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.
COVER CHANGE: Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
I love, love, loveeee the use of color in the hardcover of Under A Painted Sky. Look at those colors. It gives me a Western vibe. I love how it gradually changes from a clear blue sky to a red-orange color of a sunset, which is what people see when they’re traveling on the road—or trail for these girls. It’s like you expect something nice and pleasant, but then it changes into something terrible, which is sort of what happens when Sammy and Andy encounter problems on the trail. I also love the snake, rabbit, and dragon that’s positioned around the title. It’s a great touch.
I really like the three different typography that’s used on the cover. The typewriter-like font (Courier?) of the tagline, the rubber stamp title, and the slight cursive of Stacey Lee works in a way that doesn’t make it look jarring. I wouldn’t have thought to put these three different types together.
I’m not a big fan of the paperback, but it has some nice details I appreciate! The cover has a very rustic vibe to it (love the details of the background with the scuff and dirt marks). I love the Chinese knots on both sides of the “A.” I thought that was a great subtle nod to one of the character’s ethnicity. I love that the colors on the title gradually changes from red to blue (almost like the sky in the hardcover). That’s about it.
Final Verdict: What cover do I like better? The hardcover!