Top 5 Tuesday || Covers of 2021

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Sometimes, you just need to look at something pretty.

Seriously. Ever feel your blood pressure drop when you look at a picture of a cute animal? Or that moment of awe realizing a photo is actually aĀ painting? Call me simple if you want, but I enjoy looking at nice things and taking a break. And technically, Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads gave me that opportunityĀ last week, but I’m a little slow on the uptake. That means we’re exploring my favorite covers of 2021 today instead, followed by my favorite new authors a little later today.

The fun never ends! Pretty covers to look at! Authors with brand new works to read and explore! There’s literally nothing that can go wrong today. I refuse to believe otherwise. šŸ˜Œ

DustbornĀ by Erin Bowman

Dustborn Cover

While there aren’t many tiny details to focus on withĀ Dustborn‘s cover, it still made my list almost immediately because of theĀ color. It’s so ominous, especially contrasted with “PARADISE AWAITS,” and I think it’s absolutely perfect for a book set in a dried out, desperate world!

Seriously, though. The colors are so vivid that this cover is nearly impossible to miss. I’m a huge fan.

Dustborn‘s cover was illustrated by Matt Griffin!


Small FavorsĀ by Erin A. Craig

Small Favors Cover

Nearly the polar opposite ofĀ DustbornĀ in terms of…well, everything, I love the Small FavorsĀ cover for two big reasons! The first is, of course, the bees. I love bees. Adore them. Can’t get enough of them. You can’t possibly hand me a cover with lovingly rendered bees and flowers and expect meĀ notĀ to like it!

But it’s also full of detail and depth! There aren’t a ton of sneaky secrets on the cover that only make sense when you’re done reading, but the close-ups on those flowers are beautiful! Plus, the extra details like the honey dripping from the title and that summery golden glow over it all just make this one a smash hit for me.

The cover ofĀ Small FavorsĀ was designed by Casey Moses!


Six Crimson CranesĀ by Elizabeth Lim (Six Crimson Cranes #1)

Six Crimson Cranes Cover

Something about theĀ Six Crimson CranesĀ cover reminds me a lot of colored pencil, but in the hands of a true professional. (This is probably because it is done with colored pencil, at least in part. Things you learn during a little extra T5T research!) I love that slight texture to the cover, matched with the vivid colors and the direct eye contact from Shiori on the cover.

UnlikeĀ DustbornĀ andĀ Small Favors, I haven’t readĀ Six Crimson CranesĀ yet, but I’m hoping the story inside is as stunning as the cover!

Six Crimson CranesĀ owes its beautiful cover to Tran Nguyen!


What Big TeethĀ by Rose Szabo

What Big Teeth

I love a cover with cool layers, and the fangs hiding in that dark slash across Eleanor’s face are a perfect example of peak layering! Plus, I love the brutal sharpness of the teeth against the almost wistful, soft portrait.Ā What Big TeethĀ is another one I haven’t read, but from the cover alone, I’m getting the feeling I’m going to enjoy all the hidden depths it has to offer!

What Big Teeth‘s cover was done by Corey Brickley!


Little ThievesĀ by Margaret Owen (Little Thieves #1)

Little Thieves Cover

The color! The progression from foreground to background! The creepy dude with antlers in the back! Wow!

Anyways, I solidly prefer illustrated covers over photography-based covers, and the simple but impactful color scheme coupled with all the careful little details makes it a cover after my own heart! I’m also the proud owner of the Illumicrate edition, which is extra shiny thanks to some gold foil on the cover. Hard to convey how pretty that is without being able to share it in person, but trust me: it’s really damn pretty.

Little ThievesĀ can boast its outstanding cover thanks to M.S. Corley!


So, how’s that for pretty covers? Is everyone feeling less stressed now? Even just a little? Okay, good.

Except now it’s time to stir the pot back up! What are your favorite covers this year? Do you think I missed a clear winner? Do we agree on anything? Let’s chat!

4 thoughts on “Top 5 Tuesday || Covers of 2021

    1. Isn’t it STUNNING? There’s just no way to walk past it without taking a closer look, not with those gorgeous colors! šŸ§”šŸ’œ

    1. Right? You can’t NOT look at Dustborn! But they really are so pretty. Cover designers are the real heroes.

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