Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is an all about visuals freebie, and while it was supposed to be about graphic novels I haven’t read nearly enough to make a list so I picked Top Ten Favourite YA Book Covers; UK Edition Vs. US Edition instead.
For reasons, unbeknownst to most of us, sometimes there are different covers for the UK edition and the US edition of the same book. While with most of the books I own I have been more than happy with the UK cover there are still a few where I’ve looked on at the copies people in the US have brought and gotten very jealous. There have even been a couple of very rare occasions where I’ve gone onto the US Amazon site and paid the extra shipping just to get the US covers, but that’s very rare.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Granted both covers are beyond gorgeous, and if it weren’t for one specific detail in the UK editions I’d even go as far as saying I prefer the US cover over the UK one. However if you buy the UK hardcover edition, underneath the dust jacket, there is a secret cover. There are four different designs in all, and you never know which one you’ll get until you hold the book in your own hands.
Alice by Christina Henry
I get that this is a horror story, and as such one that needs a creepy cover to go with it, but the US edition is just a little too creepy for my tastes. Before seeing the UK cover I wasn’t tempted to pick this book up at all, despite it being an Alice in Wonderland retelling which I always love reading.
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
This book is another case of me being unwilling to pick it up until I saw the UK cover. I’m not sure what it is, because plenty of people love the US cover and looking at it objectively I can see why they like it, but I think the girl on the front is a little too creepy for my tastes, kind of like with Alice.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
While I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I prefer the UK edition over the US there wasn’t a lot to it if I’m being honest, but Strange the Dreamer is like Caraval in that it was the other details that I loved so much. The first edition prints will have blue sprayed edges, plenty of gold foil, and illustrations on the title page. It’s enough to push the UK cover way over the US one for me.
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
The main reason I picked the UK cover for this book is because of the colours. When it comes down to it there are a lot of similarities between both covers but the colours of the UK one just stand out so much more for me; bold and eye catching it was more than enough to get me to pick this series up.
Then again any cover design is better than the first edition UK print.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
I love that both versions have illustrated covers, and both of them have their charms as well, but I prefer the US illustrations to the UK ones. It just seems to capture what the book is about more, plus I love seeing all the different Chosen Ones on the front cover alongside the normal characters we follow in this book.
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
I’m not sure why the US and UK editions of this book are so different in terms of the cover design but looking at them both side by side, if you take away the author and the title, they don’t even look as if they belong to the same genre, let alone the same book.
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
While I haven’t read this book yet, it’s on my to-read list for this month, based on the blurb The Thousandth Floor seems to be a book about people who have the most privilege and money in a new world, and in my opinion the US cover seems to get this across much better than the UK one. The UK cover is pretty much a design I’ve seen time and time again in the YA genre.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
I have always always preferred the US editions to this series compared to the UK ones, and while the UK covers are amazing in their own way there’s just something about the US editions that stands out more. They’re gorgeous, uniquely illustrated covers that match the amazing content inside.
I’ve even gone as far as buying the US hardcover editions just so I can have them on my bookshelves alongside the UK covers.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
When the US cover for this book was released I didn’t think there’d be a different UK one, simply because The Lunar Chronicles had the same cover for both the US and UK editions. But then the UK cover was released and I just wasn’t as much of a fan of it as I was the US one. While it has it charms the design just seemed a little too crowded especially after seeing how clean cut the US one was.
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what you picked for this week’s themed free-for-all, or what UK verse US covers you prefer if I haven’t mentioned them in this list already.