They say eyes are windows to the soul, but what happens if you don’t have a soul? In Beta by Rachel Cohn, experimental teenage clone Elysia has perfect, bright fuchsia eyes, but behind them, there’s no soul. At least, that’s what everyone thinks . . .
Right now, you have the chance to design your own cover for Beta—and win a copy of the book professionally printed with your artwork! Need some inspiration? Check out these eight eye-popping book covers and tell us: Which one did it best? Vote below!
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Look at the girl on this cover. Those eyes pierce your heart, don’t they? But in the world of Uglies, this girl is no pretty. She’s Tally Youngblood, an ugly who dreams of the day she turns sixteen and gets an operation that will turn her into a pretty. With beauty and a carefree lifestyle, Tally believes her life will be perfect. Then, her friend Shay opts outs of the surgery, and Tally discovers the uglier side of the lives of the pretties. That uncertainty in Tally’s eyes? It’s because she’s discovering everything she thought was true is a lie.
The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson
Sure, most princesses wouldn’t be ok with working as a wardrobe mistress for an opera company. And we guess that’s why Tessa isn’t like most princesses. Tessa is happy with her life in the arts, so why does she have that far off look in her eyes? Hint: Every princess needs a prince! When Tessa meets the charming, and independently wealthy Guy Farne, she begins to realize there is more to life than opera. Tessa’s looking into her future, and her uncertainty is clear on her face.
Untraceable by S.R. Johannes
The girl on this cover clearly has a wild side. Her piercing eyes, framed by leaves, makes us think of Eve. But 16-year-old Grace is definitely not in Eden. After her forest ranger father goes missing, and she is saved by a mysterious stranger, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to discover a conspiracy bigger than anything she ever imagined. Grace’s eyes show strength and knowledge, but will she be able to take on this mystery alone?
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
You may be thinking, “Wait. What? Iron King? That’s definitely a girl, though . . .” And you’d be right. She’s Megan Chase, daughter of a faery king, and pawn in a deadly and ancient war. Which certainly explains the look of wonder and confusion on the face of the cover model. Megan’s face may be mostly hidden on this cover, but you can be sure that her life of blending in is over.
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
It’s pretty obvious from one look at this cover that Calla Thor is not your average girl. She has yellow eyes and purple hair. Calla’s a werewolf and her whole life is planned out: She’s going to be the mate of the pack alpha and spend her life in service to the Keepers. When she violates the master’s laws by saving a human boy suddenly, Calla’s perfect life is no longer possible. The cover tells us that Calla isn’t an average girl, and it turns out she’s not an average werewolf either.
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday
Hartley Grace Featherstone has to use her bright blue peepers to search for a murderer after her cheating ex-boyfriend is wrongly accused. Along with her best friend, Sam, and bad-boy classmate, Chase, Hartley tries to solve the mystery before she becomes the killer’s next victim. Her bright blue eyes pop against her pale skin, making this cover a deadly serious contender.
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
The yellow eyes of Nightshade meant werewolf, but Matti Cooke’s yellow eyes mean something more terrifying: Fever has come to Philadelphia. The sickly and slightly unfocused eye on this cover immediately sets the stage for the battle with disease that ruins Matti’s plans of expanding her family’s coffee shop. Suddenly, the question is no longer whether Matti will have a better life—it’s whether she’ll have a life at all.
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