Monday, 26 August 2013

Blog Feature: Book Wars! The Grisha #1 by Leigh Bardugo (2)

Book Wars a weekly feature hosted between two book review blogs – A Life Bound By Books & Much Loved Books!

It’s a fact that book lovers know all about the covers of the books they covet. Often when a title is released here in the UK, it’s sometimes vastly different across the pond in the US. So, Lisa from A Life Bound By Books and I have come together to create Book Wars to talk about the difference in covers when it comes to the US vs. UK versions. We hope from time to time authors will chime in with their thoughts as well. We welcome everyone to comment and share their thoughts too! The more the merrier!

Book Wars is a new feature for both of us which we hope to post every Monday, while we get it up and running this is subject to change as we participate in other features or tours we have committed to prior to setting up Book Wars.

Before we get to this weeks Book Wars, we have a winner to announce.  The Book Wars winner for Divergent by Veronica Roth is.....USA.  
Thank you to everyone who voted for both books, and for picking a winner.

Also, there's a poll at the bottom of the post that we'd love to hear your input for the two covers! Tell us which one YOU love the most. 

Left: US Version - Right: UK Version

Title: Shadow and Bone/The Gathering Dark

Author: Leigh Bardugo

US -Henry Holt and Co., 356 Pages (June 5th 2012),
UK - Indigo, 305 Pages, (June 7th 2012),

Add to: Goodreads: Shadow and Bone, Goodreads: The Gathering Dark

Order online here:
USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository,
UK: Amazon UKWaterstonesW H Smith, The Book Depository
Synopsis:The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.
About the author:
Leigh Bardugo was born in Jerusalem, raised in Los Angeles, and graduated from Yale L.B. Benson.
University. These days, she hides out in Hollywood and indulges her fondness for glamour, ghouls, and costuming in her other life as makeup artist

Her debut novel, Shadow & Bone (Holt Children's/Macmillan) is now a New York Times Best Seller.

She would be delighted if you followed her on Twitter, elated if you visited her web site, and downright giddy if you liked Shadow & Bone on Facebook.

Find Leigh Online:
Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Let the Wars Begin:
Its now time to make our decision, let's see what we think about the covers and pick our favourite cover.
I love how simple but eye catching the cover for the US book is, but I have to pick UK for my vote this week.  I love how we get to see Alina, but also how she is running from something, or someone, which relates so well to the story.  I love the creepy forest in the background but also the beautiful golden scroll work around the edges of the cover.

Want to know what I thought of the book?  Check out my review for The Gathering Dark.
Another week that I love both covers... but I have to agree with Michelle on this one. I love getting a chance to see Alina, and all the gold scroll work is beautiful. She's running from something through a dark, scary woods... or maybe she's running TO someone or something? Either way, while I love the colors of the US cover and the feel of it, I have to go with UK for this weeks cover.

VOTE for YOUR favourite cover of The Grisha #1 NOW!


  1. I'm from the UK- but I have to say, I way prefer the US cover. It looks more mysterious and intriguing, and there are SO MANY covers of a girl in a dress running through a wood that the UK cover just isn't distinctive to me.

  2. I really don't like the UK cover, and actually it confused me for a while because I'd always known the book as "Shadow and Bone" and there's another, utterly different book over here called "Gathering Dark," and I can't handle stuff like that. And, honestly, I just think the US one is more striking. I wouldn't have picked up the UK one.

    You probably already know this, but they actually changed the UK covers to match the US ones. I think it was for the paperback release of Shadow and Bone.

    1. Thank you for your vote and comment.
      I do have the updated cover for The Gathering Dark, and it is now the same as Shadow & Bone, in cover and name, but we decided on the original cover for this feature as they are completely different.

  3. So we know the UK cover now matches the US one, title and all and to be honest I've never seen that UK cover in the shops. Maybe I wasn't looking hard enough though?

    I like both covers and I really don't mind people on the cover of books but I think I could have done without it this time and just had the forest and gold scroll, that would have worked so well! I like how simple the US cover looks but I think I'll go with the UK this time. For the colours, the mystery and that forest image!

    1. Yay for UK votes. Thank you for your comment and vote. The UK cover was released last year I think, this was the version I got for review.


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