April 2021’s book covers, ranked. Ranked by what? Ranked on how much they’d draw my attention in a bookstore and how much they make my eye jelly go wooooo. (As per usual.) Sometimes, I even use art-adjacent words.
10. In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens | Cover by San Schechter
SUCH a gorgeous colour palette. We don’t see enough fantasy novels with pastel sunset colours!
09. House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland | Cover by Aykut Aydoğdu
I LOVE all the details: the numerous tiny flowers, the insects, the oil painting style, the stitched-on fabric title. The protagonist’s expression is both simple and complex, and also strangely direct. I love how the colours are both sort of muted but still colourful? The whole cover is strange, detailed, commanding: this is the farthest thing from a half-assed cover I’ve ever seen.
08. On This Unworthy Scaffold by Heidi Heilig | Cover by Leo Nickolls
07. The Helm of Midnight by Marina J. Lostetter | Cover by Unknown
I love when minimalism actually works out instead of boring me. The knight armour topped with horns, the letters with their sharp edges, the simple but effective colour scheme all speak volumes while being simple elements individually.
06. She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen | Cover by Aurora Parlagreco
I’ve said before I’m not usually a fan of the recent trend toward cartoon-style covers, but She Drives Me Crazy is an exception. It’s more detailed, more specific: these are clearly the main characters and not a generic hair + face silhouette dealio. They have unique expressions, hairstyles, individual features! This works. Add to the combination the eye-catching colours and we’ve got a really nice cover here!
05. These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy | Cover by Marisa Aragon Ware
First of all, I love this style of cover. Why gamble with the risk of a janky-looking cartoon character when you can have something classic, elegant, effective? Plus, it has both birds and a blade.
04. Dustborn by Erin Bowman | Cover by Matt Griffin
I LOVE palettes consisting of just two contrasting colours. (Also, again, bonus points for visible birds and a dagger!) The colour choices speak of danger and adventure; the design speaks of solitude and harsh elements. Just an all around A+ job.
03. The Guardian by Erin Lee | Cover by Toni Infante
Friends, we have a DRAGON and protagonist in a cool dynamic pose. We have gorgeous colour palette. This book could be about almost anything and I’d still buy it for that cover. (I am really not in love with that 3D title tho.)
02. Gifting Fire by Alina Boyden | Cover by Tommy Arnold
Oh man I loved this cover since I first laid eye jellies on last November. Everything about it is just French kiss or chef kiss or whatever. Again, gorgeous colours doing that contrasting/complimentary thing. The look of cool appraisal on the protagonist’s face. Her sword. Her big ol’ feathered friend. I am just stupidly pleased to gaze upon it. (ALSO: I swear on my ass I did not know this was a Tommy Arnold cover beforehand. This is a happy surprise for both of us.)
01. The Other Side of Magic by Ester Manzini | Cover by Shayne Leighton
Hnnnng pretty colours.
Annnd runner-ups! April is another good month for quality covers!
What was your favourite cover from April 2021’s releases?
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