22/07/2014

How Do the Daughter of Smoke & Bone Covers Measure Up? {The Birdie Battles}



So I have arrived (a little late) to Laini Taylor's party . . .


But I figured now that I am totally obsessed healthily attached to this series, it would be a good a time as any to examine the various editions of the first book. Which covers scream how awesome the story is, and which are misleadingly fluffy and bland?





 
My cover (UK – paperback) is perfectly creepy and really builds up the mystery. We have the door to Elsewhere, the burnt handprints and an archaic, 'forgotten' feel. It's all very ghostly and really captures the different elements of the story. 


 
   
   
    

The first cover (Czech) is a little too basic for me. I mean, there's a face and a feather and a lot of white . . . so there's not much to say. It's not very exciting and I don't think it grasps the spirit of the book.

The second cover (Slovak) reminds me of the Hush, Hush covers because it's basically a lot of grey and a lot of shirtlessness. I really don't like how this cover seems to focus on Akiva, rather than Karou, because this is Karou's story and it's not just about their relationship. Very disappointing (and annoying!).

The third cover (US) is not my cup of tea at all. I know so many of you US folk love the prettiness but, guys, it's reminiscent of those awful covers with girls in ball-gowns. Why is there a masquerade theme? Because of Madrigal? I DON'T UNDERSTAND.

The fourth cover (UK – hardcover) hit the nail on the head (I'm not bias, I swear). I love the dark colour scheme and the way the feathers are rendered. It's all very eerie and mysterious!

The fifth cover (Indonesian) is pretty decent. I'm not a huge fan of the grey-brown background, but I love the bright blue feather withering in flames. It's a great nod to the angel lore in the book.

The sixth cover (Italian) is a giant woman about to crush a little village with her head -_- Her tattoo is awesome, but that's as far as my love for this cover goes. Oh, and she has blue hair, so at least she looks like Karou, I guess . . . *tumbleweed*

The seventh cover (German) doesn't wow me. I'm not a fan of all the antique swirls, the model looks a little old and the whole thing is just boring. It's like so many other covers out there.

The eight cover (Korean) carries on the masquerade theme from the US edition, but is a little more obvious about it. In the US the cover is kind of anime, but the Korean edition has gone full model-shot and it just looks even worse. I honestly don't understand what this has to do with the story and why it's carrying over to other editions.

The ninth cover (Chinese) holds its own in the big bad cover world; I feel like I can always rely on China to produce beautifully detailed books. The use of blue to represent Karou is fantastic and subtle, and I love all the other ingenious details like the butterflies that Zuzana and Karou talk about, and the two moons of Eretz. It's lovely.

The tenth cover (Turkish) continues on with this awful mask thing. I have nothing else to say. Bah, Humbug!

The eleventh cover (Dutch) is another one subject to masks. I do like the eeriness of this cover though; the pale skin contrasting against the dark purples. But the font is awful and the model's head kind of looks like it's floating (possible decapitation reference? BWAHAHA).

The twelfth cover (UK – Tesco Exclusive) for all those who don't know is a special supermarket edition. Tesco is a big UK store (kind of like Walmart) and, for some reason, they have their own cover. This is crazy to me. Saying that, the cover isn't bad! I like the empty street overcast in shadow and fog, and the green smoke choking the title. It's pretty!



I'm definitely crowning myself the winner here. In a sea of covers that all look pretty similar, I feel like my little paperback really stands out from the crowd and dares to be different. It takes a new approach, focusing on the doorway between worlds, rather than the obvious angel feathers or blue-haired girls. It's uniquely creepy and I think I definitely lucked out!




What cover do you like best? Loving mine, or think another edition should have stolen the win?


45 comments:

  1. I still haven't entered this word of smoke and daughters. *cries a little* I JUST NEED MORE HOURS IN MY DAY, YES? Buuuut...okay, don't spear me, but I think I like the US cover best. Or actually that 4th UK cover with the feathers? What I mostly love is that ALL the covers are in the same shade of smoky purples and blues. That I love. Okay, off I go to convince myself NOT to reserve it at the library because I have too many books as is....

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    1. Cait, your behaviour is unacceptable! I'm not mad . . . I'm just disappointed ;)

      I get what you mean – I do adore the blue colour scheme of the other books, but I like that the UK one does something entirely different.

      Now, go reserve this at the library!

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  2. There's nothing wrong with being healthily obse--erm, attached to a trilogy and it's not far-fetched with this trilogy since it's lovely and Laini Taylor can paint colors with words. I do love the third cover (US) just because the feather speaks to me in a spiritual level..just kidding! :D I love the Chinese cover too because of all the details and I do love the UK cover as well since it's very different from all the covers and it depicts something relevant in the series.

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    1. That reminds me of the Pocohontas song (PAINT WITH ALL THE COLOURS OF THE WIIIIIINNND. Okay, I'm done now :P).

