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

Filed in Book Covers , Giveaways , The Geeky Lover , The HEA Lover Posted on June 21, 2010 @ 9:00 am 42 comments

Here we are again, the shallow Book Lovers aslo known as Caroline and Susi.
So we had 2 super exciting weeks of voting and here are the results from last times polls:

Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
US Cover: 7 votes
UK Cover: 21 votes
German Cover: 21 votes 
Japanese Cover: 6 votes
Thai Cover: 9 votes
A draw between UK and the German cover.

Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh
US Cover: 10 votes

UK Cover: 17 votes
German Cover: 17 votes
Japanese Cover: 1 vote
Thai Cover: 5 votes
Again draw.

This week we chose Kresley Cole‘s Immortals After Dark Series. Caroline found the French cover some time back and fell in love with it. So the wild discussion about covers started again. *big sigh*

A mythic warrior who’ll stop at nothing to possess her…
After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy…
Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents–until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae–and their notorious dark desires–ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.

An all-consuming desire…
Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

US Cover – German Cover

Japanese Cover – French Cover
The HEA Lover:

I don’t like the US cover, actually it’s the reason why I didn’t buy the book at first. My favorite is the French one (no laughing Susi!), it’s mysterious without being kitsch. And I love her eyes!! The German cover is nice too(I bet it’s your favorite *g*) but it doesn’t grab my eyes. For once I don’t find the Japanese cover too weird, it’s just…hum different! lol

The Geeky Lover:

I fell in love with the US cover first time I saw it. Actually it was the reason I bought this book and I still love it. I love how Lachlan holds Emma. It’s just so hawt. I have to stare at it the whole time. I like the French Version, too but I think the girl doesn’t look like Emma at all. Same for the German book. The girl looks all wrong and the guy is hairless and it should be a werewolf after all. He needs more hair. And like last time I don’t get why there always only the girls on these Japanese covers. This one is just not saying anything at all.

A soldier weary of life . . .
Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire — a nightmare in his mind — against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live. Until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead.
A Valkyrie assassin dispatched to destroy him . . .
When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow — accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings — particularly lust — emerge multiplied. For the first time, she’s unable to complete a kill.
Become competitors in a legendary hunt.
The prize of the month-long contest is powerful enough to change history, and Kaderin will do anything to win it for her sisters. Wanting only to win her, forever, Sebastian competes as well, taking every opportunity — as they travel to ancient tombs and through catacombs, seeking relics around the world — to use her new feelings to seduce her. But when forced to choose between the vampire she’s falling for and reuniting her family, how can Kaderin live without either?

US Cover – German Cover

Japanese Cover – Spanish Cover

The HEA Lover:
I didn’t like the 1st US cover, but it’s nothing compared to this one…OMG don’t get me started on the whore look! I even bought the ebook to avoid having this cover on my shelves! lol Ok the man is sexy but still ! I LOVE the German cover, it’s hot and gorgeous, it’s really my favorite. Talking about hot the Spanish cover is very good too, I love the eroticism of this one! While the 1st Japanese cover was…different, this one is really ugly! (But you should be happy to be spared the cover of book 3 I tell ya! O_o).

The Geeky Lover:
My favorite here is the German cover. I love the colors and the arangement. The way the woman stands is just wow. I want to push her away to feel what she feels in that moment. It is just perfect in my eyes. Again congrats Egmont.Lyx for such a wonderful cover. The US cover is nice too but it is way too red. I don’t get why Sebastian is so red. He is a vampire- shouldn’t his skin be pale. It looks like he has an evil sunburn. LOL The Spanish cover is really mystical but I don’t like her necklace and it’s too smoky for my taste. Japanese cover: I think I’m not at all competent wnough to judge it. We should keep it at that.


This time you get the chance to win a paperback copy of one Immortals After Dark book with the US cover. 

The book will be ordered at the BookDepository so make sure you can receive books from them.

To be entered:
Tell us which one is your favorite and why. We also added the polls to the sidebars –>
Feel free to vote for your favorite there, too.

