Monday, 25 November 2013

Book Wars the Author Edition: Transparent by Natalie Whipple

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  Angel Burn 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: Transparent
Author: Natalie Whipple
US - HarperTeen, 350 Pages, (May 21st 2013),
UK - Hot Key Books, 352 Pages, (May 16th 2013),
Add to Goodreads: Transparent USA | Transparent UK
Order online here:
USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository
UK: Amazon UKWaterstonesW H Smith, The Book Depository
Plenty of teenagers feel invisible. Fiona McClean actually is.

An invisible girl is a priceless weapon. Fiona’s own father has been forcing her to do his dirty work for years—everything from spying on people to stealing cars to breaking into bank vaults.

After sixteen years, Fiona’s had enough. She and her mother flee to a small town, and for the first time in her life, Fiona feels like a normal life is within reach. But Fiona’s father isn’t giving up that easily.

Of course, he should know better than anyone: never underestimate an invisible girl.

About the author:
Natalie Whipple, sadly, does not have any cool mutations like her characters. Unless you count the ability to watch anime and Korean dramas for hours on end. Or her uncanny
knack for sushi consumption.

She grew up in the Bay Area and relocated to Utah for high school, which was quite the culture shock for her anime-loving teen self. But the Rocky Mountains eventually won her over, and she stuck around to earn her degree in English linguistics at BYU. Natalie still lives in Utah with her husband and three kids, and keeps the local Asian market in business with all her attempts to cook Thai curry, Pho, and “real” ramen.

Find Natalie Online:
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 really love both covers, though they are very different. The US cover highlights the darker parts of my book and focuses a lot on Fiona's life as a syndicate thief. The UK cover focuses more on the humor and light parts of my book, when Fiona escapes her syndicate and starts to make friends and grow as a person.

Though I don't have a favorite, I think the UK cover is probably more representative of what a reader will find in TRANSPARENT. I think a lot of US readers have seen the cover and gone in thinking the book will be an Ocean's 11-type, action-packed novel. And it does have action! But not quite like Ocean's 11. In the UK a lot of people have been calling TRANSPARENT "contemporary sci-fi," which is a categorization I love. Because there are a lot of contemporary-novel elements along with the sci-fi (think magic realism but sci-fi instead), and I think the UK cover portrays that possibility better than the US cover.

Funnily enough, I think the sequel, BLINDSIDED has about double the action of TRANSPARENT—but the cover is about the happiest thing on the planet and doesn't have a US counterpart. (It'll still be in the US! My UK publisher just has world English rights this time so no dual covers.)
This is another easy choice for me this week. First lets talk about both covers. The US version I like how the girl is "lost" in the cover. I like the colors, the look and feel of it. The UK cover is very fun and bright, maybe even a bit juvenile? While there's parts of each cover that appeal to me my vote for this week goes to the US cover.
This is an easy choice for me this week. While I was immediatley drawn to Transparent from reading the synopsis of the USA version, the cover actually put me off from reading the book.
When it got picked up in the UK I saw the cover and fell in love before I even read the synopsis and it took me a while to make the connection between the two versions. I love how light and happy the UK is even though I do tend to veer towards darker covers and books.

My vote goes for UK this week.

VOTE for YOUR favourite cover of Transparent NOW!

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