      The Chinese cover is gorgeous, but most ones are. They're always so quirky and detailed and serene

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  3. I have come to love the UK pb cover though I'm not a huge fan. I still love the original US one the most. Maybe because I own it and it's just so gorgeous :) Yep Madrigal. And what this mask represents imo: that we (the characters) are all hidden behind a mask and it takes time, a special person and whatnot to undover all the truths behind all the masks that we switch during our whole lives. Ok, this is getting too philosophical. Yeaaa, those are like Hush Hush ones. Eh. The only other one I really like from these is the UK HC. I just love it. The Tesco exclusive is well, idk. Exactly! It's pretty and not bad, but still, what's the point? O.o Ha! You go and live HEA with your ppb cover, I'll take my US HC one ;) mwhaha

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    1. Bah, you're wrong. WRONG. You go and have fun with your blue mask, while I stroke my random black handprints ;)

      There is literally no point for the Tesco one. IT'S SO STRANGE.

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  4. To be honest, I'm not a fan of most of these covers. They basically comprise of a bunch of creepy-looking girls and the color blue, so while I'm glad that at least the cover creators seem to have read the book, I just don't like the models and the typography. The U.S. one is decent, but I agree -- the UK covers are definitely the winners! I can't decide between the two of them, but I'm leaning more toward the hardback one, mostly because it looks more unique than the paperback. The paperback reminds me of a murder-mystery novel, heh.

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    1. Haha, exactly! Why are all the girls so serial killer looking? It's just odd. And it doens't reflect Karou's personality at all!

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  5. Oh WOW! I really like that special edition UK one. So pretty :D (I have a weakness for weird swirly things on covers. And a weakness for the colour green. And a weakness for that font.)
    I don't mind the US one, but it's definitely not the best one. Both UK covers suit the story a lot better! I really like the UK hardback- feathers!
    The Indonesian one reminds me a bit of Fire and Flood...

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    1. Yeah, I've noticed lately that UK covers are really on pint. They tend to capture the essence of the story a lot more than other countires (the US imparticular) seem to. Though I think that's mostly because the UK isn't a massive fan of model-shots, whereas they're really popular in other countries

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  6. I need a moment. I never even connected the US masquerade covers to Madrigal. O_O I feel like I've been living a lie.

    Aaaanyy way.... I prefer the UK hardback, actually. I just love the shimmeriness of the feathers :D

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    1. LOL. I've blown your mind ;)

      The feathers are awesome and almost look like they'd have a texture (I love books that actually FEEL nice too)

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  7. Your cover really IS the most different....there isn't a face on it, and the colors aren't inundated with blue. I like a lot of the other ones too, though, so I don't know if I have a favorite. The Tesco (last one) might have a different cover for a weird reason but I DO think it's really pretty and mysterious looking.

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    1. Yeah, the Tesco one is actually pretty cool. It's just . . . really odd, that they have their own version.

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  8. This is a tough call. I LOVE your cover (I have the US cover, and I find it "meh"), but I also love the supermarket one! What!? How does a supermarket get that amazing of a cover? I want it! I am also really digging the Chinese one. Now, I haven't read the book (yet- I will, promise!) but I think I am going to have to go with your cover also! It is so different, and it would definitely make me want to grab the book!

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    1. I know, right?! It's so random! I didn't even realise until I looked on GR and then I was like . . . WHAT? I may pop in to Tesco and take a look, because I find the whole thing a little hilarious

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  9. I still need to get on this train D:
    Hmm, I think I have to agree, and go with the UK cover for this. Though I'm surprised it didn't stick with the blue hues like all the other ones! It definitely stands out!

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    1. Yeah, I think that's what I liked most though; that it was just entirely different from the others in the feel and the colours

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  10. I will be even later to the Laini Taylor party, because I STILL haven't read Daughter of Smoke and Bone - eek.

    I like three of the covers.

    The one you own, which so happens to be the one *I* own. I think its beautiful and it gives off a great vibe, in my opinion.

    The UK hardcover. The colours are gorgeous and I swear I can totally see the silkiness of the feathers. Me want it.

    The special Tesco edition. Lampposts are my weakness and I pretty much adore anything that has a lamppost on it, so how could I not love this one?

    If I had to pick, I'd probably pick the UK paperback, simply because it is a rel standout when compared to the rest.

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    1. Chiara, go and read it this instant! Gogogogogogooooo!

      Yeah, I think our cover is defintiely the best :P The UK in general, actually, seems to have some really great, artistic covers in comparison with a lot of US ones

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  11. I think a lot of people wanted your version and missed out! I don't mind the US version only because they managed to keep the entire series the same with no cover changes - what an achievement! I own cover #4 the feathers and I love it! And, I really like the Tesco cover, ha!

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

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    1. Yeah, it's good the covers are at least consistent throughout, but I just don't think they have much heart!

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  12. I ADORE the US covers .-.

    The UK covers aren't my cup of tea LOL. It's weird because the only ones I'd be able to get my hands on would be the UK ones but the US one is just.. so NICE. I think it has that mysterious element to it and it makes me think of Masquerades!!

