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: The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid
Shadows are the name of the game for these covers of The Wolf and the Woodsman.
What draws me to the US cover are the colors used—you have this mostly black and teal color with the pops of red, yellow and orange. I like the details within the the blobs—the flower and their leaves, birds with pitchforks on their back, the wolf snarling. I like how ominous the overall cover looks, especially with the unconventional way the trees look. I don’t know what the black blob is (perhaps it’s a person?), but the shape surrounding it almost looks like a wolf with its nose to the air—almost like it had eaten the blob. (I have Little Red Riding Hood on my brain.) That’s cool.
Now that UK cover, I like that it also depicts the different shapes—the wolf, the flower with their leaves, and the birds—in shadows. Although the cover uses four different colors (the dark blue, the pink, the red, and the cream), how it uses the colors make the images pop even more. I specifically like the wolf that looks like its on the prowl and the way the axe is being held tight by a leaf. I just like the simplicity of the cover.
Final Verdict: What cover do I like better? Uh, I think the UK cover.