The Best Young Adult Book Covers of 2017

Posted by Marie on December 27, 2017


Although you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, you can certainly admire its cover art. And this year's young adult novels featured some of the most stunning book covers yet. Every month, our readers cast their vote in our young adult newsletter, choosing the one cover that they couldn't resist. The monthly winners then entered a final showdown, where fans voted on which covers would take home the title of "Best of the Year."

And who was the champion of 2017? Fantasy favorite An Enchantment of Ravens took flight with first place; The Bone Witch cast its spell and took second; and placing third was contemporary heartbreaker, The Color Project. Congratulations to all those that made the final roundup—we can't wait to see what covers will come our in way in 2018.

Want to participate in next year's cover contests? Be sure to sign up for the Goodreads young adult newsletter.

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message 1: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I hope that the success of An Enchantment of Ravens will encourage more publishers to put paintings on covers again, instead of those perfume-ad type photos that are all starting to blend together. Paintings have so much more personality!


Sonja ✧・゚。★*☾ Wild Beauty is my favourite cover of 2017 ✨
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore


message 3: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro Sarah wrote: "I hope that the success of An Enchantment of Ravens will encourage more publishers to put paintings on covers again, instead of those perfume-ad type photos that are all starting to blend together...."

I agree completely. Also, I'm not great when it comes to visual imagination, so to me it's great to get pictures of the characters. Feels like it's been ages since the cover of any novel I read had an actual person...


message 4: by Josiah (new)

Josiah I loved the cover art for The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Adam Silvera's They Both Die at the End also had nice art. The cover doesn't look like anything special on the computer screen, but in person the purple really stands out.


message 5: by Puck (new)

Puck These are indeed all beautiful covers, but I believe this one should also be on this list (technically it's a middle-grade book, but look at this: In real life it even glitters and shimmers!)

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge


message 6: by Krista (new)

Krista Ivy Renegades by Marissa Meyer is my favorite book cover of the year
http://www.marissameyer.com/wp-conten...


message 7: by Tawnie (last edited Dec 27, 2017 12:33PM) (new)

Tawnie Mizer This is one of my favority book covers of 2017 technically not young adult but beautiful anyway!
The Girl in the Tower


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