Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Cover VS Cover: the Gemma Doyle Trilogy

Cover VS Cover is a semi-weekly meme at A Myriad of Books that I started because I've long been fascinated with the differences between international covers. This week I'm featuring a fantastic and captivating historical fantasy YA series-- the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray.  Let me know what you think, guys, and I happily take recommendations on what covers to feature!

 US/UK
Here we have the familiar US/UK covers-- I love these for their simplicity, yet the intricacy of the corsets give them a little something which is bound to caught your eye.  The first book in particular manages to capture the emotion of the MC, Gemma, perfectly.  These have been proud residents of my book shelf for a few years. 

Australian
 Quite a few of these cover sets feature models and faces-- I feel a little like I'm judging a runway competition or something!  The make-up for these girls doesn't scream Victorian to me-- it seems more modern.  But otherwise I like how the lacing on the sides of each book fits perfectly into the lacing of its sequel to form those sort of flowers.

Dutch
I really like the covers for A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels... not sure what happened with The Sweet Far Thing.  I double-checked about a billion times to make sure it indeed went along with the other two in the series!  The second cover in particular is somewhat eerie and entrancing.

Turkish
Again, the Rebel Angels cover shines.  It's much more interesting than the other two-- and I can't figure out what the heck that white object is on the third cover.  Any ideas???

German
Ugh, I strongly dislike these, despite the cool faded shots of London and Spence Boarding School.  The girl's head, fixated in the exact same expression and transposed onto all three covers, is simply awful.  It's just weird!  When I found these, I got a feeling that Jenny of Supernatural Snark could probably have a bit of fun with them in her romance novel cover critique feature.  One can only hope-- though I really would like the covers but for that transposed head! 

So, that's 15 covers from 5 different countries. Hope you guys enjoyed checking them out!

8 comments:

~Valen~ said...

I love the Australian covers, but the US/UK covers are still my favorite. I have no idea what the white thing is on the cover of The Sweet Far Thing Turkish cover...nada. Looks like an egg or something, or possibly the backside of a mirror? hmmmm . . . .

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I like the Australian covers the best and the Dutch covers the least. Great post!

Amber said...

I definitely enjoyed! I think my overall favorite has got to be the US covers as I feel they best describe what's inside the book but the Australian are really interesting and so are the Dutch. Love this feature!

Kat said...

@Amber-- Thank you! I love to hear that people enjoy Cover VS Cover, because though it's fun to write these posts, they end up being very time-consuming. I like the US covers best of all as well. :)

@Valen-- 'Tis a mystery, that white object. A mirror is better than any of my guesses-- I suspect you may be right!

Lucia (iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books) said...

I love this series!!! *remembers the ending and cries* I still like the US covers the best. :)

Aylee said...

I would say the US/UK covers are the clear winners here. I completely agree with your thoughts on all of these. I have no idea what that white thing is either.

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

It's so cool to see all these covers! I'm personally all for the Australian covers, but US/UK are a close second :)

Lu said...

I love the Turkish and Australian ones!

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