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Friday, July 22, 2011

Cover Judge

Cover Judge is a series devoted to spotlighting the covers of upcoming YA reads. People always say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but with a cover as pretty as this week's, it's hard not to.

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

Release: March 2012

Summary:
Hailed as “impossible to put down,” the Hex Hall series has both critics and teens cheering. With a winning combination of romance, action, magic and humor, this third volume will leave readers enchanted.

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies—the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that’s what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending. But without her magic, Sophie isn’t as confident.

Sophie’s bound for one hell of a ride—can she get her powers back before it’s too late?
Cover: I have long been a fan of these covers. (Even though, sadly, my copies of both Hex Hall and Demonglass are ARCs and don't feature the lovely covers.) I love the juxtaposition of the upper image with the colors and fierce pose of the model on the lover half of the cover. I think Demonglass's cover will always be my favorite, but Spell Bound's is definitely gorgeous. The green grass and swirling purple-pink water below is...well, spellbinding. I also like the change in the model's position on the top half of the cover. On the first cover, Sophie seems unsure and nervous, then powerful and confident in the second, and now, on Spell Bound's cover, she simply looks determined. The progression is definitely representative of Sophie's growth over the course of the trilogy. Finally, I have really enjoyed reading everyone's comments on the cat. I have read that a) he looks way older than on the other covers and b) looks way more lazy. Either way, I think the kitty is a great addition to the covers. He definitely plays up the witch/magic aspect of the series. And...okay, fine, he does look both older and more tired.

3 comments:

  1. I've never read any Hex Hall books! I'm going to go and try to read some! Thank you!

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  2. *picks jaw up* *jaw falls open again* *picks it up again* *jaw falls again* *is too stunned to pick it up once more*
    *pulls up pictures of all three next to each other* It's gorgeous!
    The second one is definitely the best. I can't believe I didn't even notice the cat in it before. ><
    Spellbound is gorgeous, but there's just something...off about it. If you ignore the sword thing, she's dressed way too simply. Plus her arm is just hanging at her side.
    And I can sort of understand that they put her in her uniform again for the reflection, like the first picture, to sort of bring her full circle and show how she's changed(?) But all three together, next to the dresses, it's sort of...plain.
    The one on top (not the reflection) is kind of...straight and serious. She's not posing, like the others.

    I like it, but it's definitely not my favorite from the trilogy.

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  3. I love your blog's layout :)

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