Leave us a way to contact you (email in blogger profile or twitter name is okay for us).

Giveaway ends Sunday, July 4th and we will announce the winner on Monday in the new post.
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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  • Blodeuedd June 21, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Ok first one German cover, 2nd one tricky but will go for German again

  • ~*Jessica Rabbit*~ June 21, 2010 at 9:38 am

    German cover for both.

  • pattepoilue June 21, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Oh come on guys you wound me lol the French cover is so pretty it should win! lol
    *sigh* Germany is ahead so far! 😉

  • SusiSunshine June 21, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I told you the German one rocks. LOL
    Still like the US cover of A Hunger Like No Other more tho.

  • Mariana June 21, 2010 at 9:49 am

    The first one Is better the French because that woman is so misterious.
    The second is a bit difficult, but I rather the Spanish because is dark and vampires are (usually) Dark.


  • SusiSunshine June 21, 2010 at 9:53 am

    @Marianna Okay admit it: you just said that to make Caroline happy?

    French cover is gaining ground fast.

  • dyockman June 21, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I liked the German cover for Hunger and the US cover for Wicked…thought the German cover was a close second! The German cover really evoked a dark sensual feel for me. Wicked's US cover, again gave off a dark sensual feel (despite the red!).

  • debbie June 21, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I like the german cover, it is dark and mysterious. I think it is the best of all of them.

  • pattepoilue June 21, 2010 at 11:11 am

    @Marianna Woot woot The French cover rocks ! @Susi Nia nia nia!!!! lol

  • Barbara E. June 21, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I liked the US covers for both of them. Maybe because it's just more what I'm used to, I don't know, but that's what appeals to me. Worst covers? Both Japanese covers are just bad.

  • Sullivan McPig June 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I love the Fench cover the most! It's mysterious and I'd pick this up if I saw it at the bookstore.
    I also really like the Spanish cover i must confess.

  • pattepoilue June 21, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    *shakes booty* Look Susi look! The French cover again *dance of victory*


  • SusiSunshine June 21, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    @pattepoilue I see we are mature again today LOL I will find enough minions for my cause. Muahah!

    @Barbara I think that could be an important fact why the covers are so different. Different culture and all.

    We need to find someone who likes the Japanese covers and can explain the appeal to us.

    Show me some German Cover love ppl! *puppy eyes*

  • donnas June 21, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I like the French and Spanish covers. They just seem prettier and more mysterious.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  • Larissa June 21, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    sorry Caroline… but Im going with the German covers for both on this one *ducks head* LOL

    hugs girs!! =)))


  • SusiSunshine June 21, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Thanks Larissa!
    You will get a cookie!

    The German covers are still on #1 place. *g*

  • pattepoilue June 21, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    *points finger* Ohh Susi bought you didn't she? You traitors lol

    Nia nia nia Susi, you didn't even vote for the German covers! LOL *narrows eyes* This is not over!

  • SusiSunshine June 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I voted for one!

  • Beth June 21, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    For the first book, I voted for the Japanese one. It is dark and mysterious. The others, especially the US one are weird.

    For the second book I don't really like any of them but if I must choose, the Spanish one looks interesting.

  • Robin K June 21, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I chose the US covers for both. Go Red White and Blue!!!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

  • Robin K June 21, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Oh and the why… I prefer the fuller body shots 🙂

  • tetewa June 21, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    The German cover are my favorites!

  • mariska June 21, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    My choice : first -> US cover
    second -> German cover

    why, because They are so Great 🙂

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  • Grace June 22, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I prefer the US cover for Hunger and the German version for No Rest for The Wicked.

    Where Hunger's concerned, I love the way her back is exposed and how he holds her, like he grips her tight and there's definitely more action and raw emotion in that one picture as compared to the rest.
    For No Rest for the Wicked, the German cover exudes a life-like quality because both their facial expressions are clearly shown. Also, its a pose that isn't particularly common and yet holds you in suspense, wanting more, as if you could feel her breath in as he pulls her close.

    ilovearevolution (at) live (dot) com

  • SusiSunshine June 22, 2010 at 9:09 am

    @Grace Wonderfully said and I agree 100%.

