Cover Characteristics: Black, White, and Yellow Book Covers


Ahhhhh this post was so hard. It’s been sitting in my drafts forever because I just could not find ten covers I loved that had only black, white, and yellow. I guess yellow on its own is a hard color to work with since there aren’t a whole lot of usable shades, and it can be hard to see yellow against a white background. It’s also very bright and could end up hurting people’s eyes if not used well.

But I did finally manage to find some great covers! So here they are :-)


Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
The Final Raven by Finian Black
Darkhaven by A.F.E. Smith
The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
Every Mountain Made Low by Alex White
Jeremiah Jones Cowboy Sorcerer Episode 3 by H. Duke

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My favorites are Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor and Darkhaven by A.F.E. Smith. I’ve always loved the covers in that Laini Taylor series. I love color pop, I love the fonts used, and I love the whole design. It’s so eye-catching! And the Darkhaven one really stands out with the minimalist white background (that has a kind of crumpled look) and then that POP of color in the beautiful pegasus/unicorn.

The Final Raven by Finian Black, Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi, and Every Mountain Made Low by Alex White all have a similar look with that solid, bright shade of yellow and interesting use of silhouettes.

The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli looks cool with the lips and the blade and the sparkly effect. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young has really awesome use of shadows and color to give a sinister look and make the weapon stand out. The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin is pretty with the skyline and the sparkly sky. I love the unique paper cut-out silhouette look on The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald and the way it shows both above and below ground. And Jeremiah Jones is another eye-catching one with lots of yellow and a cool effect with the birds.


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  1. Greg

    These colors are kickass together! Sky in the Deep might be my favorite- maybe because I just read it, but I love how her face is half shadowed. Plus it just rocks. :) And I love the Gods and Monsters cover too- all those Laini Taylor covers really, but that one is my second fave here probs.

    Summerland is nice, and I like the Princess and the Goblin for the aboveground/ below ground thing. Jeremiah Jones is pretty good too and gives me a Weird West vibe almost?

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    1. Kristen Burns

      These color-based posts always make for a gorgeous collage! And yellow and black always look so good together! Gosh I love those Laini Taylor covers. But Sky in the Deep is great too! Yeah, Jeremiah Jones is a weird west one :-)

  2. Stephanie Jane

    These colour based posts are so gorgeous and I love these yellows together. Great job! I am imagining how difficult it must have been to find a ten that complement each other so well.
    Strangely, the Alex White one immediately put me in mind of Djinn City, I think for the bold colour and diamond shape as, looking across at Goodreads, they’re not particularly similar at all!

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Right?! The color-based ones come out looking amazing! But they’re also difficult to find covers for sometimes lol.

      I can maybe kind of see why it reminded you of Djinn City even though they are pretty different. They’re both pretty though!

  3. Sarah J.

    I didn’t realize how much I prefer covers with this color scheme until I saw them laid out together. I’ve always loved the Dreams of Gods & Monsters cover because I love that series, so I’m bias. These are some amazing covers. I really love The Final Raven, Darkhaven, and Every Mountain Made Low. They have some fantastic illustrations!

  4. Lola

    I can’t think of a lot of covers with only those colors, so I can see why you struggled with finding ten covers for this post. They do look stunning so next to each other with all the same colors. That Laini Taylor series does have some great covers indeed. I like the unique feel of The Princess and the Goblin cover.

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Seriously, I love how it looks when I do these color-based posts! I just the Laini Taylor covers. I’ve finally decided I want to try the series. The Princess and the Goblin cover is so cool with the underground thing!

    1. Kristen Burns

      I’ve been saving cover as I come across them for so long. Finally I just became determined and went actively searching so I could finish lol. It’s such a great color combo! The Last Namsara is a really pretty and eye-catching one.

  5. Luna & Saturn

    This is such a pretty colour-based post – the covers are all so nice to look at. We’ll probably have to say that Dreams of Gods and Monsters is our favourite. Haha, this is probably super irrelevant but one of our school maths textbooks has a yellow and white cover, so that was literally the first thing we thought of – these covers are much better. Love this post! <3


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  6. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I love The Final Raven and Summerland. I’m surprised this combo isn’t used more often because it is quite stunning. I’ve missed this feature and was thrilled to stumble on a new on this morning!

  7. Danya @ Fine Print

    Gods and Monsters was the one that immediately came to mind for me, too! But you’re right, I’m struggling to think of any other book covers that have only black, white, and yellow on them. The only yellow cover that comes to mind is The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis (which I’ve heard great things about), but that one has green on it too.

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Believe it or not, I totally forgot about the Laini Taylor series when I started making this post! *eep!* Luckily I stumbled onto it and then I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it already. That’s a nice cover, but I do stick to strictly black, white, and _____ for these posts since it makes the collage look amazing ;-)

    1. Kristen Burns

      Ooh that’s true, it can definitely convey different emotions with different tones, even though it’s the same color. That’s a really interesting thing to consider! Thanks!

  8. sjhigbee

    They look fabulous. And you’re right – those covers for the Daughters of Smoke and Bone series are all awesome… Thank you for sharing these – I love the colours and wouldn’t have thought to track books in this combination:).

  9. Olivia Roach

    Wow, when I see all the books like this really close together, I can actually see how beautiful black, white and yellow book covers are. They are so gorgeous that I kind of want to buy them all so I can take bookstagram photos DD: I haven’t read any of these. I started The Last Namasara but wasn’t really enjoying it or the main character so I put them down. But maybe I will pick it up again soon?

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Right?! I love any sort of black, white, _____ tbh. But yellow really goes great with black. DO IT. BUY THEM ALL. :-P I haven’t read that one. Hope you like it more if you do try it again though!