cover love: the girl who fell from the sky

Before I go into cover-lovin’ mode, I need to give a huge shout-out and thank you to two lovely people, Risa who designed my logo/header/background for the new digs, as well as my friend Patch for coming up with a snazzy new tagline. In regards to the logo, I love that little book-face so much I want to make buttons out of it and mail every last one of you about a hundred of them. It’s quite genius, really.

Now, on to the cover-lovin’!

I may be cheating a little bit here, because I’m not sure if the below cover is actually YA. All I saw was “coming of age” and a good chunk of YA shelving on Goodreads and, well, I liked the cover a lot, so in the vein of Warm Bodies, I’m lovin’ it anyway.

For such an extremely simple cover, the artwork for Durrow’s The Girl Who Fell from the Sky has a lot going on, in a good way. First of all, that girl. There’s something that strikes every curious bone in my body that makes me want to learn more about her. (Side note: I really hope you didn’t do a double take, thinking she had six extremities protruding from her rather than four.) The stacked title and small caps aren’t competing with Durrow’s name, which is always a plus. The color choice is certainly an interesting one, but its colors complement each other nicely without making the cover look too subdued. I should also mention that I’m a sucker for a soft gradient.

Some elements of a cover have you guessing where you should be looking, but this one reads in a simple swoop of the eyes, top to bottom. It’s a sharp design tactic, and it’s a smart play on words that come from its title.

If you take a look at Girl Who Fell from its side, it’s got a spine that can set itself apart from the pack, too. How many spines have you seen lately that read from top to bottom? (No neck cramps! Genius!) Designer Connie Gabbert, formerly of faceout studio, has put together an intriguing jacket design that makes me want to read this book yesterday. And after you’re done visiting Connie’s site, I don’t recommend visiting faceout’s site unless you fancy falling into an hour-long time-suck. If I ever visit Oregon, I will be stalking politely asking to tour their studio first.

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21 thoughts on “cover love: the girl who fell from the sky

  1. I’m really loving the new design! And you went with purple which is the color of royalty and one of my favorite colors. Well done!

  2. I LOVE YOUR NEW EVERYTHING!!! And that tagline is GENIUS!! Also, this cover is lovely. :)

  3. We are so twinsies. When this book first came out, I would just walk by it and stare at it. And walk by it again. And shop and then walk by it again. And guess what lives on my phone? I could list THINGS that I love about it but it isn’t necessary because I think YOU KNOW, friend. You know.

    LOVE the blog. Purple. YESSS. Just like my shirt today.

    • I’m so glad Girl Who Fell has made Asheley-phone-status. That’s when you know you’ve made it in the world.

  4. Definitely a fan of type-heavy designs. Love Love Love the spine.

    Great blog tag-line! Made me smile!

  5. I love the spine too! And the typography is so simple but fantastic. Gorgeous new blog design!

  6. I have seen this one around and have loved the cover, too. I hope she has something nice to land on and there won’t be any skeevy dudes around asking if it hurt when she fell…. from heaven.


    Also; this book sounds right up my street – it’s insides sound like a literary treat! and? that cover is so simple yet so in your face with it’s design. I loves it.

  8. Yes, it’s a great cover! Technically not a YA, but a good crossover text. You should take a look at the Kindle edition cover and the large print cover for some interesting changes. I read this book right next to the book Man Gone Down (Michael Thomas), and I love looking at my goodreads account with the two covers next to each other. You should take a look at both! And read both.

    • I did get to see the changes when I was drafting this post, and still love ‘em both. The Man Gone Down cover art is fantastic. Its synopsis makes me think I’d read it with this expression on my face the entire time: O_O

  9. This is one of my favorite books. I fell in love with its look first, then the story.

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