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A Reader of Fictions: Cover Reveal Roundup (9)

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Cover Reveal Roundup (9)

*peeks out*

Oh hey. So, I'm back. BEA was awesome, and I'll be writing up a post on it, which might just be part of my book haul post on Sunday. I'm really not decided yet. I'm completely exhausted and just don't have the energy to do it right now. I did, however, take the time to dig through the past week's cover reveals. As ever, these are just the ones that were of interest to me.

Comment and let me know which you like, which you hate, and what humorous things you noticed about the covers!

The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3) - Rick Riordan

 Thoughts: Fits the series just fine. I think it's definitely my least favorite one, despite the fact that it has horses on it, which is sad. I'm not especially wild about the red color or the fact that it's an owl's eyes.

The Collector (Dante Walker #1) - Victoria Scott
Thoughts: Bahahahaha. You guys know I'm not usually a big fan of guys on novel covers. It just sort of says romance novel to me, maybe because they almost always look like this when they're alone. Where are the nerdy boys standing solo on YA covers? I would also like to point out that the book's tagline is "He makes good girls...BAD." I'm pretty much dying of laughter at this point.

This Lullaby - Sarah Dessen
Original vs. Redesign: Much as I'm not a fan of the redesigns, I do think they improved on the original cover, but only because I know the original cover is just a stock photo and has been used for a couple books. At least, this one is unique. I loathe the purple heart as a pick though. *shudders at the cutesiness*

Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles #1) - Lenore Appelhans
Thoughts: The cover for Level 2 definitely is not what I was expecting, except for the white and grey shades. The bright font was most certainly a surprise. Watching the cover reveal video, I was really concerned about the makeup, but you can't really tell how crazy it is here, so yay for that. I like that the model is in a weak position but as though she won't be staying that way for long. This cover is seriously cinematic. The one thing I really don't like? The model is, as ever, too skinny. Look at her arm!  

Cover Battle: The Name of the Star (Shades of London #1) - Maureen Johnson 
Original vs. Redesign: Publishers are going redesign crazy lately. Well, when I saw this pop up, I was like meh why. But when I looked up the original again, I found that it wasn't as awesome as I remembered. The original does look a little bit awkwardly thrown together. I also think the book is more paranormal than historical (or at least I got that impression from Goodreads), so the new one does that better. I do really like the colors for the new one.
Cover Battle: The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2) - Maureen Johnson
 Original vs. Redesign: I like The Madness Underneath's original cover a bit better than The Name of the Star's, but looking at them, they're not particularly similar at all. They just don't fit together. So, I'm giving this one to the redesigns, even though I miss the historical feel. They just seem better put together. It is a shame, though, that the titles have such different word lengths, because it definitely messes up the spacing on the cover.

Cover Battle: The Truth About Forever - Sarah Dessen
Original vs. Redesign: Could that new cover be any more boring? Probably, but it would be a challenge.

Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire #3) - Courtney Allison Moulton
 Thoughts: These really don't have much of a series feel to me. I don't know. The model is clearly the same, but they just don't have the same atmosphere. I really don't like this new one. It's fine at the top, but the bottom half looks so poorly photoshopped. Look at her arms, the knife, or her hand on the rock. They all look incredibly fake.

 Cover Battle: Just Listen - Sarah Dessen
Original vs. Redesign: Much as it grieves me to reward any of these redesigns, I do like this one better. All it did was improve on the concept. The one thing I don't like that they've done here is that I love the way they did the font in the original. Also, just in general, I think they've got Sarah's name obnoxiously large.

Plastic Polly - Jenny Lundquist
Thoughts: Very bright and colorful and middle grade. The art style really doesn't appeal to me, but is probably right up the aisle of the target demographic.

The Archived - Victoria Schwab
  Thoughts: The face is creepy, but I like the key and how cold the cover looks.
 Cover Battle: Lock and Key - Sarah Dessen
Original vs. Redesign: The redesign is actually better than the original original cover (the really boring pink one). I actually am kind of okay with this redesign, because the key is awesome and the nail polish integrates the color of Dessen's name well. Since I can't tell that the book has anything to do with boating, I'm giving this one to the new design, even though I am really freaked out by the way the face melts into oblivion.

The Lives We Lost (Fallen World #2) - Megan Crewe
Thoughts: I like that it matches book one stylistically, although I do think there's some definitely color clash, as I look at them next to one another. The girl visible in the letters established the creepy feeling of the novel well, but I don't think the swing is doing that as well. The tree alone and in a different position might have been more effective. Megan Crewe's name looks adorable in the T, though. 

Cover Battle: Along for the Ride - Sarah Dessen
 Original vs. Redesign: Now that I look closely, I can see that the original cover is a little bit stupid. She's along for the ride, but has her feet on the pedals. He's sitting on the back of the bike. What's going on there? Still, I like the colors and the positioning. The new one is also faceless in the same creepy way. The girl's face fades out like the guy's on the original cover. I really just am not a fan of the redesigns.

