Monday, 8 December 2014

Book Wars! The Testing [The Testing #1] by Joelle Charbonneau (64)

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 Slide (Slide #1) By: Jill Hathaway is.....US. 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 Testing
Series: (The Testing #1)
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
US - Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 336 Pages (June 4th, 2013)
UK - Templar Publishing, 352 Pages (August 1st, 2013)
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

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies--trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust. 

About the author: 

I am a storyteller at heart. I have performed in a variety of operas, musical theatre and children's theatre productions across the Chicagoland area.

While I'm happy to perform for an audience, I am equally delighted to teach private voice lessons and use my experience from the stage to create compelling characters on the page. I am the author of the Rebecca Robbins mystery series (Minotaur Books), The Paige Marshall Glee Club mysteries (Berkley) and The Testing YA triology (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Find  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.
This week I picked a book without models on the cover. I know not everyone likes a cover with models and if you ask me, if the cover is appealing to my eye... as these two are, then model or not works.

So this week we have covers that have a bit in common with each other. The compass, which is very striking on both of them and the lighting bolts, which is a bit more subtle on the US cover, but it's there. Yet when you really take time to look at each of these, there's something about the UK cover that I can't stop looking at. I think it makes the book look a bit more mysterious, which in turn makes me want to pick the book up and find out what the stories all about.

So, with the somewhat dreary background and the lighting bolt over the compass this weeks vote goes to the UK cover.
This is an easy choice for me this week. While I do like the US cover and how it has some aspects that link to the story itself, my vote goes for the UK cover.

The UK cover has more going for it than the US one, but also as I have seen this in real life I know that the cover is nice and shiny and looks amazing when you get the full effect. I'm afraid to say that the US one never stood a chance against the UK.

VOTE for YOUR favorite cover of The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau NOW!

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