Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cover Review 9th February - 13th February

The Diabolical Miss Hyde (Electric Empire #1) by Viola Carr

Did I mention I love Steampunk? Because I love steampunk and I love the covers and the aesthetic and I kind of just want to stare at this cover and murmur “pretty”. The night time colours, the cogs in the corners, the clothes - oh it’s pretty, so very very pretty.

It’s also a very accurate representation of the book - that is a perfect rendition of Miss Hyde. Of course, you could have also had a representation of her - or Eliza Jekel - that didn’t involve fishnets, raised skirts and cleaved. It’s not an inaccurate representation of the book - but it is the most sexualised scene within transported to the cover.

Dying by the Hour (Jesse Sullivan #2) by Kory M Shrum

I love this cover. It’s dramatic, it’s unique and we have a seriously kick-arse heroine on the cover who isn’t being sexualised. It looks awesome, I love the colours, the movement and the sheer power of it. It screams of magic and woo-woo which I also love…

...buuuuuut I can’t say it’s a particularly honest representation of Jesse ot the book. I think this cover sets me up for an entirely different story from what we actually got.

Drums of Autumn (Outlander #4) by Diana Gabaldon

In addition to causing Renee to send me some truly awful quotes which make me despair of humanity and think that a meteor hitting Earth and wiping us out may not be so bad, this series also has the additional crime of ruining my cover review posts. Every book looks like someone put a the word “celtic” into a clip art search engine and then pasted whatever came up. And behold, celtic-ish tree.

Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3) by Darynda Jones

There’s a lot of fun little things about this cover I like. The scythe is nicely representative of both the genre and who Charley is. I think, even with the swirling red dress, her trainers also speak volumes about Charley as a character. Yes she is going to wear those shoes with that dress. Yes yes she is.

I also like the shades of red, it’s dramatic, simple yet beautiful. It’s artistically fun. What I don’t get is why we’re only seeing a leg - I mean, her legs are even one of the body parts she doesn’t name! I think it implies just a bit more sexiness than is actually in the book- or than the book needs which is a little sad. It’s like this book needs some sexualisation to sell.

The Accidental Vampire (Argeneau #7) by Lynsay Sands

Really what more is there to say? It’s a torso. A completely disembodied torso. Other than the book containing a hot guy (who may or may not be missing body parts and may or may not be batman) there’s really not a lot more to say about this. And I like rippling muscles - but it’s a cover I’d not only flip past but I wouldn’t even see because it’s a direct clone of the covers on 8 gazillion other books.