Cover Characteristics: Best Book Covers from Books I Read in 2021


I love pretty book covers! They can definitely entice me to read a book I probably wouldn’t have been quite interested enough in otherwise. Or make me more excited for a book I already wanted to read. Or make me want a print copy, just so I can look at it whenever I want. So, as I think I’ve said before, this is a post I really look forward to each year.

I included some runners-up, but I actually did choose a top ten this time. (Well, if series count as one, which they do to me, and it’s my blog, so I make the rules.) I couldn’t pick a #1 favorite though. They’re all winners!

My choices for this post are solely about the covers, not about the story, but I’ll link to some of my reviews, if I’ve written them, in case anyone wants to know more about what I thought. Also, reminder, these aren’t all books that released this year, just books I read this year.

Anyway, enjoy the pretty covers!

Runners Up

The Witch King by H.E. EdgmonThe Fascinators by Andrew EliopulosImmortal Divorce Court by Kirk ZuroskyHeartache & Hoofbeats by Maz MaddoxTravelers by Al HessThe Bar at the End of the World by Tom AbrahamsLife of Melody by Mari CostaPunderworld Vol. 1 by Linda SejicNinety-Nine Righteous Men by K.M. ClaudeThe Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass

The Witch King by H.E. Edgmon – Cover by Ryan Garcia
The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos – I couldn’t find the cover artist 🙁
Immortal Divorce Court by Kirk Zurosky – Cover by Carly Milligan
Heartache & Hoofbeats by Maz Maddox – Cover by Shaleah Poster
Travelers by Al Hess – Cover by Al Hess
The Bar at the End of the World by Tom Abrahams – Cover by Steve Beaulieu
Life of Melody by Mari Costa – Cover by, I assume, Mari Costa
Punderworld Vol. 1 by Linda Sejic – Cover by, I assume, Linda Sejic
Ninety-Nine Righteous Men by K.M. Claude – Cover by K.M. Claude
The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass – Cover by Corey Brickley

Top Ten

Smut Peddler Presents: Silver – Cover by Mirjam Löfgren

Smut Peddler Presents: Silver

Not only does this cover have beautiful artwork and color choices, the print copy has silver foil that shines when the light hits it, making it even better!

Boys of Alabama by Genevieve Hudson – Cover by Travis Bedel

Boys of Alabama by Genevieve Hudson

I just think this one is pretty. I love the design and the color combo and the image. I love the combination of the hands and bones and muscles with nature and flowers and butterflies.

[ My Review ]

The Hunter and the Spider Series by E.M. Jeanmougin & Jay Wright – Covers by Kittrose

Strangers in the Night by E.M. Jeanmougin & Jay WrightFriends in Low Places by E.M. Jeanmougin & Jay WrightOnly the Good Die Young by E.M. Jeanmougin & Jay Wright

These have such lovely and detailed artwork. I love being able to see the characters, especially when the art so perfectly matches their descriptions, and the art also perfectly gives off the vibes of these urban fantasy but still sweet books.

[ My Review ]

In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens – Cover by Sam Schechter

In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens

This cover is just so pretty and cute and playful and fun. And look at those colors!

Revenge by Dani Hoots – Cover by Mona Finden

Revenge by Dani Hoots

I love that you get to see all the main characters right away on the first cover of the series, and in such a pretty art style!

Simon Snow Series by Rainbow Rowell – Covers by Kevin Wada

Carry On by Rainbow RowellWayward Son by Rainbow RowellAny Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell

These have wonderful art, but I also love how dynamic, colorful, and eye-catching they are.

[ My Review ]

Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo – Cover by Sasha Vinogradova

Summer Sons by Lee Mandelo

This is just super gorgeous and detailed. Hands are so visually interesting and can really make for such great covers. I also love the muted and mostly green color palette and the bones + nature combo.

[ My Review ]

The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer – Cover by Sarah Maxwell

The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer

This is lovely art, I even love the bit of reflection behind them, and it really does suit the story so nicely.

[ My Review ]

Before We Disappear by Shaun David Hutchinson – Cover by Valentina Remenar

Before We Disappear by Shaun David Hutchinson

This cover is just so pretty. I love all the swirling and almost psychedelic colors, and poses and expressions of the characters are quite fun.

Tales of the Tuath De Series by Tess Barnett – Covers by Jasmine Monterroso

Those Words I Dread by Tess BarnettBecause You Needed Me by Tess BarnettTo Keep You Near by Tess BarnettIt Ends With Us by Tess Barnett

I really love the almost blocky art style of these. I also love how prominently they feature the characters while still feeling fun and dynamic and how they even show a bit of the interaction between them.

[ My Review ]

Check out my other 2021 end of the year posts!

Cover Characteristics: Best Book Covers from Books I Read in 2021
Bookish Musings: Top Ten Characters from Books I Read in 2021
Bookish Musings: Top Ten Books/Series I Read in 2021 + Some Non-Bookish Things


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  1. Greg

    I think the biggest thing for me is a book cover will definitely make me want a physical copy sometimes. Just having it on the shelf= bliss. 🙂

    I think my favorite right at the outset is Travelers. I really like your third choice though- those covers are wild. That first one has such a cool urban fantasy vibe…

    Summer sons is nice.

      1. Greg

        I went over to check out Travelers at the authors website and I think I’m going to get some of his stuff, especially Incidents in a Town Like Yours when it’s done.

  2. Suz

    I always like your cover posts. You find such interesting books.
    Silver is one I’d like on a book shelf – that shiny foil is lovely. And I really like Boys of Alabama.
    The only one I disagree with you is Strangers in the Night because, although I love the font, the title looks like it’s squashed in the corner/falling off the page. I’m itching to rearrange it a bit lol. That must be my OCD kicking in.
    Happy Holidays, Kit.

    1. Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)

      Thanks 🙂

      It’s the only book I have with foil, and yes, it’s lovely! More books should have pretty things like that.

      Yeah, the title prob should’ve been at the top like the others, but then they’d have to remove that other bit of neon and maybe that was too hard. Still beautiful artwork though!

      Happy Holidays!