The Cover Wars #3

These are all 2014 covers. Let’s see what we think about them.

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Janet: Oh, ugh. The cover blurb has absolutely ensured that I will NEVER read this book.

Nafiza: Considering that this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, I find the placing of the rose interesting. I didn’t even notice the girl running up (or down?) the stairs until just now. The blurb is a bit too mushy for my taste but since I love fairytale retellings, I’ll give this a go.

Steph: Yeah, while I like the staircase-rose thing…. I will not read this because of the blurb, I can see the trajectory of the plot now – no thanks. But, the cover does a good job of making me think it will be better than the blurb does, if they scratched that blurb I might accidentally read it.

Yash: I can see what they were trying to go for. The rose. The spiral staircase. And, given that it’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, the confusing mix of love and Stockholm syndrome. But I’m with Janet. That blurb. And well, the rose. I just wouldn’t.

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Janet: It doesn’t grab me, but I’m a bit curious about what “the rush” is, so I’d take a look at the back cover before deciding either way. The dissolving “salvation” suggests a social or personal unravelling, in contrast to the bold “this side of,” which is interesting.

Nafiza: I like the colour scheme though I’m not too sure of the font. I do think that having the word “salvation” dissolving adds an uncertainty to it implying that perhaps salvation is not what it seems.

Steph: I like this cover, I like the play with text and the colours. I feel like it’ll be a realistic fiction which I don’t tend to pick up for myself, I think, as the cover isn’t exciting so much as thought provoking I’d give it a chance if a friend recommended it to me.

Yash: I kind of like this one. I like the typography. I think it suggests some interesting conflicts. And I really love the colour scheme. I would definitely want to know more about this one.

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Janet: Great, another cover with a girl in a short dress. I do like that she appears to be a POC, however, and the title is curious. The light-birds and splotches on a stormy yellow are at unusual, even if I’m not crazy about the colour scheme. Wait, that’s not actually a dress, is it? I’m pretty sure I see belly. So she’s yet another girl on a cover who isn’t wearing much, who looks blissfully victimized. Sorry, you’ve lost me.

Nafiza: Whoa Janet, I don’t see how you get victimized over here because I just see a little girl bursting with light, almost literally. Perhaps a fey being. The synopsis reveals this as a retelling of a Hans Christen Anderson tale “Nightingale’s Nest” and is aimed at MG readers. I like the whimsy of this cover, her closed eyes suggest she’s completely absorbed in her own world while her pose indicates a playfulness that matches the audience targeted.

Steph: It looks more like a belly top and high waisted shorts (and they are a little short) to me ;P. It’s bright, it’s colourful, I don’t know about this one, it reminds me of the cover we had a week or two ago Rose so I can see the MG audience appeal. It is a work of tremendous heart… I don’t know a little girl healing everyone? A little girl turning to nature to heal? I feel like this’ll be another children are intrinsically innocent and tied to nature books where she brings light and happiness and whistles like Snow White and then dies. She’s totally going to die in the end. *spoiler alert*

Yash: Yeah, I’m conflicted. I mean, it’s a person (or child) of colour on the cover. And she seems happy. So I like that. But … it’s a Hans Christian Anderson retelling, Nafiza? Will she make it to the end. Steph doesn’t seem to think so … Still, as a child, character deaths never stopped me from picking up a book. I think 8-year-old Yash would have been well pleased.

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Janet: Very square, those people, and forebodingly faceless. The font of the title is offputtingly Vegas-esque. However, I like the arches and the colour scheme quite a bit. As I haven’t read any of the Diviners novels I don’t know if I’d go father than reading the inside flap, making an interested noise, and putting it back on the shelf, but I’d probably keep it in mind and read it eventually, if the blurbs inside or on the back cover suit my taste.

Nafiza: Ugh. Seriously. UGH. Why the heck would you do this, publishers? The original cover theme was so splendid. For example:

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Steph: Seriously. I mean I think they are signalling a different timeline with the type face and the clothes – perhaps the roaring 20s? Maybe the horror happens across timelines! Oooh! I haven’t read The Diviners yet, though I will be reading it soon! I think what the publisher is counting on is that people have read the first book and understand the nuance they are trying to do with the second one… but I’ll get back to you once I have read the first one. In the meantime, it’s foggy, it’s a different time period, the setting is on the subway (reminiscent of Murder on the Orient Express anyone?) so I think I’d read it.

Yash: I thought The Diviners was set in the ’20s? So, the first cover’s typeface is fitting, I guess? However, I don’t like the cover. I agree with Nafiza, the original covers were fantastic. I would buy the heck out of those. ^_^