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The Loaded Bookshelf

I'm an Editor in book publishing. All opinions are my own.

Currently reading

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
John Berendt
American Rust
Philipp Meyer
The First Rumpole Omnibus
John Mortimer

Jackets, Ooh-la-la: YA Edition

Graceling - Kristin Cashore Cinder  - Marissa Meyer Earth Girl  - Janet  Edwards Wicked Lovely - Melissa Marr Divergent - Veronica Roth Rot & Ruin (Benny Imura #1) - Jonathan Maberry

Just as with adult jackets, YA book jackets play a big role in encouraging me to pick up or learn about the book.  The problem with YA:  I really dislike the generic "girl looking sad/wistful/seductive/powerful" jackets.  These are apparently quite successful, though, as publishers keep using them.  Alas.


GRACELING -- I've always found the colors and image on this jacket beautiful, even though I think overall the design looks a bit "young" for the actual story.


CINDER -- This is a jacket of such perfection I don't even know what to say.  It captures the premise of the book exactly, conveying not only with the title but the image that the story will bear a loose relationship to the classic fairy tale Cinderella, but showing with the machinery outline under the flesh that this will be no ordinary retelling.


EARTH GIRL -- I know I said I hated girls on jackets, but I just really like this one, I think because the overall image of the girl resting on the world is so . . . weird.  It somehow conveys a fragility in both the girl and the earth.


WICKED LOVELY -- this cover led me astray, because I didn't care for the book all that much (haven't found a faerie book I liked yet, so it seems faeries just aren't for me).  I liked the blue-ish/purple color scheme and the mystery of the flower that looks frozen or dusted or something.


DIVERGENT -- I'm a fan of the big symbol books -- HUNGER GAMES, LEGEND, and the like, that depict something symbolic rather than people.  It conveys the epic scope of the plot.


ROT & RUIN -- Isn't this one freaky?  The red-rimmed, wide eye and the gray-ish flesh conveys the horror of the novel, but the bright green eye helps the image stand out.


What are your YA jacket favs?