books we just can't help buying because they're so pretty
The new cover (left) for this fantasy about a young assassin is awesome. It's fantastical, elegant, and just plain bad-ass. Hands down better than the old one (right), in which the main character looks more like a Gossip Girl than a cutthroat killer.
Both 2013 novels by Rainbow Rowell are adorable enough to stuff in your mouth like wedding cake.
Both Whipple (right) and Ardis (left) prove that an author in charge of her own cover is not a bad thing. In fact, a savvy author can capture her character and the mood of the book in a way that no one else can. Well done.
These covers are just begging you to take a flight with a magical winged creature across a strange land.