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.
US vs. UK: Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Q. Sutanto
What I like about the US cover of Dial A for Aunties: 1. the bright colors that are used (I love the the different shades of green—it’s super eye-catching and bright), 2. the simplicity of the art (it’s not a cover with a lot of intricate details and lines, it’s mostly the colors that differentiate the different shapes from each other), and 3. the depiction of the meddling aunties (they look like they’re ready to get down to business).
With the UK cover, I love the screentone over the image—it gives it a very campy, pulp cover type of vibe. Otherwise, I don’t like the colors used—yes, it uses shades of red, but it clashes. It’s entirely forgettable.
Final Verdict: What cover do I like better? The US!
The aunties are at it again! This time, for a wedding.
The US cover is fantastic. I love the contrasting colors—that shade of green, purple, and orange works so well together. Despite how minimalistic the cover is, I love the details like the floral head piece with the lizards on each aunties’ head and the dots on the bride detailing the sheer sleeves part of the gown.
Like her previous book, the UK cover of Four Aunties and A Wedding takes on the same style—the campy pulp cover vibe from the screentone. I like the colors on this cover better than the previous, but that’s about it.
Final Verdict: What cover do I like better? The US.