Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cover Love!

It's time for more cover love!
Let's start with something wicked...

(From left to right: US, German, Spanish)
What I like about all three covers is that they use shades of purple. My favorite is the US version. The flower and the way it's frozen is simply gorgeous!

(French, Indonesian)
I don't like those covers. I just don't think the French cover reflects the plot of Wicked Lovely. Somehow it reminds me a bit of the cover of UGLY by Scott Westerfeld. The Indonesian cover looks too young.

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

(US, Dutch, Catalan)
I love the font and its color and the mysterious atmosphere of the US cover. I don't think the Dutch and Catalan covers can keep up with the US original. The Catalan cover in particular is too dull. The dark yellow of the title just doesn't do it.

(German, Bulgarian, French)
I like the German cover, especially the green of the girl's eyes and of the title. But I must admit that when I first saw it on the shelf in my local bookshop I thought it was a werewolf book because I mistook the raven for a little wolf. I'm meh about the French and Bulgarian cover, not sure I would have picked up the book with one of those covers.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

(US, Turkish, German, Bulgarian)
The US cover is gorgeous. I mean, come on, I'm a girl so I can't resist a nice chest! That's why I'm a bit sad that the Turkish cover shows the back of the guy. I wonder why they did it...maybe a naked chest is considered too revealing in Turkey?
Usually, I'm a fan of German covers, but this time: not so much. The cover looks like it belongs to a Middle Grade fantasy book. Don't misunderstand me. I like Middle Grade fantasy books, but the fact remains that City of Bones isn't a Middle Grade fantasy book.
I must admit that I kind of like the Bulgarian cover.

(Polish, Czech)
Not very fond of the Polish cover. Looks uninspired and the guy looks too young. But it's nothing, absolutely nothing in comparison to the Czech cover.
Okay, seriously, Czech pub what happened here? I mean that guy on the cover looks like he's wearing a wig. And what the heck is that thingy in the front? The cover reminds me of a really bad c-movie poster for an even worse horror shocker.


Krista Ashe said...

Wow, now this is interesting b/c it's the first time I thing I like all the US covers....a lot of times I've seen foreign covers that I like better. It would be hard to be Wicked Lovely's cover, and I love the simplicity and color scheme of Beautiful Creatures.

Love this segment! Thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

It's interesting that you thought a lot of the covers look 'too young', because I was thinking the exact opposite about a lot of the other covers (including some of the American ones). The French Wicked Lovely cover is the worst - what age is that guy supposed to be? Because unless the answer is 'in his mid-twenties', I'm thinking they should have used a younger model...

Jamie B said...

Yeah, that Czech on that one! :)

I agree w/ Krista, it would be hard to beat the US Wicked Lovely cover. It's gorgeous!

erinjade said...

my favorite on this whole page is the french cover of sixteen moons. i'm just a sucker for a simple image on a solid color background.

Tracey Neithercott said...

Oh wow, that Czech cover is terrible. It looks like some kid created this in his mother's basement to go with the video he and his friend recorded after school. :)

Wicked Lovely's U.S. cover is my favorite, but I like the German, too. Of course, I haven't read the book so I'm not sure how much it goes with the storyline.

Horserider said...

I LOVE the German cover of Beautiful Creatures even though I also mistook the raven for a wolf the first time I looked at it.

I think I would be in love with the Polish cover if Jace actually looked his age and it was a little bit brighter. The US cover is still by far my favorite, though.

Debra D. said...

I pretty much agree with you on every cover, Sus. Love the U.S. version of the Wicked Lovely cover. Also--funny how all the City of Bones covers had a guy on the cover, even though the narrator is a girl. They were pretty consistent throughout (though I agree, the Czech one looks like an anime poster).

Lisa_Gibson said...

Love all those covers but that Czech one, wow.
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Morgan said...

The Bulgarian version of 16 Moons is beautiful. I've actually never read the book, but that cover makes me want to pick it up!