Hard Cover V Paperback is a sporadic feature of inkcrush where I chat about which cover I prefer, etc...
(sorry for the formatting of pictures in this one ~ blogger's a bit messy ;) ~ driving me wild, so am leaving as is and moving on ...)
Split by Swati Avasthi
Hard Cover V paperback
FIRST: the paperback is still at a bargain preorder (for Jan 2012) price.
It's one of my fave reads this year... so get to it :)
Hard cover: I liked it. The key is part of the story. The red, black and white are arresting. I am SUCH a fan of lowercase, I can't help it, I just am. ALSO ~ I didnt spot it for a while (then had a 'duh' moment) but there are profiles in the cute of the key. cool optical illusion...
Paperback: Normally I am not too fussed over having models on a cover. But, I am REALLY digging this. I love him in profile, love the black and white (it's evocative) love that floppy hair ;) It's curious it is the same colour scheme as the hard cover ~ yet so dramatically different in vibe. Also, it's uppercase is cool here ~ so understated and simple. Like the opposite of the hard cover.
My fave: I am LOVING the paperback. I know there's not much to it, but it's calling out to me. I love it's simplicity. I think it is going to look stunning in the flesh (I am almost tempted to buy it, just to have another copy of one of my favourite books ;))
I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Hard cover V paperback
Hard cover: You guys ~ this one is one of the most coveted covers of the year. It's mesmerising and gorgeous and such a stand-out with it's illustrative work. I have heard it is equally gorgeous on the inside (interior design, LOL, is it called that? Whatever). This one feels like a picture telling a thousand words. It's practically screaming READ ME.
Paperback: Initial reaction: looks like the face on the new Delirium (Lauren Oliver) cover. Oh, there's a boy, whispering and/or sniffing. I do like the concept, how if you go cross-eyed, you notice more of him than her. I'm a fan of the colour and the black and white and I especially love that slightly fuzzy red font. It's only when I think about this cover that I find things to admire, it doesn't grab my instant attention...
My fave: I get why publishers change things, I do. But that aside... WAHHH! I LOVE the hard cover SO MUCH. I do not own it (haven't read it). I am not a hard cover girl, I prefer buying paperbacks. But this one is making me think investing in the hard cover of this book may be worth having it on my shelf... (I could handle the paperback though, it just seems such a shame to miss out on owning that hard cover masterpiece)
Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell
Hard cover V paperback
Hard Cover: I loved this cover when I saw it last year. The girl, the paddock, the guitar, the dots of what looks like black sheep, the unruly grass and the scattered font. I wanted the book based on the cover (and title ~ which also rocks) alone [note: I kept an eye on reviews, and then didn't think the book was for me after all :/ ]
Paperback: I REALLY love how the two versoins are tied together by the same photo shoot. So I am just going to compare aspects here. I like the font in the paperback better (more unruly). Somehow, the girl looks photoshopped in on the paperback ~ she's so much more CRISPER. I do prefer seeing the farm on the hard cover ~ kind of cooler for some reason. I like the gradient in the sky on the paperback, makes the hard cover seem flat in comparison.
My favourite: I don't have an obvious one. They are both pretty funky. Maybe the hard cover looks more original and eye-grabbing? I would blend in my fave paperback aspects and smish them together on one cover :)
Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
Hard Cover V paperback
Hard cover: Creepy. I LOVE this cover. I love how it matches in with Lisa McMann's US editions of the Wake series, yet is it's own thing entirely. The scratchings on the desk are genius (I love creative title text). I love how the background fading out makes the centre luminous. The old style table and chair set are spooky sitting there, all ominous-like. Love the colours and tones.
Paperback: ... So ... While the trees are going for spooky, the scene is going for telemovie romance. It's like a tame harlequin cover or something. This is a YA book, right? The couple on this cover look too old to be teens to me (?). I haven't read the book, so I can't comment on how well the cover portrays it's contents (in terms of vibe, genre) but it looks like they are marketing two different stories to two different audiences.
My fave: Hard cover. Creative, simple and effective. The paperback is so generic, and I have NO IDEA what the book is about based on it?
What are your faves? Any you don't like?
I'll Be There: hard cover
Ten Miles Past Normal: mutual :)
Cryer's Cross: hard cover