Now, we here at Epic Reads know that there are trends that go around and influence a great number of book covers at a time. Remember when bookstore shelves were a sea of girls in glamorous dresses? But something caught our eye with some new reveals lately, and we know we’re not the only ones. That thing? Snakes.
Snakes had definitely popped into some book covers over the years, but never to the extent that they are now. And can you blame them? Morally questionable characters and witches are both having a bit of a moment now, so it’s natural that an iconography surfaced to match.
But that’s not all—because some of the snakes looked… similar. Some may even say the same.
(Ninth House, Queen of the Conquered, The Queen of Nothing)
We fully acknowledge that all of these covers are fully stunning. And though Ninth House and Queen of the Conquered are adult titles, since they’re written by authors we love from the YA space, we know they’ll probably slither their way onto our shelves. But you guys… the snake.
“It’s the Left Shark of YA books!” – Kadeen, Team Epic Reads
Then this post popped up on our Tumblr feeds with them all side by side (also pointing out that Dark Age was the first), and we can’t unsee it. There’s nothing wrong with this—none of these books were designed by the same artist, and so this is just an incredibly weird coincidence that came from the sudden surge of snake-themed tales. But obviously we then couldn’t help but thinking… what else could Book Snake™ get up to? What other covers could she have fun on? And the results, well, you can scroll down and see.
Twelve Books, But With Book Snake
THEY’RE THE SAME, JUST WITH A SNAKE
1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
2. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
3. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
4. The Selection by Kiera Cass
5. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
6. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
7. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
8. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
9. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
11. Furyborn by Claire Legrand
12. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
And if you’re in the mood for more snakes…
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.
As a huntsman of the Church, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. But when Lou pulls a wicked stunt, the two are forced into an impossible situation—marriage.
Lou, unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, must make a choice. And love makes fools of us all.
Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.
There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.
She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.