Monday, 18 January 2016

Book Wars! Truthwitch [The Witchlands #1] by Susan Dennard (117)

Book Wars a weekly feature hosted between two book review blogs – A Life Bound By BooksMuch 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 Last Mile by Katie Ashley  is...UK!!!!!!
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: Truthwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Series: The Witchlands #1
US - Tor Teen, 416 Pages, (January 5th, 2016),
UK - Tor, 400 Pages, (January 14th, 2016),
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, Foyles

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

About the Author:
Susan Dennard has come a long way from small-town Georgia. With a masters degree in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents, to be exact (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor.

She is the author of the Something Strange and Deadly series (from HarperTeen) as well as the forthcoming Witchlands Series (Tor, 2015). When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, exploring tidal pools, or earning bruises at the dojo.

Find Susan Online:
Website | BlogTwitter| 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.
This week we're featuring a book that I haven't yet heard of and it's funny how these two covers are so similar yet so very different. From the models right down to the colors and the font, it's so much the same and different at the same time.

However we much pick only one and my gut says the US cover is more visually appealing to this book lover. It feels more polished and finished than the UK cover.

I like the flow and movement of the US cover as well, yet when you look at the UK cover the wave in the background just doesn't feel like it fits. It feels out of place. While I'm going to assume it's fitting for the story, it looks so out of place here.

So, it's a US win for me. Which one wins your vote?
I've chosen Truthwitch for this weeks post, because for me, there has only ever been the one cover for me.
The UK has some nice artwork, and has some bright colours to draw your attention, but for me it's the US cover that wins every time.

I love how dramatic and magical it feels, I love the pose for the model, as well as all of the background imagery. It really feels like you can reach in and feel the water on your hands, the breeze on your face.

It's a US win for me this week, don't forget to elt us know which cover gets your vote.

VOTE for YOUR favourite cover of Truthwitch by Susan Dennard NOW!

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