Monday, 9 September 2013

Book Wars! Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick (4)

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 Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi 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 - Right: UK
Note: The US cover of Ashes has changed, however we agreed that for this event we'd be talking about the books original covers, unless otherwise mentioned.
Title: Ashes
Author: Ilsa J. Bick
US -Egmont USA, 465 Pages, (September 6th 2011),
UK - Quercus UK, 465 Pages, (September 29th 2011),
Add to: Goodreads USA Version | Goodreads UK Version
Order online here:
USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository
UK: Amazon UKWaterstonesW H Smith, The Book Depository
It could happen tomorrow . . .

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.

Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.

For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling post-apocalyptic novel about a world that could become ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.
About the author:
Among other things, I was an English major in college and so I know that I'm supposed to write things like, "Ilsa J. Bick is ." Except I hate writing about myself in the third person like I'm not in the room. Helloooo, I'm right here . . . So let's just say that I'm a child
psychiatrist (yeah, you read that right)as well as a film scholar, surgeon wannabe (meaning I did an internship in surgery and LOVED it and maybe shoulda stuck), former Air Force major—and an award-winning, best-selling author of short stories, e-books, and novels. Believe me, no one is more shocked about this than I . . . unless you talk to my mother.
Find Ilsa Online:
Website/Blog | Twitter

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.
Both covers of Ashes have a haunting feel, however the US cover is a bit more creepy. The story is haunting and there are parts of the story that did in fact have my heart pounding with what I could only describe as fear. I think the US cover fits the story more so than the UK and I'm a lover of books that have a creep factor to them. This week it's a vote for the US cover for me. The UK just doesn't carry the same weight as the US version.

Want to see what I thought of Ashes? Check out my review here
Hands down there is no competition.  What drew me to this book in the first place was the USA cover on netgalley, if the UK version would have been released first I doubt I would have read it.
I am a creepy/spooky/scary cover type of person and the USA cover is perfect for me.  I love the creepy face with the lines going horizontally across the cover.  It's another USA vote for me.

Want to see what I thought of Ashes?  Check out my review here.

VOTE for YOUR favourite cover of Ashes NOW!

surveys & polls


  1. I think in comparison to the US cover, the UK cover is pretty. But the story isn't about pretty and to me the US cover signifies what the book is all about. I've read the description and I'm intrigued. I get intrigued from that creepy cover as well. Whereas the UK cover doesn't really pull me in. Just another pretty model placed on a cover to appeal to readers who are very visual :)

  2. While I think the UK cover is more detailed, the US one definitely stands out more for me. It looks more creepy than a generic girl face.


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