COMPARING UK & US BOOK COVERS

Hey guys! Today I’m coming at you with a fun post that I’m pretty excited about tbh. I love reading posts like these posts because they’re so visual and I had a lot of fun writing my own so I hope you guys enjoy it too!

Also,Β fair warning, I live in Australia so we generally get the UK covers in stores. Though, I do also buy the majority of my books online so my shelves have a great mix of UK and US covers.

*UK covers will be on the left with the US covers on the right!
*You can click on the covers to go to the Goodreads page for the book with that cover

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THE ASTONISHING COLOUR OF AFTER – EMILY X. R. PAN

blogging blogging blogThe Astonishing Colour of AftervsThe Astonishing Color of After

Hands down, I love the UK cover of this book. I’ll be honest, I haven’t read this book but the UK cover is enough to make me want to read it. I love the colours on the cover and the grey and white background. I think the UK cover is absolutely beautiful but still pulls ideas from the US cover which in its own right is stunning.

RENEGADES – MARISSA MEYER

blogging blogging blogRenegades (Renegades, #1)vsRenegades (Renegades, #1)

With this book I’m a bit torn – I like the colours on each cover and the ties to the superhero themes in the book (I assume, I haven’t read it yet) but I think I have to go with the UK cover simply because I’m a sucker for a white background. I love the simplistic look the UK cover has going for it and I also really love the shade of blue. This is such aΒ  minor point, but I also really love the mask in the centre on the cover because I feel like it gives a better indication that Renegades is about superheroes.

UPROOTED – NAOMI NOVIK

blogging blogging blogUprootedvsUprooted

This book looks beautiful on either cover. On either cover, you get the total fairytale vibe visually from the book. I do think I have to go with the UK cover for this one too, purely because if you blanked out the title and just showed me each cover I would choose the UK version to read. The UK cover is more intriguing and has brighter colours whereas, the US cover sort of looks like an old newspaper.

CARAVAL – STEPHANIE GARBER

blogging blogging blogCaraval (Caraval, #1)vsCaraval (Caraval, #1)

And in a fun and surprising twist, I love the US cover so so much more than the UK cover for Caraval! I own the UK cover for this series because that’s all I can get instore without breaking the bank, but if I had the chance to swap my copies out, based on the covers I would definitely pick the US copy. I can’t say that either of the covers really show anything about the stories but, at least they’re pretty???

LOST BOY – CHRISTINA HENRY

blogging blogging blogLost BoyvsLost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook

And now we’re ditching the break in the trend and skipping back to me loving UK covers. I love this book in general and I think that each copy shows really well what the book is about – I mean it’s called Lost Boy and it’s got a hook on the cover???

So, I have to definitely say that the UK cover is my favourite purely because it’s the cover of the book I used when I rad it from the library the first time. I also really love the simplistic look of the cover (Are we sensing a theme here?).

ACE OF SHADES – AMANDA FOODY

blogging blogging blogAce of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)vsAce of Shades (The Shadow Game, #1)

The two covers for Ace of Shades are pretty similar – they have the same background and the same cards theme, they mostly just have different fonts and both have different centre focuses if that makes sense. I think I prefer the UK cover purely because I love the set out for the cards and the font more – honestly, it’s such a nitpick because the covers are so similar, but really they’re both nice.

THE SWORD OF SUMMER – RICK RIORDAN

blogging blogging blogThe Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard, #1)vsThe Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)

OKay, I don’t want to offend anyone but the UK cover is dreadful and I really don’t like it. In fact, I don’t really like any of the UK covers for Riordan’s books – I don’t know how he gets such A+, 100% beautiful covers in the US and such ugly covers in the UK. It honestly bugs me because the books are so good but the covers are so bad! So yeah, the US covers reigns supreme for this trilogy!

THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END – ADAM SILVERA

blogging blogging blogThey Both Die at the EndvsThey Both Die at the End

I love both of these covers so much??? Honestly, I think I have to go with the US cover purely because I love blue covers. I usually love the more simplistic covers but the US cover is just so beautiful and if I was going to buy the book I would try and purchase the US cover over the UK.

STRANGE THE DREAMER – LAINI TAYLOR

blogging blogging blogStrange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1)vsStrange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

So you know how I love blue and simplistic covers? Well, I think we know that I love the UK cover more than I do the US cover. That being said, shiny covers (or shiny things in general) really set me off and make me uncomfortable so I’m much more comfortable with more muted colours.

ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME – ROSHANI CHOSHKI

blogging blogging blogAru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)vsAru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)

And here we have the same situation as we do with Rick Riordan, and how fitting it is that this series is being published under his imprint. The UK covers are absolutely horrendous and you won’t catch me buying them. You’re not supposed to judge books by their covers but I totally do so fight me, the US cover looks absolutely wonderful. I love the colours and the art style it’s so pretty!

NEVERNIGHT – JAY KRISTOFF

blogging blogging blogNevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)vsNevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)

So here I become a total hypocrite. I know a few covers ago I said that I prefer covers with a white background and simplistic design but guys, just look at that US cover, it’s beautiful! I haven’t read the book yet but I’ve heard it’s quite dark so I think the US cover also represents the book more than the UK cover does!

A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC – V. E. SCHWAB

blogging blogging blogA Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)vsA Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

Hands down, the US cover is so much nicer than the UK cover! I really love the two worlds on the cover and how it clearly shows that the mc is a traveller. Though, I do enjoy that the UK cover is like a font on view of the same “scene” whereas, the US cover is like a birdseye view.

HARRY POTTER – J. K. ROWLING

blogging blogging blogHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter #1)vsHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Okay, so maybe this is cheating a bit because it’s Harry Potter and there are like a million copies of each book in the series! But, I generally enjoy the UK copies for this series, especially the editions I show above. I love the background colours and settings as well as the beautiful artwork!Β  Also, unpopular opinion, but I hate the original US covers, also this is such a nitpick but I hate that they changed the title, it just seems completely ridiculous to me.

