02 February 2015


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 US, 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 Going Vintage By: Lindsey Leavitt 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: Graduation Day
Series: (The Testing #3)
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: US - HMH Books for Young Readers, 304 Pages, (June 17th, 2014) UK - Templar Publishing, 364 Pages (June 1st, 2014)
Add to: Goodreads USA Version | Goodreads UK Version
Order online here: USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository UK: Amazon UK, Waterstones, W H Smith, The Book Depository

Synopsis: In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor Cia Vale vows to fight. But she can't do it alone. This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for - but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves - and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.


About the author: 

I am a storyteller at heart. I have performed in a variety of operas, musical theatre and children's theatre productions across the Chicagoland area.

While I'm happy to perform for an audience, I am equally delighted to teach private voice lessons and use my experience from the stage to create compelling characters on the page. I am the author of the Rebecca Robbins mystery series (Minotaur Books), The Paige Marshall Glee Club mysteries (Berkley) and The Testing YA triology (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Find  Online: WebsiteTwitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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 The thing I love about these covers is how well they all go together. When you look at them all from the trilogy they look pretty amazing together. I love how the US covers have a shine to them and the feel when they are in your hands is pretty amazing. The US covers appear simple and in many ways they are yet when you look closer there's a lot more to them then at first glance.

And the UK covers have more that you see right away. And I like how the covers from here and in the UK kept the color theme going.

So, as we take a look and vote for the third book in this trilogy my vote goes to the US cover. It's sleek, slick and in so many ways beautiful in it's simplicity. So, it's a US win for me this week. Tell us which cover you like the most in the poll below.
Michelle This is an easy choice for me, the UK cover is so much more appealing to me than the US cover.

Like Lisa I do like how they have the same colour theme going for them, but I also like how the UK one has the same background image throughout the series, with changes to the colour and symbol only.

To me although the US is pretty, it's too simple for me to appreciate, I much prefer the shininess that is the UK cover.

VOTE for YOUR favorite cover of Graduation Day NOW!


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