Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring Hearts

 
 

This week’s topic is hearts! And if you thought I was really crazy enough to base my post on actual, realistic-looking hearts rather than the cutesy heart shape… you would be correct ;-) Ten points to your Hogwarts House. And also ten points to Ravenclaw because this is my blog and I say so.

Anyway, I did use some with cutesy heart shapes, but I also used some with realistic-type hearts because that just seemed like more fun and more fitting for the types of covers that I like. So if you’re super squeamish, this is your warning (although there’s only one cover that looks particularly realistic). The rest of you, enjoy!

 

 
Heartsnare by Steven B. Williams
Nefertiti's Heart by A.W. Exley
The Passionate Queen by Jovee Winters
Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Ripper by Becca C Smith
Time Weaver: Heart of Cogs by Jacinta Maree
The Other Lamb by Katie Young
Rasputin's Supernatural Dating Service by David D. Hammons
Risen by Cole Gibsen
Heart of Thorns by Nicolette Andrews
 

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Heart of Thorns by Nicolette Andrews

Heart of Thorns by Nicolette Andrews | reading, books, book covers, cover love, hearts

 

This one looks all magical. I like the floating, glowy heart.

 

Risen by Cole Gibsen

Risen by Cole Gibsen | reading, books, book covers, cover love, hearts

 

The colors and the heart-shaped tree and the whole ominous, desolate look make this cover so striking!

 

Rasputin’s Supernatural Dating Service by David D. Hammons

Rasputin's Supernatural Dating Service by David D. Hammons | reading, books, book covers, cover love, hearts

 

This cover is just a lot of fun!

 

The Other Lamb by Katie Young

The Other Lamb by Katie Young | reading, books, book covers, cover love, hearts

 

I actually like the realism of this one. (Is that actually a real heart? An animal heart, maybe?) It’s a very striking, attention-grabbing cover.

 

Time Weaver: Heart of Cogs by Jacinta Maree

Time Weaver: Heart of Cogs by Jacinta Maree | reading, books, book covers, cover love, hearts

 

That is a heart in her hands, right? This whole cover is just super interesting and pretty though, including the colors!

 

Ripper by Becca C Smith

Ripper by Becca C Smith | reading, books, book covers, cover love, hearts

 

Simple, but pretty, and such a nice shade of purple.

 

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff | reading, books, book covers, cover love, hearts

 

This one is a different style than the others, but no less interesting, and the red really pops.

 

My Favorite #1:
The Passionate Queen by Jovee Winters

The Passionate Queen by Jovee Winters | reading, books, book covers, cover love, hearts

 

So much red! And all the covers in this series are stunning.

 

My Favorite #2:
Nefertiti’s Heart by A.W. Exley

Nefertiti's Heart by A.W. Exley | reading, books, book covers, cover love, hearts

 

This one is so pretty and unique with the steampunk, mechanical look of the heart!

 

My Favorite #3:
Heartsnare by Steven B. Williams

Heartsnare by Steven B. Williams | reading, books, book covers, cover love, hearts

 

This is the most minimalistic one of the bunch, and technically it doesn’t have a heart on it (just an outline of one), but I think this cover is great! It’s so striking, and the colors and the crows and the thorniness of the vine things give it a dark feel. And the outline of the heart looks super cool.

 
 
 

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  1. Greg

    Ooh Cover Characteristics. Did they ever come back BTW? Last I checked they were still hiatus-ing. Oh well. Good topic! As soon as I saw it I thought of that new YA book Bring Me their Hearts, because it’s been calling to me a bit! But alas it has no heart on the cover, that I can see. Okay on to your picks. My fave is The Passionate Queen- I just love the crystal ball, the dress, and yeah all the red. Amazing cover. Risen is nice, I always like storm clouds and I didn’t notice the tree was heart shaped til I read your thing.

    I like Nefertiti’s Heart too with the steampunk or clockwork look. Reminds me of those Colleen Gleason covers for her Stoker/ Holmes books.

    Heartsnare is awesome with the upside down birds.

    1. Kristen Burns

      I think they’re still on hiatus, I just keep doing the posts cuz I like them, and this one was sitting in my drafts for a while. This was one the official topics, but I missed the week when they did it. I didn’t even think of that book, tbh lol. I love the crystal ball/snow globe thing on those covers, idk why! Lol how did you not notice that the tree was a heart??? :-P It looks so cool though!

      It’s funny, I don’t love a lot of steampunk books, but they often have beautiful covers!

  2. Angela

    I like how you went in both directions, realistic and symbolic. It covers a whole range of genres, I think! My favorites are Risen and Paper Valentine – I agree that the red really pops!

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  3. Luna & Saturn

    We were pretty much expecting cute heart covers, like Heartless by Marissa Meyer (though admittedly, it’s not too innocent when we think about it) but these are all quite dark. We both like the cover for Risen, and Heartsnare looks amazing too. Although it’s minimalistic, like you said, it’s just so striking. These cover are all so cool :)

    ~ Luna & Saturn @ Pendragons

    1. Kristen Burns

      I hadn’t really noticed, but you’re right, even a lot of the ones with normal heart shapes do look kinda dark! Those two are beautiful, and sometimes minimalism just works really well! Thanks, glad you like them too :-)

  4. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    This is why I love visiting your blog – I always find books here you just don’t see anywhere else. I’ve added 4 from this post alone to my wishlist. I love the cover of Heart of Thorns and can see me picking that one up soon. I’m glad you didn’t just go with cutesy hearts – I would expect nothing different )

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  5. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    When I saw this post was featuring books with hearts I was kind of expecting like romance and cutesy type covers which didn’t make sense because you read more fantasy type books and I don’t recall any cutesy covers on here so it seemed weird so I am majorly impressed at the interesting covers you’ve managed to find featuring hearts. I do really love that cover for Heartsnare, simple but so interesting to look at. I like it! I do like the super realistic looking one on The Other Lamb just because it’s different!

    Random story about hearts I actually once dissected a heart (I think it was a pig’s one) for a biology class and once I got over the weirdness of it it was actually really interesting. I thought I’d be really squeamish about it since I don’t like touching raw meat so imagine touching an actual heart! Turns out I totally wasn’t because I was so interested in it all, an excellent educational moment for me. So yeah, a random story for you there.

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Lol you know me ;-) I can always find interesting sci-fi/fantasy covers! (Ok that’s not true, I just avoid topics that I can’t find my kinda covers for lol.) The Heartsnare one is really cool-looking, right? I figured The Other Lamb might actually be a pig heart or something. I think I read somewhere that they’re similar to human hearts? You’re the pig heart expert though ;-) I never dissected any hearts, but I can see how it might be interesting!

  6. Olivia Roach

    Hearts on the cover of hearts in the title is pretty common! I remember when Nerefiti’s Heart came out because I read a lot of reviews for it and loved the sound of it. Then I proceeded to totally forget about it xD So thanks for reminding me of this one existing xD

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