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A Reader of Fictions: Cover Reveal Roundup (11)

A Reader of Fictions

Book Reviews for Just About Every Kind of Book

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Cover Reveal Roundup (11)

Welcome to my weekly Cover Reveal Roundup, where we judge books solely by their covers. I've thought about adding blurb-like info, and, you know what, I don't want to. However, I always link to Goodreads, so click on the title of the book to learn more. Feel free to join me on the lofty throne of judgment in the comments.

Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys
Thoughts: I approve. The colors are rich, and the cover isn't like any I've seen before. I have no idea what this is about, but I definitely want to read it, especially since Between Shades of Grey (no relation) was amazing. Could this perhaps be about gilded cages?

OCD Love Story - Corey Ann Haydu
Thoughts: Well, this will DEFINITELY stand out on the shelves. Although this burns my retinas, I think I do like it. I like that it's doing something different, and that the font makes it look like it really could be a page of someone's notebook. 

Hattie Ever After (Hattie #2) - Kirby Larson
Thoughts: I haven't read Hattie Big Sky, but I kind of want to with how freaking adorable this new cover is. I love the muted colors, and the crispness of it. I also love that they managed to make it look modern, but also hearken back to the now slightly dated cover. Awesome job.

Breaking Point (Article 5 #2) - Kristen Simmons
Thoughts: I don't like this one quite so well as the first cover, but I think it's still super cool. I like that we've now come into the city that we could see for afar, and everything is even darker, dirtier and more awful. It's a great progression. The two kids are also closer together and (maybe) holding hands. Very cool.

Inherit - Liz Reinhardt
 Thoughts: I don't blog about too many Indie covers in this roundup, mostly because I'm just not interested in the book or the cover. I stumbled across this one and it looks interesting in both respects, so it earned a place in the round up. Look how shiny it is! With some cool font! Also, diversity ahoy!

Cover Battle: Breathe - Abbi Glines
Thoughts: Another indie title, but I love when they fail and try again. It would be better to do it right the first time, but I like that they acknowledge their mistakes and try again. Well, the first cover is awful. There's no doubt about that. I'm not loving the new one either, but the coloring and the title treatment are great. Otherwise, their strategy seems to have been, more roots and less food for the female model, spikier hair for the male model, and generally more nakedness.

The Language Inside - Holly Thompson
Thoughts: Simple and classy. I like it. This is exactly how I sit when I look out the window of a train or airplane. I like that this girl really looks like a teen and not a super stylized model. Her expression definitely makes you want to know what's happened to her and where she's going...or what she's leaving behind. 

The Madman's Daughter - Megan Shepherd 
Thoughts: Everyone will no doubt be shocked to learn that I love this. I like the crispness of the colors and the way the girl stands out from the muted background. I like that she looks a little bit crazy or that she's trying to escape from her life, from its trappings (the dress). Is she going for a swim in the buff? Is she bathing? Is she going to commit suicide? This opens up so many questions for me as a viewer, and I definitely want to find out. What I do not like is the title or author name treatment.

 Prophecy (Prophecy #1) - Ellen Oh
Thoughts: This is very much what publishers like to do to epic fantasy covers. I like the blue, but I am getting sick of the context-less gem stones. I still want to read it like burning, but I'm really not impressed by this cover.

The Rising (Darkness Rising #3) - Kelley Armstrong
Thoughts: Pretty and matches the rest of the series. Looks like the same model from the second cover at least. She has very shiny hair.

All the Broken Pieces - Cindi Madsen
Thoughts: Were I cover designer, which I'm totally not, I would probably not have gone with a face for this cover. I might have opted just got some broken glass or something, arranged stylistically. This cover is really creepy, with the two halves of the face. What bugs me is that the two halves are completely different and come together awkwardly, except for the nose and mouth. What are the odds of that? 

Taken (Taken #1) - Erin Bowman
Thoughts: This is another cover that makes me wonder just what is going on. That tree is stealing the K! Oh noes! There are cool things happening with reflections. Those buildings are cray. There's a dude on it, but I didn't laugh hysterically, which is rare. What I really like about this cover, though, is the colors. They're gorgeous and the transitions are done well.

