posted at Thursday, May 31st, 2012 at 1:29 PM | Cover Snark
Oh hey, folks! Here are the cover reveals I noticed during this week. This is by no means comprehensive. I definitely skipped a couple that just weren’t interesting to me personally, and I always find ones I missed. :-p
US vs. UK: I was really disappointed by the US cover. I just feel like they could have done so much better. The UK cover isn’t perfect, but it’s worlds better. That little dagger on the US one is pretty cool, but that alone doesn’t really say ‘incredibly badass assassin.’ This girl on the UK cover…yeah, you don’t want to mess with her.
Rootless – Chris Howard
Thoughts: I do like the photo, although it does feature another powerless heroine. It does look pretty post-apocalyptic in the background, which is cool. Unfortunately, I have difficulty looking at the good parts, because my eye is drawn in to the clock descending from the sky. I also don’t think the font or color thereof is quite right.
Cover Battle: That Summer – Sarah Dessen
Original vs. Redesign: They’re apparently redoing all (or at least most) of Sarah’s books for summer. This first one is a fail for me. When I first saw it, I laughed. The sunglasses at the forefront with a couple canoodling in the background. What is that? I also don’t like the pinkness. I love the freedom of the original cover. That picture says vacation and bliss. The new one says popular kids and their issues.
Someone Like You – Sarah Dessen
Original vs. Redesign: Urgh. I don’t really like either of these, especially after reading the summary, which indicates that the book is about death, teenage pregnancy, and friendship. One cover gives me romance on the beach and one gives me butterflies. What? Neither of these seems to be right for the spirit of the book, although I haven’t read it. I’m going with the original, mostly just because I think it’s dumb that they’re doing new covers for summer and they look LESS SUMMERY. What is this noise?
Marco Impossible – Hannah Moskowitz
Thoughts: Cute. Just so darn cute. Good use of color. Something about the font and art style also makes me think of old school cartoons, like Rocky and Bullwinkle, which is awesome!
Let the Sky Fall – Shannon Messenger
Thoughts: In and of itself, this cover doesn’t especially stand out. It’s a little too monochromatic and brown. HOWEVER, it fits the book’s description perfectly, so I declare it to be a win! I love when covers match the subject matter, and it doesn’t happen enough. Good job, guys!
Cover Battle: The Masque of the Red Death – Bethany Griffin
US vs. UK: Apparently, folks are very literal in the UK. I don’t know why but I find this pretty much endlessly hilarious. I think the US cover has more pizzazz.
Cover Battle: Keeping the Moon – Sarah Dessen
Original vs. Redesign: Much as I do not like what they’ve done with the new covers, I really don’t like the original for this. The crotch shot is just awkward. That cover makes me feel like the book should be about pedophilia or something. Bad. Just bad.
Entice (The Violet Eden Chapters #2) – Jessica Shirvington
Thoughts: I have so many of them. First off, I really don’t think these covers work as a series. The model looks incredibly different, as do the wings and the mood. The font is the only thing that matches. Honestly, when I first saw this, I laughed, mostly because of it in relation to the prior book. This is an awesome cover (minus those wings, which I think are awful), but only for an urban fantasy novel. If I didn’t know about this book before, I would have though UF, not YA. It would not look entirely out of place as a cover in Richelle Mead’s succubus series if you took the wings off. I don’t think that really looks like an outfit a teen would be likely to wear. Maybe it makes sense with the story, but I’m hugely skeptical.
Cover Battle: Dreamland – Sarah Dessen
Original vs. Redesign: You know, I think I finally am able to put my finger on just why I don’t like these new covers. They completely trivialize the content. I look at these new covers and I think ‘this will be a mindless summer read, light and fluffy.’ I’ve read a couple of Dessen’s books and they are so much deeper and better than that. Take Dreamland, for example. I haven’t read it yet, but according to the description, this book is about abusive relationships. The original cover conveys a pensive, thoughtful mood, and captures a sort of desolation with the boatless pier and sole figure. Heart in a box just tells me it’s about romance. This just makes me so sad. Redesigning a cover is kind of like covering a song: you should only do it if you’re going to do better.
Thoughts: These covers definitely fit together as a series really nicely, so props on that. I also want to offer mad props on the diversity in the models. I think the Pitch cover is most appealing to me in the series. The model is gorgeous, though I’m not sure about her expression. Vertigo is okay, but I’m not sure why I can see part of his face twice. It probably makes sense in the book, but it’s not especially aesthetically pleasing. I also really like how the titles are all in the same font and placement, but look totally unique because of the styling.