Tuesday, September 5, 2017

I Judge Books By Their Covers: Red Sister

Hi, my name is Lindsay, and I judge books by their covers.

Right now I'm reading "Red Sister," the first in a new fantasy series by Mark Lawrence, and it's soooo good! When I was grabbing the cover image for the blog, I noticed the U.K. cover was quite different -- perfect time for a cover battle!

U.S. <---------------------------> U.K.

It may not be a ridiculously easy cover battle for you, but it is for me. I almost always dislike fiction covers that have realistic pictures of people on them, and this is no exception. The color scheme is nice and I do like the red smears, but overall -- the U.S. cover is totally not my cup of tea.

On the other hand, I really do like the U.K. cover. If you read these posts regularly you'll know I'm a big fan of pops of red. And I'm drawn to anything that says "cold weather," as well as illustrated, artistic covers. This fits the bill for all of those! I'm not even quite a third of the way into the story, but I can say the ice is relevant and that the girl in the U.K. cover is dressed the way I've been imagining the protagonist (she's at sort of a convent/training school for people with special abilities). I could do without the tagline above the title, but other than that this cover is right up my alley!

Do tell: which cover do you prefer?


  1. I can totally see why you like the UK cover better and I have to agree with you. I have this book on my wishlist so I'm anxious for your thoughts!

  2. Definitely the UK cover! It really stands out with the contrasting white/red. The US cover just looks like a billion other covers and I think if it was on a shelf with other books I wouldn't even see it.

    1. I almost always love red on a cover, especially against a stark white backdrop.


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