Friday, January 22, 2010

Cover Art - "Blood Feud" by Alyxandra Harvey

Alyxandra Harvey has unveiled the US version of the cover to Blood Feud, the second book in her young adult Drake Chronicles urban fantasy series. Which set of covers do you prefer - the US or the UK?

It’s been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely survived the French Revolution. Now she’s made her way back to the living and she must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who left her for dead the day she turned into a vampire. That’s if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks.

The clans are gathering for Helena’s royal coronation as the next vampire queen, and new alliances are beginning to form now that the old rifts of Lady Natasha’s reign have started to heal. But with a new common enemy, Leander Montmarte—a vicious leader who hopes to force Solange to marry him and usurp the power of the throne for himself—the clans must stand together to preserve the peace he threatens to destroy.

This second adventure in the Drake Chronicles—told from both Logan’s and Isabeau’s perspectives—has all the same butt-kicking action, heart-pounding romances and snarky humor that readers loved in Hearts at Stake, as well as exciting new revelations about the vampire dynasties to keep readers coming back for more.
US Covers

UK Covers


  1. I actually like them all except My love lies bleeding (neck one). They are all books I would probably stop and pick up.

  2. I really like the US covers. They are definitely YA covers. The UK ones could easily be shelved in the adult section since the art is more lyrical.

  3. I actually prefer the UK covers. For some reason the US covers seem very young. Not a bad thing, just not as appealing to me. Maybe I'm old:)

  4. I like the UK covers better, though they're all striking. I agree with Anna, though, in that the USA ones look more like young adult.

    A reader asked about why covers are different from country to country. It's an interesting question. Aside from cultural preferences, as well as what's proper, I too wonder why they don't use the same artwork.

  5. I like the British covers, and will be buying (at least the first one) in that version. As a rule, I tend to prefer British covers, so it isn't a surprise.

    As an American living in the UK, I regularly compare different versions of books before I decide which to buy. At the same time, I'm not sure what the difference is between the US and UK preferences that often results in such different covers.

  6. I prefer the UK cover for the first book (because the US one looks kinda creepy), but I'm really loving the US cover for the second one (I have a thing for couples posing close together without sexual undertones lol)

  7. I cannot believe this time I like the US covers better.

    jackie b central texas

  8. Not wild about either cover for book two but I know it will be brilliant so not to worry.

  9. Am I crazy or is the arm of the girl in the US cover of Blood Feud REALLY thin in a creepy photoshopped way?

  10. Elie its nice to have a choice.

    L,M & C that is a good observation about adult vs YA.

    LOL Anna. I think the US are a quicker identifier for YA and the UK more readily identifying as vampire fiction.

    Jaime I think too that sometimes publishers divisions are independent of one another have completely separate art departments and perhaps even art rights.

    Nicole the nice thing in Canada is we get our choice, both are readily available.

    Ninefly the new US is a great match for the first US cover

    Jackie I`m leaning towards the US too.

    Hagelrat. Of course it`s what`s inside that counts.

    LOL Janicu you made me look again. It is kind of manikin like but seems right to me otherwise.

  11. I prefer the US covers. The others look too "Twilight-y" for me (too much red and black). I also don't care much for covers with assorted body parts. I like to see faces on my covers. Since they are YA, I think they should look YA.

  12. I agree with Kathy. The UK covers are really derivative. They remind me of Stephenie Meyers, the newest Kelley Armstrongs and the first series by Jennifer Armintrout. They also seem like they are more appropriate for adult novels.

    I prefer covers not have faces on them, but the model on the US covers is interesting so I I find the US covers more striking.


  13. I prefer the US covers too. The UK really are in the "Twilight covers" trend, and while they're pretty, they're not as original to me.

  14. Kathy it does seem that YA has a certain look and the US covers are for sure closest to it.

    K it seems the red and black theme is losing its momentum.

    Kay looks like the US is the most preferred.

  15. Well, this is kind of a bugaboo of mine. You see so many hot guys on the cover of paranormal romances, but I personally prefer covers like Alexandra's UK ones. They have a haunting quality, rather than smacking you in the face with sex.

  16. I prefer the the UK covers. The art is just more appealing.

    The US looks so kiddy.

  17. Susan I love the diversity of opinion on these things. Everyone seems to have their own reasons for their preferences. A good thing I think.

    Shera no consensus on this one.


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