14 September 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 Deep by Kylie Scott is... the US!!!!!! 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: City of Bones
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: US - Margaret K. McElderry Books, 544 Pages, (September 1st, 2015), UK - Walker Books, 512 Pages, (July 2nd, 2015)
Add to Goodreads:vUSA Version | UK Version
Order online here: USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository UK: Amazon UKWaterstonesW H Smith, The Book Depository

Synopsis: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...


About the Author:

Hello Goodreadsers. Here's my official bio:

"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts."

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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 When I first heard they were changing the covers I wasn't sure what to think. It seems like that's the thing to do... change covers multiple times for books and or series. I get it to a point, however it's tough on us readers who try to get sets to match or when we fall in love with new covers and have to purchase books over and over again.

It's happened to me before for certain books and I'm sure it'll continue throughout my life, yet there's only so much money and it takes away from being able to buy other books.

So for me, changing covers is a doubt edge sword.

When I look at these two, I love the new US cover. I love the feel of it, the art, the warm color pallet chosen and I love that we still have Jace on the cover.

Now, the UK cover... I'd love it just as much if not more than the US cover if they'd have chosen a different color. When I think of shadowhunters I don't see the color magenta/hot pink.

The deals in the wings from what I can see in the pictures online are beautiful. I'd love to see this one up close and person to get a better idea of it's beauty and see if the overall color changes my idea of the new look.

So, this week... my vote goes to the new UK cover. I love the original one with Jace to seeing that he's still our cover model was a huge plus in getting my vote this week.

Give us YOUR vote below! Which new cover is your favorite for this beloved series??? One quick click is all you need to cast your vote.
Michelle This is such an easy choice for me this week. When I first saw the UK covers I wasn’t too fussed on them, I enjoyed seeing how they were designed and the work that went into them, but they weren’t anything special.

However, I had already seen the USA covers, and it was instant love. I could not see any other cover to represent this book. I love how it represents Jace, I love the rune in the background...I just love the overall effect.

It’s a very easy USA vote for me this week, which cover gets your vote?
VOTE for YOUR favorite cover of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare NOW!

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