Covers are a sore spot for me, as a Brit I feel like I’m being short-changed by authors. Why do we always get the toned down boring covers? I can assure you that us Brits like a nice set of abs as much as Americans. And, if it isn’t toned down it’s weird and badly photo-shopped instead. Of course there are exceptions when the UK get the better end of the deal…but I don’t want the exception, I want the rule! I want those glorious abs in full technicolour gracing my bookshelf and those beautifully artistic covers taking pride of place. Instead, we’re stuck with a picture of a quill, or an apple, or something else equally as lame and pretentious.
*takes deep breath*
Okay, rant over. I’m stepping off my soap box and getting to the point. A UK vs US cover battle on J.R. Wards Blood Fury, I chose this one for several reasons:
One: I loved this book no matter what the cover is
Two: I actually quite like both covers, which makes a nice change rather than having one obviously better than the other
Three: I want to see what everyone else thinks
I’ve decided to mark each book on five aspects of the cover:
Composition: How is it all set out? Are there weird floating heads? Does everything look in proportion?
Text: This may just be me…but I love a good font. So, what do I think about the text (author name and title) on the cover.
Model: Not all books have models, but this one does. So, what do I think? Are they pulling a strange face? Are they as I imagined the character?
Relevance to book: How relevant is the cover to the book?
Overall effect: As a whole, what do I think? Does it all combine together to make an attractive cover that tempts me to pick it up.
For each of the points above the cover will get a mark out of 10 with the final score out of 50 and thus my favourite Blood Fury cover will be chosen. I also want to know which is your favourite so please vote in the poll letting us know which you like best and then feel free to drop us a comment on your reasons why.
The UK Cover
Composition: I like it! The model doesn’t overwhelm the cover by being too up close and personal and I like the atmospheric back drop, with a busy city at the bottom and a stormy sky above. Score: 7/10
Text: This is a tricky one. I like the fonts, however, I don’t like that there is more than one. They should have stuck with the font in ‘Blood Fury’ in my opinion. I also like that the ‘The Black Dagger Legacy’ text in the middle looks like it’s been torn. Score 6/10
Model: This is where the UK cover is letting me down. Who is this guy? He looks nothing like Peyton (I assume he’s supposed to be Peyton) he looks more like Ruhn. Peyton is blonde and dresses couture, this guy is brunette in an unzipped hoodie… I like the broody look he’s pulling though, if only he looked like the character he’s supposed to be portraying. Score 2/10
Relevance to book: I’ve covered off that the model looks nothing like the main character, which will definitly take some points off. The rest fits though, the dark stormy sky and the busy city all relevant. Score 6/10
Overall effect: This isn’t my favourite cover, but I like how it’s set up and I like that it’s fairly monochrome, but with flashes of colour spicing it up and keeping it interesting. However, if I didn’t already love J.R. Ward and the Black Dagger Legacy/Brotherhood series would this cover tempt me to pick it up? Probably not. Score 5/10
Total Score: 26/50
The US Cover
Composition: Compared to the UK cover this one is quite sparse. It has the model front and centre with a random pattern in the background and a bit of mist hanging around. I don’t like that half the model’s head has been cut off though it kind of looks like they misplaced the image when they were designing it. Score 5/10
Text: Why the italic?! I like the style of ‘J.R. Ward’ it looks classy. And they’ve used the same or similar font for ‘Blood Fury’, but they italicised it! I hate that. It looks badly photoshopped and the dagger at the bottom above the (italicised grrrr) ‘Black Dagger Legacy’ doesn’t help with that either. Score 3.5/10
Model: The US cover doesn’t let you down with the model, he definitely looks more like Peyton. He’s also kind of hot and I like the intense, angry stare he’s rocking. Score 7/10
Relevance to book: There isn’t much going on apart from the model and he looks enough like the description of Peyton that I am satisfied. The background doesn’t have much going on and although I don’t like the dagger image, it’s definitely relevant. Score 6/10
Overall effect: I like the austerity of this cover, the pattern in the background is pretty but not over the top and the model is pretty to look at. The text lets it down and although it looks good, it doesn’t exactly stand out. Score 6/10
Total Score: 27.5/50
MY FINAL VERDICT
Looks like the US has won! But it was a close call as I like both the covers about the same. Sadly, as much as I LOVE J.R. Ward her covers aren’t always the best, I’m still shuddering over the UK cover of Lover Mine! However, cover aside Blood Fury is a fantastic read and no matter what cover you have, make sure you give it a read.
Now it’s your time to vote!
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