05 January 2015


Book Wars a weekly feature hosted between two book review blogs – A Life Bound By BooksMuch 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, Michelle from Much Loved 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 My True Love Gave To Me is...... the US COVER!!!!!! Thank you to everyone who voted for both books, and for picking a winner.


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: Geek Girl
Series: Geek Girl #1
Author:  Holly Smale
Publisher: US - Harper Teen, 384 Pages, (January 27th 2015), UK - HarperCollins Children's Books, 378 Pages, (February 28th 2013)
Add to Goodreads: USA Version | UK Version
Order online here: USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository * (*UK cover only available at this moment of posting) UK: Amazon UKWaterstonesW H Smith, The Book Depository

Synopsis: Harriet Manners knows a lot of things.

She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a "jiffy" lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn't quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she's spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend's dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn't seem to like her any more than the real world did.

And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

About the Author: Holly is the Number One bestselling, multi-award winning author of the GEEK GIRL series.

She fell in love with writing at five years old, when she realised that books didn't grow on trees like apples. A passion for travel, adventure and wearing no shoes has since led her all over the world: she has visited 27 countries, spent two years working as an English teacher in Japan, volunteered in Nepal, been bartered for in Jamaica and had a number of ear-plugs stolen in Australia, Indonesia and India.

Holly has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Shakespeare, and currently lives in London or at @holsmale.

The GEEK GIRL series has been an internationally bestselling no1. smash-hit. It won the Waterstones Teen Prize of the Year and the Leeds book award, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Branford Boase award, and was long-listed for the Carnegie.

Find Holly Online: Website | Twitter| Facebook

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 I'm lucky enough to own a signed copy of the UK version of this book. (Thanks Michelle, Jenny and Nic!) The UK cover is just so much more dynamic than the US. It really shows you so much more of the main character.

The US cover just doesn't give readers much to go on when you compare to the two. At least that's just me.

So my vote this week goes to the UK cover! Now you tell us which cover gets your vote this week.
Michelle This is an easy choice for me this week. I like the USA cover, it's cute and I think it fits Harriet's personality. However the UK one is the cover for me. The UK cover is simple, but dramatic at the same time, who knew that a face and a few equations would make a stunning cover. This cover lets us see both sides to Harriet, the geeky side, but also the model side. The winning vote for me this week is UK

VOTE for YOUR favourite cover of Geek Girl by Holly Smale NOW!


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