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Does this movie poster look familiar to you? When I first saw it, it reminded me immediately of Malinda Lo’s equally beautiful cover art for Ash. Comparing a movie poster to a book’s cover design is saying something, dear publishers. I think there are a lot more people in this world who actually perceive graphic … Continue reading »

In My Mailbox (imm) is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. After being spoiled silly with a bunch of books and other awesome gifts this year, you’d think Santa and I were BFF’s. Seriously. Also, sorry this video is obscenely long. Apparently it’s a struggle to talk about 15 books and 5 toys … Continue reading »


I remember reading Adele’s FIVE challenges back in 2009 and absolutely loving them. Now that I’ve got a little blog to allow me to participate this year, I figured I’d give the “covers” post a go. Thanks for the challenge, Adele. Seriously. It was a hard challenge. Difficult enough to the point where I simply … Continue reading »


When you were a teen, I’m sure you had some insecurities. Perhaps you weren’t good enough at sports. You were terrible at math. You couldn’t fill a B cup. Or perhaps, like so many teenagers (me included), you suffered through daily bouts with dreaded acne. Now imagine someone who took that insecurity just a little too … Continue reading »


Remember back when I featured The Kid Table for Cover Love? If so, this cover may not come as a surprise, then. Let’s talk design elements, first. As I’ve mentioned approximately 4,538 times on this blog, I love it when a cover is simple, but different. You can’t just slap some Helvetica titles over some vintage … Continue reading »


I have to admit I’ve had my eye trained on this book for a few months. Every time I venture into a bookstore, it’s almost always outward-facing. I also can’t help but be attracted to shiny objects — y’know, like a squirrel or raccoon but without the whole rabies thing. But seriously, check out the … Continue reading »


Hey there, reader. Does this look like paranormal cover art to you? While it’s not the norm for me to discuss book synopses here, I’ll tell you this much: Nina Wright’s Homefree is about a teenage girl who astral-projects. Yes, you read that right. Now take a look again at Homefree’s cover art. When I … Continue reading »


Woot! This is my third Behind the Design post! Can you believe it? Not only does this please me to no end because it allows me to pick apart designers’ brains, but I’m so glad to finally get to share the thoughts on how Awaken’s cover came to be. Please give a warm welcome to … Continue reading »


Yesterday I featured Katie Kacvinsky’s cover for her debut novel, Awaken. Today, you get to hear her squeal about it for yourself. TCG: With this being your first published YA novel, how much anticipation did you have towards the design of your cover? Did you ever have any ideas about what you thought AWAKEN’s cover … Continue reading »

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