Hello Beautiful Readers,
Today blog post is to celebrate the recent book cover reveals of the last week or so. I decided to put it together because I was extremely proud and hyped by the aesthetic of next year's reads. I didn't expect so many covers to be revealed in such a short period of time, and the realization began thanks to the announcement of the sequel to The Beautiful (which is out today and I went to get it as soon as I got out of work)–the Damned. The Cover for the sequel of Tiget at Midnight (review in progress) and We Hunt the Flame (currently reading) are out as well and you'll get to see them here.
With this said, here are the jaw-dropping books in publication order:
We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal - May 12
The cover for We Free the Stars looks like something out of a dream. I'm currently reading We Hunt the Flame and I am obsessed with the characters,
The color palette for this cover is definitely my favorite part, and if I could change one thing it would only be the title color to gold.
Here is the description:
Zafira is the Hunter, braving the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those who defy his autocratic father, the sultan. She must hide her identity. He mustn’t display compassion. But when both embark on a quest to uncover a lost magic artifact, Zafira and Nasir encounter an ancient evil long thought destroyed—and discover that the prize they seek may be even more dangerous than any of their enemies. In We Free the Stars, Zafira and Nasir must conquer the darkness around—and inside of—them.
Add We Free the Stars to your Goodreads list, here.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins - May 19
The fact the book is being published almost twelve years after the Hunger Games came out is making me very nostalgic. The cover is simple and even though the title is lengthy, it pulls all the strings to my heart.
There isn't a full description available, but here is an excerpt from TeenVogue about the book:
According to a press release, the prequel begins on the morning of the 10th Hunger Games, which is set 64 years before the original Hunger Games novel took place. Although this is well in advance of Katniss Everdeen's arrival, the novel will explore some of the events that led to future Hunger Games. "With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival," Collins said in the accompanying press release. "The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”
You can read the full article here.
Add The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes to your Goodreads list, here.
The Archer at Dawn by Swati Teerdhala - May 26
I am so hyped for the sequel of Tiger at Midnight, and this cover is perfect in its own way (because I dont truly feel it speaks to the Tiget at Midnight cover). I also have questions, so many of them, and I would share them with you if only I didn't think they contained spoilers.
Alas, who are you, archer?
There is no available description BUT there is an excerpt available that had pilled so many strings in my heart.
You can read the excerpt here,
Here is a Quote:
Kunal had decided long ago that Esha might be the death of him, but he had never feared death.
Add The Archer at Dawn to your Goodreads list, here.
Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles - June 2
Where Dreams Descent got me not only because of the beautiful red and gold cover, but also because of its description.
The cover is definitely magical with a touch of mystery and if you read the exclusive except for Barnes & Noble (here) you'll understand the reason for each of the elements in the cover.
Here is the short description:
A debut fantasy duology pitched as The Phantom of the Opera meets Moulin Rouge, the story follows Hellfire House's star showgirl who, haunted by a dark past, must enter a magician's competition in order to secure her freedom from the handsome, enigmatic keeper of the club, even as mysterious accidents seem to plague her every move.
Add Where Dreams Descend to your Goodreads list, here.
The Damned by Renee Ahdieh - June 9
This is the sequel to The Beautiful, which is out today. The cover is dark, smoky and GORGEOUS!
Personally, I believe it doesn't fully match the cover for The Beautiful but I'm 100% here for the whole series.
Even the description is out:
New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with the second installment of her new sumptuous, sultry and romantic series, The Beautiful.
Following the events of The Beautiful, Sébastien Saint Germain is now cursed and forever changed. The treaty between the Fallen and the Brotherhood has been broken, and war between the immortals seems imminent. The price of loving Celine was costly. But Celine has also paid a high price for loving Bastien.
Still recovering from injuries sustained during a night she can’t quite remember, her dreams are troubled. And she doesn’t know she has inadvertently set into motion a chain of events that could lead to her demise and unveil a truth about herself she’s not quite ready to learn.
Forces hiding in the shadows have been patiently waiting for this moment for centuries. And just as Bastien and Celine begin to uncover the danger around them, they learn their love could tear them apart.
Add The Damned to your Goodreads list, here
The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae - June 16
To me the cover for The Kinder poison is simple, yet powerful. A beautiful blended cover with shades pf purple and a sharp guided scorpion. If I could, I would have given the font the same dimension as the scorpion, but just as it is, it drew me in.
Here is the description:
Perfect for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Holly Black, this enthralling fantasy adventure follows a sixteen-year-old girl chosen to be the human sacrifice in a deadly game between three heirs who will do anything for the crown.
