They say not to judge a book by its cover. But come on. The covers are the first thing we see. And, like it or not, they do give us the first glimpse into what a book is about.
Here are five fantasy covers that I keep coming across as I’ve perused Amazon and have been drooling over. Seriously, I dare you to not look at these and immediately shout, “Take my money!”
I know I’m adding them to my TBR list.
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How gorgeous is this? This might be one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen. I love how you immediately get the sense of the duality of the main character, and I want to know more.
There is so much to love about this cover. It totally transports you to the world of this book. Even the roaring waves in the background are beautiful. How can you not see this and want to read the story?
Come on!This one has a fire-breathing dragon on the top. If that’s not a cool cover, I don’t know what is. And extra props for it being a boxed set!
The colors in this one are just gorgeous, and even the font is fantastic. What’s so special about that tree? I have to know!
This cover just screams that this is going to be a fun story. You have to love a kick-butt heroine! And magic? Yes, please!
That wraps up my list of 5 Drool-Worthy Fantasy Book Covers. If you’re a sucker for gorgeous covers like I am, be sure to check out the cover for my book Fate Abandoned (though I admit I am slightly biased):
What other gorgeous covers have you stumbled across lately? I’d love to know in the comments below. 🙂
Everyone loves a strong female lead, and these YA books deliver! Here are my top five favorite heroines from YA books.
Katniss Everdeen: I mean… duh. The Hunger Games was the first series I practically devoured. And much of that was because Katniss was such a fascinating character. She’s clever, resourceful and skilled with a bow and arrow. Oh, and she leads a revolution. That’s pretty kick-butt in my book.
Tris Prior: As a general rule, whenever I’m talking about how much I love the Divergent series, I’m really just talking about how much I love the first and second books. If you read the third, you probably know why. That aside, Tris is practically the definition of a strong female lead. She’s physically strong and has a strong moral compass, too.
Cassie Sullivan: Cassie is fiercely protective of her little brother. And the girl faces off against ALIENS. Need I say more?
Cinder: Cinder was a fascinating spin on the classic fairy tale. A cyborg Cinderella? Yes, please! She’s smart. She’s self-sufficient. She’s good at fixing things. And she’s full of sass.
Charlotte Holmes: Charlotte may not be leading uprisings or fighting aliens, but her clever deduction skills make her an incredibly strong female lead. I mean… she’s descended from Sherlock Holmes! And sleuthing skills definitely run in the family.
That wraps up my Top 5. And if you’re looking for your next favorite kick-butt heroine, be sure to check out Daphne in Fate Abandoned. She’s not afraid to stand up to authority. She’s amazing with a sword. And she’s determined to save her brother when he ventures on a doomed quest.
What other heroines should be on the list? Let me know in the comments below.
- YA books are full of raw emotion. The teen years are a time when everything feels so heightened and intense, and it feels like the stakes are so high with every little decision you make.
- YA books show that anyone can bring about change. Look at Katniss and Tris. If you looked at where they’d come from, you wouldn’t assume that girls from District 12 and Abnegation would end up leading revolutions. But, due to their circumstances, they became passionate about their causes and led others to stand up for what was right.
- YA books show the excitement of all the firsts – a first love, a first kiss, a first heartbreak.
- YA characters haven’t been jaded yet. They’re not bogged down with bills, an overbearing boss or PTA meetings. Their whole lives are in front of them, and there’s excitement in knowing anything is possible.
- YA books are all about hope. Hope in love. Hope in justice. Hope in a better future. Hope that anyone can be the hero of their own story.
What are some of the reasons you love reading YA books? Let me know in the comments below.