"Never judge a book by its cover." Or so we're told. But let's face it, we sometimes could not help but be drawn to their beauty. In a store full of paperbacks and hardcovers, these standouts pack a graphic punch and as visual beings we all can’t help but notice, flip open and read. The next thing we know, we’re handing them out to the cashier, shopping bags lying in wait.
Call it a gimmick but they are foolproof at tickling our prying curiosity. This is why today we’ll shine the spotlight on five novels that made us do a double take. In fact these could surely pass for a fashion editorial or a magazine spread, even Anna Wintour would be pleased.
Synopsis: This is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.
Likely Seen On: The pages of Candy Magazine and Seventeen
Rapture (Fallen) by Lauren Kate
Synopsis: Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the Fall began. Only Luce can break the curse, and it is her choice alone that will decide all of their fates. But as Dark Forces gather, great sacrifices will have to be made in this final, epic struggle. In the fight for Luce, and for Love, who will win? In the final installment of the Fallen series, heaven can't wait any longer.
Likely Seen On: An America’s Next Top Model shoot
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices) by Cassandra Clare
Synopsis: The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters, including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them.
Likely Seen On: A clothing line’s EDSA billboard or your favorite male bloggers
The Heir (The Selection) by Kiera Cass
Synopsis: Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairytale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible. But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her very own Selection no matter how fervently she protests. Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.
Likely Seen On: A Teen Vogue article on prom
Envy (Luxe Series) by Anna Godbersen
Synopsis: Two months after Elizabeth Holland's dramatic homecoming, Manhattan eagerly awaits her return to the pinnacle of society. However when she refuses to rejoin her sister Diana's side, those watching New York's favorite family begin to whisper that all is not as it seems behind the stately doors of No. 17 Gramercy Park. In this third installment to the Luxe series, Manhattan's most envied residents appear to have everything they desire: wealth, beauty and happiness. But sometimes the most practiced smiles hide the most scandalous secrets.
Likely Seen On: The June cover of Mega and Preview
These covers prove that there can indeed be a marriage between fiction and fashion. How about you? What are your favorite books covers?
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This article was written by Anne Macachor (yours truly) and first published for Zalora Philippines. To read the article over at the Zalora Communtiy site click here. For more of Anne's contributed articles, click here. Happy reading!