Girls in Pretty Dresses!
This trend is getting a little old but I can't help but love so many of these covers. I'm all for eye-catching and these definitely catch my eye. The bold colors, awesome fonts, and intriguing surrounding scenes make these more than just pretty dress covers though.
Faces are hard. This trend is one that I have a hard time with. A lot of the time the faces just look awkward and I really hate when cover designers cut faces in half. It's a pet peeve of mine. However, I think these are all done very well. I like the angles, the colors, the details, and the fonts on all of these. There is more than just a pretty face here!
These are some of my favorite types of covers and the main reason for that is that these covers don't just appeal to girls. A lot of YA covers these days are very girly and I can't imagine a guy reading them. These, on the other hand, I could see some guys reading. Sure some of them still have girls on the cover but they are fierce and awesome, rather than just standing around looking pretty.
These are also covers that I could easily see guys reading. On the shelf these covers are very eye-catching and one of my favorite things about them is finding out what the symbols mean to the story. The best thing about these covers is that they aren't just stock images. You can tell a lot of thought went into these and they work perfectly with the books.
Illustrated covers aren't really popular for YA but I see them on a lot of MG books. I wish this was a more popular trend. I think these are some of the most clever, gorgeous covers out there. I have yet to see an illustrated cover that I don't like and I can't say the same about some other trends.
I know quite a few people aren't fans of couples on covers but I am! I love that couples on covers don't just mean romance. Look at Enshadowed, for example. It's not a romantic cover and the story isn't all about romance. It's a darker story and I can see that from the cover. It can also be the other way around. A lot of these books aren't just cute romances. They touch on more serious issues but I like that, from the cover alone, I can tell that the characters are going to get some sort of happy ending.
I'm not quite sure how I feel about this trend just yet. I haven't actually read any of these stories so I'm not sure if the covers work with the stories or if they are just there for looks. However, I do know that Don't You Wish is about an alternate universe and Pivot Point is about alternate futures so I can see how the reflections would work for those. They are definitely eye-catching though.
These covers are a lot like the covers with couples on them. They carry so many different meanings. They can be both romantic or mysterious or even, in some cases, sad. I really just like that there are a lot of different ways to interpret these and usually they fit the books really well. It's also good that they can be girly but they can also be more masculine, like Ashen Winter.
What are some of your favorite cover trends? What are some of your least favorite cover trends?