It’s been a long time, probably a year, since I posted a book list here. Now that I’ve got the motivation to write a post and finish it, I decided to put a twist on the prompt. But before I go deeper with that, Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah and hosted for few years but now, it’s currently hosted by my friend, Meeghan at Meeghan Reads. This week’s prompt is Top 5 Books with People on the Cover. It’s a great prompt but I thought since it’s been a while I posted stuff like this, I would twist it. I came up with Enchanting Faces on the Cover. I think you have an idea which covers I mean. I always find close-up faces on book covers beautiful and inviting, and as my title says, enchanting. I’ve always wanted to make a post about them. I decided, this is my chance.
Aside from being gorgeous, there’s just something about faces on book covers. Like they’re already telling a story but at the same time enchanting me to dig deeper into their stories. They’re inviting me to come read and uncover secrets. It’s special.
I only chose books that are currently on my TBR, because think I already talked enough about the ones I already read. I found these book covers equally beautiful, so they’re in no particular order…
1.) Malice by Heather Walter
A princess isn’t supposed to fall for an evil sorceress. But in this darkly magical retelling of “Sleeping Beauty,” true love is more than a simple fairy tale.
Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who, in an act of vengeance, cursed a line of princesses to die. A curse that could only be broken by true love’s kiss.
But in this dark retelling of Sleeping Beauty, do not expect a sweet, romantic story with a Prince Charming saving the day because Malice is about Alyce and Aurora – a dark fae and a cursed princess, respectively. This book is on my current read list on Goodreads, and I’m supposed to read it every week this month for our book club that is not a book club on Twitter, but I haven’t started it yet. LOL. But I’ve always wanted to read it since I first saw this cover last year. Look at that cover, isn’t that gorgeous and enchanting. So dark, I love it. Even if I haven’t read the book yet, I know the cover fits the story perfectly because the blurb hinted at it. I can’t wait to meet Alyce, to be honest.
2.) Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction – at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful – and completely unforgettable.
I’ve been trying to read Memoirs of Geisha for a while now, in fact, my copy already looks old on my shelf even though I haven’t read it yet. The title alone is enough to entice me to read it. The word, Geisha, is one of those words that I’ve always known or a word that I know the meaning of when I hear it. I’m very curious to read a story about a Geisha. The blurb is intriguing, so intriguing. I’m more intrigued to see the word, romantic, in the blurb. But if I’ll be honest with myself, it’s the cover that made me buy the book. Because look at that face. She’s so beautiful and mysterious. Her eyes are keeping so many secrets and mysteries I want to uncover. She also looks sad but not really. So yeah, I’m very curious what her story is.
3.) The Silence of Bones by June Hur
I have a mouth, but I mustn’t speak; Ears, but I mustn’t hear; Eyes, but I mustn’t see.
1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.
As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.
But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.
The tagline alone is enough to make me want to read this book. The blurb also hinted at lots of mysteries, and I want to figure out if the inspector is the criminal. I always enjoy stories with plot lines such as this one. It makes me sit on the edge of my seat, waiting to find out the truth about a certain character. And of course, the cover. The fact that her gaze is downcast is so enchanting. I want to know the story.
4.) Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most demeaning. This year, there’s a ninth. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.
In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, she does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.
Aaaah this cover is so beautiful. I still don’t have a physical copy of this book, by the way, but it’s on my wishlist. I will have it eventually. This book is about two girls who are supposed to be concubines to the king but fell in love. I know this book oozes with girl power, of standing up and fighting for their rights, and based on the reviews of my trusted reviewers, this book delivered.
5.) Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.
Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.
Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her.
I’m not going to lie, I have a crush on the girl on the cover. She’s so beautiful. I know she’s a princess and she certainly looks like one. The blurb hinted at a thing about forbidden magic and I love that. A princess with forbidden magic. This book screams suspense and drama and I’m so down for that.
There you have it blisses. I love these covers so much. As I said, there’s just something about faces on the covers and I hope more authors, publishers, and artists make book covers like these ones.
Have you read these book? Or planning to? What do you think of them? How about the covers? Let’s chat.