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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite 2017 New Release Book Covers (Thus Far)


Hello fellow bookworms!  It’s Tuesday and that means it is time for another Top Ten Tuesday post!

  What is TTT? TTT is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.  Check out their blog for more info and to see upcoming themes.


This week’s theme is…

May 2: Cover Theme Freebie: literally anyyyything about covers….top ten covers that scream Spring, ten books with ice cream on the cover, ten books with blue covers, etc. etc. THIS ONE COULD BE REALLY FUN and I can’t wait to see how creative your lists are!

  Let’s be honest here, we all know the cover is what first draws us to a book.  It’s what makes us pick a book up and read the book description.

Today I am going to share my top 10 favorite new release covers of 2017 (thus far)…

*All book titles link to Goodreads


» The Bear and the Nightingale by Katerine Arden


Release date: January 10, 2017

Genre: Fantasy

Status: TBR

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

» Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

LillianBoxfishRelease date: January 17, 2017

Genre: General Fiction

Status: TBR

It’s the last day of 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish is about to take a walk.

As she traverses a grittier Manhattan, a city anxious after an attack by a still-at-large subway vigilante, she encounters bartenders, bodega clerks, chauffeurs, security guards, bohemians, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be—in surprising moments of generosity and grace. While she strolls, Lillian recalls a long and eventful life that included a brief reign as the highest-paid advertising woman in America—a career cut short by marriage, motherhood, divorce, and a breakdown.

A love letter to city life—however shiny or sleazy—Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

» Caraval by Stephanie Garber


Release date: January 31, 2017

Genre: Young Adult • Fantasy

Status: TBR

Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.


» Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman


Release date: February 7, 2017

Genre: Fantasy > Mythology

Status: TBR • Own SIGNED copy

Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

» American Street by Ibi Zobi

American Street

Release date: February 14, 2017

Genre: Young Adult • Contemporary

Status: TBR

The rock in the water does not know the pain of the rock in the sun.

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

» A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab


Release date:  February 21, 2017

Genre: Fantasy

Status: Currently reading • Own SIGNED copy

The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.


» The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco


Release date: March 7, 2017

Genre: Young Adult • Fantasy

Status: TBR

The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

» The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron


Release date: March 2017

Genre: Historical Fiction • Cozy Mystery

Status: Read (3.5 stars) • Own SIGNED copy

Harry Houdini’s one-time apprentice holds fantastic secrets about the greatest illusionist in the world. But someone wants to claim them . . . or silence her before she can reveal them on her own.

Boston, 1926. Jenny “Wren” Lockhart is a bold eccentric—even for a female vaudevillian. As notorious for her inherited wealth and gentleman’s dress as she is for her unsavory upbringing in the back halls of a vaudeville theater, Wren lives in a world that challenges all manner of conventions.

In the months following Houdini’s death, Wren is drawn into a web of mystery surrounding a spiritualist by the name of Horace Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini’s ardent debunking of fraudulent mystics in the years leading up to his death. But in a public illusion that goes terribly wrong, one man is dead and another stands charged with his murder. Though he’s known as one of her teacher’s greatest critics, Wren must decide to become the one thing she never wanted to be: Stapleton’s defender.

Forced to team up with the newly formed FBI, Wren races against time and an unknown enemy, all to prove the innocence of a hated man. In a world of illusion, of the vaudeville halls that showcase the flamboyant and the strange, Wren’s carefully constructed world threatens to collapse around her.

Layered with mystery, illusion, and the artistry of the Jazz Age’s bygone vaudeville era, The Illusionist’s Apprentice is a journey through love and loss and the underpinnings of faith on each life’s stage.

» The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti


Release date: March 28, 2017

Genre: Mystery

Status: TBR

Bursting with imaginative exuberance, THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY by Hannah Tinti has been described as ‘One part Quentin Tarantino, and one part Scheherazade‘ (Ann Patchett) and will appeal to fans of The Sisters Brothers or The Watchmaker of Filigree Street.

After years spent living on the run, Samuel Hawley moves with his teenage daughter Loo to Olympus, Massachusetts. There, in his late wife’s hometown, Hawley finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at school and grows curious about her mother’s mysterious death. Haunting them both are twelve scars Hawley carries on his body, from twelve bullets in his criminal past – a past that eventually spills over into his daughter’s present, until together they must face a reckoning yet to come. Both a coming of age novel and a literary thriller, THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY explores what it means to be a hero, and the price we pay to protect the people we love.


» Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer


Release date: April 4, 2017

Genre: Young Adult • Contemporary

Status:  TBR • Own SIGNED copy

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.


Which 2017 new release covers are your favorites?

Have you read any of the books on my list?  If so, what did you think?

Comment below and let me know 🙂

*Feel free to link to your own TTT post!

42 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite 2017 New Release Book Covers (Thus Far)”

    1. American Street is definitely gorgeous! You are so right, Schwab’s covers are definitely very fitting, not only do they match the book but they match her as well. Thanks for stopping by! I’ll check out your post 😊


    2. So for some reason it wouldn’t let me comment on your post from my WP user name 😭 The Hate You Give, Thirteen Reasons Why, and Strange the Dreamer are all on my TBR as well! I enjoyed Six of Crows last year, but still need to pick up the second book!


  1. Great list! All of them are gorgeous! I read the bear and the nightingale and caraval but didn’t like them :/ but I’m so looking forward to reading Norse Mythology!

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    1. I’ve read some mixed reviews for Caraval… basically that it doesn’t live up to the hype. I haven’t however heard anyone not enjoying The Bear and the Nightingale though! What didn’t you like about it?

      I’m a huge Neil Gaiman fan, so I can’t wait to read Norse Mythology either ❤️


  2. Oh man, I’m *such* a cover snob! I really want to read Strange the Dreamer at the mo, just because the cover is so pretty! Also love the cover for The Bone Witch here. I’ve read some good reviews of that one too. You’ve reminded me to bump it up my TBR. 🙂

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  3. I really LOVE Caraval and The Bone Witch’s cover, both look so, so beautiful. I haven’t read any of these books yet and I read mixed reviews about both, so…I’m a bit nervous to try either of these for now, I think I’ll wait a little while…But I want these beauties on my shelves ahah 🙂


  4. What a great list! I love the addition of “status”. So many great books on your TBR! I love the cover for American Street. It’s quite complicated, and yet very simple. It definitely attracts the eye.

    The only book on this list I’ve read is A Conjuring of Light. Obviously, it’s amazing. The Bear and the Nightingale, Norse Mythology, and The Bone Witch are all on my TBR. I look forward to both of us having a chance to read and review them.

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  5. The Bear & the Nightingale is as stunning on the inside as it is on the outside! have you seen the cover to its sequel?!?!?! GAHHH!!! I gasped a few times when I stumbled across it on Book Twitter lol. The Bone Witch is STUNNING & I don’t know why i’m dragging my feet on picking up my copy since I LOVED it so much lol. I love my copy of Norse Mythology, it not only looks beautiful but it also feels sooooo soft haha! American Street is GORGE! another book i enjoyed & would like to get a copy of soonish, GREAT TTT 😉

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  6. I am a fan of beautiful covers and there were so many 2017 releases with stunning covers, I can’t even begin choosing which I loved most. On top of my head, my favourites are A Crown of Wishes and Always and Forever, Lara Jean 🙂

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