Let’s take a moment to appreciate the scenery.
We don’t always get a lot of it with books, focused as we are on characters and plot. But setting always plays an important role, and today, it’s the star! Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads decided it was time to spotlight our favorite books with buildings on the cover, and lo and behold, I actually found five books to showcase. The scenery on some might be a little subtle, but you can’t deny the effect it has overall!
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (Monsters of Verity #1)
This is the subtlety I’m talking about! This Savage Song catches your eye with that chalky title and red violin silhouette, but if you look closer, you can see the city within the silhouette. It’s a nice tough that adds to the grim atmosphere of the book, the way the city is locked down so tight as conflict rises between humans and monsters!
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty (The Daevabad Trilogy #1)
I’ll admit that The City of Brass just…didn’t work for me, and I don’t think I’ll continue the series. That said, the UK covers feature some truly beautiful architecture on their covers! The city silhouette, the giant door, the gorgeous blue tilework against the brass?
Seriously, this is one gorgeous book.
Crier’s War by Nina Varela (Crier’s War #1)
Not only does Crier’s War have this stunning shiny cover, the level of detail is bonkers. Every little line has its place here, and the mansion looming over it all makes it seem even bigger. This is no small revolution, and no small love story, and every inch of the cover works its butt off to make sure you know that before you even start to read!
Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne (Rosemarked #1)
Rosemarked may be remarkably simple in terms of its cover, but I’m a sucker for watercolors. There’s something about the color and texture that draws my eye every time, and I love the individualized feel to it. Each blot of paint is unique and difficult to exactly replicate.
And here, it also shrouds the skyline in a misty pink haze. There’s an air of uncertainty to it, something so soft despite the harsh subject matter inside, and I love it for the atmosphere.
The Girl in the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire (Ghost Roads #2)
This one, I think, is the cream of the crop today. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown boasts one of the best cover redesigns I’ve ever seen (replacing the original but somewhat dull style for Sparrow Hill Road), and the sheer amount of movement blows my mind. It’s perfect for a series about a hitchhiking ghost roaring through her afterlife!
More important, though, I adore the Parthenon-esque building above the title. Not only does it satisfy my classics-loving heart, but it fits so well with certain parts of the story, and it couples well with the way the whole cover is angled to suggest not only movement but a towering, intimidating height.
Now that’s how you use a temple, folks.
So, have I missed any noteworthy landmarks, any bookish buildings that ought to have their own touristy postcards? Or have I covered some of the best stops on shelf? Let’s chat! 💛