Thursday, October 9, 2014

This Week in Book Covers 29th September - 2nd October

Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth

It keeps the theme established by the first book’s cover, and at least it avoids looking like the Eye of Sauron being revamped - but it’s a tree. It’s a pretty tree and, yes, it’s the Amity symbol but you kind of have to have read the book to know what the cover means which feels a little contrary.  

Unless we're supposed to think the book is about hurricane season in an orchard?

Shifting Shadows (Mercy Thompson #8.5 - short stories) by Patricia Briggs

Is it just me, or is she looking down with a “what the hell happened to my breasts?!” expression on her face? Is that just in case we miss the cleavage? Better make the cover model look down so the eyes are drawn to the appropriate boobies?

I’m generally in favour of ensuring that if you have a POC protagonist that that protagonist appears on the cover as a POC - especially since there’s a lot of whitewashing out there. But is there no other way to do that other than feathers? Native American - reach for the feathers - seems to be somewhat common

Deadly Remains (A Clairvoyant's Complicated Life #1) by Katherine Bayless

Ooooh pretty and very very creepy. There’s something very desolate and lost about this cover. The character walking away looks dejected, the way she holds Red looks sad and hopeless. The greyish-brown is all very bleak and then, lurking among there, is the pile of skulls. Creepy, desperate, hopeless and terrifying - I think it’s an excellent cover for a horror novel

Unfortunately, this isn’t a horror novel...

Grimm: The Killing Time by Tim Waggoner

Classic TV-book conversion - take the actor and put him on the cover. In this case we have Nick scowling quite fiercely which isn’t very Nick but I suppose touches on the theme of the book of Grimms being 2 seconds away from killing all the things. There’s some random architecture at the bottom mainly because there are three Grimm TV-to-book conversions and there needs to be some way to tell them apart.