US vs UK Covers

It’s common for different countries to have different covers for the same book. Sometimes the changes are subtle, the same concept in a different style, and sometimes they look like entirely different books. One may follow the genre trends well to appeal to certain types of readers, and another may have small details from the story depicted on them. Whether you judge a book by their cover or not, they sure are fun to look at, and even more fun to compare.

Let’s take a look at some of the 2022 releases that have different cover art for the US and UK editions, and I’ll tell you which cover I like more:

The Maid by Nita Prose

US Cover

UK Cover

I prefer the UK version of this cover. The layouts are similar, but I love the image of the door handle with the hotel door hanger on it.

Our Lady of Mysterious Ailments by T.L. Huchu

US Cover

UK Cover

As much as I think the US covers suit the whole feel of this series, I like the cleaner look of the UK covers.

This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel

US Cover

UK Cover

The US cover shows a specific piece of the story, but the UK cover depicts Wisewood, the setting for the book. Very different feelings from each one for me, but I prefer the US version.

Nettle and Bone by T. Kingfisher

US Cover

UK Cover

I love the UK version of this cover. The style, the layout, and all the little details from within the story that we get to see. I like what the US cover was doing, but I think the UK cover did it a lot better.

Violet Made of Thorns by Gina Chen

US Cover

UK Cover

These covers are so similar. The colors, the image of the yellow flowers on thorny vines with a purple background. Even the layout and fonts are similar. Like a ‘draw this in your style’ for book covers. I think the UK version is beautiful, but I prefer the darker feeling the US version gives.

The Cloisters by Katy Hays

US Cover

UK Cover

I love the dark academia coloring in the tarot style that we get with the US cover, a perfect match for the premise of this book. The UK cover, however, is stunning artwork that still has that tarot style around the edges.

The Luminaries by Susan Dennard

US Cover

UK Cover

Another ‘draw this in your style’ situation. The animal skull with flowers on a black background, similar fonts and layouts. I’m inclined to say I like the US version more because it gives that darker feel I would expect from this book, but the UK cover has a few extra details that I imagine will be nice little easter eggs once you’ve read the story.

I generally tend to prefer the UK covers, but I’ve seen some outstanding US covers coming out recently. The cover isn’t really the most important part of a book, but it’s so nice to have a book with an outside that looks great and matches the story within.

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