LOL

Amanda: Snakes are having A MOMENT on covers.

CarrieS: YA has been KILLING it with their cover game in the last year or so and this is a great example. High contrast, inventive, moody and shiny – I love that stuff.

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi. Two teen girls are standing close together in front of a wall covered in ivy and flowers. They're looking at each other and smiling.

Amanda: They look positively giddy to be near each other.

Sarah: You’re so right. They look both delighted and awed to be standing so closely. I love it.

Elyse: It’s conveying intimacy which I love.

CarrieS: The contrasting clothes, the flowers, the facial expressions, the body language – so warm and joyous!

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  1. 1
    Elli says:

    Good grief, what happened to that poor robo-dove? Smashed flat, no head? They will never put it together again.

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    DiscoDollyDeb says:

    I wonder if the Mahurin cover was designed by the same person who did the cover design for Katee Robert’s DESPERATE MEASURES. They’re astonishingly alike, but perhaps it’s just because snakes are having their moment:

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    DiscoDollyDeb says:

    Also, have you seen the cover for Prescott Lane’s JUST LOVE? I know nothing about the book, but I gasped audibly when I saw the loveliness of the cover:

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    Janet says:

    Elyse – maybe think about making edible socks for Sarah.

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    DiscoDollyDeb says:

    One more comment: would it be possible in future Cover Awe posts to credit the person (or company) who designed the cover? Sometimes, but not always, that information is included on the book’s copyright page. (I’ve noticed recently that cover models are also occasionally identified on the copyright page.) I think it would be nice to give credit where credit is due on these beautiful covers.

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    Amanda says:

    @DiscoDollyDeb: If we can find the info, we can definitely include it! Cover artists are usually credited in the front/back matter, but if a book hasn’t released yet, Amazon doesn’t let us take a peek inside.

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    Kathy says:

    The Sara Collins
    Jacket DesigN Robin Bilardello
    Jacket Photograph Jeff Cottenden
    Hand done type Sarah Brody Powers

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    VerityW says:

    Did you see the UK cover for Frannie L? It’s beautiful but in a super different way:

    It’s also a great book – I really liked it, but it’s not a romance… Part of my review –

    Sara Collins says that this book is in part a response to reading Jane Eyre as a child in the Caribbean and wanting to write a story with a Jamaican former slave in a similarly ambiguous, complicated Gothic love story. As she puts it “like Jane Eyre, if Jane had been given as a gift to ‘the finest mind in all of England’ and then accused of cuckolding and murdering him.” I think that’s pretty fair and it’s also compared to Sarah Waters, Alias Grace and the Wide Sargasso Sea.

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