Monday, 20 February 2012

The Cover Wars: Haunting Violet

Tara of Basically Books and I decided to get together to do a weekly meme where we would compare covers of the UK editions of books with those of the US editions.

The aim of this is to just have a bit of fun. We put ourselves in the position where we see both of these books side by side in the bookstore. Which would we choose? Why that one and not the other?

We missed last week because I was caught suddenly ill in a way that left me unable to sit in front of the PC and we didn't have enough time to prepare. Boo! So we're using the one that was meant to be last week's cover this week. This is a book that we've both read and enjoyed (Tara rated it 5 stars, I rated it 4). This week we're comparing the covers of Haunting Violet.

US Cover                                             UK cover

Rea says: I find that I’m torn about this one. Initially, I was much more attracted to the UK version – there’s something about the purple and black together with the mist coming off the water and the bare trees that gives it a very appealing gothic look. Having read the book, though, I’m not sure Violet ever wears the black dress depicted on the cover so it’s just there for atmospheric effect. The US cover is much more true to the events of the book. The girl depicted is the one who was drowned in the pond. Unfortunately, she doesn’t look drowned. She looks like she’s gone for a float and her hair looks dry, which kind of ruins the effect. After some contemplation, I’m going to go with my initial preference here. UK for me.

Tara says: This is a really hard choice because I like both covers. The US one shows a girl as does the UK one, they both look a little creepy and haunting so that goes well with the title. Both covers have a hint of purple for Violet, and they both show a little of what the book is about. In the book 'water' is mentioned a lot so that is the only reason why I'm going with the US version.


Week 5:     US: 1     UK: 1     Draw: 2

Do you want to join in too? Here’s how:
Step 1: Copy and paste the Cover Wars image.
Step 2: Copy and paste our intro or write your own but it must link back to both of our blogs.
Step 3: Copy and paste the US and UK cover images.
Step 4: Compare the two.
Step 5: Either use our score or keep your own score.
Step 6: Post it and share it!
Thanks and have fun!


  1. Hands down the UK cover - it's the one I have and for me it captures Violet and the otherworldiness of the story beautifully.

    1. I agree! It does look very 'haunting'. I like the idea of the girl in the pond on the US cover but the art just doesn't do it justice. It's a shame. But at least the UK designers caputered that otherworldy effect beautifully!


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