    Also I love the Tesco cover... that's like my second favorite. I had no idea Tesco had their own special edition but I wants it. So bad. Those kind of covers are right up my ally.

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. Haha, we're such opposites on this! The US one for me is just so 'blah'. Like, what does it say about the book? I want more eerie awesomeness!

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  13. I really like yours and the UK hardcover. The Tesco one isn't bad either.

    I think that the US edition is okaaaay, but I'm definitely a fan of the feather one more. I'm just not digging that big blue mask.

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    1. I think the Tesco one is pretty cool, especially for a random Supermarket one lol!

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  14. I can't believe that yours is the only red, like the cover artist totally missed the memo. I'm a big fan of the UK hardcover. The cheesy US cover with the flimsy mask undersells the awesomeness that is this series.

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    1. My thoughts exactly! I like the blue colour scheme of those books, but that's about it. The mask is just so bog-standard these days

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  15. I still haven't read this series (i explained my predicamemt in your review for daughter of smoke and bone) but looking at all the covers i have to admit i'm not sold on ANY of them :$ *smiles nervously* It's not them, necessarily, it could torally just be me. Maybe i'm too picky? Whoops! I don't know! *backs away slowly*

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    1. Yeah, YOU WALK AWAY *narrows eyes* Hehe ;)

      Not even the funky Chinese one that screams prettiness? Lily, you're dead inside!

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  16. I completely agree, the UK paperback is my favourite of them all and the one I ended up buying. I really hate the US one with the mask on, I think it's awful. It looks like a really bad photoshop job, which is a book cover hate that the book snob in me can't put up with! The UK hardcover is my second favourite, I think that one is simplistic but looks really good. You definitely won here, me too! YAY FOR US! =D

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    1. That's exactly what I thought! So many of these look like designs someone's done themselves on paint or something lol (the first one especially).

      YAY for our win! We need to do a victory dance now

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  17. I definitely like the UK paperback, hardcover, Chinese, and UK Tesco Exclusive. I'm not really a fan of covers with huge models on them, so having these ones with backgrounds and doors, and feathers are so much more easier on the eyes. The Chinese one gets a few notches up though because it is just so pretty. I can stare at it forever.

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Model covers aren't my thing either, ever. I feel like they have no heart and are kind of a lazy way to do a cover – there's no originality or intricacy.

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  18. Whenever you post a cover comparison like this, I always scream in my seat because I love when you do these. ;) They're always hilarious and entertaining. I definitely like the UK and Chinese (what's up with all these awesome Chinese covers?!?!) covers. Thanks for sharing Allie! <3

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

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    1. Awwww thanks, Zoe! :D

      YES CHINA! Why are their covers always so darn pretty? I just want to stare at them all day lol

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  19. This is an awesome comparison of all the DOSAB covers! I just love the underlying theme of mystery, feathers and masks. I have no idea why masks is in there, perhaps it's because of Karou's past? Anyway, I actually don't mind the one with the vintage swirls, the artwork is so pretty. The Tesco one is so random though, why is it more about a city than a girl? I have the UK cover and I always thought it was plain, but I like the text. I think I prefer it over the door in the UK paperback version.

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    1. I definitely think it's a Madrigal tie-in because of the ball or something! Or maybe because Karou's past is masked in secrecy? WHO KNOWS!

      I love the uniqueness of the UK ones in comparison, I think that's what attracted me most. It's a different spin and a different focus; more on the story than on a specific character

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  20. Of course yours wins! (That's because we have the same one eeep. I swear I'm not being biased!)

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  21. Oooh, I still need to start this trilogy! I hope to this month, so *fingers crossed*! I don't like a lot of these covers - mostly the masquerade-themed ones. I've always thought that the US edition is just plain ugly. It's not attractive to me whatsoever. However, the 2nd and 3rd books did get nicer covers, I still prefer the UK editions. My favourite would have to be the UK hardcover edition, only because I am attached to it as it's the first cover I saw and I've wanted to read it ever since seeing the cover (it's also the edition I own now!) I also like the UK Tesco edition, and I am fairly sure I have a similar image on the back of my edition. The UK paperback is also lovely, as is the Chinese edition! I'm not too fond of any of the other covers, but I'd have to say that the Dutch cover and the Indonesian covers would have to be the most appealing.

    However, this is just in terms of attractiveness, as I don't know how well each of these relates to the story. (Yet!)

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    1. EBONY START IT RIGHT NOW. Your behaviour is being frowned upon. By me. And the world. Off with your head! (But not really).

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  22. Lol Slovak cover totally looks like Hush Hush. Indonesian cover actually looks better in person, the background is pretty detail with blue pattern. But sadly they change the 2nd book to be more like US cover :(
    My favorite is UK hardcover edition!

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    1. Exactly! What's up with that? The Hush Hush covers were so bad I don't see why anyone would want to emulate them!

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  23. I actually really like the US cover but in terms of how it relates to the book, I guess it doesn't really work haha. I also really like the last UK one!

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