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I know for this post we're supposed to talk about 10 different cover elements we like or dislike, but I decided to talk about just one and show ten examples that include ones I like, ones I dislike, and ones I'm neutral on.
This cover element? A girl in a pretty dress. It's frankly overdone, but it looks nice on some covers and horrible and out of place on others.
The Covers I Like
1. Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
I love how the dress and the water blend together. The pose sets this cover apart from other "girl in a pretty dress" covers.
2. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Let's be honest: the element that makes this cover so amazing is the crossbow. Otherwise, this cover would be pretty typical.
3. My Faire Lady by Laura Wettersten
I guess this cover doesn't fit as well because it isn't a long flowing gown, but it's still a girl in a dress, so I'm including it. I like it, though, because it really fits what the novel is about.
The Covers I'm Neutral About
4. The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass
I think the backgrounds set these books apart, and the dresses are pretty, but the only cover I truly love is The One.
5. Cinderella's Dress by Shonna Slayton
I'm excited about this book, I truly am, but I feel it's cover is oh-so-typical. I'm not sure I'd pick it up if I didn't know what it was about.
6. Deception's Princess by Esther M. Friesner
The falcon makes this cover pretty cool, and the colors are lovely, but it's nothing out of the ordinary and I feel like they were trying to hard to make the girl look like Merida.
7. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
The colors for A Mad, Wicked Folly's cover are stunning, but it's honestly nothing special.
The Covers I Dislike
8. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Thank goodness they changed Shatter Me's cover. Honestly, the hardcover is nothing special. The theme they changed it to for the rest of the series is much more eye-catching (pun unintentional) and different.
9. The Jewel by Amy Ewing
My main dislike for this cover stems from its similarities to The Selection - the font, the mirrors, the girl in a fancy dress. Especially since it's from the same publisher, you think they'd create something more unique.
10. Entwined by Heather Dixon
To me, this is seriously one of those typical "girl in a pretty dress" covers. I like the border, but it's not enough to save this cover.