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showcasing beautiful book covers!
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if available, on their very talented creators!
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This week, I'm contrasting two different covers for the same book!
Paperback, 384 pages
(Random House Children's Publishers UK)
July 31, 2014
Fantasy, Historical Fiction,
Paranormal Fiction, YA Fiction
Why do I love this cover?
This is the perfect cover for someone who loves both historical and paranormal fiction! It has the right combination of elements from each genre.
There's the obvious historical reference in the young woman's gown, which is exquisitely detailed; the meticulously sewn patterns on her bodice are just gorgeous, as are the light, flowing sleeves.
The paranormal reference is equally obvious in the cover's background; the moon is gloriously full, and glowing with a ghostly light, while mysterious birds -- perhaps ravens -- wheel and soar before it. I get the feeling of a spooky October night.
This is the cover for the UK edition of the book, which I much prefer to the US cover, shown below. The incredibly talented artist is Larry Rostant, who specializes in photographic illustration.
Needless to say, when I acquire this novel, it will be the UK edition!
Links for Larry Rostant
The above is the cover of the US edition. While I do like the gorgeous treatment of the model's hair, and the photograph itself is lovely, this cover just doesn't appeal to me as much as the UK cover. It simply doesn't have the fascinating combination of historical and paranormal details present in the image created by Rostant. Also, I don't like the inclusion of the building below the young woman's head; it seems to have been put in almost as an afterthought. It would have been much more effective to have put in a suitably mysterious background behind the profile. Also, with the inclusion of such a background, the profile could have been much smaller.
In short, the UK cover makes me want to get the novel NOW! Unfortunately, the US cover -- not that much.
The cover artist is not identified, which is just as well, since I will not be buying this edition, which will be released on September 30th by Harlequin Teen.
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