Cover Battle: Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) - Tahereh Mafi
 Hardcover vs. Paperback: From what I hear, the original cover makes no damn sense, since the girl never wears a pretty dress. I get that and the cover got points marked off for that, but this new one...oy. The eye is creepy as hell. Only part of the tree lashes are frozen. Some of the font, which is awful, is blue for some reason. Mafi's name doesn't stand out. This doesn't seem much better for the book plot-wise either. Also, I think the crossing out of one phrase thing is lame. I just do not like this at all.

 Finale (Hush, Hush #4) - Becca Fitzpatrick
Thoughts: These covers are really well done, I think, and they look amazing together. I suspect I won't like the books at all, but the covers are so cinematic. The black and white makes them so cinematic, and I love the tiny splashes of red. Of them, I think I like Crescendo best, though. I don't know enough about the series to know if it makes sense that the guy doesn't have wings in this cover. The girl's hair also seems curlier than before, which is weird.

Cover Battle - An Abundance of Katherines - John Green
Original vs. Latest: An Abundance of Katherines has been through a couple of covers already. The first one (for the hardcover) is my favorite by far. I love the bright colors and especially love that it conveys the math nerdiness of the main character. Perfect. The new one does have a math joke on Green's name, but otherwise...I'm not sure what I'm supposed to take away from it. It just looks kind of lazy to me.

 Owlet (Society of Feathers #1) - Emma Michaels
Thoughts: I really like the font, but I think this is a little too busy. It just kind of makes me laugh. Like why is the moon so much bigger than she is? 

Crash (Visions #1) - Lisa McMann
  Thoughts: Damn pretty covers and their making me interested in books I definitely don't want to read. I'm really not sure why I find this so appealing, but I definitely think it's one of the better eye closeups I've seen.

Coolest Cover of the Week: Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really don't like the new covers for Sarah Dessen's book, maybe because I already own them all in the originl covers, and it annoys me that when I buy the next book it won't match (I just like my books to match like that). Plus, the I like the paranormal aspect to the new Name of the Star and Madness Underneath covers, but the Name of the Star actually had a different cover in the UK and I prefer that one.

June 8, 2012 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger Lenore Appelhans said...

You are awesome, as per usual.

June 8, 2012 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Kayla Beck said...

The Mark of Athena looks cheap. I know they can afford to hire a decent cover artist or threaten whoever has been doing the others. I don’t care for it at all. The Collector… Moving right along… Skipping… Level 2 - I don’t really like the cover except for that terrible, skinny arm. She looks like she is about to burst forth from that position and kick some serious ass! I thought the new Name of the Star cover was a prank at first. *shudders* I don’t like either of the covers for The Madness Underneath.

I’m being snarky. I’ll stop now, so I won’t bore y’all with my cringing and snorfling at those covers. I am more snobby about covers than I am about books. They are how I “sell” books to people – I expect excellence. :-)

On a side note, I cannot WAIT to read how BEA went for you! Yes, I will be living vicariously through you. :-D

June 9, 2012 at 12:51 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I haven't seen the UK cover for The Name of the Star, but I often love them, so I imagine I would agree with you on that.

I just don't know why they felt like redoing the Dessen covers, especially to make them worse. Ugh.

June 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Awww, thanks! *hugs*

June 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Right? Right?

I have noticed in doing this that I'm really picky about covers, at least when I take the time to actually give them a good look. A new cover will be revealed and I'll see the blogosphere go gaga for it, and then I'll look at it and be like wtf is this?!?!

Snark is always appreciated here!

I really need to write up a post on BEA, but I didn't take many pics, so that's going to be interesting.

June 9, 2012 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Bekka said...

I am dying over that Dante Walker cover. Dying. Have you seen quotes from the book? Oh my god. I stumbled upon a book blast for the book and the quotes were just... I can't even. You will die, but you need to read them.

I am annoyed with some of the cover redesigns considering I all ready have the first in the series with the old covers. I wish they'd stop that! My shelves are totally mismatched and I hate it.

I hate the cover for The Archived, but I'll still buy it. It looks like the smoke is falling from the key, but I don't think it's supposed to be. Also, why is Sarah Dessen's name HUGE on all her redesigns? And why does the owl on Mark of Athena look totally psychotic?

June 9, 2012 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger Nori said...

I know this was mentioned, but why on earth do they keep redoing Sarah Desen's covers? They've done them like four times. Why is it necessary? The very original/cartoon-like ones where kinda bad, and I get the hop to realistic photographs, but then there was another hop, and this is number four. I have books from all the various publications, and I agree with Laura. I just want them all to be the same! Couldn't they wait a few more years or till Dessen was done writing new ones to make another cover hop?

June 10, 2012 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I know, right? The Dante Walker cover is just awful. I have not seen quotes, but I can bet. Oy. I will not be reading that for sure.

I've just had to come to terms with mismatched covers. I would prefer them to match, but I'm too cheap to be choosy.

Yeah, I hate how big her name is. It's not like it was hard to tell who the author was on the original covers. Sigh.

June 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yeah, they definitely needed to redo the original ones. The last round of Dessen covers was mostly awesome though, so I really don't get it. I think they're trying to make them look more like beach reads, but Dessen is actually usually a bit darker than a typical beach read, so this just seems like a really weird choice to me.

And, if you're going to redo them, why do it badly?

June 10, 2012 at 2:00 PM  

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