Friday, 25 May 2012
Cover Cravings: Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Published: February 7th 2012 (Razorbill)
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I'm currently listening to this one on audiobook, but I'd like to talk about that awesome cover for a bit too. It was the cover that drew me in to pick it up (yes I know, I pick books because of their covers) and the fact that it's about witches. We need more books about witches! Vampires and werewolves bore me sometimes, while magic is something that's always refreshing.
From the cover you can't really tell this is about witches. There are no cool swirly things or sparkles or wands, the only indication it has magic in it is the subtitle "The Cahill Witch Chronicles". I like the title and its font - it's simple and short, yet very mysterious and appealing. Born Wicked? How can you be born wicked? It has an instant attraction that makes you want to know more about this book.
The main focus of the cover is the upside-down face with the flowers. The rest of the body is slightly out of focus, making the eyes pop out. I absolutely adore the colour composition of this cover. The mossy green outside, the bright white dress and the red and pink of the flowers underneath her blue eyes. I love the fact that even though the main character is apparently "born wicked", she is wearing a white dress which is a sign of purity. I'm not sure how much I like the dress itself - it's slightly too ruffed for my taste.
The main reason I love this cover so much is because it stands out from other YA covers. Blue, red and black are colours that are very hip right now, usually with a girl standing or running. I think this one looks very beautiful and inviting, everything a cover should be. I would love to have this one in hardcover so I could put it on my shelves.