Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Coverlicious: Cover Wars- Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson

Coverlicious is a feature that I hold here sporadically (it doesn't have a set day or date in the month) where I feature anything and everything to do with covers from covers I *love* and cover reveals to lookalike covers and cover stories. If you like this post, you may also enjoy previous Coverlicious posts.

Hardback: This one is more symbolic of the book because it shows Curzon in his soldier's gear and reperesents the setting of the Valley Forge and the time he served as a private there (although he is wearing far more clothing than he had access too as a soldier!). I like the way the smoke from his rifle displays the title and this continues on from the hardback Chains cover, where the title was designed to look like chains on Isobel's wrists. The drawing is nice and I think the simpleness of it is effective and the stance of Curzon is intended to make it powerful.Don't get me wrong, I do like the coverl but it just doesn't capture my atteniton in the same way, it's almost like a collector's edition of a classic for me.

Paerback: This one is my personal favourite just because it looks a lot more appealing and pretty to me and I think it would appeal more to other teenagers too. The aqua and red colours go well togther, the photo background still tells of the snowy conditions in Valley forge and I like the fact Isobel is the one the cover because it fits in with the other paperback edition. The way her face is hidden is also effective because it might make readers want to pick up the book to find out what she is thinking and why. She also stands out against the background. Another feature that I love is the small caption as it works really well and fits in with the book.

I'd love to hear what you think in the comments- do you prefer the hardback or the paperback?

If you would like to find out more about the series, you can read my reviews of Chains and Forge by clicking on the links.


  1. I liked the US cover more...i'm not quite sure why...


  2. I like the first cover more - but then I generally don't like covers with photos of real people.

    I picked up Chains in the library yesterday. Can't wait to start reading it!

  3. l agree, l think the PB would appeal a lot more to teenagers. The HB is very 'non appealing'

  4. I like the paperback so much more. From an artistic standpoint, I like the HB cover well enough, but it doesn't really grab me as a reader. The paperback makes me want to read the book and find out the girl's story.

    The HB cover makes me think it's for a younger audience and it looks more "school approved" if you know what I mean. I also agree with you about the colors of the paperback. I find them much more appealing.


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