This month, as most of you already know, was Beauty and the Beast month here on my website. So, with this theme in mind, you knew we were going to have some pretty stunning covers, right?
But which of these beauties is truly the fairest of them all?
First of all we have Hunted, a hot new release with a hot new cover. It's pretty, right? I don't know, I just don't quite love it though. It was intriguing enough to make me stop and look at the book, so in that it served its purpose. But I don't feel it really communicates the mood of the story inside. Also, the heroine is supposed to have red hair, I'm pretty sure, and that girl looks like a brunette to me. Not a BAD cover for sure, just not a favorite.
Now THIS cover I love! It's actually a redesign for this edition, and it is a huge improvement on the original. Everything about it works with the story being told. You know you're going to get romance, mystery, and more than a touch of whimsy. The blood-spatters warn of violence too, of which there is plenty in this somewhat dark comedy. I love the roses on the mask, love the colors. It grabs my attention right off the screen, and I really want to see it in paperback.
This is another meh cover for me. It's okay, but it's not a wow. Granted I'm not a huge sci-fi reader, but I think this is a bit uninteresting even for a sci-fi. I do like the blood running over her hands, though. That symbolically works with the story. Nothing else about it really grabs me, not even that oh-so-standard sci-fi font. If this hadn't been recommended to me by someone else, I probably would have passed on it. Which would be a HUGE shame, because the book itself is AMAZING!
Now this is a cover I could look at all day long. In fact, I kind of wish I had a poster of it for my wall. It calls to mind the style of illustrator Trina Schart Hyman, whom I have absolutely adored since childhood (and on through my years as an illustration major in college). The font is amazing, the intricacy, the Old World wood-cut effect . . . everything here is so well done. I cannot even imagine how many hours of work the artist must have put into this creation!
When you think of Beauty and the Beast retellings, this is the kind of cover you look for. It's Gothic and romantic, and the spiral effect serves to draw you right down into the image right along with the heroine. The surreal effect works with the strange, otherworldliness of the book itself too. Roses weren't a particular theme, however, so part of me doesn't entirely approve of the emphasis on the rose. I suppose it clues the reader into this being a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but it's also kind of cheating in my opinion.
And finally we have this lovely. At first I didn't particularly like it. It looked a little Standard Romance Book to me. But the more I've looked at it, the more I've come to appreciate it. For one thing it is just plain and simply PRETTY. Nothing wrong with that. For another, I like the heroine's expression a lot. She gives me the impression of being more than a pretty, wilting blossom. The scope of the landscape is so beautiful, and the color schemes really call to me. Plus, can I just mention that pretty, swirly font? Sometimes swirly fonts can look cheesy, but this one works for me! At heart I might just be a sucker for Pretty Shiny Swirlies, you know?
After much deliberation, I have come to a decision. My pick for Cover of the Month, the premier cover of our Beauty and the Beast month is . . .
That's right. The Old World style of Uprooted carried the day for me. I know all of these artists put lots of time, thought, and care into their designs, but when I consider the HOURS of work that must have been required to produce the intricacy of Uprooted, I am left in awe.
This means, of course, that Uprooted will be included as one of the books in my end of the month giveaway. If you would like a chance to win this book--plus THREE others . . . I'm doing a BIG giveaway this month!--be sure to sign up for my mailing list. All mailing list subscribers will be given an opportunity to win big!
Details on that coming soon . . . But next, my pick for Book of the Month!