Dec 28, 2011

Help Me Pick A Cover?

So, Confessions of a Bookaholic is hosting a re-cover contest for Holly Cupala's upcoming 2012 release, Don't Breathe A Word. Which obviously means, that it's the fun fight over recreating the cover of Don't Breathe A Word. Recreating THIS cover.

I really like this cover. There's a certain subtle fierceness to the way the girl's hair is whipping about her face. And I love the font used. Overall, I think it really captures the mood of the book, from what I get out of the summary. For those not in the know, this is what it's about:
Joy Delamere is suffocating... 
From asthma, which has nearly claimed her life. From her parents, who will do anything to keep that from happening. From delectably dangerous Asher, who is smothering her from the inside out. 
Joy can take his words - tender words, cruel words - until the night they go too far. 
Now, Joy will leave everything behind to find the one who has offered his help, a homeless boy called Creed. She will become someone else. She will learn to survive. She will breathe... if only she can get to Creed before it’s too late. 
Set against the gritty backdrop of Seattle’s streets and a cast of characters with secrets of their own, Holly Cupala’s powerful new novel explores the subtleties of abuse, the meaning of love, and how far a girl will go to discover her own strength.
So, as you must have guessed by now (unless you're skimming through this - which I can't really blame you for. I ramble a lot), the Queen Procrastinator in me took over (as it does, most of the time) and *I* decided to participate. Of course there's the added perk of winning a signed copy of Don't Breathe A Word. I mean, who wouldn't want that? I really, really liked Holly Cupala's debut novel, Tell Me A Secret, so of course, I'd read every book she comes up with.  And, DUDE, this one's a *signed* copy!
This happens to be the first time ever that I'm recreating a cover. Any cover, at all. It's just that, I always knew I wanted to read this book, but there's the matter of *when*. I need to be not-broke, like I perpetually am, so I can pre-order/buy it. And ever since I read an excerpt from the novel I was a goner. It was THAT good. Which brings me to this contest. With the recreation, I actually ended up creating several different covers for Don't Breathe A Word. I'm obsessive like that. Sadly, it's only one cover per person, so I need to choose. Which I can't. So I need you. To choose for me. Can you do that? Please? I've told you what the book is about and I've showed you the original cover - well, my covers are waaay different from that, I think, but I need you to tell me which you think works best for the book. Okay?
Here goes.

Cover #1

Cover #2

Cover #3

Cover #4

The next two aren't in book cover size only because it's distorting the photograph. But don't chuck them out because of that! :)
Cover #5

Cover #6

So, there.
Tell me which one you like best. Choose one to make it easier for me ;)
Tell me if you like something but think it could be better. I appreciate suggestions.
Tell me if you hate them all. Then I'll think about reworking them.
Sound off in the comments!

See how much I want that book?


Anonymous said...

Well first I applaud you for taking on this challenge, I can't imagine how hard it is to try and re-create a cover for a book you've not even read yet.
I like cover #2 best, cause I like the lighting effect used on it. I think maybe the title font and colour could do with maybe looking at (perhaps larger to make it really pop).
An alternate would be cover #6 cause I love the image on it.
Good luck, and I hope you win :)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Woah, great job. I really like the fourth and sxith. It really is hard to choose. i guess if I HAD to picke one, it would be the sixth. It's similar to the original cover, but still different. I like it.


Jenna Cooper said...

I like the fourth one the best. I think the picture fits best with a title and the author, and it gives the type of vibe the book has as well.

Candace said...

This book is amazing and I think you did a good job capturing the right feel of the book in all of your covers. And this is your first time? Really?! You did great!
I'm going to say the second one but maybe do something to make the title pop more. Other then that I think it's great!

Komal Kant said...

Great job on the covers!

I like the 2nd, 4th and 6th. The second one needs a little fixing with the font. The title and author's name need to be bigger.

My favourite is the 4th. It's a great image!

Riv Re said...

Sorry, my brain's a bit too fried for a full comment. Love #2 and #4. Good luck in the contest!

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