Wednesday, September 21, 2016
I Have Tasha Alexander Covered!
I'm at it again. (Now why do I have the feeling that none of you are surprised?) The author I chose for this week's comparison was chosen with an ulterior motive.
I have yet to read one of Tasha Alexander's Lady Emily Ashton historical mysteries, but the book covers are always catching my eye, and the author has appeared several times at The Poisoned Pen. To top it all off, I just read the synopsis of her first book, and now I know that I definitely need to do more investigating!
But let's get to the task at hand. I've selected the US and UK covers of one of Tasha Alexander's books so we can compare them. Let's take a look!
Other than the fact that both covers have women on them, they are very different, aren't they? Some of you may remember a few of the things I dislike seeing on covers. Things like excessive blurbing, the back of a woman's head, or only a partial woman's face. Looking at these two, they both have blurbs, and they have both the back of a head, and a partial face. Yikes!
Yes, both covers have elements that I don't like, but I do prefer one more than the other. The cover I don't like? The UK entry. About the only thing I do like about it is Jacqueline Winspear's blurb. I don't like the fonts used, I don't like the minimalist (almost cartoonish) artwork, and the colors look dull and muddy. This is not an appealing cover.
Well, all righty then! Nothing like being blunt, is there?
On the other hand, the US cover does catch my eye. It's that broad red brushstroke that divides the cover. Then the darker red of the sofa on the top half has my eye moving up, and once I stop trying to guess the time period of that woman's gown, my eye moves down to the bottom half. That London street scene really interests me. The US cover is at once lush and intriguing. It catches my eye, and I would pick up this book to find out what it's about.
What about you? Which cover do you prefer-- US? UK? Neither one? Too close to call? Inquiring minds would love to know!