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about the cover illustrator,
photographer, and/or designer.
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Hardcover, 487 pages
May 31, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
This is truly an inspired cover! The designers have used a beautiful nighttime landscape, full of a strange luminosity, as the background for a girl who is standing off to the right, dressed in the flowing robes typical of ancient Greece.
It was the blue that first attracted my attention -- the shimmering blue, edged with pearly white waves, of the ebbing surf on the beach below the cliff where the girl is standing. Crossed by a patch of darkness, the blue of the sea blends into the blue-gray of the stormy, cloud-filled sky.
Almost at the same time, the billowing folds of the white cape captured my interest. My eyes then moved on to the simple gown. The folds in clothes and drapery have always fascinated me. Renaissance artists excelled at depicting them, and this cover reminds me of their paintings.
The gentle breeze that has ruffled the ocean blue has barely touched her hair, but has lifted her cape out behind her. She is slowly extending one arm backward, and her eyes are closed. It's almost as if she were preparing for flight...
I love the overall flow of the design, too. The shadows on the cape have a hint of blue-purple in them, which is also present in the sky, along with the blue-gray. The dark brown of the rocky cliff is also the color of her outstretched hand. It moves up her arm, then jumps to the lower edges of her hair, and part of her face.
The blue, the brown, the white...the eye is kept moving throughout this beautiful composition. The viewer is certainly never bored, but constantly delighted instead!
The font used for the title is a classic one, which fits the plot quite well. Although the letters are spread out across the middle of the cover, I don't think this detracts from the design at all.
If I were to change anything in this cover, I would choose to remove the endorsement by Lauren Kate, author of the Fallen series. I don't like endorsements on front covers. I feel they interfere visually with the design, and belong on a book's back cover, instead.
This gorgeous book jacket is
the result of
a three-way collaboration.
The photography is
the work of
The jacket design
is the work of