Monday 7 September 2020

Book Tag | Dreamy Book Covers Tag 2020 Edition

I love doing book tags but I often feel like I'm limited on what books I can use for different prompts as I definitely haven't read as many books as some people and therefore I sometimes end up repeating books in different tags. But a quick google search found me a masterlist of different book tags and this one caught my eye as it's an opportunity to highlight some of my favourite book covers. I also decided to do this tag as a 2020 edition so all of the books I've featured are 2020 releases. So, this is the Dreamy Book Covers tag created by Tiana @ The Book Raven!

 "No Ideas But In Things"

a book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it 

Ok, so I haven't actually read Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross yet but for me this book cover just screams YA fantasy. I love the mirrored images and the subtle differences between them which really reflects that this book is about sisters and from the illustrations, I think we can expect plenty of action and intrigue.

 After eight long years, Evadne will finally be reunited with her older sister, Halcyon, who has been proudly serving in the queen’s army. But when Halcyon appears earlier than expected, Eva knows something has gone terribly wrong. Halcyon is on the run, hunted by her commander and charged with murder.

Though Halcyon’s life is spared during her trial, the punishment is heavy. And when Eva volunteers to serve part of Halcyon’s sentence, she’s determined to find out exactly what happened. But as Eva begins her sentence, she quickly learns that there are fates much worse than death.

"Dark and Lovely"  

a book cover that is so creepily delicious

I can't tell you how excited I am for this book. Horrid by Katrina Leno is one of my most anticipated books of the year and the cover is just giving me all the spine chilling vibes. There's something quite disturbing about the image and I knew straight away just from looking at the cover that this was going straight on my October TBR. I'm actually looking into buying the September OwlCrate box which is going to feature this book so fingers crossed I can nab myself one.

Following her father's death, Jane North-Robinson and her mom move from sunny California to the dreary, dilapidated old house in Maine where her mother grew up. All they want is a fresh start, but behind North Manor's doors lurks a history that leaves them feeling more alone...and more tormented.

As the cold New England autumn arrives, and Jane settles in to her new home, she finds solace in old books and memories of her dad. She steadily begins making new friends, but also faces bullying from the resident "bad seed," struggling to tamp down her own worst nature in response. Jane's mom also seems to be spiraling with the return of her childhood home, but she won't reveal why. Then Jane discovers that the "storage room" her mom has kept locked isn't for storage at all--it's a little girl's bedroom, left untouched for years and not quite as empty of inhabitants as it appears....

"Sugary Sweet"

 a cute cover that is so fluffy you want to give it a hug

The Falling In Love Montage by Ciara Smyth sounds like it would've been the perfect summery rom-com read but alas I might have to save it for next year instead. From the synopsis it sounds absolutely adorable and the front cover is giving me major summer romance vibes with the carnival background and the pink and orange hues.

Saoirse doesn’t believe in love at first sight or happy endings. If they were real, her mother would still be able to remember her name and not in a care home with early onset dementia. A condition that Saoirse may one day turn out to have inherited. So she’s not looking for a relationship. She doesn’t see the point in igniting any romantic sparks if she’s bound to burn out.

But after a chance encounter at an end-of-term house party, Saoirse is about to break her own rules. For a girl with one blue freckle, an irresistible sense of mischief, and a passion for rom-coms.

Unbothered by Saoirse’s no-relationships rulebook, Ruby proposes a loophole: They don’t need true love to have one summer of fun, complete with every cliché, rom-com montage-worthy date they can dream up—and a binding agreement to end their romance come fall. It would be the perfect plan, if they weren’t forgetting one thing about the Falling in Love Montage: when it’s over, the characters actually fall in love… for real.

"The Simple Aesthetic"

a book cover that stuns with the most minimalistic of design


Apparently minimilism is not a big trend when it comes to 2020 book covers cause I can tell ya, I struggled with finding a book cover that fit this prompt. In the end I settled on The Circus Rose by Betsy Cornwell although I'm still not 100% sure that this counts as minimilism but it's the closest we're gonna get! I hadn't heard of this book but apparently it's a retelling of Snow White and Rose Red and you know I can't resist a fairytale retelling. I'm especially intrigued by the circus and bear images on the front cover with the bonus points of it being queer as well!

Twins Rosie and Ivory have grown up at their ringmaster mother’s knee, and after years on the road, they’re returning to Port End, the closest place to home they know. Yet something has changed in the bustling city: fundamentalist flyers paper the walls and preachers fill the squares, warning of shadows falling over the land. The circus prepares a triumphant homecoming show, full of lights and spectacle that could chase away even the darkest shadow. But during Rosie’s tightrope act, disaster strikes.

In this lush, sensuous novel interwoven with themes of social justice and found family, it’s up to Ivory and her magician love—with the help of a dancing bear—to track down an evil priest and save their circus family before it’s too late.

"Cover Envy"

a book cover that you wish you had on your shelves but don't yet


Apart from all the rave reviews this book has been getting, I've also been coveting it because of how much I love the cover. I adore the colour scheme and even though it's simplistic, it's still really eye-catching. I'm also completely obsessed with that dress. This is one i'll hopefully be adding to my shelves sooner rather than later.

After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find - her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

"Traveling Abroad"

a beautiful book cover featuring a country outside of your own


This is another one that I can't wait to pick up and read. The plot sounds so unique and interesting in The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin, and it's something I've never discovered in a book before. The basic premise is that the city of New York is alive and the five boroughs are embodied in five different people. These five people must come together to defeat an evil entity before it's too late. Tell me that doesn't sound amazing? I'm also thrilled that this sounds like it'll be a series that focuses on a different city for each book as well.

Every city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York City? She's got five.

But every city also has a dark side. A roiling, ancient evil stirs beneath the earth, threatening to destroy the city and her five protectors unless they can come together and stop it once and for all.

"The Colour Wheel"

A cover that showcases one of your favourite colours


I couldn't decide what colour I wanted to highlight for this prompt so I decided to go with one of the most beautiful and brightest covers I could find. I love the design style for The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune, it's so fun and creative and quirky all at the same time. That perfectly describes the book as well by the sounds of it as there's everything from gnomes to the Antichrist in this one.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he's given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.


"Switching Gears"

a cover change that you hate


Originally this prompt was to highlight a book cover change that you love but I couldn't find any 2020 redesigns that I loved so instead I chose A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas as I really don't like what they've done with the new covers. They're not completely terrible but I just feel like they've regressed rather than improved on these covers. If I had to make the choice I'd much rather own the original editions than the newer ones.   

Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

"Oldie but Goodie"  

A favourite cover of a favourite classic


Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll has always been one of my favourite classics and there have been so many wonderful covers over the years. I'm lucky enough to own the MinaLima cover but I'd also love to own this gorgeous version as well (we'll ignore the fact that it might possibly be a children's simplified version!).

On a drowsy afternoon by a riverbank, a young and distracted Alice follows a rabbit into a fantastical underground world that grows curiouser and curiouser. Dared, insulted, amused, and threatened by a succession of anthropomorphic creatures, the indomitable Alice falls deeper into a swirl of the imagination where logic has no place.

I love all of these covers but I think my favourite of the bunch has to be Horrid by Katrina Leno!

Are any of these covers in your favourites? Which covers have been your favourites of 2020? Let me know in the comments and happy reading!

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