Judging a Book by its Cover: 6 Gorgeous Book Covers

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One of the reasons why I pick up a book is because of its cover (yes, I judge a book by its cover). The thing about gorgeous book covers is that even if you don’t end up liking the book, you’ll have a beautiful book to add to your bookshelf.

You can read my other 9 reasons to pick up / buy a book here

This is a list of books that I haven’t read (yet) but I want to own because they look gorgeous. Also, I’m definitely biased towards upcoming releases but I’ll also add backlist titles because I also love backlist books!

So… let’s begin!


Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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“Centers on Lou, a rebellious witch who escapes from her coven, the Dames Blanches, on her 16th birthday. She renounces magic, and for two years, she survives by stealing what she needs. When a botched robbery puts her in a compromising position with Reid, the pious lead witch hunter, his boss, the archbishop, proposes they marry to protect Reid’s spotless reputation. Lou accepts, figuring the best place to hide from the leader of the Dames Blanches, La Dame des Sorcières, is with the witch hunters themselves. Their mutual hatred dissipates as they get to know one another, and they begin to fall in love. However, Lou continues to keep her identity as a witch secret. When the truth unravels, a brutal fight for survival ensues that reveals the fate of their love, and the fate of their world at large”.

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

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This Romeo and Juliet retelling set in Shanghai in the year 1926 is exactly the book I didn’t know I needed. 

The publication date is set for November 2020 so I can’t wait to buy this book. 

You can read the full synopsis here.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

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“Each year, eight girls from the Paper caste are chosen to serve the Demon King—both a high honor and a cruel fate. But this year, nine girls are taken instead. Lei is a young woman from a remote, rural village. Her mother was snatched by the King’s Guards when she was just a child, and now the guards are after Lei, the girl with the golden eyes. She is taken to the palace to become a Paper Girl, and serve the King. But as love blossoms between Lei and another Paper Girl, their passions and plots threaten to light a fire that may burn down the entire empire”. 

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

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The first thing that came into mind when I saw this book cover was “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. I know it doesn’t make sense why I thought about it but I thought that it would be a book about the four elements. 

“After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.

And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw”.

Read the full synopsis here

Btw, the publication date for this book is September 15th 2020!!!

Lobizona by Romina Garber

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You knew I had to include this book in this list! I have only heard good things about it and can’t wait to read it! 

This book cover is GORGEOUS


“Some people ARE illegal.

Lobizonas do NOT exist.

Both of these statements are false.

Manuela Azul has been crammed into an existence that feels too small for her. As an undocumented immigrant who’s on the run from her father’s Argentine crime-family, Manu is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida.

Until Manu’s protective bubble is shattered.

Her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lifelong lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE. Without a home, without answers, and finally without shackles, Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past–a mysterious “Z” emblem—which leads her to a secret world buried within our own. A world connected to her dead father and his criminal past, A world straight out of Argentine folklore, where the seventh consecutive daughter is born a bruja and the seventh consecutive son is a lobizón, a werewolf, A world where her unusual eyes allow her to belong.

As Manu uncovers her own story and traces her real heritage all the way back to a cursed city in Argentina, she learns it’s not just her U.S. residency that’s illegal. . . .it’s her entire existence

The Poppy War by R.F Kuang


I talked about how this book is intimidating in my previous post. You can check out my other answers to The Stuck at Home book tag here. Even if I have very high expectations for this book, look at this book cover!!!

“The Poppy War tells the story of Rin, a war orphan scraping at the bottom of society’s barrel. But when she passes the mandated tests of the Empire and earns her place in the most elite military school in Nikan, she learns that rising to the top doesn’t make the water in the barrel any less murky. Through teenage trials of friendship and falling out of love with your dreams, to the pains of growing up and what purpose life is supposed to hold, Rin learns life’s hardest lessons in the Sinegard military academy.

Showing an aptitude for the equally mystical and mythical art of shamanism – something regarded as a bit of mumbo jumbo, or better yet, an excuse to get high – Rin learns the hard way that not all is as it seems. And just when she seems to have fought her own inner demons to a stalemate, an invading nation threatens all she knows”.


Your thoughts?

Have you read any of these books? Are they as good as they seem?

Do you have a favorite book cover / book covers?

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  1. Mehsi

    Ohhh, so many pretty covers! Hello fellow cover lover! *waves* I know all about buying a book just for the pretty cover, done that so many times. 🙂 Great post.

  2. Putri

    I also read serpent & dove because the cover is really catchy. Fortunately, I also falling love with the story and can not wait to read the second one!!

  3. Marta @ the book mermaid

    Oooooh these covers are so pretty!! I’m especially in love with TVD and GOPAF <3

    • val @behindthatstory

      ikr! TVD and GOPAF have been on my TBR forever and I can’t wait to read them! I really hope they’re good


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