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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cover Judge: Who Wore It Best?

Anyone who has ever perused a tabloid while waiting in line at the supermarket has seen the "Who wore it best?" feature. There's always two waif-like celebrities wearing the same dress, and readers vote on who looks best in it.

Well, it's not just celebrities who are guilty of dressing alike. Often, while perusing the shelves at my local Barnes & Noble, I will find two books sporting the same cover image. Of course, each cover tweaks the image just a bit to make it unique, which leads me to ask "Who wears it best?"

I'm going to need your help to decide.

First up, Reaching Through Time by Lurlene McDaniel and Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles:

Reaching Through Time: This cover gives the image its own flair by manipulating the background rather than the actual image. The colors are bright and vibrant, with numerous opaque overlays. Swirls run up the left side of the cover, as well as the top right corner. Behind the two figures is a clock, connecting with the title Reaching Through Time. It all brings to mind a psychedelic time travel sequence, which seems well supported by the title.

Return to Paradise: As with Reaching Through Time, the image itself is not greatly altered, though the crop looks a little wider. It is the background that makes Return to Paradise's cover unique. The midnight lake and crescent moon give the cover (and the couple) a more secretive, darker feel.

Who wore it best?
Reaching Through Time
Return to Paradise

Next, Evermore by Alyson Noel and North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley:

Evermore: Of the two, Evermore definitely revamped the image the most. The purple hue combined with the glowing letters evokes a paranormal feel appropriate for the series. The red tulips also help to personalize the stock image. The flowers make multiple appearances in the novel and end up being rather significant in the series.

North of Beautiful: Though less manipulated, North of Beautiful still puts its own spin on the image. The compass compass connects back with the title, as well as the story itself. The image itself is very fitting for the novel since the main character is described as having a "'flawed' face" due to a mark on her cheek.

Who wore it best?
North of Beautiful

Be sure to cast your votes and check back next week to see which covers win!


  1. As far as the first one goes, the 2nd cover looks like it's a shop (the dark background doesn't match the lighting of the photo. The bright, swirl-decked cover is better because it doesn't make me, a photoshop enthusiast, focus on how unnatural it looks while trying to be photorealistic.

  2. Honestly, I'm always bummed to see the same cover on different books - but of course I voted! I liked Return to Paradise and Evermore. I think I'm just a dark color person.


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