Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is perhaps one of the most striking books I’ve never read. In addition to the writing itself, the book’s cover is also striking as well. In honor of Laini Taylor’s amazing trilogy, I’ve decided to critique various covers of the novel.
About Daughter of Smoke and Bone:
Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.
Meet Karou. A young art student from Prague. She has bright blue hair, an ear for languages… and a haunted past she can’t quite remember.
When a mysterious stranger — the beautiful, haunted Akiva — fixes his fire-colored eyes on Karou in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past.
But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself? And will this newfound love survive the threat of a brutal otherworldly war? (daughterofsmokeandbone.com)
Love the title’s calligraphy and how it’s parallel to the bottom of Karou mask. I also love how well the black, white and blue go together.
I think there’s too much going on. While I like on all of the elements, I feel like an actual human face wasn’t needed. Instead the title could take the place of it.
Love it. Karou’s face is so haunting. I love how simple and beautiful this cover is.
I’m not really appreciating the bottom half of the picture being cut off. It doesn’t work. The whole bottom half is a disaster.
Not really a fan of this cover. It reminds of me the Arctic Monkeys song “Florescent Adolescent,” and not in a good way either. It’s kind of odd, how the designers chose to take this route.
Swoon. Those abs. End of story.
I don’t really like the artwork of this cover. Sure, it’s pop art reminiscent and all, but I think that Daughter of Smoke and Bone needs something sharper and more elegant.
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