Five Things I Love About This Cover:
1. The colour scheme! The lovely blues and blacks are mysterious and, I guess, watery, but ocean watery. I really love it.
2. The branches, vines and flowers that take up the foreground. They call up images of fairies, of elves, of midsummer nights. They mark this book as fantasy and the kind of fantasy I will pick up off the shelf.
3. The creepy kid. This face is sightly passive aggressive and altogether very creepy. Like a kid with a dark history. Like a kid who rips the heads off Barbie dolls, but a kid that calculates it. The face is plotting, damaged, determined and, all in all, intriguing.
4. The spine, again (see my blog entry about the cover of The Printer's Devil). Especially the middle part of it, the vine circle holding a snapshot of creepy kid. The dark image on a backdrop of light blue is, I think, a very effective design technique.
5. Fantasy font! Alternating capitalisation, bright white letters standing out: the sort of font you’d expect to see on an illuminated medieval text or a spell book. Another cover element marking this as a Young Adult fantasy novel (which is, by the way, totally addictive).