Saturday, July 18, 2009

Cover Lust (2)

I'm always intrigued by how other countries interpret books originally published in the US, and make a cover art and title translation to fit. The German version of Michelle Zink's Prophecy of the Sisters caught my eye, because... well... is an explanation really needed?

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink (German cover)

Wow. Just... wow. I love the saturation, which makes the models' eyes and lips stand out. I love the designs on the corners, and I love how they treated the font. If I were living in Germany and knew how to speak German, I would totally pick this one up. Heck, I might even try to get my hands on a copy, just so I can have the pretty covers, side by side.

Okay... *peels eyes away from that delicious cover* Moving on. As you all probably know, I have a slightly unhealthy attachment to It is also a great place to find intriguing covers. Here are two that really caught my eye and made me want to read them:

The Lacemaker and the Princess by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The thing I love about this cover is the attention to detail. You can practically see every thread of of the left girl's shawl and the right girl's dress! Plus it's bright and warm, which gives off a magical, comfortable feeling--and you'd be right. What do you guys think?

The Dream Merchant by Isabel Hoving

It's not as colorful or as bright as the first two, but there's still something about it that just... gets me. I love the bright spot of light near the top, and the simple white font looks striking against the textured background. This was definitely a cover that made me look more into the book--and now it's sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read. How does it affect you? From the cover, what do you think the book's about?


  1. I love the German version of Prophecy of Sisters - I think I like it better than the US version.

  2. Love the Prophecy of the Sisters cover. Plus the tassels on the shawl of The Lacemaker Princess - the details make that extra lovely.

    A book which is out here in Aus right now that I think has an amazing cover is Worldshaker by Richard Harland.

  3. I actually don't like these covers really much. They make me feel so upset for some reason. But I do love the German version of Sisters Of Prophecy, it looks great.

  4. Love the German Prophecy cover. Very cool!

  5. I live in Germany! I read German! Going to tell all the bookstores to order this one in :)

  6. The German cover of Zink's book is fabulous. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Wow, cool post! I think you're right! They look great! But, doesn't the title also play a factor?

    God bless,
    Taylor J. Beisler

  8. I love the beautiful new covers on books and I know the authors must realize that on occasion... maybe many occasions, the cover id there first opportunity to have someone pick up their book. I know covers have stopped me before to look more closely at a books I had not heard of.

    I also love the older books - when covers were big and thick and not so detailed... with them comes a history, when books were not mass marketed but laid out carefully and timely.

    Thanks for an awesome post. :)

  9. The Prophecy cover is kind of cool, but it looks like an entirely different book than the American cover. Very interesting how different countries interpret a novel.

  10. wow the German Prophecy of Sisters is really cool!

    I love the super creepy U.S. cover best though!

  11. Wow - the German version of POTS is absolutely gorgeous. Both of those other covers are really nice as well.

  12. Prophecy of the Sisters' cover completely stole the spotlight for me! It's easily one of the prettiest covers I've seen in a while. I don't read German either, but like you I would love to have a copy just to it sits pretty on my shelf!


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