Monday, 27 October 2014

Book Wars! Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

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 US, 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 The Pledge by Kimberly Derting 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: Days of Blood & Starlight
Series: (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2)
Author: Laini Taylor
US - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 513 Pages (November 6th, 2012)
UK - Hodder & Stoughton, 513 Pages (November 8th, 2012)
Add to: Goodreads USA Version | Goodreads UK Version

Order online here:
USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository UK: Amazon UK, Waterstones, W H Smith, The Book Depository

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster's apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

About the author:
Hi there! I'm a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My 'Dreamdark' books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries -- not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It's creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . about kissing. I am also an artist with a licensed gift product line called "Laini's Ladies."

Find Laini Online: WebsiteTwitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Let the Wars Begin:
Its now time to make our decision, let's see what we think about the covers and pick our favorite cover.

Would it be weird to say that this week is a tough choice for me? Well, it is! I'm loving BOTH of these covers for such different reasons. The look of the US cover and being up close and personal with the details on the face. And the UK cover with the flames that appear almost to dance across the paper and the stars... let's not forget to mention the stars. If I wasn't so creeped out by eyes... well, when I'm getting an up close and personal view of them they really creep me out. Bad. (I'll blame Michael Jackson's Thriller for that.) However, I LOVE the text on the US cover, but I just can't get the UK cover out of my mind.

After spending some time really taking a closer look at both covers I think this weeks vote, for me goes to the UK cover. It's simple yet beautiful. It's dramatic in it's simplicity and I just think it's pretty amazing. So, UK for me! What about you? Please take a second and VOTE below!
We really do need to stop making this so hard for ourselves. I love both of these covers but for very different reasons. The UK one is definitly eye catching and very dramatic, but the USA one has so much detail in just one place.

After much deliberation my vote goes for the USA version. I love the detail gone into the design around the eyes, I love how appealing and eye catching it is ;) It is also dramatic in its own way and really draws your attention to it.

Want to know what I thought of this book, check out my review here.

VOTE for YOUR favourite cover of Days of Blood and Starlight NOW!

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