8 Gorgeous Gowns Featured on YA Covers

Browse the teen/YA section of any books store, and I guarantee that you will find half a dozen books with a giant ballgown dress on the cover. They’re everywhere! Below are 8 of the most beautiful dress covers that I could find. Which one is your favorite?

Entwined by Heather Dixon#1 Entwined by Heather Dixon

“Azalea and her younger sisters dance in the mysterious silver forest every night, escaping from the sadness of the palace and their father’s grief. What they don’t understand—although as time passes they begin to get an inkling of the danger they are in—is that the mysterious and dashing Keeper is tightening his snare with deadly purpose. Luckily, Azalea is brave and steadfast. Luckily, a handsome young army captain also has his eye on Azalea. . . .”

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross#2 The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

“In 1897 England, 16-year-old Finley Jayne is convinced she’s a freak. No normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch. Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special . . . that she’s one of “them.””

Wither by Lauren DeStefano#3 Wither by Lauren DeStefano

“By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live… A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape…” 

Betrayal by Mayandree Michel#4 Betrayal by Mayandree Michel

“…After a life altering event, Cordelia has an unexpected encounter with Evan, the mysterious boy from her dreams, who reveals who and what she is, a descendant of the Greek gods. At that moment everything she knows of her world is a lie, and she must leave the present and go into the past to assume the role she was put on this earth for, safeguarding her ancient empire amidst evil forces that toil hastily to destroy it.

Fallen by Lauren Kate#5  Fallen by Lauren Kate

“There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah… Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.

The Selection by Kiera Cass#6 The Selection by Kiera Cass

“For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want…

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter#7 Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

“…One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real… To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies…”

Luxe by Anna Godbersen#8 The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

“Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn.
Irresistible boys with sly smiles and dangerous intentions.
White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups.
This is Manhattan, 1899.”

*Summaries altered from Goodreads.com.

4 thoughts on “8 Gorgeous Gowns Featured on YA Covers

  1. I guess I don’t frequent the YA section to know this, but what a clever thing to write about! I am loving your blog and enjoying the variety of topics that have to do with books! 🙂 I never really noticed how the gowns have increased in popularity. Do you think it’s more of a marketing attempt to attract readers than it is to give us a general idea of the story? Do you think that book covers have strayed away from representing the book or have they begun to do it but in a different way?


    1. You always have such insightful comments! I think it depends on the sub-genre of novel (like romance vs. fantasy). I do think that novels have veered away from using drawn covers, e.g., Harry Potter, and are instead using models on their covers.


  2. I work for Barnes and Noble corporate offices and I can’t recall the exact person’s name, but there’s a book buyer there actually credited with the “big dress style” on book covers! Not sure if that’s on his business card, though. 🙂

    As for my favorite, I really like the one from Alice in Zombieland.


    1. That’s really interesting!!

      I think my favorite is The Selection (just because I love that color of blue), but Alice in Zombieland is the one I’m most excited to read.


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