Cover Art Coverage: Global Edition!

May 21, 2012 Cover Art Coverage 7

We’ve got two Cover Art Coverage posts for you this week.  All the new reveals on Wednesday, and today we’re showing off the latest batch of foreign covers (17!) in the Global Edition.  Abigail is up to her eyeballs working on setting up the new WordPress site (more details about that coming soon), so I’m (Kristina) filling in for her on Wed and I’ll be permanently taking over commenting duties on the Global Edition posts with Julia.  We’ll have a shiny new template once we switch to the new site that will accommodate all three of us commenting on the weekly posts, but for today, Julia and I picked our favorites. We had quite a few cool covers to pick from and some were pretty tough choices. Which covers do you like?
Taken by Storm by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

U. S.

Taken by Storm (Raised by Wolves, #3)

U.K.

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Julia’s Preference
UK all the way. They fixed both of my pet peeves from the US version (a petulant expression on a dry girl in the rain)
Kristina’s Preference
I like the UK version only a little bit better than the US one. The green gives the UK version the edge as it give the cover an errier/ “stormier” look.

Control Point by Myke Cole

U. S.

U.K.

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Julia’s Preference
As much as the UK cover would make a badass movie poster, I think the US cover does a much better job showing both military and paranormal elements.
Kristina’s Preference
The UK version looks awesome. The model is more badass looking and I love the lighting effect on him. The US version looks too much like a screenshot from a movie.

Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron edited by Jonathan Strahan

U. S.

U.K.

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Julia’s Preference
UK all the way, I think the authors’ names are much easier to read.
Kristina’s Preference
A tough choice. The US cover wins due to the cool smoky names effect over the cauldron.

Heart of Steel by Meljean Brook

U. S.

Heart of Steel (Iron Seas, #2)

U.K.

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Julia’s Preference
The Iron Seas is another awesome series who’s covers have never grabbed me. The UK cover still isn’t a slam dunk, but I love that they took the time to get a better feel for the character and story.
Kristina’s Preference
I like the pirate/steampunk look on the UK version’s model better. It is more in tune with the vibe of the book than the US cover.

Serpent’s Kiss by Thea Harrison

U. S.

Serpent's Kiss (Elder Races, #3)

U.K.

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Julia’s Preference
Oh, nuts. I am rabidly in love with Thea Harrison’s Elder Races books, though most of the covers haven’t thrilled me. SERPENT’S KISS was the one exception, Rune’s crisp, white t-shirt is at the top of all paranormal romance covers. Still, I really like how the UK cover feels as much UF as PNR (Harrison certainly builds enough into her world to support that genre title, too). Back against the wall, I have to say is sill love the US cover more, but I love that the UK cover may bring in even more readers.
Kristina’s Preference
UK version is soooo pretty! I love the shadow on the model and the script design. I just don’t like the model on the US one at all for some unexplainable reason. Maybe its the hands on the hips and posture?

Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn

U. S.

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U.K.

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Julia’s Preference
I like the US designs for the Kitty series, and this one is no exception. Her braid and the wolf are much more how Kitty feels to me, rather than the sex pot on the UK cover.
Kristina’s Preference
The US one has Big Ben which explains where the story is taking place and I like having the wolf on the cover. I agree that it feels more like Kitty to me. Maybe its me being American and not recognizing significant London buildings but what is behind Kitty in the UK version?

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan

U. S.

Team Human

Australia

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Julia’s Preference
This is a tough one for me. The staging on the US cover sets up a conflict that is completely missing on the Australian version, but I love the tighter headshot and scroll work that they went with instead. Though I think the US version might draw more from the plot, I like the look of the Australian cover better.
Kristina’s Preference
I love the script on the Australian version. Its more artistic looking. And the yellow makes the script pop.

Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis

U. S.

Bitter Seeds (Milkweed Triptych, #1)

U.K.

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Julia’s Preference
Holy cow, could there be three more different covers? (I looked at the paperback cover, too) US hardcover is very Ch
ris McGrath looking, and it really just establishes a female protagonist (a fake out, as she’s an interest of the male main character). The US paperback image is really chilling, reminding me of the body language on SOULLESS that I mentioned above. US paperback has my vote hands down, for creepiness, as well as bringing in paranormal and WWII elements, but I’d definitely read US hardback as a second choice. The UK cover is all about the war, and without paranormal elements (or a female protagonist), I’d assume its not for me.
Kristina’s Preference
The UK version looks neat with the military jacket and the skull pin. I am not a fan of how the figure looks on the U.S. one though it does look creepy with those skulls on the ground.

Dreamless by Josephine Angelini

U. S.

Dreamless (Starcrossed, #2)

U.K.

