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I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?
Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe), and discuss cover changes.
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COVER CHANGE: Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper
[row][column size=”1/2″]What do I think about the cover design? Meh.
At first, it’s not very eye-catching. I didn’t understand the significance of the rope or the knot (which readers wouldn’t understand until they either 1. read the book or 2. read Kendall Kulper’s cover insight). However, after I read what roles the rope and the knot play in the book, I appreciate this cover more than I initially did. The typography is great. The rope is an important thing in Salt & Storm, and I love that it’s on the front cover. How it’s presented on the cover is symbolic of the journey that readers will be taken on. We know it will involve romance and conflict that will have us on the edge of our seats.
Would I buy this book based on the cover? Sure.[/column] [column size=”1/2″]What do I think about the cover design? I strangely love it!
Generally, I’m not a fan of covers with girls in dresses. Sure, they may look pretty, but it gets boring. However, something about this paperback cover of Salt & Storm catches my eyes. More so than the hardcover (even though that cover is awesome). What makes this cover awesome is the gorgeous background with its gloomy atmosphere. I love the lightning striking down and the waves crashing against the walkway. That storm is so intense and symbolic of what’s to happen.
Would I buy this book based on the cover? Yes. [/column][/row]
[row][column size=”1/2″]What do I think about the cover design? Very witchy.
This cover scream “witch” to me because of the background. I loved the aged paper because it just seems to say that there’s a rich history waiting behind the cover. I love the levitating silhouette and the rope that’s tied around her with the anchor, almost like it’s emphasizing how it’s preventing the girl from fulfilling her potential as a witch.
Would I buy this book based on the cover? Nah.[/column] [column size=”1/2″]What do I think about the cover design? Pretty!
Very, very different from the other covers we’ve seen. The coloring is a bit lighter than the others. I love the title’s typography. The cover’s really pretty because of the illustration of the sea with the waves crashing against each other and the girl’s hair whipping in the wind. I could stare at it all day if I could.
Would I buy this book based on the cover? Sure. [/column][/row]
Final Verdict: It’s either the paperback or the German cover!
I think all four have a foreboding, slightly gothic feel and while I haven’t read the book, in my mind it seems to work. That said, looking at each cover individually brings to mind a slightly different story, but I’m thinking I like the German cover the best. :) I’m all about illustrations!
Sarah J. says
I don’t know I love the hardcover, but the UK cover just has a very Salem witch trials look to it. They are both very well done!
Kay @ It's a Book Life says
The UK cover freaks me out! I think my favorite would have to be the paperback cover. Honestly though, none of them really do a whole lot for me. *shrugs*
I really love the new paperback cover but strangely enough I am really drawn to the UK cover… Thank you for sharing :)
They almost look like four completely different stories! I think I like the UK version the best, although I haven’t read it yet so I’m not sure which one I would think goes best with the story.
Alexa S. says
That German cover is GLORIOUS! I think that one suits the story quite well actually.
I actually really like all of these. The one that I’m least impressed by is the paperback cover just because it seems so similar to many other book covers I’ve seen– girl wearing a big, fancy dress running away.