16 May 2010

Cover WIN / FAIL: Angelic covers? + Winners announced!

It's cover talk time again, woohoo! Yeah, it's been a while, but I just had so many other reviews and interviews to post that I just couldn't squeeze it in, but now the time has finally come to spotlight two covers that got my attention recently - one took my breath away and the other one made me raise my eyebrows, heh. As always, I mean no offence - I'm just expressing my humble personal opinion and you're more than welcome to disagree - tastes differ, after all. :)

Anyway, this week I decided to spotlight two books that both deal with the subject of angels. Quite frankly, this sort of books are way out of my comfort zone so I must confess I didn't really read the summary for either of the books below, I'm just focusing on the covers, which really are special.




Cover Win: HALO by Alexandra Adornetto
Honestly, doesn't this cover just make you go, 'WOW!'? I think it's absolutely beautiful and I'd buy it for the cover alone, I don't even care what it's about. I'm not usually not a massive fan of "non-drawn" covers as I don't think there's anything amazing about a picture with some text on it, but this one really is beautiful and I can tell that a lot of thought and effort was put into it.

Cover Fail: THE UNFINISHED ANGEL by Sharon Creech
I'm sure there's a good explanation for this cover, but I just can't help disliking it. It's just boring and blah. :( I've noticed this book on another blog where quite a few people called the cover 'adorable', but I just don't see it myself. I would never pick this book up in a bookshop or bother to read about it online, the cover is just too off-putting. I'm sure I'm very wrong to judge this book by the cover as it's aparently very good and it won the Carnegie medal, but still. Luckily, the book was re-designed for the paperback release, which looks a bit better and more like something I'd bother picking up off the shelf in a shop. But the original just makes me frown, I'm sorry.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Do you agree or disagree? Let me know! :)

ps: Before I wrap this post up, I still need to annouce the winners of my Ilana Fox competition! Thanks to everyone who entered - I had nearly 200 entries! And yay for Google Docs for making it so easy to pick winners with the help of random.org (yes, I know I'm late)! Anyway, without further ado ...
The two winners of SPOTLIGHT are TINA and NATALIE & the winner of THE MAKING OF MIA is Iffath - please EMAIL ME in the next two days to claim your prizes! Congrats, girls, and I hope you enjoy your faaabulous new books! :)

12 comments:

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

The cover art for Halo is amazing! Practically everybody I know has fallen in love with it. I also love the description of the book and can't wait to read it. The other cover doesn't work for me.

chicklit101 said...

love the halo cover too! except there's too much script font on the cover. the authors name should have been in a serif, and it's also hard to read. but yeah... i really like it. *i'm a huge fan of typography :blush: *

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

chicklit101 - I think the final cover might actually be this one, which has the things you mentioned fixed, but I still prefer the 'old' one. It's less legible indeed, but it's just so pretty. :)

Julie P said...

I totally agree with your thoughts on the covers! It looks like an elementary school kid drew the cover for The Unfinished Angel! The covers are what draw me in to read the book half the time--it is really important that they display a compelling cover.

Emidy said...

Wow - Halo is gorgeous! I love it. As for the other book, it's pretty decent. Cute, but I wouldn't take a second glance if I saw it on the shelf.

Tina said...

Halo definitely caught my eye when I first saw it. The other one, has the opposite effect.

NatalieSap said...

I actually really love the Sharon Creech cover - the simplicity and white space is striking. I have yet to read it, but I always want to pick it up because of the cover alone. I don't like what they did with the paperback at all - it looks much more patronizingly child-friendly, but that's just me. :)

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

I am in love with the halo cover!! I wonder why they would give such a strange cover to a great author like creech?? the pb cover is much cuter

**NeonGlitter** said...

I agree - I really don't like the cover at all, and I definitely wouldn't pick it up in a shop.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Amen girl! I couldn't agree more :)

Ria- The Beaucoup Review book blog. said...

Congrats Iffath! I do *love* the Halo cover too xxx

Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

I'm loving the Halo cover!! It's so gorgeous!

Not really feeling TUA, it's just...not great.

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