I’m back with some more book covers I admire!
This one is nicely wicked (as per the title). Limited color scheme really highlights the red, which might be ink, but more likely blood. The rustic font and color treatment on the font itself helps add to the mood. And the birds add movement to what might otherwise be a static image.
This one has some wonderful elements. The purples and blues meld together with an obvious underwater theme. The whale or eel spine, the daggers, skull, fins, and octopus tentacle give vibes of piracy, mermaids, and danger. The strong title in the center and the faint background of perhaps bubbles adds to the underwater feel.
The Reader seems to be a YA book, but this cover would work for adult fiction as well. Again, limited color scheme, a subtle overlay of underwater pattern, and a strong font. I would have liked the title a little brighter, but it still pops out. The graphic gold divisions across the main figure make it surreal, otherworldly, without making the image look silly or too alien.