Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance is what can draw you in and make you want to read it. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started this feature that spotlights these essential works of art.
Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
Release: February 5, 2013
Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of lovable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it's that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting--or stealing--whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale's family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother's billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there's no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won't let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother's will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company's fortune. So instead of being the heir--this time, Hale might be the mark. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she's willing to save her boyfriend's company if it means losing the boy.With strong female protagonists, plots that constantly twist and turn, and stories that rely more on forward motion than emotion, Ally Carter's books are as close to perfection as it gets, and the best thing about their covers is how well they display that. Looking at Perfect Scoundrels, one can see a girl who is hiding a secret, appearing coy and mysterious, which can intrigue readers and make them want to learn more. I also love how, like all the other books in this series, the model's glasses reflect an object that is important to the plot, tying everything together in an eye-catching, interesting way. This novel's cover is almost as fascinating as the book is sure to be, so I absolutely cannot wait to see it in person.