Cover Wars – May 2013 Edition

My apologies for being late it getting the May edition of Cover Wars out to our awesome SSV audience.  It’s been a tough month between respiratory infections, internet issues, and bruised tailbones.  Well, it’s better late than never.  Right?

The books and their covers that were considered are listed in our May 2013 New Release post.

Cover Wars by DarthVal: May 2013

Category:  Best of the Best, The Worst of the Lot

Best Cover Worst cover
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Category:  You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover*

Best Cover/Least Likely Worst Cover/Most Likely
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*The category features covers that are in direct opposition to my desire to actually read these books.

Category:  5 Honorable Mentions

Inferno Night School Into Darkness The Rose Throne Reboot

Category:  5 Bottom Feeders

Purgatory Reign Taken by a Vampire House of Steel Spirit of Dust Savage Blue

Category:  Trend that I Love – Color Pop

The Bastards and the Knives The 5th Wave Towering Fall of Night Awaken

Category:  Random

Throwback Style+ Trying Hardest to be a Boy Band Promo
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+Why do some Scifi books still adhere to a cover style from over 30 years ago? Sheesh.

Interested in why I made my choices or want to argue for your choices? 

Comment below and let’s discuss!

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Sleepy Hollow ~ A Graphic Novel Cover Review

Sleepy Hollow front cover

Sleepy Hollow Front Cover (Click to Enlarge)

A good cover is one that makes you want to read the book contained within. Never is this more true than in the world of graphic novels. The cover for Sleep Hollow hits its mark with this morbid little soul.

I want to give a little disclaimer here. Because this cover belongs to a graphic novel, I apply a different standard than I would a regular work of fiction. I would not consider this to be a very good novel cover. I also want to say that the overall artwork is not outstanding, but it gets the job done.

The front cover is pretty gruesome, but in an awesome way. The overall visual impression is typical headless horseman, but the devil is in the details of this cover. The facial expressions on the claimed heads hanging around the horseman’s waist tell a tale of fear, agony, and horror. The long and jagged nails, rotting torso, tattered clothing, and dripping blood are macabre indications of what might be in store for the reader.

Sleep Hollow back cover

Sleepy Hollow Back Cover (Click to Enlarge)

The title font, however, is terrible. It just looks cheesy. The Grimm Fairy Tales font is not bad, but it is difficult to read. If this is the standard font they use for branding, I suggest they implement a minimum size usage policy to ensure readability or select a different font.

As for the back cover, I love the skull border and the dark gradient, again lending itself well to a horror title. I like the mounted horsemen image better than the cover art. The dark image contrasting against the moon sets a great creepy vibe that is only further enhanced by the red glow emanating from with the horse and rider.

Again, I have the same issue with the title and Grimm fonts. The description font is fine, although I am not a big fan of ALL CAPS. The description itself captures my interest and makes me want to check this one out.

Cover Wars – April 2013 Edition

We’ve all heard it, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.”  But we CAN and we DO!  Is it fair?  Heck no!  Does it even yield positive results for us a reader?  Debatable.

One thing is clear, with so many books to choose from, we have to follow the clues at hand to determine which books will make the cut.  Like it or not, the cover is one of first and foremost hints to what lies within that book.

Whether or not the cover is a good indication of the quality and contents of the book, I really appreciate a good cover.  That is what this column is about.  So, here’s to the cover artists with my picks and rants for books being released in April!

The books and their covers are listed in our April 2013 New Release post. They are the books that were looked over with a critical eye and used for the following selections.

Cover Wars by DarthVal: April 2013

Category:  Best of the Best, The Worst of the Lot

Best Cover Worst cover
River of Stars Grace cover

Category:  You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover*

Best Cover/Least Likely Worst Cover/Most Likely
The Elite cover Life After Life cover

*The category features covers that are in direct opposition to my desire to actually read these books.

Category:  5 Honorable Mentions

Taking Eve ~ The Golem and the Jinni cover ~ Blood of Dragons cover

Fly Away cover ~ Apollyon cover

Category:  5 Bottom Feeders

Only Lycans Need Apply cover ~ The Crane Wife cover

Oath Bound Cover ~ Natural Born Angel cover ~ In the Shadow of Blackbirds cover

Category:  Random

Throwback Style+ Trying Hardest to be a Twilight Movie Poster
Protector cover Unbreakable cover

+Why do some Scifi books still adhere to a cover style from over 30 years ago? Sheesh.

Interested in why I made my choices or want to argue for your choices? 

Comment below and let’s discuss!