We must have all read the story of Beauty and the Beast. The memory probably brings back a sense of mystery and maybe a little darkness with it. As time went, this theme has been used and reused uniquely and with such creativity. Some of these book covers are good examples of such innovations:
I could fall for this beautifully executed red, black and white palette. I love how this cover turns the cliché elements upside down – literally; there is that whole feeling of life turned topsy-turvy. I find the expression on her face very fascinating. One of the most attractive things about this cover is the swirls in the background and foreground that evoke the feeling of looking at a mysterious forest. The intelligent framing using the mansion and her face to draw attention to the title is also a highlight. I approve of the typography but I wish that review quote was done with a little more thought. This is a beautiful and brilliant cover.
Never ending stairs juxtaposed with a rose. If I hadn’t seen this cover, I would never have believed that it could be done so well. The limited colour palette makes this cover so much stronger. As a designer, I find the girl running down the stairs a bit of a distraction but on the other hand it adds quite a lot to the story. It makes it more dramatic and suspenseful, and as a reader, I am definitely intrigued. The kerning(spacing between the letters) is a bit too much but the typography is pretty decent. Everything leans toward being minimalist and I appreciate that. Trying to tell a story using such a minimal colour palette and elements is not easy to accomplish. Kudos to the brain behind this.
The Princess Curse
This illustration is among the prettiest ones I have ever seen. Beautiful colours that contrast well with each other and the attention to details, especially to her dress which clues as to the kind of society and era she lives in, are some of the best parts about this cover. The typography is very suitable for a middle grade fantasy though the author’s name is not legible enough. Apart from this, the cover is a fine work of art.
My favourite cover was Firelight. Which one was yours?
About the Author
Amala Benny is an avid reader and professional book cover designer who has designed for multiple award winning and bestselling authors. She spends her free time Fangirling over Ilona Andrews and Leigh Bardugo.