March 20, 2020

Book Cover Battles

*Hello friends! I'm back with a new kind of post today. Book Cover Battles! This post is completely for fun so please don't take anything I say too seriously. πŸ˜„I've seen some of these on booktube before and I just thought it would be fun to try it out here. If you're looking for something light-hearted to do these days then come join in the fun.!


Book Cover Battles


I've picked some random categories for this challenge. They are: No people on the cover, Plants/Nature, Animals, Buildings/locations, People on the cover, Sci-fi covers, Fantasy covers, Historical fiction covers, Most beautiful, and Ugliest. I'll just show a picture of both describing what I like in each and then show the picture of the cover I think wins the battle and why. Some of these were really hard! Anyway, I hope you enjoy. πŸ˜„




No People on the Cover:



For this category, I picked Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw and Diamond & Dawn by Lyra Selene. This was actually hard to pick a winner because both of these books are so pretty! I love the metallic moons on Winterwood. But, Diamond & Dawn has the most stunning shades of orange, red, and purple. Ultimately I had to go with:


It's just so pretty! and I might be biased because I have read Winterwood and not Diamond & Dawn. So, there is a bit of favoritism going on here.

Plants/Nature on the Cover:



This was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be. I have a bunch of books with nature on them but they also usually have people as well. In the end, I decided to go with my two green books and have them square off.  I really like the gold lettering on A Heart So Fierce and Broken and that purple flower is perfect. As for The Gilded Wolves, I really like the blue flowers. In the end I picked:


Even though I enjoyed The Gilded Wolves WAY more than A Heart So Fierce and Broken, I had to pick Heart. It just has a prettier cover.

Animals on the Cover:



This one was so HARD. Tess of the Road and Heart of Flames both have gorgeous covers. I love the turquoise/purple on Heart of Flames. But the design on Tess of the Road is so beautiful. Plus it's aqua so.... In the end I decided on: 


Heart of Flames won this round. I'm just in love with the color scheme. 😍

Buildings/Locations on the Cover:



I picked Renegades by Marissa Meyer and The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen because they have similar structures on their covers. For this battle I chose:


Renegades! I really like the look of this one. The shades of blue really pop and it looks like a really good book!

People on the Cover:


Again, this was so hard! Bone Crier's Moon was illustrated by Charlie Bowater 😍😍and there's a redhead on the cover so that's a win. On the other hand, The Raven and the Dove has a wrap-around cover so literally the whole jacket is the picture. It's so gorgeous. In the end I chose:


Again, I have already read The Raven and the Dove and I loved it, so there's some bias there. But the other reason I chose this one is that without the dust jacket you see the cover art without any text. As seen here:


I mean....how beautiful can this book be? Seriously so stunning. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Sci-fi Covers:



Ok, so I couldn't help myself with this one. Here you see the US cover of Skyward on the left and the UK cover on the right. Both equally gorgeous. I LOVED this book. The sequel not so much. But what can you do? Anyway, this was really hard as I love both of these covers. But I just had to go with:


I picked the UK cover for this one. It was honestly so hard, but I think this gives the book more of a polished look and definitely makes it look more exciting than the US cover.

Fantasy Covers:



Ok, so this is kind of a Maas face-off. Both of these books are the last book in a series and they are both beautiful. I love how striking the yellow cover of Kingdom of Ash is. And A Court of Wings and Ruin shines with its green cover and sparkles. But in the end I decided on:


Kingdom of Ash is really hard to get a good shot of, but I love how the yellow and blue look together. All around its just a striking cover. And I don't have a lot of yellow books so that's a win.

Historical Fiction Covers:



Both of these books are so pretty. Every time I post a picture of The Illiad and the Odyssey on bookstagram people ask me where I got it. Just so you know it's from Barnes and Noble. Citadel, on the other hand, is equally as pretty with the blue and yellow. I'm sensing a theme here with Kingdom of Ash. Oh well...


For this one, I went with Citadel. I just love how pretty the yellow filigree is against that blue background. Bonus: The hardcover is the same color as the yellow on the jacket.

Ugliest Book Cover:

Let me preface this by saying that I don't really own ugly books. I am such a judge-the-book-by-its-cover person. If I'm not into the cover, I probably won't read it. #sorrynotsorry Anyway, you'll see that one of the books from the battles was chosen for this category and that's just because I'm not the biggest fan. To be fair I got it in a book box so I had no idea what it was going to look like. But I read it and loved it so obviously now I have to keep it. 


Behold, the ugliest book I own. And it's not even that ugly. 😢I mean I could have put one of my nonfiction books here but I didn't think it was fair because these are all fiction. So there you have it. My ugliest (not ugly) book. 

Most Beautiful Cover:


This was super hard, as you can imagine. But I think this special edition of A Court of Thorns and Roses is my most beautiful book. It has a scene from the book done in gold foil on the cover and I just LOVE it. Ok. Enough gushing. Maybe. It was totally worth the ridiculous amount of money I spent on it. Ok. Don't @ me. πŸ˜‚

I hope you enjoyed this little cover battle! It was a lot of fun to put together and to see how I rank my covers. I'm curious, what would your choices have been?

Happy reading,

Alicen