YA Nerds, Feast Your Eyes On All This BEA '15 Book Cover Porn
They say you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but let's be honest. It's kinda impossible not to start feeling feelings on a first brush with some fantabulous cover art. (If you're like us, going to a bookstore is almost as hard as visiting a puppy pound because you just want -- no, make that need -- to take home all of the things.)
Sound familiar? If so, we've got some good-bad news for you: This year it's gonna be so much worse. Because, guys, we scouted Book Expo America this year to get a sampling of what's trending in the YA cover scene for the rest of 2015, and there is SO much pretty on the rise.
And better yet, because nerdy is as nerdy does, we even discovered a few tidy cover categories to sort the goodies into. Eep! So, yeah. Go ahead and invest in that new bookshelf already because WOULD YOU JUST LOOK.
First, there were a lot of faceless silhouette people on the new Young Adult covers.
Looks like this year, you're going to have to use your imagination to picture what all of these lit heroes and heroines look like. Which (a) means we'll meet you on the message boards as we fan-cast the sh*t out of all of these and (b) with them all grouped together like this, we're kind of scared. Who are these freaky shadow people suddenly taking over the table?
Titles: "The Thing About Jellyfish" by Ali Benjamin, "Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between" by Jennifer E. Smith, "The New Order" by Chris Weitz, "Deceptive" by Emily Lloyd-Jones, "Lair of Dreams" by Libba Bray, "After The Red Rain" by Barry Lyga, Peter Facinelli and Robert DeFranco, "Nightfall" by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski, "The Blackthorn Key" by Kevin Sands, and "Juniors" by Kaui Hart Hemmings.
Then, there was all the text-only word art game.
We do happen to approve of clever font play when appropriate because just savor the words.
Titles: "Not If I See You First" by Eric Lindstrom, "The Nest" by Kenneth Oppel, "A Step Toward Falling" by Cammie McGovern, "Traffic" by Ellen Hopkins, "Infinite In Between" by Carolyn Mackler, and "More Happy Than Not" by Adam Silvera.
Plus, we saw about fifty shades of grey on display.
We almost rushed ourselves to the eye doc for a quick check-in after hitting BEA15 because this year's artists rocked out with a bunch of greyscale designs. Way to be subtle. We almost didn't see you there. (But you're still so preeeeetty.)
Titles: "The Rose Society" by Marie Lu, "Six of Crows" by Leigh Bardugo, "What We Saw" By Aaron Hartzler, "Zeroes" by Scott Westerfeld, "Another Day" by David Levithan, "These Shallow Graves" by Jennifer Donnelly, and "Blood and Salt" by Kim Liggett.
There were also quite a few red centerpiece designs.
When you've got a rad shade of red, you've got enough.
Titles: "Black Widow: Forever Red" by Margie Stohl, "Slasher Girls and Monster Boys," "The Accident Season" by Moira Fowley Doyle, and "The Scorpion Rules" by Erin Bow.
And there were some that were mind-bogglingly ornate.
Someone got carried away in the best way, and we seriously just cannot stop staring at all of the details. What will all of the layers mean?!?
Titles: "The Marvels" By Brian Selznick and "Reawakened" by Colleen Houck.
Oh, and let's not overlook the gobs of gooey coupley covers because lurve is alive and well in 2015.
We're going to assume there'll be some serious smooching going down in all of these. Because otherwise, we're just confused.
Titles: "Carry On" by Rainbow Rowell, "Dream Things True" By Marie Marquardt, and "Goodbye Stranger" by Rebecca Stead.