07 April 2014

Book Wars a weekly feature hosted between two book review blogs – A Life Bound By Books & Much Loved Books!

It’s a fact that book lovers know all about the covers of the books they covet. Often when a title is released here in the UK, it’s sometimes vastly different across the pond in the US.  So, Lisa from A Life Bound By Books and I have come together to create Book Wars to talk about the difference in covers when it comes to the US vs. UK versions.

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!

Before we get to this weeks Book Wars, we have a winner to announce. The Book Wars winner for Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick is... the US Cover!!! Thank you to everyone who voted for both books, and for picking a winner.


Also, there's a poll at the bottom of the post that we'd love to hear your input for the two covers! Tell us which one YOU love the most.

Left: US - Right: UK
Title: Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher: US - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers , 352 Pages, (May 4th 2010), UK - Simon and Schuster UK, 343 Pages, (July 7th 2011)
Add to Goodreads: USA Version | UK Version
Order online here: USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository UK: Amazon UKWaterstonesW H Smith, The Book Depository

Synopsis: Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn't seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she's coming to terms with her father's death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road--diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards--this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.

About Morgan:

Morgan Matson grew up in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children's department of Vroman's Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature.

Following college graduation (and the proud bearer of an incredibly useful theater/English degree) she moved back East to attend the New School, where she received her M.F.A in Writing for Children.

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, inspired by Morgan's three cross-country road trips, was published in May 2010. It was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book, a PW "Flying Start" book, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Book Prize. It has since been published in five different languages and six different countries.

In the meantime, Morgan moved back to California, went back to school again and in 2011 received an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Her second book, Second Chance Summer, was published in May 2012 and draws largely on her experiences spending summers growing up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

Morgan currently lives in Los Angeles, though she loves to travel and does it whenever she can. She is currently writing another book, to be published in 2014.

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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.

Lisa For this weeks title I do have the US copy and haven't ever seen the UK cover until now. I love the US cover but I think the UK cover has something pretty special about it. Having not read this one but have heard TONS of amazing things about it for some reason I believe the UK cover just gives something extra to the story.

So, this week my vote goes for... the UK cover!! Now it's your turn, vote for which one is your favorite below.
Michelle If I hadn't read this book, or even owned a copy I would instantly pick the USA cover. I love how summery and simplistic it is. But I own a copy of the UK version and the picture above does not do the cover any justice. It has texture and each picture/graphic is imprinted into the cover, giving it a reverse 3D effect. My vote is UK all the way!!!!!!!
VOTE for YOUR favorite cover of Amy & Roger's Epic Detour NOW!

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1 comment:

  1. I own the US paperback of this one and I love it. It feels so summery! :) I also like the whole holding hands thing. I went to Waterstones the other day and I saw the UK cover and you are right that the picture does not do it justice! It is really pretty!

    I am gonna have to got with the US cover though :3

    Thanks for sharing! :) xxx
    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries

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