Cover Love: That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

cover love 

In a YA world where covers can get a little same-y, the cover for Johnston's newest is an exciting departure from the norm.  It reminds me of a softer, prettier version of the covers for V.E. Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic and co.  Similar woodcut style, like the kind of art you'd see in old Viking barrows.  Or minimalist screenprinting.  Or stylized tarot cards.  The colors are beautiful (I hope the gold is shiny!) and I love the contrast between the branching tree and branching...subway line?  Plus the DNA sequences on each side, little details you don't notice at first.  It's a blend of old-world style and modern tech that's perfect for this alternate universe story.  Plus the text art is way more interesting than the same old brush art.  


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