  • Ina June 22, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    *lookingaround* I love both the German covers – the full moon in the background looks great and I like the whole style… the icing on the cake is the design of the Lyx covers – the quality is awesome!


  • SusiSunshine June 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Danke Ina! And yes I agree Lyx makes the most beautiful covers here in Germany. I could frame some of them and decorate my desk with them. So pretty. My new favorite is the one Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge got for Schatten und Licht (Black and White). So pretty.

  • Ina June 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    @Susi: yeah, I never get tire of looking at the new preview – one cover is prettier than the other 🙂 and they look gorgeous on the bookshelf *gg* I mean, hey, I've all the English books and still I buy the German versions solely for the covers 😉

  • SusiSunshine June 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I do that too. Mostly as a gift for friends but I loved to stroke those covers. Yep, that definitely sounds durty. LOL

  • Ina June 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    @Susi: no not dirty, that way you show your love to the books *gg*

    and I do that too *cough*

  • pattepoilue June 24, 2010 at 7:58 am

    We French are prudes lol <===that's the only reason I'm finding for the lack of naked men on our covers!

  • Victoria June 24, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I like the US covers for both the best. A Hunger Like No Other cover looks like the characters and is sexy. No Rest For the Wicked cover is just hotter to me. If I had to choose other than the US it would be the German cover for both because they are sexy.

  • Tanya1224 June 24, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I like the US covers. It was A hunger like no other that got me hooked on Paranormal Romance. I read Kresley's whole series in a months time. Next was Gena's LOTU. I liked all the IAD series US covers the best =) Thanks for the contest, love Kresley cole.

  • EVA SB June 25, 2010 at 7:32 am

    I prefer both Japanese covers. I like things plain and simple with not too many bodies splattered over the front. The first Japanese cover is also quite mysterious, another plus.[@]gmail[.]com

  • cories June 25, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    I like both of the Japanese covers. If there's no serious male torso showing, then I'd prefer something more mysterious. The Japanese cover for "A Hunger Like No Other" doesn' have the overly obvious huge moon. The Japanese cover for "No Rest For the Wicked" has a sword which is cool.

    cories119 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  • Aik June 26, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I like the German cover for both books.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  • Diana (Book of Secrets) June 27, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    For A Hunger Like No Other, I like the German cover best. I like the couple and the dark, gothic background.

    For No Rest for the Wicked, I like the US cover because the male model is Nathan Kamp!! I'll always choose his cover!


  • Rachel June 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I love the french cover for Hunger Like No Other. The colors pop more, and overall I find it more interesting than the rest, and I hate to say it but personally I find the US cover the least appealing.

    For No rest for the Wicked I like the German cover and the US, but the German more, because once again I like the colors better.

  • Jolene Allcock June 28, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    for the first one I voted for the German cover. I thought it was more sexy and grabbed my attention. I like covers with actual people on it, makes it more real. For the second one, I liked the Japanese cover. They are almost kissing and it's like your witnessing something private and sexy as hell. Once again, the real life people make it more real

  • Jolene Allcock June 28, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    oops, my twitter username is joleneallcock

  • Andrea I June 29, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    US cover for the first one, but German cover for the second.

  • Stella (Ex Libris) July 2, 2010 at 7:22 am

    I LOVE these cover wars of yours! 😀

    I'm a bit undecided about the 1st one, I agree a bit with both of you: I didn't like this US cover, Lachlan"s skin looks gray to me and he looks scray. But I like the possessive way he has Emma in his arms. I really like the German cover, but agree, that the woman is so not Emma: not only because of her dark looks, but also because of the confidence and almost dominance she conveys through her body language, while Emma is the shy timid, fearful one.

    Regarding the 2nd cover, no question there, the German cover wins for me. Love the colours, and the body language of the models, the woman's reluctance the way she tries to shove him away portrays Kaderin and what the book is about PERFECTLY!

    Though the Spanish cover looks nice, I feel it doesn't suit the book: it looks more mysterious than hot.

    Thank you!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

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