This wonderful book meme/blog hop
is hosted by
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!
(Torn Trilogy #1)
Paperback, 336 pages
June 28, 2011
Genres: YA, Romance,
Why do I love this cover?
I was browsing in a Barnes & Noble bookstore the other day, and came across the second book in this series, Tangled. I loved the cover, so I bought the book. Then, of course, I had to find the first book, which I didn't see at B & N. So I went to Amazon, found it right away, and promptly ordered it.
If I liked the cover of the second book, this one absolutely floored me! It's just stunning. The composition is bold and simple; a young girl is framed in the center, her piercing stare making it impossible for a potential reader to pass up the book. Her face is swathed in a white, lacy cloth that reminds me of the time of the Tudors. In fact, this could pass for an undiscovered Old Master painting, perhaps done by Vermeer himself. Amazingly, however, it's a photograph -- two, in fact. One is the girl's face, the other is a door.
The girl is looking through a hole in the door. Her bangs serve to focus attention on her wide-open green eyes. Why is she staring so fixedly at us? What urgent message does her penetrating gaze convey? There is a mystery in that gaze. Perhaps she is a prisoner, and is silently attempting to find someone to liberate her. Alternatively, her message could be an entirely different, far more important one -- a defiant statement that nothing and no one can dominate her spirit, even if her body is imprisoned.
Whatever the message is, I find that steady gaze very unnerving, and I want to read this book in order to discover what's behind it!
I also love the overall dark purple shade of this cover. It goes perfectly with the face, making its paleness stand out even more.
The font used for the title has a decidely historical look to it. It could be inspired by medieval script, although I am still inclined to think of the Tudor period.
Every element of this cover is just perfect! This is truly brilliant design!
The highly talented designer
of this cover is
From the designer's page:
I am a graphic design professional specializing in book cover design. I have been in the publishing business for over 20 years. Working for and with some of the top publishing companies. Including Random House, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, Grand Central Publishing, Oxford University Press and currently on staff as the creative director for Kensington Publishing Corp.
You can find Ms. Mills at
I have also discovered
a fascinating online interview
with the designer,
which you can find at
One of the designer's recent projects
was the covers for
Kimberly Reid's Langdon Prep series.
You can find the article,
which includes a link for a video
of Mills at work on a
romance novel cover,
As I explained above,
this cover is a composite image.
The photograph of the door
and the photograph of the girl
So what do you think
of this cover?
What beautiful cover(s)
are you featuring this week?