Hidden (House of Night #10) - P. C. & Kristin Cast
Thoughts: These covers are perfect for the stories therein, which is probably why I loathe them with every fiber of my being.

Blood-Kissed Sky (Darkness Before Dawn #2) - J. A. London
Thoughts: What's cool about this cover is that it really matches the cover for book one. They do a great job making the series look. It's not the same dress, but the whole feel is the same. The clouds have gotten darker, and a bit more fake-looking behind her. I have to say, though, this cover reminds me heavily of the cover for Carolyn MacCullough's Always a Witch. They even both have the birds.

The Nightmare Affair - Mindee Arnett
 Thoughts: It's very cute for a middle grade, but might be a miss with the young adult crowd it's aimed at. We'll see. The cover reveal post included a number of iterations of the cover, which is pretty cool, if you have an interest in the thought process behind this.

Story's End (Storybound #2) - Marissa Burt
Thoughts: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. I adores Storybound's cover, and this is so awesome. I love that they capture both of the main settings of fairy tales: the woods and castles. I also love that they're clearly a pair because of the font and the positioning, but that they are also VERY distinct, not just because of color. Notice that the ornate detailing on the side is different. So cool.

Everbound (Everneath #2) - Brodi Ashton
Thoughts: I am disappoint. Mostly, I think it's the fact that I don't like this dress and it's swirlies nearly so much. I think that having the dress in a different color added variety and contrast to the cover that Everbound is lacking. It also really bothers me that the model has very obviously changed. Is she supposed to be someone else? Also, what is up with that salmon-colored background? Yuck.

Cover Battle: Sisters Red (Fairytale Retellings #1) - Jackson Pearce
 Original vs. Redesign: *throws all the things, especially that damn shiny hatchet* Here's the thing. If I look just at the new cover without any preconceptions, is it the worst ever? No. I like the color and the font treatments. I do think the sun rays coming out and shining on the ax are a bit absurd, and I think the book looks a bit middle grade for the darkness it contains. Unfortunately, the original cover for Sisters Red is perhaps my favorite book cover OF ALL TIME. Everything about it is amazing, and it fits the content PERFECTLY. They had original eye-catching covers for this series and completely blew it with this redesign. *WEEPS BUCKETS OF TEARS AND CLUTCHES HARDCOVER WITH ORIGINAL DESIGN*

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) - Tahereh Mafi
Thoughts: Why? WHYYYYYY? Seriously. Why take a pretty cover and redesign it into something ugly, which, so far as I know, doesn't make any more sense with the plot. Even worse, I think this Unravel Me cover is worse than the one for Shatter Me. Ugh. Note that the eye (which is smaller for some reason) is now crying. Awesome. Because the first book's redesigned cover was not melodramatic enough! All of the creepy tree-lashes are white now, as are the birds, meaning that this cover is even less visually interesting. The title treatment is ALSO smaller. For no reason. The author's name and the title have been moved up. The blurb-y bits at the top have been moved down. What the hell? Why not make them match at least? *gives up*

Coolest Cover of the Week: Story's End - Marissa Burt



Blogger Bekka said...

Can we talk about how pissed I am about the new Jackson Pearce covers? I WAS SO EXCITED FOR THE MERMAID. These are some of the best designed covers of ever and they ruined it! Why! There are no emoticons strong enough for this.

June 21, 2012 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yes! We can talk about how pissed you are. I'm pretty sure I could rant/weep alternatingly about this for like an hour (maybe more). Sisters Red and Sweetly seriously were some of the best designed covers ever. They look like a series, but are both very unique and clever, and they don't look TOO much like a series, since they can also stand alone. It's PERFECT.

These new ones are just so blah. And I really think they look too young. But whatever. If the other's hadn't existed first, I'd be like yawn, but I wouldn't be pissed. They just don't compare, though. It's such a waste!

My guess (pretty much confirmed when I saw the ARC cover) is that they couldn't come up with another hidden face cover, so they just retooled the whole series to be lame and easy. ARRGGHHHH!