In the magical kingdom of Orkena, sixteen-year-old Zahru has long dreamed of adventure: of seeing the amazing places the desert travelers speak of and being swept away by charming strangers. But she knows a lowly Whisperer like her, who can only commune with animals, can never hope for such a life. Her place is serving in one of the king's many stables, from now until her magic runs dry.
All that changes when the ailing ruler invokes an ancient tradition known as the Crossing. It's a death-defying race across the desert, in which the first to finish—and take the life of a human sacrifice at the journey's end—will ascend to the throne and be granted untold powers. Much of Orkena's elite is invited to the capital to witness the epic event, and Zahru intends to be a part of the crowd.
As preparations and celebrations for the Crossing ramp up, Zahru jumps at a chance to sneak into the palace, ready for a taste of the glamour the travelers always speak of. There, she indeed meets a charming stranger: the king's youngest son. She also meets a calculating villain: his elder brother. And when she speaks to the wrong prince at the wrong time, she finds herself chosen to participate in the Crossing itself—as the human sacrifice. Now Zahru has one week to use the mouth that got her into so much trouble to get back out of it, before her adventure ends on the edge of a blade.
Read an excerpt, here
Add The Kinder Poison to your Goodreads list, here.
Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano - June 23
I am very passionate about abstract book covers that are composed of subtle elements from the book. Seasons of the Storm is the perfect example of that in the best way.
I love the volume of the cover design and the colors that occupy their own space only to perfect blend at the center. The flowers. and the snow, and the circle at the center.
Read the description and you'll understand what it all means.
For fans of Maggie Stiefvater and Laini Taylor, a perfect storm lies ahead in this riveting fantasy duology opener from award-winning author Elle Cosimano.
One cold, crisp night, Jack Sommers was faced with a choice—live forever according to the ancient, magical rules of Gaia, or die.
Jack chose to live, and in exchange, he became a Winter—an immortal physical embodiment of the season on Earth. Every year, he must hunt the Season who comes before him. Summer kills Spring. Autumn kills Summer. Winter kills Autumn. And Spring kills Winter.
Jack and Fleur, a Winter and a Spring, fall for each other against all odds. To be together, they’ll have to escape the cycle that’s been forcing them apart. But their creator won’t let them go without a fight.
Add Seasons of the Storm to your Goodreads list, here
Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee - June 23
I'm usually not a fan of covers with people in them, but I must admit I'm in love with the cover of Forest of Souls, mostly because it portrays a strong heroine, and I'm here for that.
Read the description:
Danger lurks within the roots of Forest of Souls, an epic, unrelenting tale of destiny and sisterhood, perfect for fans of Naomi Novik and Susan Dennard.
Sirscha Ashwyn comes from nothing, but she’s intent on becoming something. After years of training to become the queen’s next royal spy, her plans are derailed when shamans attack and kill her best friend Saengo.
And then Sirscha, somehow, restores Saengo to life.
Unveiled as the first lightwender in living memory, Sirscha is summoned to the domain of the Spider King. For centuries, he has used his influence over the Dead Wood—an ancient forest possessed by souls—to enforce peace between the kingdoms. Now, with the trees growing wild and untamed, only a lightwender can restrain them. As war looms, Sirscha must master her newly awakened abilities before the trees shatter the brittle peace, or worse, claim Saengo, the friend she would die for.
Read an excerpt, here.
Add Forest of Souls to your Goodreads list, here.
Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar - August 11
This is another exception to my rule, and I wouldn't change a thing about this cover.
The patterns, the colors, the font, and the strong presence of a female character speak to me. I truly believe this is an example of a balanced cover design.
I wasn't able to find much about this book except this short description:
Stephanie Stein at HarperTeen has acquired Star Daughter and an untitled YA novel by Shveta Thakrar. The contemporary YA fantasy inspired by Hindu mythology follows a half-mortal/half-star girl who must win a celestial competition to save her human father's life.
All I need to know what Hindu Mythology and I'm all in. My mind instantly drifts towards Star-Touched Queen and Tiger at Midnight, which are both truly magical.
Add Star Daughter to your Goodreads list, here.
Thank you so much for taking your time to go through this list, I hope you find your next read, not only because of the beautiful covers, but because the stories speak to you as they did to me.
There are many books coming next year that already have beautiful covers assigned. I didn't add them because this list would have been endless; instead, I focused on the covers released only since October 1st.
Which cover did you like the most? Which book story drew you in? Let me know in the comments!
Please share with fellow book lovers and comment the book you're most excited about.