Wednesday 28 November 2012

UK Cover Reveal: Paper Valentine - Brenna Yovanoff

I had an email from Simon & Schuster yesterday revealing the UK cover for Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff so I thought I'd share it with you here. Paper Valentine is being published in the UK on the 3rd of January so thankfully we don't have too much longer to wait because it feels like I've been waiting for ages already!

Before we have a look at the cover I want to remind you of the book blurb (or share it with you just in case you haven't already seen it!):

The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor's peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian's ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah's just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn't there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realises that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life - and it's up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.

So now you've had a chance to remember what the book is about let's have a look at the UK cover:

I love the cover - I think it's deliciously creepy! The hand looks like it's about to crush the paper heart that it's holding and I like the slogan Dying For Justice. I definitely look at this cover and know I'm going to be picking up a chilling murder mystery and I love the added detail of the names in the background - who are Monica, Abby and Hailey? Straight away I have a mystery I want to get to the bottom of!

I can't share the UK cover without at least mentioning the US one though:

I really like the US cover, it's unusual and I like the pattern in the girl's dress which reminds me of those paper cut out snowflakes I used to make at school. I also like the moody feel of the clouds in the background and the bright red heart. This cover would stand out on the shelves in a book store but I don't think it tells me as much about the story as the UK cover does. I'm not sure if it's just me but I think that cover would make me expect more of a paranormal romance than a supernatural thriller. I guess until I've read the book I won't know for sure which cover suits it better but just from reading the blurb I think it will be the UK one.

So, as much as I like both covers I'd pick the UK one if both books were placed in front of me. I'd love to know which cover you like best though! Which one do you feel suits the story better?

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