Monday, 9 February 2015

Book Wars! Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder (71)

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 Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau 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: Shadow Study
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Series:Soulfinders #1|Study #4|The Chronicles of Ixia #7
US -Mira, 416 Pages, (24th February 2015),
UK - Harlequin (UK) Ltd , 416 Pages, (12th March 2015),
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

Once, only her own life hung in the balance…

When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.

Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger.

As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked.And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.

About the author:
Meteorologist turned novelist, Maria's been writing fantasy and science fiction since she was bored at work and needed something creative to do. A dozen novels and numerous  short stories later, Maria's learned a thing or three about writing. She’s been on the New York Times bestseller list, won a half-dozen awards, and has earned her MA degree in Writing from Seton Hill University where she's been happily sharing her knowledge with the current crop of MFA students. She also enjoys creating new worlds where horses and swords rule, 'cause let's face it, they're cool, although she's been known to trap her poor characters in a giant metal cube and let them figure out how to get out. Readers are welcome to check out her website for book excerpts, free short stories, maps, blog, and her schedule at

Find Maria Online:
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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.
WOW, look at these two covers. Both are extremely eye catching and if I saw each of these on a book shelf I'd pick them up to take a closer look.

There's just something a bit MORE when it comes to the UK cover that tips the scales for me. I like that the character we see is a in shadows so we just get a peek and know it's a female. I like the dark of the forest and the fog that's swirling across the image.

I can just imagine what the UK cover looks like up close... so this week there's no doubt about my vote for the UK cover. I love everything about it.
I am in two minds about this weeks cover. Part of me wants to vote for the US cover and that is my OCD part because I know that the previous books in the Study series will eventually end up with similar covers. The other part of me wants to vote for the UK cover.

Since we do base the vote on what cover we like I am ignoring my OCD part and going with my more rational part, and my vote this week goes to UK. I love how mysterious it is with the foggy effect on the front and how we don't really get to see who the person is, which fits in perfectly with the story itself. In general I also think this is more likely to attract my attention in a shop, want to know more about this cover and whats inside the pages.

I have read and reviewed Shadow Study and I loved it, my 5 star review can be found here.

VOTE for YOUR favourite cover of Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder NOW!

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