U.S. Versus U.K. Book Covers!

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This is a type of post so many other book bloggers do so I decided to weigh in with my own opinions! There are surprisingly a TON of differing covers between the UK and the US so I just picked a couple of books I love or ones with covers I love!

These are also in no particular order!

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Winner: U.S. Cover

This one was actually really hard for me to pick between because both covers are so gorgeous! I especially love the naked covers for the UK edition but something about the blue and black coloring and typography on the US cover draws my attention more. It’s darker and a little more mysterious looking which I like more. I don’t own a copy yet but I tell ya it’s going to be hard deciding what edition I really want still……

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Winner: U.K. Cover

I like both covers and I hate both covers, let me explain: they’re both gorgeous in their own ways but I have Lepidopterophobia which is a fear of the butterfly family which includes moths. That’s right I’m a big baby who is terrified of butterflies and moths! So these covers both creep me out but are still pretty, I’m a mess. Pretty much the ONLY reason I’m picking the UK cover over the US cover is because the UK edition has blue pages!

And I Darken by Kiersten White

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Winner: U.K. Cover

I REALLY LOVE BOTH OF THESE, THEY’RE BOTH SO BEAUTIFUL! However, as much as I loved the pretty purple flower being impaled I just have to say I love the UK cover a bit more. I usually don’t like cover models but this one is amazing because it shows Lada’s character perfectly.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Winner: U.S. Cover

I actually like the original cover for “An Ember in the Ashes” more than this current US edition but that’s a topic for another post….

I like the sand, typography, and the character’s billowing cloaks a lot more than the more simplistic UK cover that doesn’t have much except some sparkly looking embers.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Winner: U.S. Cover

As I’ve said before I don’t really like cover models and/or faces on my book covers, they just aren’t as appealing to me. I much prefer the US cover that has a more minimalist approach to it.

And The Trees Crept In/ The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich

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Winner: U.S. Cover

As much as I like how creepy “The Creeper Man” cover is and how the shadow of the creeper man is over her face, I just like the much prettier US cover better. The US cover is not only very pretty but also still very eerie at the same time.

Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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Winner: U.K. Cover

Once again I’ll say I don’t much care for people/faces on my book covers so of course I’m going to go with the UK cover that has a very pretty, simple white background with some blue!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Winner: U.K. Cover

These book covers are virtually the same thing except I really LOVE the white background with the blue on the UK Cover….very similar to the Mistborn ones….

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Winner: U.S. Cover

That UK Cover……honey no. I like the crown, sword, and vines against the black background much better than the face on the white background.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

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Winner: U.S. Cover

I’m sorry but the UK cover for this one is super ugly, I honestly don’t know why they wouldn’t just use the US cover for both because it’s so much better. I love the cover model more and the typography covering everything as well!

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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Winner: U.S. Cover

Once again this one was really close because I really like both covers but I have to say I like the US one more only because I love the title’s font, otherwise I’d pick the UK one since that raven is gorgeous and I love the book quote.

Alice by Christina Henry

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Winner: U.K. Cover

While I do enjoy the US cover and love how creepy it is I think I like the UK cover better because of the swirling design and clocks!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Tayor

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Winner: U.K. Cover

I really do like the pop of color on the US covers but it doesn’t really have anything to do with the story itself which is why I like the UK cover more. The UK cover is actually more relevant to the story and ties in better.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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Winner: U.S.  Cover

I do really like both of these covers as well but I don’t really like how the entire series of UK covers all look exactly the same just with different character silhouettes. I like the differing covers with the US series and I really enjoy how minimalistic they are.

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Which covers are your favorite?

Do you prefer any of these US or UK covers over the other?

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Creepiest YA Covers

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is covers, anything to do with covers! It’ll definitely be interesting to see everyone’s take on this and I decided to go with the creepiest book covers, because I looooove horror books. Of course there are actually quite a few creepy covers out there and these are just a couple of my favorites, some I have read and some are just on my TBR.

I will link up a review if I have one! These are also in no particular order.

