The Good, the Bad and the Are-You-Kidding-Me?

Filed in Book Covers , The Geeky Lover , The HEA Lover Posted on June 7, 2010 @ 10:05 am 16 comments

After working together for quiet some time now we discovered more than once that we share an abnormal love for covers. For us as Europeans we always have the choice which cover we prefer, the US or the UK edition. But we often discover that we love another foreign edition even more. This post is all about that strange obsession of finding the best cover of a book. We also want to find out what you think about the covers and hopefully we will discover that we aren’t the only shallow book lovers in the blogoverse. We will post the results of our survey in the next post.

For the first week we choose the Psy-Changeling Series by Nalini Singh. We drooled over these covers for a long time and in our opinion there are some foreign editions worth mentioning, more or less.

Slave to Sensation


Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind-and none of the heart.

Born a Psy, Sascha Duncan must hide the emotions which mark her as flawed. But a passionate Changeling will tempt her to reveal everything-and risk her very soul.


The HEA Lover: My favorite is the UK cover. Hands down! I just love it to pieces. Should I say that I keep drooling over this cover? lol 1st he’s gorgeous! 2nd the look in his eyes is melting my bones…and that blood on his face…*wipes drool*I want to buy this book even though i already have the US version

The Thai cover for Slave to Sensation makes me want to say ‘meow’?

The Geeky Lover: My favorite Slave to Sensation cover is the UK version. I love the way he looks and he is so mysterious. I like the German cover too but in my opinion the marks on his body are just wrong, good looking but wrong. I think the German publisher LYX/Egmont makes some of the best covers here. The US cover just looks cheap and I think I don’t have to say anything about the rest besides DIY:

Visions Of Heat

Hailed as a major new talent in paranormal romance, Nalini Singh takes us deeper into the world of the Psy and the changelings in her latest extraordinary novel, where a gifted woman sees passion in her future-a passion that is absolutely forbidden by her kind… Used to cold silence, Faith NightStar is suddenly being tormented by dark visions of blood and murder. A bad sign for anyone, but worse for Faith, an F-Psy with the highly sought after ability to predict the future. Then the visions show her something even more dangerous-aching need…exquisite pleasure. But so powerful is her sight, so fragile the state of her mind, that the very emotions she yearns to embrace could be the end of her. Changeling Vaughn D’Angelo can take either man or jaguar form, but it is his animal side that is overwhelmingly drawn to Faith. The jaguar’s instinct is to claim this woman it finds so utterly fascinating and the man has no argument. But while Vaughn craves sensation and hungers to pleasure Faith in every way, desire is a danger that could snap the last threads of her sanity. And there are Psy who need Faith’s sight for their own purposes. They must keep her silenced-and keep her from Vaughn…



The HEA Lover:
My favorite is the US cover, it’s far from perfect but it’s better than the UK famished boy! The German cover is nice but I can’t help but see a giant Butterfly on his chest…and that weirds me out a little o_O. I have to say…What is up with the Thai cover??? Hello Sleepy Beauty called she wants her Castle back! LOL

The Geeky Lover:
My favorite Visions of Heat cover is the German one . I like the layout of the UK one again but the guy really looks kind of sick with his cheekbones. Not very sexy. The US guy looks scary and I don’t want to get in his way ever. And why is the chick on the Japanese cover naked?  Did Faith run around naked much in the book? And don’t get me started about the castle in the Thai one. Did I miss the castle in the book?

So that what we think but we would love to know what your opinion is. We added to poll to the sidebars –>
Feel free to vote for your favorite there. We would love to hear why too so feel free to leave also your decision in the comments. You are free to convince us of your favorite or just join us on the dark side cuz we have tons of cookies. 😉
Let the fight begin!

About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • Kristie (J) June 7, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I'm the same – first group I like the UK cover best, second group the US cover. In both though the Thailand cover looks like a photoshop cover done by someone with no artistic talent whatsoever!!

