Author – Laura
It’s a terrible thing to admit, but I quite often buy a book based entirely on the cover. Sometimes I don’t even read the blurb! It’s like a compulsion. Some people buy pretty jewellery – I buy pretty books. And because I’ve already written about The Night Circus and Good Omens in a previous Friday Favourites post I really had to think about this one!
I thought so long and hard that I came up with a huge list. So I had to narrow it down again, which was difficult as they are all so beautiful.
The Dark Heroine series – Abigail Gibbs
These are really inviting – I noticed them straight away in the library. The covers are dark and whimsical – the font is soft and I love the muted colours. The story is pretty good too. It centres around the Prophecy of the Heroines, with each book featuring a new potential female who could be a Heroine.
Angelfall – Penryn and the End of Days – Susan Ee
Probably one of my favourite books – it would have been number 6 on my Top 5 Books post a couple of weeks ago! The cover is just gorgeous, and in the flesh the contrast between the dark and light is even more dramatic. As the title suggests, this book is about angels, but the colours give it a real feeling of darkness – the gold is splattered rather than delicately painted, which could be a reflection of the chaos in Penryn’s world. Or it could have just been a spilled paint pot…
The Green Rider – Kristen Britain
I chose this cover just because I think it’s a beautiful illustration – the artist sells the book with the picture, rather than using jazzy fonts or a weird arrangement of images. The book is the first in a series that follows Karigan G’Ladheon on an unexpected adventure when she decides to help a dying Green Rider. I’m still not sure if Horse is actually the true hero… It’s an exciting read for anyone who likes pure Fantasy.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making – Catherynne M Valente
This cover makes me feel like I’d be going on a magical adventure if I read the story. It’s really bold and the main graphic is super stylish – like an old school fairy tale with a modern twist. This is Book 1 of 5 in a series based on a 12 year old girl called September, who escapes her boring life in Nebraska and starts an unforgettable journey through Fairyland.
I’m excited to get my hands on this one; it’s been on my ‘To Read’ list on Goodreads for a while now. I feel a little treat coming on…
The Supernatural Enhancements – Edgar Cantero
How fabulous is this cover? It really reminds me of old horror movies. The clean lines and precise illustrations make it really eye-catching. The tale itself begins like a traditional ghost story, but is told in a series of letters, diary entries, dream journals and interviews, which should make for a quirky and unusual read. I haven’t had the chance to bury myself in this one yet, but I have already bought it, based 100% on the cover. It just so happens that the plot sounds fantastic too!