Top Five Tuesday: Top 5 Books with Creatures on the Cover

It’s Tuesday and you know what that means! A round-up of my top five. This month is a “scavenger hunt” type of month, where each week there is a different theme based on covers. Today’s Top Five Tuesday prompt is top five books with creatures on the cover.” I’m just gonna assume a “creature” is any living thing that’s not a human and not a plant. Again my post is going to be based solely on covers and not their content because trying to think of my top five books that also happened to have creatures on the cover made my head hurt 😂

Top Five Tuesday was started by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm and is now hosted by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads

1. Counting by 7s, Holly Goldberg Sloan

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Genres: Middle Reader, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Counting by 7s “is an intensely moving middle-grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family in the tradition of Out of My MindWonder, and Mockingbird.” Willow is a gifted twelve-year-old who likes observing nature, diagnosing medical conditions and, yes, counting by 7s. But when her parents die unexpectedly in a car crash, she finds herself alone in a world where counting might not be enough to help her cope.

I just love how eye-catching it is to see a lone red fish swimming against a sea of forty nine (a multiple of 7) blue fish. Everything from the color scheme to the font choice about this design is the best.

2. Six Crimson CranesElizabeth Lim

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Retellings, Fairy Tales, Mythology

Cover Art: Kelly Chong

Six Crimson Cranes is a retelling of The Wild Cranes and other East Asian myths. Shiori and her brothers are cursed by their stepmother who turns the seven princes into cranes and warns Shiori each word from her lips will result in her brother’s death.

I’m confused by 1) the fact that the US and UK need different cover art and 2) as to how the UK covers area always so much prettier?! I love pastels and the UK version is just. so. pretty. 🤩 I also like the fact that we can see all 6 of the cranes much more easily in this version. I mean, the American cover isn’t bad but it’s kind of chaotic.

Review: From Brothers to Birds (Six Crimson Cranes – Elizabeth Lim)

3. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Genres: Young Adult, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Dystopian, Action/Adventure

Artist: Tim O’Brien

Is there anyone who doesn’t know about The Hunger Games trilogy by now? Just in case, The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian version of North America where the wealthy Capitol forces a pair of children–one boy and one girl–from each of the twelve districts into annually televised fight to the death (aka the Hunger Games.) The story follows Katniss Everdeen’s journey to survive the deadly games after her attempt to save her sister.

I’m a paperback girl, but I’ve recently developed a newfound appreciation for naked hardbacks. Sometimes I like the design on the actual book more than the art on the dust jacket, and embossed mockingjay on (what I assume is ) The Hunger Games cover is just one example. I just love the simplicity of it 😍

4. All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Artists: Neil Fletcher, Matthew Ward/Getty Images, Sarah Watts (Illustrations)

“Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school–both teetering on the edge–it’s the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the ‘natural wonders’ of the state of Indiana, and two teens’ desperate desire to heal and save one another.”

Okay, so the “creature” on this cover is tiny, but technically there’s a bird and it’s on the cover so there. I don’t know why, but I really like post-its, and I love the handwritten title, the bird doodle and the random taped flower. And while I’m all for symmetry, I kind of like the fact that the post-its don’t line up quite perfectly–it works especially well in light of the actual story.

5. All the Tides of FateAdalyn Grace

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology, Action/Adventure

Artist: Natalie Sousa (designer), Gemma O’Brien

All the Tides of Fate is part of a duology that follows a banished princess’ attempt to save her island kingdom from destructive new magic. It’s a dark fantasy filled with pirates, mermaids, and…a cinnamon roll fiancé.

I actually love both the covers in Adalyn Grace’s duology, but All the Tides of Fate is the only one that actually has a creature on it. I don’t know why I like it, just that I do 🤷🏻‍♀️

Review: Mermaids, Monsters, and Magic (All the Stars and Teeth: All the Tides of Fate – Adalyn Grace)


Trying to track down the cover art designers was ridiculously hard, but I tried to give credit to everyone I could. I was also having major issues trying to embed the IG posts without the captions for the sake of space, but WordPress was not having it, so if there are any book bloggers out there with suggestions, holla at your girl.

What are some of your favorite books/covers with creatures on the cover?

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