February-Selection--Book-Cover-DesignsIs it February already? A few of the books selected this month are coming out later in the year but they caught my eye so I’ve included them in the February edition book cover designs I’ve been lusting over. I’m currently designing a book cover for a project that is 3/4 finished and I must admit I could go on forever but at the end of the day you have to make a decision and ship. So here a few that caught my eye this month:


The Marked Girl

The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele 


Worlds collide in Lindsey Klingele’s debut young adult novel, The Marked Girl, an exciting fantasy tale turned upside down. Elissa Sussman, author of Stray, calls The Marked Girl “a magical debut with a big heart.”

The light int he distance is what initially attracted me to this cover. The red glow peaking through the buildings is intriguing and perfect for this type of genre. The upside down images converging into each other is perfectly executed. The title is nicely done and unusually at the bottom of the book but the author’s name is unclear and too small to read.



Ruta Sepetys


World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in one another tested with each step closer toward safety.

Moody water and storms dance together in unison to create this bestseller of a cover. The lonely buoys in the water are completely convincing and real. The whole scene makes you wonder whats happened here?



The gilded cage


After growing up on a farm in Virginia, Walthingham Hall in England seems like another world to sixteen-year-old Katherine Randolph. Her new life, filled with the splendor of upper class England in the 1820s, is shattered when she discovers the corpse of her brother George in a lake on the estate-the tragic accidental drowning of a young man, the coroner reports, despite the wound to George’s head.

The gate is nicely placed in the picture and the snow speckled landscape is a is perfectly placed . A decorative title is always a nice touch. The colour scheme of navy and gold which was a good choice and the stock image of regency lady fits into scene effortlessly. Jane Austen winter wonderland.



Love, Lies and Spies


In Love, Lies and Spies, Cindy Anstey’s hilarious homage to Jane Austen, a lady with a penchant for trouble finds a handsome spy much more than merely tolerable.

This cover caught my eye because I love keys. I especially love the way they have been laid out, all fitting together and criss crossed. There are a couple of red highlights here and there and they probably would make sense once you read the book.  The black and white colour scheme is effective and has a silhouette feel to it. Title is simple and easy to read.




all the winers after


That’s what Kachemak Winkel’s mother used to tell him. A lot of mistakes were made that awful day twenty years ago, when she died in a plane crash with Kache’s father and brother–and Kache still feels responsible.

I did think this cover was a picture from a distance but its actually mountainous shapes layered upon each other. The glow and fade of the shapes put together is nicely done and does have a realistic feel to it. The starry sky doesn’t seem to fit the theme of the rest of the image but its subtle enough to not really notice the difference styles. All in all a nice simple cover with a title that stands out.

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