Book Traveling Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much, where you pick a book based on the theme of the week and post the original cover, your country’s cover, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover. Feel free to join in! Check out the group Book Traveling Thursday on Goodreads for the weekly topics…
This week’s topic is to choose your favorite book of the year so far. It’s been a good book reading year so far even though I didn’t read much in January (I was a slow starter…) My favorite books so far in 2017 don’t have multiple covers so I chose two of my favorite covers so far in 2017. I really like modern covers that give a sense of the world involved (especially since I tend to read mostly fantasy)…
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Lazlo Strange has been drawn to the mythic city of Weep since he felt the name of that lost city plucked from his brain. Good fortune brought him up from orphan to junior librarian where he could study all he wanted about his obsession. When a man called the Godslayer appears with a band of warriors he knows he must step forward or lose his dream forever. After a blue-skinned goddess invades his dreams everything changes for this strange dreamer…
The original cover was by far the better of the two covers. While I’m not sure if I really love the cover for the story I find the focus revolved around the goddess so the link of the moths and the blue side worked for me even if I can imagine other better covers. I am not a fan of the gold at all… it makes the story seem like there is an element of luxury that I don’t think is really present in the story (though perhaps gods and goddesses give you that same idea…) Still I find this cover has the same feel as Taylor’s writing and I love it.
Not that the British cover was the worst cover at all, so much as my least favorite of the two. The color is a better blue to me though perhaps not the typical godly blue of the culture referenced. I love the moth graphic but it really has nothing to do with the story, it is technical in nature rather than dreamy. And this cover is just so regular… not what I’d have chosen for a series I’m anticipating as the next mega-hit from the author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Alex comes from a family of brujas. When she learns she is an Encantrix she is NOT happy as she doesn’t want anything to do with her family’s magic. Determined not to fall in line with anyone’s wishes but her own she casts a spell to get rid of her power at her Deathday celebration. It curses her entire family to Los Lagos, a sort of limbo for the dead. To guide her is Nova, a brujo boy whose intentions are not pure and her best friend, Rishi who sees her as more than just a friend.
The original cover was compelling to me and is why I wanted to read the book so I want to say it is the best… While I generally go by my gut and the blurb (the cover being why I pick the book up) I admit this time cover love totally intrigued me… There is something about that makeup and the realism added to the idea of brujas that works so well. Still the bruja part of the story was not a major win to me so I was left disappointed by this cover. I wish the book measured up to my first impression so this is the worst cover… (read my review if you missed it…)
The better cover is the alternate re-release because I think it better reflects the story. The gate with the skulls is fantastical and fits with how you imagine the world to look (though I don’t fancy the pink color). This works better because the story is a journey story and this definitely nails that impression. I like that they kept the same type face because I liked it to begin with and found it suits the prickly nature of the world.
I know it was indulgent to pick two but I really fancied both of these covers… Which is your favorite cover? Do you like modern cover designs? Did you read either of these books?
Thanks for reading, XOXO