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This meme was started by Books by Proxy, whose fabulous idea was to compare UK and US book covers and decide which is we prefer. This meme is currently being nurtured by Lynn’s Book Blog and this week at least one of our covers has to be BLUE, so I’ve selected Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Book 1 of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor.


This edition was produced by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in September 2011. The monochrome face with that fantastic blue feathered mask is very eye-catching and I also really love the title font, which is both striking and effective. This one is so very nearly my favourite…


Published in August 2015 by Fischer Taschenbubh, this German cover is another strong contender. I love the shades of blue patterns backlighting the Prague cityscape. The girl looks otherworldly with the treatment to her eyes and the title font is also stylish and eye-catching. Yet another well designed and beautiful cover, wholly appropriate in tone and mood for this enjoyable fantasy adventure.


This edition, published by Hodder & Stoughton in September 2011, is my favourite. I love, love, LOVE those fabulous feathers with the iridescent sheen in all the shades of a sunlit starling. My choice might be influenced by the fact that this is the cover of the book that I read – I also think the title font is very well done.


Produced by De Boekerij in April 2013, this Dutch edition is yet another superb effort, being a variation on the design of the first cover. The mask is beautifully designed and the colours shading the title font replicate those colours, intensifying the lovely effect with the clever repetition. Another accomplished and appropriate cover for this book.


This Indonesian edition, published by Gramedia Pustaka Utama in September 2012, is yet another well-designed cover. If this had been a different book, I would be raving more about the restraint… the clever, subtle blue shading around the edge of the single feather… the way that colour is picked up and reflected in the stylish title font. But there are so many wonderful, classy covers for this particular book, it is just added to the list – lucky, lucky Laini Taylor! Which one is your favourite?

32 responses »

  1. Darn, these ARE great covers! I read the first, and I admit that the face and mask didn’t work for me when I first started the book. After reading the book, I TOTALLY get the choice, but at the time? Meh. I’ll happily pick the second cover: beautiful setting outline, wings AND hair–oh yeah, this jams my PB&J! 🙂

    • They really, really are… I think this book is up there with a small handful where ALL the covers completely work and are genre appropriate:)). And yes – that second cover is awesome…

  2. Wow , I think I like all of those covers , except the De Boekerij cover . That one I don’t particularly care for

  3. This first one is the cover I have, so I really love it. But wow, I also love the German and UK editions as well. You made it very difficult this week!

    • I was so thrilled when I was selecting these… I kept waiting to find one that I absolutely HATED – and didn’t. It’s always a blast to find well designed covers:))

  4. Yes! my favourite is the one at the top produced by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in September 2011. It’s my favourite in the series

    • Thank you, Jackie:). It is a beautiful cover – and yes… I think the first book is the strongest, but I did enjoy the epic journey that the series charted…

    • Yes – it is beautiful, isn’t it? That was one of the things that struck me – these covers are all fab when you get a chance to see the details…

  5. At first I would have voted for the first cover, because it’s both beautiful and mysterious, but then I scrolled down to the last, the Indonesian edition, and fell in love with the simplicity and subtlety of the design… 🙂

    • Yes… if I hadn’t lost my heart to those iridescent feathers, that Indonesian cover would have been a real contender for me, as I felt it really ticked all the boxes. I still cannot believe just how lucky Laini Taylor has been with so many fabulous covers for her book!

  6. I actually read this book, the cover that I have isn’t listed here, which has a red door on it. It fits the story and looks kinda nice, but doesn’t really pop. The German cover for this one is stunning. That one or the one with the feathers is probably my favorite. I like how the focus is on the feathers on that one and how pretty it looks.

    • Thank you, Lola:). Yes… I did see the cover with the red door, but given the theme was blue covers I went for all the blue ones. And yes… that German cover is fabulous, isn’t it?

  7. These are all amazing and eye-catching covers. I think I am partial to the second one. I would pick that one up to decide if I want yo read this book or not.

  8. What a gorgeous set of covers. I love the first one with the black and white and the pop of blue, and I also really like the one you chose. I love the colors in that one and the tagline, which just immediately made me want to yank my copy off the shelf and start reading. It really has been sitting on my shelf unread for way too long, lol.

  9. I like the Hodder & Stoughton version, but my vote goes to the Indonesian edition because the Hodder one is packed with feathers, losing the focus while the Indonesian edition makes it more powerful with a single feather. I don’t like any of the ones with a girl on them, and the pseudo-masks made of feathers make me think of books like shades of certain colors rather than lushly written love story that the Daughter… is to me.

    • Yes – I think they are all lovely, but the Indonesian and UK versions stand out for me, too. It seems to be real luck of the draw whether you have a series of lovely covers for your book, or they are all a dreadful mess…

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