As many of you know, I judge a book by its cover. As I said on my last cover crush post, overall presentation is important to pull a reader in. When I read a story I want to be completely immersed. A grand cover helps that along. Imagery and all-if you will. Check out the book description below and then be sure to read what I have to say about the cover and the premise!
At prestigious Oxford University, an American student searches for the truth about her mother’s death in this eerie, suspenseful thriller that blends money, murder, and black magic.
You can’t keep it from her forever. She needs to know the truth.
Cassandra Blackwell arrives in Oxford with one mission: to uncover the truth about her mother’s dark past. Raised in America, with no idea that her mother had ever studied at the famed college, a mysterious package now sends her across the ocean, determined to unravel the secrets that her mother took to her grave. Plunged into the glamorous, secretive life of Raleigh College, Cassie finds a world like no other: a world of ancient tradition, privilege—and murder.
Beneath the hallowed halls of this storied university there is a mysterious force at work . . . A dark society that is shaping our world, and will stop at nothing to keep its grip on power. Cassie might be the only one who can stop them—but at what cost?
My daughter and I went to Barnes & Noble the other day ago and I immediately walked over to the featured hardbacks up front. This book caught my eye. I’m still not convinced it was the actual cover that caught my eye but the title. Nonetheless, I love the book cover. I love it for its simplicity yet its stark bold feeling to it. Maybe it’s the color of the hardback and with a picture of an open book with a key held by a red ribbon draped across. It gives it a mysterious, secretive and intelligent feel. What hidden secrets will that key unlock? What secrets does that book contain? Will it utterly fascinate me?
This book cover works for me and it encouraged me to find out about the story within.
Stephanie M. Hopkins
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Covers are so important. I am at a loss why American publishers are using just big letters for the title and no picture most of the time. Then the same book comes out in Europe and it has a gorgeous cover..that’s the one I want to read!
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I have to agree. The sprawling disjointed letters do nothing for me personally as far as engagement.
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Like you, I place a great deal of emphasis on book covers – and titles. Both are equally important in my choosing a book to read, followed closely by the “blurb.”