Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Flowers


Since I’m posting this on Easter, I wanted to do something slightly-but-not-overly Easter-y. This holiday makes me think of spring, which makes me think of flowers, so here we are, book covers featuring flowers!

Honestly flowers are just so pretty on their own that I didn’t have to try too hard to find pretty covers that featured them. These covers aren’t the style that I usually end up with when I do these posts, but this just might be one of the most visually beautiful collections of covers yet!

The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly RingleWicked Like a Wildfire by Lana PopovicShadowsong by S. Jae-JonesThe Traitor's Kiss by Erin BeatyA Treason of Thorns by Laura E. WeymouthWe Awaken by Calista LynneTwo Princes of Summer by Nissa LederThe Antidote by Shelley Sackier13 Ways to Midnight Book 4 by Rue VolleyBlue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater


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I love how so many of these have a similar design with a clump of flowers and plants and then text (or in one case, a sword) in the middle, yet they all look so different and unique. Although I’m also a fan of asymmetry, so I love the asymmetric design of We Awaken too.

And ALL of these have such great use of color. I especially love the color combo on The Antidote. The contrast is amazing and it seems like those colors shouldn’t work together, but they do.

And I love how some of these manage to have quite a dark vibe to them, despite flowers generally being such light, cheery, colorful things. (Well, not all flowers. I just learned the other week that there’s a flower called the vampire orchid! And while looking them up to find a good link, I just discovered there are a whole bunch of creepy looking flowers, including bat orchids!)

If I absolutely had to pick favorites from this bunch, it would probably be The Antidote and We Awaken, but I honestly love them all!


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Which of these book covers featuring flowers is your favorite?

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  1. Greg

    I think Two Princes of Summer and A Treason of Thorns are my faves here. Both kinda have that similar look even though one’s a lot darker than the other. Both are fabulous though. I also like The Goblins of Bellwater a lot.

    We Awaken and Blue Lily are nice too.

    Speaking of darker flowers, I’m surprised we don’t have more plant- based horror.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Two Princes, Treason of Thorns, and Goblins all have the same kinda design and yet manage to look so different, I love it.

      Those two are so pretty!

      Maybe cuz it’s hard to make plants scary? Idk, I’m usually a wimp, but I watched that horror movie… The Ruins, I think it was? in high school, where people are attacked by plants, and I just couldn’t take it seriously lol.

      1. Greg

        Yeah I can see that. I watched the old Day of the Triffids (granted it’s ancient) and it was hard… to be horrified by these ridiculous plant things lolol.

  2. Suz

    Honestly, even though I love the flower artwork, I find a lot of the covers too busy. I like The Antidote and We Awaken but the flowers on Shadowsong are particularly striking to me.

    1. Kristen Burns

      That’s fair. Having them all together like this makes them look even busier, but I kinda dig the visual chaos! It’s like an overgrown garden XD I’ve always loved the Wintersong/Shadowsong covers!

  3. Sam@wlabb

    Squeee! I love flowers on the cover, and am always amazed by how many you find to feature. I just put together my first cover-love kind of post, and it took me quite a while. So, gold star to you. Wicked Like a Wildfire was one I featured one year for most beautiful cover. I like the use and placement of the flowers, as well as the colors chosen. They are all really striking and pretty, though.

    1. Kristen Burns

      It does take a while to put these together, I’m glad someone appreciates my work, haha. I can definitely see why you’d feature that one, it’s beautiful!

  4. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Who knew that flowers could be on so many different books? I was expecting to see some contemporary reads or something, which would be a surprise as I know fantasy is far more your style. There are some very pretty ones here, I have always liked the cover for The Goblins of Bellwater, it’s the colour on the dark background which does it. And The Traitor’s Kiss is stunning too.

  5. Wren

    These are all such lovely covers. The ones that really caught my eye are We Awaken and 13 Ways to Midnight.

    I love flowers on book covers. I find they can be so expressive of the mood of a book. Bright flowers, dark flowers, wilting flowers….love it.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yay, glad you like We Awaken too! Were you the one who reviewed 13 Ways to Midnight? I feel like it was someone’s review that brought that one to my attention, but it’s so pretty!

      You’re right, flowers can be used to express so many different moods!

  6. Sassy Sarah Reads

    I love flowers on covers! They are my absolute favorite thing. My favorite is when they are illustrated. It’s my weaknesses. I will almost always add those books to my TBR. I’m weak. LOL

  7. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I adore the 13 Ways to Midnight cover as well as A Treason of Thorns because of the darkness. Great covers and thanks for the kind thoughts and wishes this week 🙂 Happy Belated Birthday too!

  8. Olivia Roach

    SO MANY PRETTY COVERS IN ONE POST. I might go crazy. The Goblins of Bellwater is on my wishlist ever since your review for the book. I just reread Blue Lily, Lily Blue this month and it is my favourite of the Raven Cycle books. Oh, and I also like the cover of Shadowsong but I really didn’t enjoy Wintersong so I doubt I’ll ever read it 😛

    1. Kristen Burns

      I KNOW, RIGHT??? It’s beautiful chaos. You need to read The Goblins of Bellwater, and I need to read the Raven Cycle lol. Oh no! I think I remember you not liking that one. I still want to try it though!

  9. Dani Eide

    My two favorites are We Awaken & A Treason of Thorns. I love how flowers can express so many moods on a cover and hint at the story within. Great selection of covers Kristen! ❤️🥀♥️

    1. Kristen Burns

      It’s super gorgeous! I haven’t read that series yet, but I want to! The only book on this list that I’ve read so far is The Goblins of Bellwater, but I loved that one!