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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Cover Judge

Cover Judge is a semi-weekly feature that spotlights the covers of various books from my ever-growing wishlist.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Release: December 9, 2010

Synopsis (from It's about a girl. It's about a boy. It's about Parisian boarding school, almond-scented macaroons, famous cemeteries, and cinemaphiles. It's about heartache. And it's about true love.

Cover: The first thing I think of when I see this cover is fun. The bright vivid colors of the sky and grass give it a very light, airy feeling that makes you think of spring. Likewise, the Eiffel tower in the background lends itself to a fun atmosphere, filled with romance. What really captures my attention, however, is the positioning of the two models. Though they're both seated on the bench, only half visible, the girl is leaning in flirtatiously while the guy, well at least his arm, looks a bit indifferent, barely even visible. It brings about the idea that the young girl is looking for a European fling. As soon as I saw this cover I wanted to read the book, it looks like an awesome Paris-set chick lit novel full of romance. 

Pegasus by Robin McKinley

Release: November 2, 2010

Synopsis (from A gorgeously-written fantasy about the friendship between a princess and her pegasus.

Because of a thousand-year-old alliance between humans and pegasi, Princess Sylviianel is ceremonially bound to Ebon, her own pegasus, on her twelfth birthday. The two species coexist peacefully, despite the language barriers separating them. Humans and pegasi both rely on specially-trained Speaker magicians as the only means of real communication.

But it’s different for Sylvi and Ebon. They can understand each other. They quickly grow close—so close that their bond becomes a threat to the status quo—and possibly to the future safety of their two nations.

Cover: This cover is absolutely enchanting. The vast green field is gorgeous, and the way the sunlight is shining through the clouds intensifies the beauty. I especially love the way they have placed the girl and the horse. The positioning of the two in the center of the cover, but at opposite poles, really captures the eye. The sweeping landscape captures your attention and then the two figures draw you in. This is the kind of cover that would cause you to stop and pick it up. The combined effect is epically dazzling, and the story it promises to hold is equally intriguing. 


  1. ANNA is super cute--plus it sounds amazing! And PEGASUS is beautiful. Great picks! (:

  2. If only you had come to the store an hour earlier! I want to read Pegasus...It sound right up my bookcase! November is to far away!

  3. I met Stephanie Perkins' husband [he plays in a Wizard Rock band that I love] in 2008. He was genuinely one of the nicest people I'd ever met. I was so stoked when he told us that his wife was being published. Having learned so much more about his wife and this book since then I can't wait to read it, if only so I can support Stephanie and her husband.

  4. The Anna cover IS super cute, and I thought the book itself was awesome! It was very cute, and I think the cover is a great match for the story..the bench even plays a part in the book. :)


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