On Alternative Dust Jackets

*image by booknerdrox on instagram

While scrolling my instagram feed, as one does more often that one wants to admit, I came across this image. It’s beautiful, it’s compelling, it’s eye-catching. I had no idea what it was until a third pass at the tagging.

It’s the Court of Thorns and Roses series, and I’m currently reading the books.


I do actually like alternative dust jackets, I actually have a set of Harry Potter ones displayed in my home, despite owing the originals too. And these pictured here are literal works of art – I wouldn’t mind owning them at all. (I might actually check to see if I can find them online after writing this, but I somehow doubt these are for purchase). But I also love original cover art, and books are so expensive and duplicates unnecessary. There’s something special about being able to purchase a book in a series as it comes out over time. And yet, the artists who create alternative covers make something special too, and in this instance I think they’re more evocative than the originals.

What do you think, readers? Are you pro original covers or pro alternative covers? Let me know.

We can’t kill our way out of this one.

Have you ever done a double take at a quote or a book title? I had that moment a few days ago when I came across this promo image on Pinterest for A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas. Released in 2018, apparently I added it to my never-ending TBR list on Goodreads, and it’s a novella – a side story to Maas’ best selling Court of Thorns and Roses series (also added to my TBR). While I’m currently making my way through some autumn inspired reads, the title and tagline of this have me entirely too intrigued. Hopefully I’ll remember to come back to it in a few weeks, and not leave it lost on a virtual shelf for another three years.