Monday, 19 May 2014

Book Wars! White Cat by Holly Black

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!

Before we get to this weeks Book Wars, we have a winner to announce. The Book Wars winner for Through The Ever Night 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
Title: White Cat
Author: Holly Black
US - Margaret K. McElderry Books , 320 Pages, (May 4th 2010),
UK - Gollancz , 320 Pages, (June 17th 2010)
Add to Goodreads: USA Version | UK Version
Order online here:
USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository
UK: Amazon UKWaterstonesW H Smith, The Book Depository

Cassel comes from a family of Curse Workers - people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn't got magic, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail - he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.

About Holly:
Holly Black is a best-selling author of contemporary fantasy novels for kids, teens, and adults. Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside), The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), and The Good Neighbors graphic novels (with Ted Naifeh) The Poison Eaters and Other Stories, a collection of short fiction, and The Curse Worker series (White Cat, Red Glove, and Black Heart). She is also the co-editor of three anthologies, Geektastic (with Cecil Castellucci), Zombies vs. Unicorns (with Justine Larbalestier), and Welcome to Bordertown (with Ellen Kushner). Her most recent works are the middle grade novel, Doll Bones, and the dark fantasy stand-alone, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.
She is the author of the Modern Faerie Tale series (

She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library.

Find Holly Online:
Website | JournalTwitter | 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.
With this weeks cover we're featuring a US original cover that's since changed and a UK cover that I had never seen before. While I own and do like the US cover there's something so different about the UK cover that I can't stop looking at.

It looks simple but I have a feeling it's not. I love that it has a cardboard look to it, wrinkles and all. I love the colors or lack there of and I love the tag line at the time. This week was easy for me - UK all the way!
I first stumbled upon White Glove via audiobook, and then I knew I had to read the book. Being in the UK I got the UK version of this book, and the rest of the series.
Looking at both of these covers in front of me now, I still would pick the UK cover over the USA one. I love how neutral it is, which does make it stand out among a shelf of colourful books, I also love the effect of texture on this cover.
It may not be the most colourful, bright cover with no male model on the front, but it's a winner in my eyes.

MY vote is UK all the way this week.

VOTE for YOUR favourite cover of White Cat by Holly Black NOW!

1 comment:

  1. These covers look so different that I would believe they were from different genres. I think I prefer the UK version.

    Cat @ Addicted 2 Heroines


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