Thursday, 6 October 2011

US Vs. UK: Daughter of Smoke and Bone Covers

US // UK

I'm rather fond of both of these covers, though the UK wins it for me. I've seen our cover in person and at first I wasn't too sure about it, but then I saw it again at the Hodder offices and I couldn't stop saying "Ooh" as I stared at it in wonder. It's like its shininess cast a spell on me! Now I really do love it, the whole design and effect it gives off; plus it has a pretty ace back cover quote from Patrick Rothfuss! Anyway, I digress.

The US cover seems nice enough (haven't seen this one in real life - is it shiny? Foiled?), but something about it just seems a little off. Not sure what exactly, though I think it could be the eye mask. Also I'm not overly keen on the title font - I think the UK font is much cooler. That could well be something to do with the UK book being a crossover title (shelved in the adult section!) and the US one being YA. I think both these covers suit the target audience perfectly, and I would actually be happy to own either.

So, how about you? Do you have a favourite, something you particularly like about either cover? Let me know!

15 comments:

bookmonkeyscribbles said...

I definitely prefer the UK cover! It suits the mystery of the story much better. You can tell the two covers are aimed at different markets, but I suppose I find the American one just a bit *too* kiddy...

theprettybooks said...

I prefer the UK one much more than the US. I would have walked straight past the US one if I saw it in the shop but our one is so pretty!

I asked Laini Taylor which she preferred and she said the UK one too.

Little_Dhampir91 said...

Definitely the US cover which I own. Very shiny. The mask is perfect in my eyes. But the UK cover is popular over here in australia compared to the US one.

Madigan McGillicuddy said...

English covers are nearly ALWAYS so much better! Gah. Jealous.

We Heart YA said...

We definitely prefer the UK cover -- we're not big on faces -- but the US cover is okay. Not as embarrassing as some other covers on the shelves today! :P

Cliona said...

At first, I didn't like either, but the UK one began to grow on me and now I love it! It's so beautiful and the tagline is amazing! :) I agree with you the US one is a bit 'off' for me! It kind of reminds me of a tacky circus poster!

Katie said...

I definitely prefer the US cover. It's shiny and gorgeous in person! Also, the UK one kind of bores me. It's just words on feathers to me.

Katherine Langrish said...

UK cover for me - mysterious and stylish. But the US one is nice too.

SisterSpooky said...

i have the US cover and it is shiny. the blue is kinda of foiled shiny-ness and the face is more silver shine rather than just a grey photo

Marta said...

I had thought the US cover was very nice, although something is off about that feathered mask -- perhaps we should see her eyes better, or the blue could be a different shade? The appeal of the UK cover kind of crept up on me. Beautiful typeface and the tagline is intriguing.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'd pick up either of these without hesitation.

Lauren said...

So it's marketed as crossover in UK? I didn't know that, but I did think the UK cover looked much more like something I'd usually see in general fiction rather than the YA section.

I actually really like the US one at first glance because it stands out so much. I think it looks edgier, but it sounds like the UK one is beautiful in person.

booktasty said...

I prefer the UK version. The US one is much too intense
and in your face.

Lauren said...

I really like the US cover for this one based on the mask alone. However, the more I see the UK cover the more I like it. There's something different about it in a good kind of way.

Lynn said...

Definitely prefer the UK version of this one.
Lynn :D
(but frankly, I don't care - this book is so good I'd read it if it was covered in wrinkled brown paper!)