Thursday, 17 February 2011

US Vs. UK: Angel/Angel Burn Covers

US // UK

In the interest of being completely honest, I should admit that I have a big problem with the UK cover of Angel, and that's the model. I can't stand her. I think she looks creepy and all wrong for the book, and the chosen image spoils what could have been a mind-blowing cover. The background design and colours are spot-on, the strapline isn't out of place and the title font is brilliant. If a different image had been used, I have no doubt that this would have been one of my favourite covers of 2010! Instead, every time I see this, I see a horrible demon girl who will kill me in my sleep. *shudder*

The US edition, aside from having a different title, has a better cover for me. It's mysterious and pretty, and also reminds me of Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment. As soon as I saw it I thought of James Patterson's book, which isn't as daft as it sounds if you've read it, I promise. Is it just me with that comparison?

I've already pre-ordered myself a US copy of Angel Burn, because it's also hardback. *grin* I much prefer hardbacks, especially if they have a lovely cover to boot. How about you? Which version of this book grabs you more?

14 comments:

elfarmy17 said...

This might be the first of these cover comparisons that I've seen in which I've preferred the U.S. one.

Cem said...

I agree completely on your comments on the UK cover!! Can't stand the girl!! So, so wrong. And on the Angel Fire cover, the boy is all wrong too. Not good. US cover I love! I'm not too keen on the large title, but otherwise, I love it! May well end up buying a copy because it's so much prettier. And I don't think you're off in your Angel Experiment comparison either ;)

Cheree said...

I love the US version better. I never thought of it, but it does look like Angel Experiment. I can't wait till I read it.

lanna-lovely said...

I completely agree - the model (or maybe just the way she's posed and has been edited) reminds me of like... one of those evil ghost chicks you'd see in horror movies, like the girl from The Ring.

If they took the cover image from the US cover (just the model part) and combined it with everything from the UK cover instead, then that would've been awesome.

US wins.

Kate Evangelista said...

Why does the title change?

Ailsa said...

It's not that I particularly like/dislike the UK cover, but the US one is just kind of.... samey - it seems like a lot of other covers that are out at the moment. And it seems so different from the book - I think it seems almost too young. Can't say I'm particularly blown away by either cover.

Jenny N. said...

I actually like the UK cover more. I think it has more of a urban fantasy feel to it when compared to the US cover which I think is similar to a lot of covers I've seen before.

Jesse Owen said...

I prefer the UK cover - it just grabs me more, I'm not sure I would have picked it up if we had the US cover here.

Elodie said...

I prefer the US cover ! !!I look forward to read this one ;)

Sally said...

I actually prefer the UK cover, just because I like the colours in it, and it looks lighter and brighter, but I agree with you about the model- she does look creepy, and nothing like Willow- who is descibed as having very blonde hair.
Have you seen the cover for the sequel? that's even worse! I looked at it and went "that's not Willow! And that's definitely not Alex!"

YA Vampire Books said...

The US cover is gorgeous!
I like the UK cover too, I think the girl looks a lot like Katherine in the Vampire Diaries. Stepping out of the tomb all stubborn and scheming :P

I Want To Read That said...

I really like yhe UK cover but I know what you mean about the model. I also really like the US and think it fits the story well - and it's a hardback so hmmm... US I think:)

eimearryan said...

See, I actually like the creepiness. ;)

Anonymous said...

I actually prefer the UK cover.
I think the model is rather sexy in a bad-ass sort of way. XD