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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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I’ve missed doing these theme posts. I’m not quite sure why I haven’t been doing it (maybe a bit of laziness and being overwhelmed by work and stuff), but here I am with this post! Taking that long break may have been a great thing because now, I’m pumped to collect the covers and talk about its beauty.
I was looking through covers for Summer books and noticed that a lot of them have that lens flare effect to them. I was absolutely mesmerized by them, and thought why not showcase that?
THEME: Lens Flare
[row][column size=”1/3″]I love that the lens flare in My Life Next Door is subtle, and doesn’t overwhelm the picture. It’s just a little touch that adds a unique effect to the cover, and makes the coloring of it brighten even more. I like that the plants above the couple look as if it’s shielding them from the sunlight. The title font makes good of the space next to the couple. [/column] [column size=”1/3″]I am absolutely blown away by how gorgeous the cover of Golden is. The lens flare creates a warm vibe to it and enhances the coloring. I love the tone that the reddish-gold coloring makes. It’s almost like she’s absorbing the sun, gaining its energy. The gold outline of the flowers is intricate, which makes it stand out, but not in a way that distracts from the overall cover. [/column] [column size=”1/3″]I didn’t the Open Road Summer cover at first because the color had a washed out magenta look to it. However, the more I looked at it, the more I found myself appreciating the effect of the lens flare with the coloring. It kind of reminds as if the picture is part of a dream. The lens flare softens the picture, and makes it a bit romantic (if that makes any sense). [/column][/row]
[row][column size=”1/3″]When You Were Here not only has wonderful typography, but it also has that lovely lens flare effect. As you know, I don’t like seeing faces on my cover, so I like that the lens flare is hiding part of the guy’s face. (It’s better than chopping their head off.) And can we talk about how pretty the lettering of the title is? So pretty. [/column] [column size=”1/3″]Double the lens flare in Ask the Passengers! I find this cover absolutely gorgeous. I’m not usually a fan of covers with a lot of white space, but this cover makes good use of it. I love how the girl’s hand fades into the background where the sun is (also where the lens flare effect occurs). The coloring works well too. It’s just so pretty.[/column] [column size=”1/3″]I like that the coloring of The Distance Between Us is a bit darker than the other covers, and that the lens flare doesn’t hide the girl. I like the lack of distance between the couple (it’s a bit ironic, considering the title). I’ve noticed something that bothers me though. Do you see the position of the girl’s right leg? How is that that possible? Is she standing at an angle? How?[/column][/row]
My favorite lens flare is the one on When You Were Here (and yes I love the format of this post). I also love that book so much so I might be a bit biased. Ask the Passengers is really pretty too. I really like the lens flare trend, but I also don’t like seeing it on a bunch of books all at once because that makes it feel so overdone, if that makes sense?
Kayla @ The Thousand Lives says
I personally love lens flares (some of my friends hate them!), and all of these covers make me happy just by looking at them :D I’ve heard of all of them except for When You Were Here – that one looks REALLY good. Not to mention the typography; loooooveee that!
I’m going to say my favorite is the Distance Between Us but I just noticed that When You Were Here and I haven’t ever hear of that one before so now I have to go look that up. :)
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books) says
I’ve never thought about lens flare before, but now that I look at them all together I really like them :) Golden and My Life Next Door are my favs!
Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity says
Ohmygod NO where is her other leg WHY DOES SHE ONLY HAVE ONE LEG
I LIKED THAT COVER AND NOW I WILL JUST BE IRRITATED BY HER LACK OF A LEG
I do like covers with lens flares though, they are uber pretty in my humble opinion.
My favourite of all WAS The Distance Between Us but we all now how I feel about that one now. After that, I’d probably say Open Road Summer. Like you, the colours are growing on me and I just really like that cover in general.
You should totally do more theme posts because this one is fab. <3
I think the lens flare works really well with Golden because of the book title and just how the cover looks. My favorite one though is Ask the Passengers because I like how the girl is reaching towards the sun.
Miranda @ Tempest Books says
Woah, what the hell is up with her leg?? That’s so weird. I don’t think it’s possible to stand like that haha. Maybe it was a photoshopping mistake?
I love lens flare covers…my favorite of these is probably Golden. I haven’t read the book, but I’ve always loved that cover!
Shannelle C. says
I can’t get over how ugly the glow of the font in Open Road Summer is. That one small detail, and I’m repulsed not only by the cover but I’m also having no intention to read it. Despite how tempting all the good reviews are.
And lens flares are so pretty. They can make a simple photograph so much more different. My favorite is My life Next Door, though. I love the one for Golden, but it’s mostly because of the flowers; for MLND I love the summer feel of it.