I know there are some very important conversations to be had about the sudden increase in the use of illustrated covers (particularly in romance) when more POC authors are being published, and what might be the underlying reasons for it; but I won’t deny that I personally love illustrated covers a lot. I just love their colorful nature and don’t really like them being dismissed as cartoon covers. So today, I wanted to share some of my favorite illustrated covers of upcoming releases which are on my TBR.
I haven’t read any of the author’s previous work and I wouldn’t even know about this alternate history, noir style mystery novel if not for N. K. Jemisin’s recommendation, but that cover immediately captured my attention and I want to read the book just for that.
Firstly, this is a mainstream sapphic contemporary romance which is awesome. And I’m absolutely loving that stylish and bright aesthetic.
I adore the color purple so this cover was always gonna capture me on first look. And those golden color borders are so neat and gorgeous.
Isn’t this cover just stunning.? That glorious dark brown skin, that golden dress and all the colorful necklaces and hairpieces make for an overall glowing cover.
This cover is very simple, showing the three generations of women whose story it’s gonna be about but there’s so much beauty in the colors, the city background and the overall spring like feel. I love it.
I loved the cover of Bringing Down the Duke as well, so it’s not a surprise I am really enjoying this one. But I also love this color combination a lot more, and it’s hilarious that the heroine is spilling the tea (literally)..!!!! And that background of London is gorgeous too.
Firstly, it’s a desi girl on the cover, dressed up in Indian clothes. And then it’s that gorgeous black with glowing golden stars and I’m completely mesmerized with this cover. You could make me pick up this book just by looking at it and not even bothering with the blurb.
I can’t exactly tell you why I find this cover so striking, but it’s just bright and memorable and I can’t wait to read the book.
Another cover where I just love the sheer desiness of it. A lovely brown girl wearing a saree and even the designs in the frame feel so familiar – it’s all so beautiful and I’m glad that we are getting this representation on covers.
Other than the creepy magical woods in the background aesthetic, I’m totally in love with a beautiful black girl with gorgeous curls featuring on a fairytale retelling cover. I’m so excited to read this one.
What do you think of illustrated covers? Do you like them too? Are any of these books on your TBR? What are some of your favorite upcoming covers? Please feel free to share all your thoughts in the comments below…