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The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 As Chosen By Our Designers

These are the most gorgeously designed YA book covers of 2015, as chosen by the entire book design staff here at Epic Reads! This was one of the best years yet for book cover design. We started seeing fewer girls on the cover and more exploration with typography, illustration and graphic elements. The list below contains the books with covers that multiple designers here at Epic Reads nominated as their favorites!

 

1. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Design by Aurora Parlagreco
Illustration by Daniel Stolle

Dumplin by Julie Murphy - The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 As Chosen By Epic Reads Designers

 

2. Kissing in America by Margo Rabb

Design by Kate J. Engbring
Art by Thomas Burden

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb - The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

3. Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Design by Alison Klapthor
Art by Craig Shields

Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

4. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Design by Sarah Nichole Kaufman
Art by Michael Frost

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

5. We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Design by Lucy Ruth Cummins
*the nominator notes: “BUT, the original cover design with no type on the front cover!”

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

6. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Design by Ray Shappell

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

7. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Design by N. C. Sousa, Art by Good Wives and Warriors

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

8. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Design by Alison Klapthor
Art by Chris Bilheimer

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

9. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Art by Teagan White

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

10. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Design by Erin Fitzsimmons
Art by Andy Bridge

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

11. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Design by Erin Fitzsimmons
Art by Josh Cochran

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

12. Placebo Junkies by J. C. Carleson

Design by Ray Shappell
Photograph by Christine Blackburne

Placebo Junkies by JC Carleson -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

13. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Design by Connie Gabbert

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

14. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Design by Sylvie Le Floc’h
Art by Triston Lane

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

15. X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

Design by Matt Roeser

A: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

16. A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond

Design by Liz Casal
Photograph by ILINA SIMEONOVA / TREVILLION IMAGES

A Song for Ella Grey  by David Almond -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

17. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Design by Will Staehle

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

18. Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche

Designer unknown

Don't Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

19. A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz

Design by Kelsey Premo Jones
Art by Sam Weber

A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

20. I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Design by Phil Falco
Art by Kali Ciesemier

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

21. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Design by Michelle Taormina
Art by Sean Freeman

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

22. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Art and design by Jenna Stempel

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

23. Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Design by Theresa Evangelista
Art by Andrew Fairclough

Mosquitoland by David Arnold -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

24. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Jacket photographs by Neil Fletcher and Matthew Ward/Getty Images
Hand-lettering and illustrations by Sarah Watts

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

25. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Art by Noelle Stevenson
Design by Erin Fitzsimmons

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

26. Survive the Night by Danielle Vega

Design by Kristin Smith

Survive the Night by Danielle Vega -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

27. Hit by Delilah S. Dawson

Design by Regina Flath

Hit by Delilah S. Dawson -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

28. Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa

Design by Jenna Stempel
Art by Mia Nolting

Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

29 (A). Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray

Art by Craig Shields
Design by Sarah Creech
Art direction by Alison Klapthor

Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

29 (B).  Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix

Design by Katie Fitch
Art by Mary Kate McDevitt

*It was brought to our attention that there are actually 30 covers, not 29 on this list and apparently we can’t count correctly, so we’re cheating and calling this #29B.

Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix -  The 29 Best YA Book Covers of 2015 as Chosen by Epic Reads Designers

 

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