Welcome to my newest whenever-I-feel-like-it feature! I know there are cover features all over the place, but this one is unique because it highlights some of the books I have on hand in a picture with the my darling Fatty! I will also add comparison covers if they exist and give my humble opinion on what I see, picking my favorites. I hope you enjoy, so comment if you do! I love hearing from you!
This CoC we are going to cover Sweetblood by Pete Hautman!
The cover of Sweetblood featured above is composed of a girl in red and black halftone with some blood splatter on a white background. While I like the colors, I don't like what the styling does to the girl's face (almost no nose, which just makes it look weird), but I like that the title is so large and contrasts with the darker image. In fact, the title is what caught my attention in the first place.
When I saw this cover, I thought the book would be about a girl with some sort of vampire something thrown in. The cover is abstract enough to keep you guessing about the girl - is she mad, sad, a little of both? Basically, the cover expressed all the darkness associated with vampire tales while making the girl mysterious in a way that made me want to find out about her.
Here are some other covers:
The second of the pair does the opposite of the first - it grabs your attention with the black and red and pink, not to mention the fangs and dripping lips. Upon seeing this, I would have expected something along the lines of Gossip Girl meets House of Night because that's what I'm reminded of when I look at the font and colors (girly+sexy+vampires=drama).
Not that such a book, if it existed, would be bad, but Sweetblood is not GG mashed with HoN. It's a story of self-revelation and learning from your own mistakes. Again, more thought-provoking than regular teen drama, so the cover, while enticing, does not fit with what's on the inside.
So my pick for the best Sweetblood cover is the red/black/white halftone cover. It definitely fits the story best.