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Cover Face-Off: Gone

December 3, 2013

It’s another edition of Cover Face-Off!  We put two covers of the same book side-by-side and decide which we like best.  Use whatever criteria you want: which one represents the book best, which one is more likely to attract readers, or even which one you think is cooler.

Today’s competitors: Gone by Michael Grant, the old cover (left) versus the newly re-imagined paperbacks (right).  If you’re not familiar with the series, here’s the publisher’s blurb: “In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have “The Power” and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.”

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I like the new cover SO MUCH!  The original cover is fine and highlights the fact that it’s about teens facing some kind of unknown challenge, but the new cover looks so much more exciting with the new colors and design.  It looks like it could appeal to anyone who is looking for an action-oriented novel.

Do you love the re-design, or do you think the series was better off with the original cover?  Sound off in the comments!

Cover Face-Off: Delirium

October 24, 2013

Welcome to Cover Face-Off, a new feature where we pit two covers of the same book against one another to determine which one is the best!  Feel free to use whatever criteria you want: which one represents the book best, which one is more likely to attract readers, or even which one you think is prettiest.

Today’s competitors: two covers of Delirium, the dystopian hit by Lauren Oliver!  Here’s the synopsis, courtesy of the publisher:  ”Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love.”

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This is just my humble opinion, but the one on the right is SO MUCH BETTER, right?!  The design is interesting (you could easily look at it for a moment without noticing the face in the words) and the font and color fit the story really well.  That was actually the original cover, and after its initial success it was redesigned with a random girl’s face.  Don’t get me wrong, she looks like I pictured Lena, but every YA novel lately just seems to have some girl’s face on the cover, and I felt like the first cover was more unique.

Do you totally disagree with me?  Sound off in the comments!

Cover Face-Off: The Diviners

September 18, 2013

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Hmmm, I can’t decide which cover I like better for Libba Bray’s newest hit novel, The Diviners.  Here’s the blurb: “Seventeen-year-old Evie O’Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.”

I think I like the original (left) better.  The colors pop and I like the city in the background.  But then again, I like the shadows in the newer one, it definitely fits in with the lurking vibe of the book.  Which one do you like better?  Sound off in the comments!

*book description from publisher

Cover Face-Off: Throne of Glass

August 8, 2013

Welcome to Cover Face-Off, a new feature where we pit two covers of the same book against one another to determine which one is the best!  Feel free to use whatever criteria you want: which one represents the book best, which one is more likely to attract readers, or even which one you think is prettiest.

Our first competitors are the two covers of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.  For some background, here’s the blurb: “After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.”

And here are the covers:

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In my humble opinion, the one on the right is EASILY the winner!  It definitely says “I’m a hardened assassin” way more than the one on the left, where all I can focus on is how pretty her hair is.