Monday, 24 February 2014

Book Wars! The Author Edition: The Wolf Princess by Cathryn Constable

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 Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater  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: The Wolf Princess
Author: Cathryn Constable
US - Scholastic Inc, 320 Pages, (September 24th 2013),
UK - Chicken House Books, 288 Pages, (October 4th 2012)
Add to Goodreads: The wolf Princess USA | The Wolf Princess UK
Order online here:
USA: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, The Book Depository (UK cover)
UK: Amazon UKWaterstonesW H Smith, The Book Depository

Alone in the world, Sophie dreams of being someone special, but she could never have imagined this.

On a school trip to Russia, Sophie and her two friends find themselves on the wrong train. They are rescued by the beautiful Princess Anna Volkonskaya, who takes them to her winter palace and mesmerises them with stories of lost diamonds and a tragic past. But as night falls and wolves prowl, Sophie discovers more than dreams in the crumbling palace of secrets.

About the author:

After reading Theology at Cambridge University, Cathryn Constable went on to work in
magazine journalism, writing for Vogue, W, Elle Decoration, Elle, The Independent, Tatler and The Sunday Times, before realising her dream of blending a love for all things Russian with a story for children. Her magical and enchanting debut novel is called The Wolf Princess.

Cathryn is married with three children and lives in London.

Find Cathryn Online:
Website | Blog

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 love both the British and the American covers for The Wolf Princess: although very different in tone, they both do an effective job of describing the elements of the story. The British cover gets admiration for being purple and sparkly (I haven’t met a girl who hasn’t loved it). But the wolf on the American cover is so fluffy and wise, I can’t imagine that anyone could walk past that book and not want to pick him up!

There was a very beautiful cover for the hardback edition with a wonderful paper cut out detail which made me think of an old-fashioned fairy story. I loved that one, too.
This week’s book is new to me and when looking at them side by side they have some similarities to them. The girl, the snow, the wolf... This is a hard choice this week but I think I'm going to choose the US version only because it looks a bit more ethereal, more fantasy and as Michelle mentions dreamlike as this title projects. US cover has my vote.
This is such a difficult choice fro me this week. I have the UK version and what you don't see in this picture is the purple edging around the pages which fit the cover perfectly. However I do like the US version for the more mystical feeling it gives off and how more dreamlike it feels, like what you see doesn't feel real.

After much deliberation I am going for the UK cover this week, and that is purely because I own this copy and know how amazing it looks in real life.

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