BOOK NEWS: AKA, The “I’m Sold, But Not On Everything” Edition

Books News is a feature of Reading In Winter where I post just that … book news! This is mainly for authors whom I LOVE, but I just wanted a place to show all of the awesome news in the world of books. 

Newsworthy Item #1: New Book Covers for the ‘Across the Universe’ series

I admit. The first time I saw these covers, I absolutely HATED them. Mind you, I don’t own the books yet, but I was planning to get the original covers in hardback once all three were out because I love the series that much. But then I saw these covers and I was crushed — how could Penguin NOT be releasing a third book in the original cover?

Now, I have seen the light — all thanks to the author, Beth Revis, explaining the goodness behind the covers: 

  • These covers capture the essence of each book. I really love that they are each stylized to look like the outside of the ship (rivets! Yay for rivets!). The ice is obviously symbolic to Amy for the first cover, and the leaves line up great with the third book, but my favorite is the second book. True fact: in the original book designs, they did several mock-ups for AMS. My favorite mock-up was a cover that was mostly orange, but no one else liked that one as much. So I’m secretly pretty thrilled that the second one is finally orange 🙂
  • The covers don’t spoil the plot. This one was a huge issue for me, because I like my twisty plots! Every idea we had for the cover of Shades seemed to reveal a plot element that I wanted to keep hidden.This cover, though, seems to perfectly encapsulate the secrets of what is left for Amy and Elder to discover, and I truly appreciate that! (covers and quoted material from
NOW I totally get it! The covers make sense and I think I’m going to get THESE ones once they are released. Personally, I didn’t see how they were stylized to match the essence of the book (now I do, but geesh — to think I took art classes in school!) and I didn’t realize the whole air of mystery that they had with not really giving away anything about the plot. Really, these covers are genius. Ignore all my previous rants about them!

And someone, please, buy them for me for Christmas.

Shades of Earth will be released January 15, 2013 by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin. 

Newsworthy Item #2: The new cover for J. K. Rowling’s book is revealed!

While I am now seeing the light with the Across the Universe covers, I’m still not seeing anything — not even a sparkle — for J. K. Rowling cover for The Casual Vacancy. I get how some people see it as an homage to the more old-school novels, or as a clean break from the look of the Harry Potter books, but I find it dull. And too colourful. To me, it looks like it was thrown together very, very quickly.

Actually, I’m still on the fence about the book itself. Seeing as I’m not a mystery person, and I really only liked the Harry Potter books (the companion books, not so much), I just can’t see myself reading this one. I mean, of course I will, but I’m in no rush.

Here’s the synopsis (from Goodreads):

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other.

Meh. It really doesn’t grab me. What do you think?

The Casual Vacancy will be released September 27, 2012 by Little, Brown and Company. 

Newsworthy Item #3: So much Cassandra Clare awesomeness! 

Just this week TWO things were revealed — the cover for the latest book in the Infernal Devices series, Clockwork Princess, as well as the title treatment for the City of Bones movie. See both of them below — I love them both!

Clockwork Princess will be released by Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 19, 2013.

City of Bones will come to theaters August 2013.

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7 thoughts on “BOOK NEWS: AKA, The “I’m Sold, But Not On Everything” Edition

  1. I like the new covers for Across the Universe. I figured they were supposed to be like a part of the ship. I haven’t read any of them yet, but I’m definitely planning on it!

    I absolutely LOVE the cover of Clockwork Princess! It’s gorgeous!!!!!

    As for J.K. Rowlings book, the cover is ok. I kind of like simple covers, so I’m ok with it. But I agree that while I’m going to read it, it’s not going to be a book that I rush out for.

    • At least I’m not the only one! There are other books I will rush out for, but this might be a library read. Speaking of which … I should see if it’s on order there, yet!

      And you really should read the Across the Universe books!!! They’re amazing!

  2. The Clockwork princess cover is so pretty! I can’t wait!

    I actually like the new Across the Universe covers (I think I’m in the minority) but I am disappointed the third won’t match my copies of book 1+2. The same thing happened to me with His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.

    • I’m with you in that minority! Honestly, I hated them at first, too, but then I read what Beth Revis said about them on her blog and it all makes sense. Now I think they’re awesome. I haven’t bought any in the series yet, but hope to once they’re all out.

      That would suck, though, if all the other books on your shelf look one way and the other ones don’t match. My Harry Potter books are like that, from back when I just bought books and didn’t think about what they look like. Actually, I saw Divergent today at Costco in hardcover and mine is softcover — I was thisclose to buying the hardcover so it would match my hardcover Insurgent!

  3. I totally get why they changed the covers. i like them, but I don’t love them. I just thought the original covers were so much better! The first hardback cover was what initially drew me into the series.

    I think they will have a much broader audience with these covers though, so I guess it’s a good thing.

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