We’ve seen all kinds of face-croppings on book covers. Here’s a new one (or at least newly noticed by me). The chin triangle. Both Just One Wish by Janette Rallison (Putnam’s, March) and Swoon by Nina Malkin (Simon Pulse, May) use this to great effect. On the latter book, it’s more like a part of the landscape. I’ve seen a lot of ho-hum covers in the upcoming crop of books – but these are pretty and inviting. The title and author fonts/colors are important as part of the composition and they’re harmonius rather than overly busy like so many others.
UPDATE: I’ve got Just One Wish in my hands, and it’s even better than it looks in this picture. The starburst-y things have just a tiny bit of glitter – enough to catch your eye with a subtle sparkle. Not too much – just enough. Nice.
Just One Wish: Seventeen-year-old Annika tries to cheer up her little brother Jeremy before his surgery to remove a cancerous tumor by bringing home his favorite television actor, Steve Raleigh, the star of “Teen Robin Hood.” Cover designed by Theresa M. Evangelista. Ages 12+. Reviews: 1, 2, 3.
Swoon: In rural Connecticut, when seventeen-year-old Dice tries to exorcise a seventeenth-century man who is possessing her cousin Pen, she inadvertently makes him corporeal–and irresistible. Ages 16+.