02 March 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 Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder is..... the UK 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: Dreams of Gods & Monsters
Series: (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3)
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: US - Little, Brown & Company, 624 Pages (April 8th, 2014) UK - Hodder & Stoughton, 613 Pages (April 17th, 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: By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz ... something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?



About the author:

Hi there! I'm a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My 'Dreamdark' books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries -- not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It's creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . about kissing. I am also an artist with a licensed gift product line called "Laini's Ladies."

Find Laini 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 that I love about these covers is how they fix together so amazingly well when you see them in person. They just fit... and the US and the UK covers go so well with the story too. This is another hard week for me because I love both of these covers just so much... yet I think the UK cover edges out this week for me. I LOVE the blue and the birds... I can't help but want to keep looking at. It's without a doubt beautiful to me in it's simplicity.

So, the UK wins again for me this week! Tell us YOUR favorite in the quick and easy poll below! Or feel free to share your thoughts in comments!
Michelle This is an easy pick for me this week. When these books were released as hardback editions my favourite cover out of them all has always been the US version. I think they are much more dramatic and eye catching compared the the UK hardback editions.

I love the how the US cover is dark, and that the gold antlers stand out so vividly against this background. I really like how these covers draw you in and would make you want to stop and see what they are all about.

Its an easy US vote for me this week.

VOTE for YOUR favorite cover of Dreams of Gods & Monsters NOW!


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