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10.) And The Trees Crept In (or The Creeper Man) by Dawn Kurtagich

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For this book I just HAD to have both the US cover and the UK cover since they’re both creepy as hell! I do love the US cover more because it’s more beautiful than it is creepy but I can’t deny that the UK cover is probably the creepiest book cover I’ve ever seen.

Also the story is creepy and amazing so you can judge this book by its covers! It’s about two girls living in a mansion with their aunt and they notice that the trees are creeping closer to the house and that the entity known as the Creeper Man that watches them from the woods is getting closer too.

You can read my full review here.

9.) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

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Two Dawn Kurtagich books? Yes! She’s becoming a queen of YA horror in my book and her covers match the stories perfectly too. This is a very creepy psychological thriller about a girl with a split personality disorder or maybe….it’s something more sinister than that.

You can read my full review here.

8.) Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

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Creepy cover? Yes! Creepy story? Definitely yes! This one revolves around a family living out on the prairie, their secretly pregnant daughter, and well…..demons. This one is pretty insane but also scary, highly recommend!

You can read my full review here.

7.) The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

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I’m sorry! I’m done with the repeat authors now I swear! I really love the typography on this cover, it is super eerie. The story is about a girl whose aunt tragically goes missing and her cousin claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice inside the house’s walls…..

You can read my full review here.

6.) Alice by Christina Henry

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I don’t know it could just be me but I find the creepy rabbit head pasted over top a man’s body to be very creepy. This is a very, very graphic horror retelling of Alice in Wonderland and I found it to be absolutely amazing. This one definitely isn’t for the faint-hearted though.

You can read my full review here.

5.) The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

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Quick story time: when I was 10 years old I made the mistake of watching “The Grudge” and am now forever terrified of Asian ghosts. Therefore this book’s cover (and the book itself) creeps the shit out of me! It’s a very interesting and scary book revolving around the spirit Okiku, who takes vengeance on wrong-doers.

You can read my full review here.

4.) Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Whatever that thing is on the cover it’s disturbing and it creeps me out, but I suppose it fits the stories in this YA anthology perfectly in that case. There are TONS of creeptastic (shhh that’s a word) stories in here and pretty much all of them are amazing with the exception of 1 or 2.

You can read my full review here.

3.) Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan

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Is it just me or are mirrors super creepy? So yeah, ghostly reflections in them = creepy. I have yet to read this one but it’s a take on the Bloody Mary urban legend.

2.) Asylum by Madeleine Roux

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Blurred/scratched out old timey photos are creepy, actually a lot of old photos are creepy but especially when they’re blurred or scratched out. This is a pretty popular book that I also have yet to read but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing if it’s any good.

1.) Shutter by Courtney Alameda

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Look at that black, gaping ghost and tell me it isn’t creepy! This is a book I have sitting on my shelf currently awaiting to be read and it’s about teenage ghost hunters basically.

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What do you think of these covers? Creepy or not so much?

What are some of your favorite creepy YA covers?

Have you read any of these books or anything similar?

What cover theme did you choose for you TTT this week?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your TTT as well!

The Sassy

Best & Worst Book Covers of 2016


With December being the month that wraps up the year I figured I should do some posts that wrap up this year in reading as well. One of which is going to be the best and worst book covers of 2016! Of course there are far more covers I love than I hate so it was hard to narrow those down.


These are my opinions only and if you disagree with them that’s fine but please do not hate on me for disliking a cover that you like because I will not be changing my mind and I’d appreciate not being made to feel guilty about my own opinion. I’m not trying to offend anyone! Thank you!

Also these will be US covers only and my opinions on the covers don’t reflect UK or any other international cover.

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8.) Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

This cover is not terrible by any means but I personally just don’t like it all that much. There is so much potential for fantasy books to have amazing covers and with all of the magic in this book I feel like that could have been integrated into the cover more. Also I just don’t really like people on my covers all that much…..

You can read my full review of “Truthwitch” here.

