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Cover Love: Our Favorite Illustrated Covers This Year!

We are LOVING the illustrated cover trend that has blessed YA recently. If you are too, here are 28 of our favorite illustrated covers from this year!


Margot Mertz Takes It Down by Carrie McCrossen and Ian McWethy

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The laptop decals. The smirk. We’re here for it.


Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy

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Did we mention the whole book is also illustrated? This graphic novel is a MUST.


Some Girls Do by Jennifer Dugan


The whole vibe of this cover just makes us so happy.


Winterkeep by Kristin Cashore


It’s hard to capture a world as vivid and riveting as the Graceling Realm, and yet, this cover does exactly that.


The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe


Between that bright red and the perfect simplicity of the illustrations, this was an instant favorite.


Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

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The cover alone stole our hearts. But just WAIT until you read what’s inside.


The Valley and the Flood by Rebecca Mahoney


The more you look at this cover, the more you notice.


The Wide Starlight by Nicole Lesperance

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The northern lights. We want to wallpaper a room with this cover.


A Queen of Gilded Horns by Amanda Joy

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Eva looks absolutely epic on this cover, and we’re here for it.


Tobyn: The It Girl by Ashley Woodfolk


Honestly, all of the Flyy Girls covers are top notch.


House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland


The Mona Lisa has nothing on the way Iris’s eyes just FOLLOW you from this cover.


From Little Tokyo, With Love by Sarah Kuhn

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Let’s face it, this cover is just freakin’ adorable.


Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee


This cover is so beautiful it’ll distract you from the fact that you’ll be sobbing by the end of the book.


Switch by A.S. King

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This cover is the perfect mix of eerie, unsettling, and thought-provoking, much like the words inside!


Aetherbound by E.K. Johnston


E.K. Johnston writes one hell of a space adventure, which deserves an equally epic cover!!


Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera


Fun fact: it’s impossible to look at this cover and not smile.


We Are Inevitable by Gayle Forman

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That blue is EVERYTHING.


Heartbreakers and Fakers by Cameron Lund

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This cover chose drama, and we love it.


The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

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In case you missed the memo: you need this instant 2021 favorite on your shelf.


Eat Your Heart Out by Kelly deVos


DIE ZOMBIES DIE. We love how epic Vivian looks on this cover.


The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass


Let’s face it, this cover instantly became iconic.


Curses by Lish McBride


OBSESSED with this fairytale retelling, and equally obsessed with this cover.


Sugar Town Queens by Malla Nunn


We guarantee you’re going to fall in love with this friend group.


Edie in Between by Laura Sibson


We’re a lil obsessed with the tarot card cover concept.


Hello (From Here) by Chandler Baker and Wesley King


The sunset, the longing stare. There’s so much to love about this cover.


When We Make It by Elisabet Velasquez

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We’re also just loving the purple cover thing lately.


The Falling Girls by Hayley Krischer


Say it with us: HEATHERS VIBES.


The Coldest Touch by Isabel Sterling


There are literal hearts coming out of our eyes.



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