It is with a big dollop of joy that I present to you the official and very lovely cover for Paper Valentine! I know, I know, I say this every time—But! I’m so impressed by the designers at Penguin. They have incredible talent, and keep coming up with these weird/gorgeous/elegant covers that suit my books perfectly!
Also, because I like it when visual things are accompanied by audio-things, here are some of the songs from my Paper Valentine playlist. Also-also, this list is sort of amazing to me, because the whole thing is wildly uncharacteristic of my general music-listening. (Except for the Dramarama one. Because I love them.) All the songs are bright and shimmering and pop-y and just a little … off.
Which is oddly fitting.
Just, trust me.
One of the things I like about the cover is that it says “An author to watch.” Well, Brenna, you should know…I’m watching you (not to sound creepy…except I do want to sound creepy because I think it’s funny). We are all watching you!
No, but seriously. That is such a cool cover! I can’t wait to read this!
Hahaha—creepy keeps things interesting :D Also, I love this cover so, so much, precisely because it’s creepy!
Ohh, it’s so gorgeous! You always get the best covers. Was this one done by Nekro too? It looks like that.
The papercut work for this one was actually done by an artist named Elsa Mora, who makes absolutely beautiful things in a variety of different mediums! She has an Etsy store, but I think it’s closed right now for summer vacation. You can see a few of her more elaborate designs on her website, though: http://elsita.typepad.com/elsita/papercuts-by-elsa-mora.html
Aaaaaah!! It’s gorgeous!! I can’t wait to read it!! :D
I’m glad you like it!
Love the cover! I remember being a teenager and every time I heard Everything, Everything my chest ached I wanted that kind of drama in my life. Sigh… Great soundtrack, amazing cover.
I meant Anything, Anything. Typing too fast!!!
Hahaha—yes! A bunch of the songs on the playlist are actually like that, with this sort of colorful, glossy rawness. Here’s another one that really has that same nostalgic, longing feeling to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHlGZGmfCI8
Very nice cover! I like how there’s a general style that ties all your covers so far together, but they’re still different enough to not look like a series. And if it’s in any way shimmery and pop-ish and just a little off, I’m definitely excited to read it, too.
I actually really like that too—they’ve been so good about matching everything in a fairly broad way, without being too heavy-handed about it, and honestly, it’s kind of nice to feel like I have my very own font :D
Oh WOW. I think this is my most favorite cover yet! It looks haunting and intriguing… Can’t wait! (Also, the font for the title is pretty fantastic.)
I am so, so excited to see it in real life! It’s just so intricate and weird, and I want to sit down and study all the details. And yes, I love how they just keep using that font so that it’s not even really The Replacement font anymore, it’s more like the Brenna-font!
This is super, super, gorgeous, Brenna! They really do have exceptionally talented designers over at Penguin Teen. And if Hannah and Ariel and Pinky are from where I think they are from, I am already in love with the story. Can’t wait to read Paper Valentine!
Yep, they are exactly who you think they are ;) I’m just finishing up copy edits now, which makes the release date seem so close and yet still so far!
This is indeed a beautiful design, but I have to ask: Did the designers at Penguin work with the artist Elsa Mora? Because this looks almost *exactly* like a piece by her titled “Secret Anatomy of a Young Girl,” except the inner “heart” part has been changed. I haven’t seen her credited anywhere.
YES! If I’m recalling correctly, they actually bought two different designs and superimposed one over the other. The heart is a separate piece, and I believe that the original is much larger than it looks here. While I’m not sure what the terms of the arrangement are, I can’t imagine that Elsa wouldn’t be credited on the back-flap of the final version (based on how Jonathan Barkat and Nekro are credited on my previous books).
Oh, gosh. The designer is definitely made of win. I just love the way the heart is superimposed over the girl’s body.
I’m SO excited to see it in real life—these things always look a full layer cooler in person!
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That. is. stunning. I really like the intricacy of the design; it took me a moment to see all the little details, like the snakes on the left side of the skirt. I loved The Replacement and The Space Between, so I can’t wait to read this one!