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The purpose of this feature is to display
a beautiful book cover,
with information, if available,
about the cover illustrator,
photographer, and/or designer.
For all the participation rules,
Here's my choice for this week!
(Trylle Trilogy #1)
Paperback, 318 pages
St. Martin's Griffin
January 3, 2012
(first published July 12, 2010)
Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Why do I love this cover?
Although the color red has never been a particular favorite of mine, I think this cover is really gorgeous! This is really more of an orange-red, though. It caught my eye at a book fair this Wednesday.
Needless to say, I bought the book! Besides, I really couldn't go wrong, with Amanda Hocking as the author. At her young age, she already has a solid reputation as a writer.
The cover has an obvious Gothic feel to it because of the sinister-looking castle in the background, as well as the colors swirling in the sky. In the foreground, a young, very innocent-looking girl sits, holding a bright red poppy. She has a rather melancholy expression on her face, which hints at her uneasiness as she sits there. She's surrounded by more poppies, too. This reminds me of the scene in the great movie classic, "The Wizard of Oz", in which Dorothy and her friends start walking through a field of poppies, only to immediately start falling asleep. This girl, however, is staring, wide-eyed, at the viewer. So she is immune to the flowers' effect, which hints at her otherworldly origin.
Behind the castle, the whole sky is aflame with shades of turbulent red-orange, along with some purple and even glimpses of pink. This is a supernatural sky, of course, full of menace and oppressive tension.
Adding to the strange beauty of this cover is the stunning scrollwork surrounding the title. It reminds me strongly of the work done by Johanna Basford on the covers of Die For Me and Until I Die, both by Amy Plum. I don't see her name anywhere on the back cover, though.
This cover contains a combination
of images from different sources.
The overall design is by
Lisa Marie Pompilio.
You can view her Linkedin profile
You can view her portfolio of covers
The girl was photographed by
whose Linkedin profile you can view
This is another sample of his
Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Paperback, 306 pages
St. Martin's Press
March 18, 2003
(first published March 13, 2002
Genre: Chick Lit
The poppies were photographed by
You can see some of her book covers
The photographer for the castle is
I was unable to find any information
about him, however.
The swirl image for the title
So what do you think
of this cover?
What beautiful cover(s)
are you featuring this week?