  • SusiSunshine June 7, 2010 at 11:31 am

    @Kristie (J) I agree but I shouldn't complain cuz my photoshop skills are rather rudimental. We would be lost without Larissa. She makes all our pics and buttons. But at least I don't try to make covers. LOL

  • pattepoilue June 7, 2010 at 11:40 am

    @Kristie *closed mouth* I won't say a thing about the Thai covers ….'cause someone voted for one of them LOL but… what baffles me is that there is a GIANT CASTLE on it!!!o_O O_o O_O

  • Blodeuedd June 7, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    The US and Uk are the only ones that work for me, and the UK ones are so boring and similar.

    The German ones are ok but the rest are a disaster and what is up with that castle?!

  • pattepoilue June 7, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    @Blodeuedd Ah! Now might not be a good time to say I just ordered the UK covers! LOL *grins* I agree that the UK cover for Visions of Heat is a bit boring…but the cover for book 3 make it up for it *grins*
    Of course that's Miss Lusty in me talking *wink*

    I think we agree about the weird Castle theme… o_O And the 'cat' on it makes me think of the Jungle's Book Disney movie. lol
    Maybe that's what happen when a cover 'artist' in on crack LOL

  • SusiSunshine June 7, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    @Blodeuedd Boring? Huh…okay and yes the castle is kind of creepy. We wondered where they got that idea. Did I miss the castle in that book?

    @pattepoilue And Miss Lusty thinks of the Jungle Book? *snort*

  • Heather (DarklyReading) June 7, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Love this post – usually I pant over the European (UK or german covers) of my fav books – I like the UK versions of the covers you posted – I guess I always want what is more expensive for me to have 😉

  • Josette June 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    🙂 I enjoyed reading your critiques on the covers! Some were too funny.

    Why is it that Asian covers have ladies on them and the US, UK, and German ones have guys with hot bods? I'm seeing a trend there.

    But for me, I'd go for the UK covers. They are attractive but not in a loud way. They have a sophisticated look.

  • SusiSunshine June 8, 2010 at 2:42 am

    @Heather Yep that could be. Surprisingly for me I don't have a usual favorite. I have many US Covers I completely adore, too.

    @Josette Good Question. DO you think in Asia men read this books? Nah…don't think so. But perhaps they aren't as comfortable with a bit mancandy. No idea. Just me trying to find an explanation. I agree about the UK covers. I just don't like the face of the VoH guy.

  • pattepoilue June 8, 2010 at 6:13 am

    @Heather I love the UK covers of most of the Historical Romance I read but they are always more expensive than the US version…even for us living close to the UK. o_O This is so weird. I couldn't resist I ordered 2 of those UK Nalini Singh even though I already have the US covers lol.

    @Josette We asked ourselves the same question…why naked women?? Huh different culture I guess.
    nom nom nom Uk covers nom nom nom

  • Andrea I June 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    I'm in the US and enjoy when the bloggers share covers from around the world. It's interesting to see what they do in the different countries.
    I like the UK cover on the first book, but prefer the US version for the second book.

  • pattepoilue June 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    @Andrea I. Welcome to the Dark Side! You voted the same thing as I did *grins* I can't wait for the book to be released in France…I'm sure they will come up with ridiculous covers! lol 😉

  • SusiSunshine June 8, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    @Andrea I Yep I agree. I love to see the different covers from different countries. Surprising how different they are.

  • Lovie June 11, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Never noticed the different covers. Wonder if cover art will be a thing of the past, with the ereaders becoming more popular.

  • pattepoilue June 12, 2010 at 3:14 am

    @Lovie Oh I don't think so, look for example at the IPad (or the new iphone) they will both have the 'IBooks' App which displays your ebooks on 'shelves'. And you see the book covers.
    The newest EReaders are in Color too. I know that I hate that some the of the Ebooks I have do not have a cover, even if I can only see them in B&W I NEED a cover on them. lol <===Cover-addict-Talking!

  • SusiSunshine June 12, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    @Lovie I agree with pattepoilue: I love covers and I judge an ebook by its cover, too. Perhaps not as harsh as a real book but I do. When I think the cover is ugly and I never heard of the book before I won't buy it. But if I like what I see I'm easily tempted to give it a try. Coverless eBooks would be bad for marketing. Imagine how the electronic stores would look without covers. *horror*

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