June 21, 2012 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Oh Mysweetgoodness!!! I love these covers and you got me all excited about the releases of Breaking Point, The Rising, Everbound and Unravel Me !!!!!!

June 21, 2012 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Hahaha, I am behind on all of those series. I need to work on that!

June 21, 2012 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Wow, most of these covers are really cool. I especially love the covers for Inherit, The Language Inside, and Blood-Kissed Sky! I feel meh about the Everbound cover (I think it is definitely that salmon color; no thank you!), but I still can't wait to read it because Everneath was so good.

Ahhh, what happened to the Sisters Red cover? The first one was so cool; why change it? I'm so glad I procured a copy beforehand...FURY!

June 21, 2012 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger Kimberly @ Midnight Book Girl said...

I really like the cover of OCD Love Story, it makes me want to read it, and I don't even know what it's about yet. I actually like the Everbound cover, but I completely agree with you about the cover of Shatter Me. The old one was so much better.

June 21, 2012 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Marissa Burt said...

Such a great line-up of covers! So happy you like the cover for Story's End! :) I think it's gorgeous - thanks to the wonderful designers at HarperKids!

June 21, 2012 at 11:05 PM  
Blogger Bekka said...

The worst part about the whole thing is having mismatched covers on our shelves. I don't know what goes through the heads of marketers/cover designers, etc, but it sure isn't the reader or the consumer. These new covers don't pop off the shelves like the others do -- there's nothing special or unique about them, so no one is going to want to pick them up. The only purpose they serve is to piss off and/or depress the all ready established fan base.


June 22, 2012 at 1:22 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Haha, I bet that's what they were thinking: "how can we alienate Jackson's fans?" Haha. Bad plan, guys. Well, all I can say for the redesign is that the new Fathomless cover, silly though it is, is better than what you can see on the ARC cover. So.

I gave up on having matching editions ages ago. I'm a bit of a miser with my money, so I buy most of my books used from Goodwill. They're often in perfect condition, but it's difficult to be picky about the cover and format. You just thank your lucky stars you found the book at all. There are a couple covers I would not buy, like the baby one for Never Let Me Go, which horrifies me. I waited until I found a movie tie-in cover.

June 22, 2012 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I'm surprised you love Blood-Kissed Sky, although maybe not. DRESS! She is Everbound for salmon! I saw that you liked Everneath. That's AWESOME!

Right? Fury is the proper reaction!

June 22, 2012 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

OCD Love Story's cover really is compelling, and it certainly will leap off the shelf in its brightness.

Yes! Agreement. *basks*

June 22, 2012 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Thanks for stopping by! I am so excited to read them!

June 22, 2012 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger Giselle said...

Ooh I hadn't seen the rising! I'm stealing.. ahem.. borrowing it from you for my facebook! :D I'm SO excited for Breaking Point!!!

June 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Haha, you're welcome to! We're all just trying to get the word out, right? :)

I really need to read Article 5. I like the Breaking Point cover ore every time I look at it!

June 22, 2012 at 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Katie @ BlookGirl said...

Holy cover reveal, Batman! ;-) I love:

Out of the Easy
The Madman's Daughter

and... yes,

Unravel Me

::ducks flying shoe from Christina::

I find the new cover for Shatter Me and the next book kind of pretty in a weird way. I actually like those tree-lashes :-)

Thanks for putting all of these in one post! <3

June 22, 2012 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Haha, no need to run. I'm not going to throw a shoe. Just judge a little. :-p

Honestly, since I started posting all the cover reveals, I've realized that I'm pretty picky about covers. Everyone on twitter loves most of them. You should have seen me snark about the Sarah Dessen redesigns. *starts getting angry again*

Anyway, glad you like them. :)

June 22, 2012 at 4:42 PM  
Blogger Bekka said...

Same here! I was like, NO THANKS NOOO. But I did buy the movie tie-in. Much less offensive.

June 22, 2012 at 6:18 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Glad I'm not the only blogger that's terrified of babies. The movie tie-in is pretty!

June 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM  

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