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, 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
THE ASTONISHING COLOUR OF AFTER – EMILY X. R. PAN
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
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 a 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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! 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
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!
DO YOU HAVE A USUAL COVER PREFERENCE?
DO YOU DIS/AGREE WITH ANY OF MY FAVOURITES?