7.) Harry Potter & The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne

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I KNOW this isn’t technically part of the Harry Potter series (even though it kind of is in my opinion) and the cover isn’t supposed to go with the series but really? This is what we get? Apparently I’m missing the metaphor with the cover or something, maybe it’s signifying Albus leaving the nest? I don’t know. I think it’s ugly.

6.) Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Timekeeper (Timekeeper, #1)

This is an interesting cover and definitely isn’t horrible but it’s something that doesn’t really draw my eye all that much. It’s kind of blah. The story itself is actually really interesting and cute though.

You can read my full review of “Timekeeper” here.

5.) Ruined by Amy Tintera

Ruined (Ruined, #1)

This cover just seems a little blah and boring to me and no I have not read it yet so I’m not sure if the cover ties in well with the story or not BUT like I said I think this is kind of boring.

4.) The Reader by Traci Chee

The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold, #1)

I’ve said before I’m not usually  fond of covers with cover models but even so this one is pretty bad in my opinion. Usually cover models look less….animated, which I think this one looks like it is.

3.) The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1)

Just…no. I’m sorry but this cover is hideous to me. I don’t like people on my covers! It creeps me out sometimes.

2.) Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows, #1)

I’m having a hard time figuring out just what this is supposed to be doing? What? What is with the weird textures? No. I’m sorry but putting flowers on the cover doesn’t make it automatically pretty.

1.) Nemesis by Anna Banks

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I’m sorry but this one definitely earns the worst cover in 2016 from me. It’s a silver painted girl? That’s it! Like I said I think fantasy books have the most potential for great covers and we get a painted cover model? No.


8.) Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)

This is such a gorgeous cover and the designs on the front are also scattered throughout the book with the chapter headers as well and they’re just so beautiful.

You can read my full review of “Labyrinth Lost” here.

7.) The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)

This is a case where I found the cover gorgeous but didn’t enjoy the book itself so much which is a shame because come on….the cover is awesome. It’s a CROWN made out of Russian architecture! Because it’s set in Russia and it’s ya know…called “The Crown’s Game”. So cool.

You can read my full review of “The Crown’s Game ” here.

6.) And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken (The Conquerer's Saga, #1)

I may do a post comparing US and UK covers because of this book, both covers are insanely gorgeous! I think it actually reflects Lada’s personality perfectly even though she isn’t the only protagonist. Lada (our female Vlad the Impaler) is supposed to be a princess and act all delicate (like a flower) when in reality she’s actually quite vicious, hence the spear impaling the flower. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me but that’s how I interpret it and think it fits as well as it being just a pretty cover too.

You can read my full review of “And I Darken” here.

5.) The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

The Forbidden Wish (The Forbidden Wish, #1)

THIS is how you do a book with a cover model! Not having the model be the sole focus but adding in other…pretties if that makes sense. The font itself is also just gorgeous. This book is amazing by the way and every bit as pretty as its cover.

You can read my full review of “The Forbidden Wish” here.

4.) This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous cover! Not only is the font very pretty but also the silhouette of the violin (? Sorry! We didn’t have string instruments in our band! It could be a cello, I don’t know!)in the background is genius.

3.) Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

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This cover is all kinds of beautiful, seriously everything about it is pretty. I haven’t read it yet but there’s quite a few mixed reviews on it so I’m not sure if the pretty cover is worth it.

2.) The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)

I love all of the glittery, blue smoke! Actually anything with shimmers will probably please me come to think of it…..I hear the writing in this book is just as beautiful as the cover and I hope when I get a chance to read it that proves true!

1.) And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

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This is my favorite cover of 2016, I’m really partial to things that are hauntingly beautiful like this cover. Also I find trees to be really pretty on covers period. The book itself is very creepy and wonderful as well, highly recommended!

You can read my full review of “And The Trees Crept In” here.

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Do you agree with any of my opinions on these covers?

What were some of your favorite book covers this year?

What covers did you not like so much?

Did you read any of these books? Love them? Hate them?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy