Friday Faceoff – Every blessing ignored becomes a curse – #Brainfluffbookblog #FridayFaceoff


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 the subject this week featuring on any of our covers is CURSES. I’ve selected White Witch, Black Curse – Book 7 of The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, a series I recall with great fondness.


This edition was produced by Eos in February 2009 and is a typical urban fantasy cover of its time. I don’t particularly love it, yet I don’t hate it, either. The interesting aspect for me is how much the author name is featured, both in the size and bright colouring of the font, demonstrating that Harrison’s name is what sells the books.


Published in May 2009 by Voyager, this is the edition that I owned and recall with great fondness. I love the dynamic between the monochrome image and the large purple font – what a wonderful choice of colour! My one grizzle is the chat directly above it, which I think detracts from the artwork.


This offering, released in April 2010 by HarperVoyager is certainly more successful than the first effort, I think. I like the urban setting and the knowing expression on the girl’s face as she stares out at us. And while there is still chatter on the front, at least it has been placed in the deepest shade, so as not to get in the way of the artwork. I also really like the fade effect on the title font. This is my favourite.


This German cover, published in May 2010 by Heyne, is the plainest of them all and I want to like it more than I do. My problem with it is that it has too much of a horror vibe – and while there is plenty of action going on, there is no way this one can be categorised as horror, or even unduly dark. Too much quirky humour and romance is going on.


Produced in April 2012, this Spanish edition from La Factoría de Ideas is the least successful of my selection this week. The cover designer has tried to cram everything into this one – and the resultant mess is just that… a mess. It looks as though they have been having a fun session with clipart – not the type of look that is appropriate for a successful urban fantasy series, I don’t think.

29 responses »

  1. Weirdly, although you’re right that that first cover is sort of generic urban fantasy I think that ones my favorite. Either that one or the next one (black and white) which probably at least makes more sense with the title!

    • There’s nothing wrong with either of them – and to be honest, I’m increasingly of the opinion that generic isn’t bad – particularly if it gives the reader a strong idea about the book.

  2. 2009 by Voyager is my favorite this week. Love the gritty style of the artwork and I’m with you on the contrast between the font color and the monochrome of the image! Though I would have preferred the writing to be a bit smaller, lol

  3. The second cover is a good one, indeed, while the first one suffers from the “vice” of many genre covers to depict the heroine in a scantily-clad aggressive pose – and every time I see one of these I think about that series of humorous pictures taken by John Scalzi and Jim Hines to make fun of them… 🙂

  4. The second one is my favorite, mainly because of the colors. I agree about that text above the title though. It’s a bit distracting and what’s even worse is that I can’t even read it at first glance.

  5. Oh, I had to chuckle a little here. The third book does look nice, but the author name font? That’s totally TWILIGHT font, so I just…nope, I could never read something with that font. 🙂 Your second sharing’s electric contrast with black’n’white and purple reminds me of another story: ATOMIC BLONDE. I need to find that graphic novel sometime, but I loved the film–it’s all Cold War spy espionage fun with moles and escapes set to kickin’ 80s tunes.

    • Lol… and THAT’S always the tricky bit with covers, isn’t it? You set off a vibe that reminds folks of another film/book/album cover and it takes them riiight away from your product! *sigh* the perils of cover art design!

      • LOL yes indeed! when i was getting night’s tooth ready for sale, i thought about doing a post on book covers with images from my library’s teen section. so, so many covers followed the Twilight style for years! Only now are they finally moving on to new styles, it seems.

  6. I am on the fence with this one. If I was looking at these on the shelf in the bookstore, none of them really attracted my eye. Not sure why, but this is one I would probably pass by.

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