2011 and 2012 were the years of the cliche Young Adult covers. Here are some of my least favorite trends that grazed the covers of YA books.
- Headless, torso only shots of protagonists( usually dressed in prom-style gowns)
- Close ups of a model's face (more often than not, it is the leading lady). Sometimes they add in some windblown hair to you know, make a difference.
- More heroines in pretty dresses only this time they looking off into this distance with their backs to us.
- More closeups, this time it's the eyes/lips.
- Kissy faces. *cringe*
- Angel/Fairy Wings.
Today, I've featured some covers that take a simple image, pair it with some great typography to give readers an intriguing package. Low fuss, high impact. These covers will not only entice readers with their subtle-ness but they also welcome readers who wouldn't usually pick YA books to give it a chance.
When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds // Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir // Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
So tell me, what do you think of the new cover trends of 2014? Have they taken a turn for the better or worse?
Are there any covers that caught your eye recently?
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- Cover Trends in YA Fiction: Why the Obsession with an Elegant Death?
- Best of Book Riot: Book Cover Trends That Should Die Before 2013
- Uncovering YA Covers: 2011
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