Category Archives: romance

Wings series by Aprilynne Pike

  1. Wings (2009)
  2. Spells (2010)
  3. Illusions (UK: Wild) (2011)

I suspect I’m with the minority here, but I’m going to go with the UK covers. Even though there’s something… childish about them, IMHO they’re more magical and exciting than their US counterparts. At the same time the darker color scheme of US covers is darker which creates a more mystical effect.

I would have loved to display other international covers of this series but they’re incomplete and I’m known to be very particular that everything is displayed. So keep checking back 🙂



The Théâtre Illuminata trilogy by Lisa Mantchev

  1. Eyes Like Stars
  2. Perchance to Dream
  3. So Silver Bright

Even though there’s no really international covers for this series… (if there is, please contact me!) the art by Jason Chan is too beautiful to go unnoticed. The detail and color that went into the art is equisite and the settings just perfect for the theme of the story. Of course it’s the young adult genre, so the angsty expressions are a must, but a beautiful must it is all the same.

The three-act structure is obviously in use here, with the second book’s art representing the disequilibrium of the arc, mainly with the presence of the two guys and the absence of curtains. I just noticed how the first one is depicting the heroine as if she’s about to go on stage, and in the third the curtains are down which means the play is over. The absence of curtains in the second probably represents the play is in progress.

I wonder how many talks the author and the designers had in order to create this effect, because now that I see it it’s too deliberate to be an accident. Hats off to the designing team for this fantastic result.

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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in fantasy, low fantasy, romance, young adult



The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

  1. The Hunger Games (2008)
  2. Catching Fire (2009)
  3. Mockingjay (2010)
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games

  • 1st row: US
  • 2nd row: UK

As a whole I prefer the US edition of this series; they have a uniformity and clean look to them that appeals to me. The grunge look of the UK series doesn’t cut it for me, though in all honesty it’s the cover of Catching Fire that ruins the set. If it had had a different design it would have been a close call otherwise!



The Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine

  1. Glass Houses (2006)
  2. Dead Girl’s Dance (2007)
  3. Midnight Alley (2007)
  4. Feast of Fools (2008)
  5. Lord of Misrule (2008)
  6. Carpe Corpus (2009)
  7. Fade Out (2009)
  8. Kiss of Death (2010)
  9. Ghost Town (2010)
  10. Bite Club (2011)
  • 1st row: US paperback
  • 2nd row: UK paperback