Welcome to Cover Awe! This is where we discuss covers that catch our eye. In this edition, several of the covers break with convention on what we typically see. Let us know what you think!
Elyse: I’ve talked a lot about thrillers and the commodification of female bodies, but this woman looks strong and powerful to me
And I like that her stomach isn’t perfectly flat.
Sarah: That’s really interesting. I dislike the pose and the objectification in the framing. I agree with you about her strength and the way her abdomen isn’t airbrushed to impossible smoothness.
Amanda: I don’t know if it’s a cover I’d be drawn to, but I do like Elyse’s point about the woman’s body. Also, her arms are amazing.
I do like the color scheme of black, purple, and this shiny green/teal color.
CarrieS: I don’t like the implications of it being for a thriller.
Amanda. I kind of love the way he looks at her.
Sarah: Wow that’s a cover
Elyse: It conveys intimacy in a way a lot of covers don’t.
I find it interesting how often the hero/heroine aren’t looking at each other on cover art.
Amanda: Yes! The eye contact on this is extremely important.
CarrieS: I like the color scheme – it glows.
Amanda: This cover gives me the spooks in the best way.
Elyse: It’s creepy, but striking
CarrieS: I like that it communicates what the book is (I assume). Some people love grimdark fantasy and some don’t, so you know right away whether you should pick the book up or not.
Elyse: Omg a cover that features people who are not 22. And look genuinely pleased to be with each other.
Amanda: Yeah, they’re not in a weird embrace where it looks like the heroine is struggling to get away.
Elyse: Or needs chiropractic care. Romance heroines: vertebrae optional.
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