We’ve all seen beautiful book covers, featuring a cottage by the sea and graceful seagulls flying over head. The birds are subtle touches but they seldom stand out. This year, I’ve noticed that ravens and crows are prominent on several alternate reality or thriller cover layouts. They are a focal point and not just a background item. Of course, I have examples.
The first cover is Visions, a contemporary thriller. It uses crows to show unrest, mystery, and maybe even an ominous threat to those inside the house.
Dutton Adult – August, 2014
The second cover is from, Illusions of Fate. It is a whimsical cover with the birds flying from the side of a porcelain teacup into the air. It’s charming and I’m curious why the heroine isn’t startled when the teacup design comes to life.
Harper Teen – September, 2014
The third example is, Winterspell. I love how the bird is perched on the two “L” letters in the title. Based on the crow and the heroine holding that knife, something bad is going down.
Simon Schuster – September, 2014
Even self-published steampunk novels are using this trend. The fourth example is, Storms of Lazarus. Now granted, the first thing you notice is the gorgeous hero on the cover but look again, there is a either a crow or a raven perched on his shoulder.
Self-published – July, 2014
The next example is disturbing but it fascinates me. Take a look at Homecoming Homicides and the feathered friend getting up close and personal with either the heroine or an unfortunate victim.
Wild Rose Press – January, 2014
My final two covers are from the same Harlequin series and they are my, “What were they thinking?” covers. I’m not sure if featuring giant ravens, looming over the hero and heroine, creates a good cover. But then, maybe there are HUGE ravens in the series.
Harlequin Intrigue – January, 2014
Harlequin Intrigue – November, 2014
What do you think of , Raven’s Hollow and Night of the Raven? This isn’t a huge trend but it is an interesting mini trend. Illusions of Fate and Winterspell are my favorites from the group.