Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Dead Beautiful Blog Tour: US Vs. UK Covers


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US // UK

Although these covers are similar, I do have a favourite: the UK one. The deep green is a lovely colour for the background, and I think the model used looks better - more sinister somehow. I haven't read the book yet so I've got no idea if she's supposed to look like that, but that's my first impression. I also like the light shining around her, and the flying entities - butterflies? Moths? Extremely well-shaped fairies?

After saying all that, I do really like the old-looking archway on the US cover and, of the two, the US font is my favourite. I think it would have worked better if the model had been looking directly at the camera, as I think her pose slightly detracts from the overall effect. I wouldn't necessarily have said Dead Beautiful was a paranormal book from that cover alone, but from the UK I think I would have done. It's interesting, because they are very similar in style and theme.

Which do you guys prefer?

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You can follow the rest of the blog tour until May 6th, with the next stop over at Reading Zone tomorrow.

Dead Beautiful is published in the UK by Usborne on May 1st. Make sure you check it out!

18 comments:

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

The UK cover is my fave on this one. I love the deep green and the model definitely suits the character of Reneé!

Zoë Marriott said...

Definitely UK. I love the model's intense look and her red hair, and the fairy/moth/butterflies are lovely. The US cover almost looks like a High Fantasy to me - it's nice, but it doesn't give me the paranormal vibe.

Essjay said...

More love for the UK cover from me. Definitely more paranormal. Also, they've given the model a long-ish fringe which she refers to in the book.

Elleira said...

I agree. I like the archway of the US one but the UK model is much more enticing.

Phanee said...

I prefer the UK one actually... Like you, I like the archway in the US one, but other than that, it seems a little poorly done to me... It looks like it's just a layer on top of a layer on top of a layer, if you know what I mean.

I also like how the font changes between the title and the author in the UK one! So, yep, definitely UK for me!

Claire Dawn said...

I like the UK one. I think it's because it's blurry- if that makes any sense.

Sally said...

I like the UK cover best too- for all the reasons that you mentioned.

Sab H. said...

Definitely UK! In the US one she looks lost and out of place instead of dangerous and mysterious :S

I Want To Read That said...

Both! But I think I like the US one just that bit more.

sesana said...

It's interesting to see two good covers (I mean, if I saw them both in a shop, I'd pick them both up, at least for a look) that are so similar in concept. I prefer the US one, because I just like the arch that much! I do agree that the UK model is more interesting. Is she supposed to be kind of creepy? If so, the UK one definitely does a better job of advertising what the book is really like.

Cialina at Muggle-Born.net said...

I love the archway in the US cover but not a fan of the model. If the models could switch, the US version would win. But since that can't really happen, UK wins for me.

Steph Su said...

Ooh, I do prefer the UK one more, for the same reason as you. I looove that color green!

Cliona said...

They are very similar, but I prefer the UK one. It's just nicer for some reason! And I agree with you, I don't like the models pose on the US one.

BooksforCompany said...

l don't really like either of these :/
Is that bad? If l had to choose it would be UK

Jesse Owen said...

I love the deeper greens of the UK cover so the UK one gets it for me this time.

Jim said...

They're both nice, but I prefer the US cover, which has been pretty well-received. It's just much more intriguing to me. I like the stone arch, the more detailed forest, and the slightly more gothic outfit (including the cape). Renee isn't a sinister character, so the model is pretty appropriate IMO. She's quite beautiful too (as is the other).

Anonymous said...

is it just me who thinks the model on the uk cover looks like karen gillan?

Anonymous said...

i like the UK one i read the buk avilable in our library nd it was the UK's hardcover i really like the model dosnt she luk lyk sort of vampire?