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE – LAINI TAYLOR

blogging blogging blogDaughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)vsDaughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

Is this even a question??? I definitely prefer the UK cover to the US cover because for once the more simple cover just doesn’t work for me. I love the door with the handprint because it actually relates to the story whereas, the US cover makes me feel like the story is about a costume party because of the mask. Both the covers don’t really tell you anything about the book unless you’ve already read it, but I think the UK cover is more attention-grabbing which, sort of like an older fantasy!

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21 thoughts on “COMPARING UK & US BOOK COVERS

    1. Haha, I get that! We don’t really sell US copies in Australia so I understand that completely and sometimes I get so jealous of all the pretty US covers that I don’t have access to!

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  1. I feel like sometimes the UK covers are much more aesthetic, but when they’re worse, they’re *really* worse haha. I love the US covers of the Darker Shades of Magic trilogy, I think they’re so gorgeous, whereas the UK ones are pretty rough lol. But the UK covers for Daughter of Smoke and Bone are WAY better than the US ones (like a million times better)

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    1. I agree, UK covers are so much prettier because they suit a certain bookstagram aesthetic, whereas I feel like the US covers tend to tell you more about the story more often than not.
      I agree, I think the UK covers for ADSOM are really rough like they saw the UK covers and spent 5 minutes trying to make them roughly the same. I know, the UK covers for DOSAB are so so nice!

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  2. I tend to go for US covers because UK covers can be pretty bad xD I mean, look at all Riordan’s books, all of the UK covers are really bad compared to the US ones. I love the UK cover of Uprooted and Strange the Dreamer better though! Tbh, I think both editions of Nevernight and Strange the Dreamer are gorgeous, it’s a tough pick.

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  3. ughhh i feel like all of these UK covers are so much prettier than the US ones. except the Rick Riordan one – yuck (although tbh i don’t think the US version of that one is anything to write home about, either). such a fun post!

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    1. Haha, I know – I thought I was just going to have a whole post with brilliant UK covers and then I saw those and was like, wow,,, nope. I agree, not all the US versions are brilliant either!

      Thank you!

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  4. I love these kinds of posts so much, it’s always so interesting to see the different book covers!

    I think overall I prefer UK covers, but there are definitely a few US covers that are 100x better.

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  5. Well Ellyn I did a similar post some months ago as I switch here above between UK or US depending on the cover. I even order the cover I love most on Book deposirory if it’s not available on Amazon πŸ™‚

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  6. I love these posts!
    1. TACOA – I love both of these so much I could honestly never choose!
    2. Renegades – I like the US one a little better only because I tend to smudge white books easily. πŸ˜‚
    3. I love the US and UK covers of Uprooted so much
    4. OMG THANK YOU. When Caraval first came out, I heard so many people say they preferred the UK cover, and I was like, wait, what…? Am I being punk’d?
    5. Lost Boy – I absolutely 100% ADORE the UK covers for Christina Henry’s books so freaking much and I really want to collect both editions of all of them because I have no chill.
    6. I prefer the UK cover of Ace a little too, but like you said, they’re really similar.
    7. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who hates ALL of the UK covers for Rick’s books.
    8. I keep considering getting the UK version of TBDATE because I have the US one and I love them both so much??
    9. Strange the Dreamer’s US cover is so ridiculously, disgustingly shiny and I HATE IT. But the UK one is one of my all time favorite covers in life.
    10. I hadn’t made the connection that the books in Rick’s imprint also have terrible UK covers, but you are so right.
    11. Nevernight – I adore both editions of all of the books so much.
    12. The Shades series was the first book/series I ever bought both editions of just because I’m trash for the covers, and now I want the French ones too. πŸ‘€
    13. I love those HP editions! I’ve actually been considering getting them, they’re just so cute and sweet. I’ve never cared for the US original covers, either.
    14. DoSaB – the UK edition is 100% superior, hands down, for the whole series.

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    1. I’m glad! πŸ’•πŸ’•
      1 TACOA – They’re both so so beautiful!
      2 Renegades – I do that too now that you mention it – why do I never think of these things until other people mention them???
      3 Uprooted – They’re both just so pretty *cries*
      4 Caraval – haha how??? The UK cover is literally awful…
      5 Lost Boy – Yes, they’re just so pretty and I always love the colours!
      6 AOS – They’re so similar but I think the red pops more on the UK cover and it looks so pretty!
      7 Riordan – They’re awful. He’s so popular how are all of his uk covers so goddamn ugly??? Does he have a 20 yr deal with this artist? Are they a family friend??? WHY????
      8 TBDATE – If you love the story why not get both covers??? The UK cover is so pretty and the orange is beautiful!
      9 STD (honestly ew at this acronym) – Shiny covers must end. I hate them and will literally always avoid and never buy them. The UK cover is stunning!
      10 Honestly, I feel like I’m being punked – if I didn’t love his books I honestly would have such a bad opinion/impression of all these books because of the godawful covers and it’s such a shame.
      11 Nevernight – They’re so pretty and so dark and how have I still not read this book???
      12 ADSOM – Haha, do you speak French or are the covers just that good? Honestly, I say go for it if you love the series enough!
      13 HP – The UK covers are so beautiful! I only have 2 editions of the series – I have my original UK covers in hardcover but a few yrs I decided to replace them with the newer UK because my hcs were falling apart. I love the UK covers though because they’re adorable and I love the background colours. There are so many covers always coming out and it’s actually kind of intimidating???
      14 DOSAB – YUS the uk editions are absolutely brilliant and I love them! Laini Taylor has great luck with uk covers!

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