Happy Monday everyone! Is it just me or does the weekend go by too fast? I swear Saturday goes by in a blink of an eye and then it’s Monday lol. But I hope you guys had a great weekend! Hopefully you all are doing fun Halloween activities, reading creepy books and watching awesome creepy shows or old favorites 🙂
Today’s post is one I’ve wanted to do for a while and now it’s here. We all know that there are different covers for the US and the UK/AU/NZ of books. Some are drastically different from each other and seriously, some of the UK covers give the US designers a run for their money. So today is the first round of the battle of the book covers and which ones win over the other. *Note: US covers are on the left and the UK/AU/NZ covers are on the right.* These aren’t in any order of favorites at all. Let’s go!
1. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Winner: US cover (left)
Now I know some people might be surprised but I think the purple is perfect for the second book in this duology. The purple is a stark and gorgeous contrast with the white bird and the orange just seems a bit of an odd color choice for me. I think the purple also matches the blue cover of the first one for the aesthetic of the series 🙂
2. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
Winner: UK cover
Oh man that teal, the blossoms and the swords are just stunning! I think the UK matches the majesty of Japanese culture with this cover. While the fox on the US one does signify one of the characters, it’s too dark with the black and red. The UK cover makes a more colorful twist on what’s inside and it looks unique against the other covers out there. I need to own the UK version if this book becomes a favorite 🙂
3. Enchantée by Gita Trelease
I can’t decide on this one lol! Both covers for this upcoming historical fantasy are so stunning and vibrant. Both show the French colors very well and both seem to reflect the magic that is in the story very well. I like the UK one with showing the gilded gates and the French flag. But I also like the bold colors and the typography of the US one. I might just own both, who knows? 🙂
4. The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
Winner: UK cover
While I do love the Middle Eastern design on the US cover, I think the brass doors and the flares and pop of blue on the UK cover speaks to me so much more. The doors act like a gateway to a series that’s massively popular and the design looks like it reflects the Muslim and Egyptian culture very well. The blend of covers makes it a bit easier on the eyes than the flashing gold on the US cover.
5. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
Winner: US cover
The artist for the US cover is Charlie Bowater who did An Enchantment of Ravens which is super pretty! Both of these covers are fun, but I like how the girl is drawn, along with the blends of purple and the typography of the US cover. It makes it look like a bright sci-fi story and just speaks to me a bit more than the other.
6. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Winner: US cover
I love both of these, but the US one wins this round. When I saw the cover on bookshelves when this came out, it immediately caught my eye with the girl surrounded by the water. The cover, while blatantly, expresses the title, I still think it shows it well. This book is about digging deeper into the darker waters of your past. The UK one, even though it’s enchanting, doesn’t truly capture the essence of the book for me like the US one does.
That’s it for round one! Which covers do you like best? Do you want to see more posts like this?