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A Reader of Fictions: Cover Reveal Thursday (7)

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Cover Reveal Thursday (7)

Oh hey, time for me to round up a bunch of cover reveals again! Please comment and let me know your favorites too! I'm trying something new (still figuring out how I want to do this) and making the winner of the cover battle larger than the loser, so you can tell which one won without reading my comments, although I recommend you read them because they're snarktastic. :-p

Cover Battle: Renegade - J. A. Souders
US vs. German: Both of these covers draw the eye. I love pretty hair, pretty dresses and pretty colors. Neither one really grabs me though on a deep level. After Kelly Jensen's post on women's positioning, I can't help being sad to see two more very passive girls on these covers. US wins by a margin, because I like the color variety.

Cover Battle: Stormdancer - Jay Kristoff
UK vs. US: Gotta say, I like both, but US definitely wins for sheer badassery. I love the background, the sakura and the title font on the UK cover, but the outfit's a little weird. Actually, the outfit is weird on the US cover too, but I guess she had to cut a sleeve off her kimono to show off her INCREDIBLY BALLING TATTOO. Also, check out the thunder tiger up there. Menacing, right? I feel like this cover better encapsulates the darkness and bloodshed that I am sure will be all up in Stormdancer. Also, take a moment to appreciate that both of these cover models are a) actually Asian and b) posed powerfully.

  Cover Battle: Unraveling Isobel - Eileen Cook
Hardcover vs. Paperback: Hardback definitely wins for me. The purple draws my eye, and the fascinating content keeps me there. I love that the cover model is interacting with her environment, rather than being passive. Also, I love fancy font and vines on covers. (Shock!) The paperback cover is fine, but it just isn't as unique as the hardcover. All it's conveying to me is contemporary romance. I just went and read the plot, and am not sure either cover really captures what the book is about. I'm really a bit shocked to discover this is a gothic paranormal about ghosts. So not contemporary, realistic fiction? Hmmm.

Cover Battle: Envy - Elizabeth Miles
US vs. UK: The clear winner here is the UK cover. For one thing, it matches the Fury cover. If you've read my review, you know that I loathed Fury, and pretty much thought the cover was all it had going for it. Let's just say that the US cover would not tempt me to read book two, and the UK cover might, as I am a shallow, masochistic person sometimes where YA books are concerned.

The Dark Unwinding - Sharon Cameron
 Thoughts: Meh. Not impressed with the amount of work that went into this. The only think that's grabbing me is the color of her dress. The clockwork could have been better, as could the title font. Honestly, it's just another pretty white model in a fancy dress looking over her shoulder passively. She's been photoshopped in front of a castle. Yawn. I will still read the book, though, because steampunk.

Cover Battle: My Life Undecided - Jessica Brody
Hardback vs. Paperback: Well, I'm not especially impressed with either cover tbh. However, I definitely name the hardback the winner of this battle. I like the sassy, real-looking model on the cover. The heart-shaped mouse is one of the lamest things I've seen in a while. Just no.

Cover Battle: My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century - Rachel Harris
Original vs. Redesign: The winner of this battle is clear. I mean, come on. I thought the original cover was completely awful. Everything about it, pretty much. The fan and dress are ugly, like they were made out of curtains or a couch cover. The sunglasses are obnoxious, and the model looks bored out of her skull, probably by the dress. The background is just a big grey blur. The new cover has a pretty dress, eye-popping colors, and a backpack instead of the sunglasses, which is apparently way crucial to the story. Good job, redesigners!

Cover Battle: If We Kiss - Rachel Vail

Old vs New Cover: The old cover is cute in a very early 2000s kind of way. I remember teen chick lit having pink, cartoon-y covers. This redesign is definitely a good choice for the current market. Good job, guys!

Carnival of Souls - Melissa Marr
Thoughts: They could have done better. It's just kind of boring, and doesn't look like that much work went into it. I am disappoint.

The Witch of Little Italy - Suzanne Palmieri
Thoughts: This cover totally told me exactly what this book was: something I want to read. More specifically, women's fiction and historical fiction. Awesome. Rather reminiscent of de Rosnay covers. 

Dearly, Beloved - Lia Habel
Thoughts: The first cover was better imo. And I'm not sure how I feel about them as a series. The only thing really tying them together is the title font. I'm not sure why they moved the author name, either.

City of a Thousand Dolls - Miriam Forster
Thoughts: This cover is not what I was expecting from that title. Like at all. I like what the cover is promising. Very epic.

Dualed - Elsie Chapman
Thoughts: This cover is awesomely badass. I totally dig it. Look how powerful that heroine looks! Also, did you notice that the shadow is not a shadow? CREEPY. I want to read this right now! 

 Audition and Subtraction - Amy Fellner Dominy
 Thoughts: MG fiction about band geeks? I'm in. The cover is very cute. I really don't have much else to say other than that. 

The Dead and Buried - Kim Harrington
Thoughts:  This is great. I looked at it and thought it was an awesome cover for a ghost story, and it is! Yay!  

The Twilight Saga: The Complete Film Archive

Cover of the Week: Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff



Blogger kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Thanks so much! Three of these books went straight to my wishlist, and haven't even heard about them before :)

May 24, 2012 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger Kayla Beck said...

I love the cover for Dearly, Beloved, but that's due to my girl-crush on the model (is she the same on both books?!) and the colors. And I want her makeup. As for Stormdancer... If I didn't keloid, I would so follow Jay Kristoff's advice and get that tattoo. Today.

None of the other covers really reach out and grab me. City of a Thousand Dolls may grow on me. We'll see.

Also, is the Twilight cover for real? Should I feel bad for guffawing? Not that I would.

May 25, 2012 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I was trying to figure out if it was the same model too! And...I really don't know. It's certainly possible! The lighting is different, so I can't really tell. Then again, I never would have noticed Evermore and North of Beautiful were the same model/image, if it hadn't been pointed out to me.

I really like the Dualed cover. That was the runnerup for cover of the week, haha.

The Twilight cover IS for real, which is why I laughed oh so heartily.

May 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Lilian said...

I am glad someone had the heart to save My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century's cover, that hideous first cover needed to go.

STORMDANCER!! That US cover made me more excited for the book, definitely one of the more epic covers in YA I've seen this year.

I actually like the pink mouse in My Life Undecided, it's cute. And maybe it's just that the other cover looks washed out.

Dualed looks major epic as well, definitely need to check that one out!

Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

May 25, 2012 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I definitely love the hardback of Unraveling, too. And the new redesign of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century is TEN TIMES better than the first one. But you know one re-design I wish would've never happened? The one for Under the Never Sky, I thought the artwork was beautiful the first time around!

New follower! :)

May 25, 2012 at 2:29 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I started cracking up when I saw the Twilight cover, and when I scrolled down a little, I was thrilled to see that your reaction was exactly the same. So cheesy!

May 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Right? Right?!?!

May 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Stormdancer definitely is unique. I'm not usually a big fan of drawn covers, but they did so really well. I want to reward such ingenuity!

May 30, 2012 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Do you know if either cover fits the story? I am so curious, but I haven't read it!

Maybe even more than ten times better. That first one was a fail of epic proportions.

I love the Under the Never Sky cover. If the redesign is the weird pinkish one where people are hugging, then, yeah, I'm not a fan.

May 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM  

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