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Julia’s Preference
I like the lighting on the UK cover, but it’s hard to beat the great lighting an eerie staging of the US covers. The US books evoke both archaic and paranormal elements, perfect for this series.
Kristina’s Preference
I kind of like the image of the woman by the water in the U.S. cover. It has an otherworld, creepy, even dreamlike quality to it.

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

                     U. S.                           Germany

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Julia’s Preference German
Oooh, the German cover is more V. C. Andrews and less Gossip Girls. I like the German cover better for its dark, creepy elements, but the expression on the left hand model’s face seems off.
Kristina’s Preference
The US/AUS version has a really pretty title script and I like the gold on white. This version ‘pop’s’ out for me more.

Red Glove by Holly Black

U. S.

Red Glove (Curse Workers #2)

U.K.

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Julia’s Preference
An interesting interpretation, but I have two concerns. First, the gloves paired with a fancy dress give this a costume drama feel, and gloves with street clothes are the norm for this world. And secondly (and more knit pickily), you can’t curse through gloves, hence the wearing of them. I like that they’re developing a look for this series, but I vote US for now.
Kristina’s Preference
I like the U.K one. U.S. one doesn’t
come off as urban fantasy really for me.
U.K. feels more magical/mysterious.

Riveted by Meljean Brook

U. S.

U.K.

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Julia’s Preference
A very cool compliment to HEART OF STEEL above, I really like the UK covers over the US. More dramatic, less campy.
Kristina’s Preference
I love them both! UK! No US! Okay US wins out due to the slightly better outfits, goggles, and the eyepatch. Both have the pirate/steampunk look of all of the previous covers so this was a hard choice. And yes I enjoy campy!

Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong

U. S.

Canada

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Julia’s Preference
They just keep trying with this one, and as much as I didn’t like the original, these latest two say more “thriller” than “urban fantasy”. I like the red more than this UK cover, but neither one is quite right.
Kristina’s Preference
I am loving the CA version right now
. It catches my eye more with the shadow pressing against the backdrop. Who is that?
Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield

U. S.

Aftertime (Aftertime, #1)

U.K.

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Julia’s Preference
Yeah for Abigail’s front cover burb! The UK covers are extra creepy (and the messy hair is a wonderful detail), but I love the color and staging of the US covers more.
Kristina’s Preference
UK. I like the creepy look of the cover model and it screams Zombie Apocalypse more with the background being slightly deteriorated on the edges.

Fated by Alyson Noel

U. S.

Fated (Soul Seekers, #1)

Australia

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Julia’s Preference
This is a really interesting comparison, so close! I could really go either way. Though the AU cover says something interesting about the heroine being dark in a sunny world, I like the overall gloom of the US cover best.
Kristina’s Preference
Wow these are almost the same covers. I like the script and color on the US one better.

The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

U. S.

The Last Echo (The Body Finder, #3)

U.K.

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Julia’s Preference
The US
has classic YA paranormal feel, but the tension in the UK is a better fit for content (running through the woods says “finds dead bodies” more than an object close up for me.
Kristina’s Preference
I don’t really get what’s going on with the UK cover. I really like the shadow effect and coloring on the leaf in the US cover.

Blameless by Gail Carriger

U. S.

Blameless (Parasol Protectorate, #3)

Spain

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Julia’s Preference
I haven’t been that excited about the Parasol Protectorate covers after the lovely creepiness of book one. While I think the Spanish model and her outfit is gorgeous (and a much more believable Tarabotti), the US cover mimics the insect-like posture of SOULLESS that I liked so much. (US)
Kristina’s Preference
Spanish version! Alexia doesn’t have her parasol like the US one but I like the expression on the model in the Spanish cover better. And the goggles are an nice addition.

Which versions of these covers do you like? Tell us in the comments

7 Responses to “Cover Art Coverage: Global Edition!”

  1. Jo

    The building in the background of the UK Kitty Norville book is St Paul's Catherdal. Great Cover Art Covers post, these are always my favourite! :-)

  2. Stephsco

    What a fun post! I like almost all of the UK covers better with a couple exceptions. Also, I need to read Team Human! That author collaboration sound like so much fun.

  3. Abigail

    I'm psyched for TEAM HUMAN. I feel like the genre has been begging for a story like that. My review will be coming soon.

  4. Muggle Madness

    I LOVE THIS POST!I agree with you on most of them but I gotta say, the covers for Richelle Mead's books never do the book justice. Really loooking forward to Golden Lily!! EEEPP!

  5. Lexi H

    This was fun to see the differences! Sometimes I like the UK versions, like with Cole's. Other times I prefer the US versions, like with Brook's.