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Hi. It has been raining non-stop in Topeka. At least it was anyway, it rained for a week straight, took a couple days off and started back up again. I was honestly expecting to see Noah’s ark coming around. Funny story, I apparently talk about books and ARCs so much that when telling my mom if she sees an Ark to wave it over, she thought I meant an ARC. I kind of pronounce A-R-Cs as ARCs, why? I’m not sure, I just do. Like with BEA, half the time I sounded it out rather than going by letters, ha. I don’t do that with ALA though, maybe because that already has a meaning.
This is my next edition of my somewhat sporadic feature, Wondrous Covers Wednesday.
Wondrous Covers Wednesday is a weekly feature where I choose to showcase three covers with similar attributes and themes. To see past editions, you can check out my page for them here.
This week’s common aspect is… Can you guess what it is? It’s flowers. There are so many flowers on covers this year and I am just loving it. Two of my most anticipated books of the year contain flowers and really reminded me of each other. I discovered another cover that has similar looking flowers on it, so I decided to feature it as well.
Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios
This may not be the prettiest cover for obvious reasons, but I adore it. I love how some of the flowers are alive and others are dying. I like how they’re growing through what looks to be a window. The window, to me, symbolizes to me the way the main character is sort of trapped in her life and bad circumstances.Namely the “Bad Romance”.Flowers can be such a big part of romance, you might give your date flowers on their first date, or your significant other flowers on Valentine’s Day or their birthday.
On that same note, it reminds me of how in abusive relationships, you just see the flowers and happy events. You don’t (always) see what’s coming next. The toxic parts of the relationship, the flowers that only come after something bad has already happened. The flowers are alive but dying because everything that ever masqueraded as being good is being destroyed.
I think I kind of summarized that up above? The good in the main character’s life is fading and all she’s left with are some dead flowers and a “bad romance” to be put extremely lightly.
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
This is a bit of a contrast to Bad Romance, no dead flowers here. Holy crap, how gorgeous is this cover? First of all, the title font reminds me of Beauty and The Beast. The golden girl makes me think of Tinkerbell and other fairies. The flowers are totally and completely gorgeous. Not to mention the night sky in the middle of the flowers. I can’t even imagine how stunning this looks like in person. Everything is just really perfect.
Wild Beauty is about a family of women who tend gardens. It’s another magical realism story by McLemore which really tells me everything about the cover. There’s a garden, the women are Latinx and there’s magic. Judging by the title “Wild”, things are going to get a little bit up in the air, so to say. When reading the title, I think of it as two ways, the first way I just described and the second describing the main character, Estrella. Judging by that, she could be a very care-free character who is serious about what she wants.
A Map For Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor
This is probably my least favorite cover out of the three. I’m not a big fan of the yellow text, especially with it being in capital letters. It is nice and bright though which fits right in with the flowers. I do love a book with a black background though. The flowers and leaves themselves remind me a lot of the objects in Everything, Everything.
I’m a big fan of metaphors, so to me, the flowers and leaves intertwining with the font is a symbol for the girls being trapped on this island as well as being caught up whatever tore them apart.
So, which cover is your favorite? Are you a fan of flowers on covers? If so, what is one of your favorites I didn’t mention?