One of the most alluring factors for me when picking my next read is the cover. I’m a sucker for a stop-you-in-your-tracks book cover. Gorgeous covers inspire an immediate top spot on your TBR list before you’ve even read the inside flap to find out what the story is about. So for this week’s Heat Index, I’m compiling five of my recent favorites and let me tell you, narrowing it down to five was a tough job. Not only were these five reads a delight to look at, but they earned mega bonus points for having a fantastic story living between the covers.
The Girl at Midnight, Melissa Grey (Delacorte Press, April 2015)
Heat Index: Echo is the only one of an ancient race of people living underneath New York City who is visible to the humans living above ground. When their world is threatened, Echo decides it’s up to her to save her race. From Echo’s kick-ass demeanor to the magical elements, I fell hard for this beauty.
The Darkest Part of the Forest, Holly Black (Little, Brown & Co., January 2015)
Heat Index: Stories say that the horned boy who lives in the glass coffin in the forest will never wake. But then he does and a war breaks out, forcing Hazel and her brother, Ben, to reveal long-buried secrets in order to defend their land from the faeries. Black builds an enchanting world that drew us in from the cover and kept us reading to the last page.
Vengeance Road, Erin Bowman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, September 1)
Heat Index: Kate Thompson knows she must do whatever it takes to find a journal that leads to buried gold, for which her father was killed. What she discovers are family secrets and a group of men who aren’t afraid to dispose of an 18 year old standing in their way. Bowman’s story is exciting and raw with Western grit that makes you want to saddle up a horse and take on the Wild West.
The Walls Around Us, Nova Ren Suma (Algonquin Books, March 2015)
“Suma subtly explores the balance of power between the talented and the mediocre, the rich and the poor, the brave and the cowardly–and the unpleasant truths that are released when these scales are upset.” —New York Times Book Review
Heat Index: Though Amber and Violet come from two different worlds, they have one thing in common: Orianna. But Orianna is dead. When worlds collide, dark secrets (and ghosts) threaten to reveal themselves. A completely enthralling read, Suma’s cover drew us in, but her writing made us stay.
A Bright Moon For Fools, Jasper Gibson (Skyhorse Publishing, September 1)
Heat Index: The death of Harry Christmas’ wife is too much for him to bare. Leaving everything he knows behind, Christmas takes off for Venezuela and embarks on a mission to find his wife’s ancestral village. But what he finds along the way is danger, darkness and despair. With a perfect cover and a perfect story, Gibson has a winner in A Bright Moon For Fools.
Are there covers that have you swooning lately? Let us know in the comments!