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 DIFFERENCES: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
I dislike how the girl’s face is layered on top of a picture of a city. I get that it’s sort of emphasizing the title—that the girl isn’t invisible and that you can see her on the cover even if she looks like she’s fading. However, it just looks amateur-ly put together. And the font for the book title is not a great look, especially compared to the font used for “Marcus Sedgwick.”
The two things I really like on the cover are: 1. the sun lens flare (it’s blinding almost as if it’s referring to how the main character is blind, and shedding light.) and 2. the font used for the author’s name (I am into the sharp angles for the curves in the letters. It makes me think of hexagons).
Would I buy this book based on the cover? Nah. I’ll pass.
I’m extremely envious that the UK gets this amazingly gorgeous cover. Just look at that! The typography, guys! So beautiful. The coloring and the lettering make the cover stand out to me. I love the smoky effect of the lettering, almost like it’ll disappear. Whoever designed this cover made good use of the space by wrapping the lettering around the orangey-red silhouette girl. It doesn’t look too crowded or overwhelming. The lettering looks like it was made for this cover, and I love that! And the silhouette with the wisps of hair hanging down is such a great detail. The girl isn’t all prim and proper.
The blurring around the edges of the book bothers me a bit because I just want the typography to be crystal clear, but it’s a nice effect and it does somewhat fit with the synopsis.
Would I buy this book based on the cover? Yes, yes I would.
When I look at the two covers and think about the synopsis, the US cover does make sense; it tells you this is a contemporary story and emphasizes on the “light,” but it’s not visually pleasing to me. I will always pick the UK cover because I love me some gorgeous typography even if it doesn’t really tell me anything about the book. ;D