13 June 2011

Cover Crazy (1)

"Cover Crazy" is a meme hosted by The Book Worms to gush over talk about cover designs that we love!

Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien
© March 2010 by Roaring Book Press

Goodreads Description:
After climate change, on the north shore of Unlake Superior, a dystopian world is divided between those who live inside the wall, and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone, who live outside. It’s Gaia’s job to “advance” a quota of infants from poverty into the walled Enclave, until the night one agonized mother objects, and Gaia’s parents are arrested.
Badly scarred since childhood, Gaia is a strong, resourceful loner who begins to question her society. As Gaia’s efforts to save her parents take her within the wall, she herself is arrested and imprisoned.

I've adored this cover since the moment that my academic adviser handed it to me to read.  I think that colors make the scene dramatic and eerie.  The MC's hair blowing in the wind speaks of a "storm" of some kind  that's coming. I also love the tag line that's on the cover. Tells you so much without giving anything away.  It really hooked me.

The paperback cover is completely different, but matches with the cover of book two, which will be released this fall.  I love it for it's simplicity and how it incorporates the story line without giving anything away.  If you've read the book, you'll definitely recognize the plot element represented here.  I don't know if the paperback cover is quite as eye-catching, but it's definitely still beautiful.




Which one do you like better?

10 comments:

mfay2 said...

Somewhere, I think it was on the authors website. I read the story of the first cover and the process and all of that. But I LOVE the paperback version! So pretty! And is that a tree trunk as the background?

Shelagh said...

They're both eye-catching, but I think I prefer the paperback cover. There's something more polished about it that appeals to me.

Shelagh
The Word Fiend

Gina @ My Precious said...

I think the original cover is fascinating, but the monotones turn me off a little bit. The paperback cover is one I can really appreciate. It grabs my attention and I love the title font.

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

Two beautiful covers! I'm hard-pressed to pick a favorite but I think I like the paperback one slightly better. I'm a new follower.

My Cover Crazy

abackwardsstory said...

I love the font and the way the ribbon is bisecting it!

I love her hair in the original, though.

...Why is it that, for some reason, my brain has thought that the cover for CARRIER OF THE MARK was the paperback version of BIRTH MARKED this *WHOLE* time? Literally. Guess it was the MARK in the title...

Bookish Brunette said...

I like the first one...

kaye (paper reader) said...

To be honest, I first saw this book under a different cover than both of those two and THAT was the one that pulled me in along with the title.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/photo/8763666-birthmarked

Jessi said...

@kaye - oh yeah! *duh* I totally forgot to include that cover! I do love that one as well.

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

Two beautiful covers! I'm hard-pressed to pick a favorite but I think I like the paperback one slightly better. I'm a new follower.

My Cover Crazy

mfay2 said...

Somewhere, I think it was on the authors website. I read the story of the first cover and the process and all of that. But I LOVE the paperback version! So pretty! And is that a tree trunk as the background?

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