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And we’re back in my favorite genre, historical fantasy. Now, I’m not a huge fan of the author name being bigger than the title. The few times I can see it working is for authors such as Stephen King, where

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Cover Art Critiques

This is definitely an eye-catching cover, and the judicious addition of dripping blood does an excellent job of informing genre. I love the crumbling marble face, as it adds an immediacy to the image, making it intense and personal to

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Thrillers are not my genre, and many of the covers are very similar. However, the cleverness of this technique caught my eye, a literal erasure of the woman’s face, reflecting the title. The color scheme is solid, with just a

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Sometimes, a limited color palette is too much of a good thing. I think this cover is a demonstration of that. There isn’t enough contrast to make this amazing image pop at thumbnail size, even though it’s gorgeous, intriguing, and

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Even though I’ve seen this font a hundred times lately on book covers, I love it. And I adore the gradient given here, to imitate the glow of the sunset around the castle. The addition of the flock of birds

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This COULD be too busy, but it really isn’t. The illustration is stylized, simple, and gives some intriguing hints about the story. A pen, a padlock, a key, a knife, a panther, a woman with a gun. Frankly, I’m impressed

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Sometimes illustrated covers work, sometimes they don’t. This one is so compelling, it makes me want to grab the book, despite the fact that I’m not a huge Young Adult fan. I love the butterfly motif in the imagery, the

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What a lush cover! I love this new fad of iconographic artwork, but I feel this one is a bit too complex. The light element is nice, and it does keep the cover from being too flat, but there is

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Gorgeous artwork, fantastic perspective. I love how the dragon fades away so the figure stands out. That’s a great way to keep from cluttering the cover art. And again, my favorite, a limited color palette. The metallic font with the

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Oh, how I adore this cover. Stylistic artwork that holds lots of hints about the story, the time period, the genre, still while sticking with blue, white, and gold. The font matches the time period as well, and the white

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This cover has strong iconography, limited color scheme, and definitely genre-specific. However, I think there’s too much going on. The center symbol (s) has the phoenix, star, and circle, as well as blue lightning. That’s fine. Add a strong title

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Sometimes simple is indeed better. All this shows is a warrior (by the fact he’s literally bristling with weapons) and some mountains with clouds. Yet, the atmosphere promises a lot more. The strong, simple font might be a bit more

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I’ve done several pale/light covers, so it’s time for some darker ones. This one is very dark, very chthulic, with a hint of the ridiculous. The black/green color scheme works fine, though the red scarf seems a bit amorphous, the

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This cover has an intriguing mix of figurative illustration, graphic effect, and a very strong iconography. The bar on the right reminds me of some of the classic novels from the 1960s, as does the font. The upward slant of

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Normally, this would be way too many colors for me. However, this totally works for this cover. The overall night theme and dark blue ties it together, and since this is a fairy tell retelling based on a Chinese story,

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A Rorschach test blob wouldn’t be my first choice for a cover. However, this one is rather intriguing, and I can see the possibilities. After all, why settle for just one, precise image, when you could effectively have dozens of

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This one has a lot going on but it does so without being obtrusive. The limited color scheme and the mix between illustrative and pictorial aspects works. The upside down blood building is a little confusing, but I think it

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This is an unusual color scheme for a figured cover, but it works. The cool blue informs something creepy and mysterious, even though it’s bright and easy to see. The Victorian house in the background tells me it might be

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This is an amazing cover. I adore the illustration, and the subtle puzzle pattern adds questions and intrigue. The color scheme is soft and pleasing, and the unique font, while still perfectly legible, is amazing. I’m a huge fan of

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