Book Wars a weekly feature hosted between two book review blogs – A Life Bound By Books & Much Loved Books!
We hope from time to time authors will chime in with their thoughts as well. We welcome everyone to comment and share their thoughts too! The more the merrier!
Today we have a slight twist for Book Wars, as part of the Ironskin Blog Tour we have asked author Tina Connolly to pick her favorite book, and give us her thoughts on the covers themselves.
Before we get to this weeks Book Wars, we have a winner to announce. The Book Wars winner for Storm Glass is..... the US Cover!!! Thank you to everyone who voted for both books, and for picking a winner.
Cover wars! I love seeing all the different ways a book can be interpreted around the world. (This is partly why I was so excited to get a second cover for Ironskin - I already loved the first cover, but then I got the chance to see ANOTHER awesome one!) I chose one of my favorite 2012 books, Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman. This is a gorgeous YA high fantasy of a girl and a world with some VERY unique dragons. Luckily it turns out that it did get several different covers as it got republished around the world.
|Left USA: Right UK|
UK This feels more like a standard YA fantasy cover to me. Again, I love the use of the dark red on the book. Again, I can tell there's going to be a dragon and a city. But the girl looks kind of modern, and the girl/castle/eye look like three different elements stuck together on the page. I wouldn't necessarily have picked this book up based on the cover, but it wouldn't have turned me off, either. And what's that around the dragon eye? Candles? It looks like a dragon eye chandelier. I was just looking for a book that had US & UK editions, but when I went on Goodreads, I found out there are a couple more covers for this, too! So:
|R-L: German - Indonesian - Italian|
Indonesian Oh, I like this one! But I think partly I like it just because it reminds me of the US cover? The US cover made better use of colors with the touch of dark red – this one in all browns could have used something to punch it up.
Italian Like the German and UK covers, this one also fits squarely into what I currently expect a traditional YA fantasy cover to look like. However, there's nothing wrong with that, and this is by far my favorite of the three. It's a simple, spare cover that hints at the SPOILER I mentioned earlier: her draconic nature. From my tiny laptop the wing part of the dress looks a little photoshoppy, so I'd like to see it up close, but otherwise I think this is a fantastic and elegant way to clearly show the central conflict of the book.
Thank you Tina for some great thoughts about the covers for Seraphina, now its time for you, the readers, to vote for your favourite cover.
Let the Wars Begin: Its now time to make our decision, let's see what we think about the covers and pick our favorite cover.
VOTE for YOUR favorite cover of Seraphina NOW!