Bookish Oscars

Best Cover – Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

We like to pretend that looks don’t matter, but that just ain’t the truth! Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. Let’s try again… looks don’t always matter, but none of us can deny the power a beautiful book cover has on all of us bookworms.

At some point we’ve all been lured in by a stunning book cover that tricked us into thinking the book would be just as good. I know I’ve fallen into this trap many, many times. At this current moment, just from a basic glance, I can tell you that I’ve got at least 30 books on my bookcase that I purchased because of the cover with a desperate hope in my heart that the book would be even halfway decent so I could justify what I spent on it.

However this is not one of those times! When I first saw the best cover category I immediately knew there was a clear winner – Strange the Dreamer by my idol, Laini Taylor

She had inherited a story that was strewn with corpses and clotted with enmity, and was only trying to stay alive in it.

I’ll be honest and admit that I haven’t actually read this book yet, but I’m not worried. It’s Laini Taylor and she doesn’t know how to be anything other than incredible. Like this cover for example. Dark blue, gold and the most gorgeous illustration of a moth I’ve ever seen.

I turned my nightmares into fireflies and caught them in a jar.

Clearly it’s extremely beautiful and gives off an air of mystery, just like her writing. Regardless of which one of her works you’re reading, one thing becomes clear – her writing is like poetry. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again! She has a gift of writing in a style that is almost lyrical; weaving together a world of incredible characters, magic, mystery and strangeness. A true testament to her skill is that never once does it feel like she’s overdoing it and this is clear in her writing and her book covers.

It happens quite often that you’ll see a cover that is so dramatic and has so many things going on you almost don’t know where to look. Or God forbid it’s got the classic young lovers caught in an embrace. These are the typical and forgettable covers we’re used to – but not this time! Strange the Dreamer is simple, stunning and memorable and that is why it’s our winner.


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