Speechless by Hannah Harrington is one of those books that spoke to me — if I can be cheeky like that — right from the initial cover:
One of the things I completely loved about it was that the main character, Chelsea, takes a vow of silence. What better way to portray that than through a completely blank canvas of a book? One of the things that irks me — and other people — about book covers nowadays is how they always, always feature characters on the cover, leaving us to imagine THAT character in the story, rather than building our own in our head. This cover really leaves it all to our imagination.
Of course, publishers like to change things up, so eventually this cover came out:
For me, this cover does absolutely no justice to the story. I felt like the first cover was so completely bold with just being blank and this one throws out WAY too many things to the reader. I like that it tried to be a little more artistic, since art is a big thing in the book, but it’s confusing to the eye. The blue is too messy, the letters too colourful, and it just doesn’t fit the space of the cover properly. And seeing the picture of Chelsea on the front kind of ruined it for me because I had my OWN picture of her in my head.
I like that Mira Ink tried to be more creative with its cover, but to me it’s just too messy of an approach and the first one appeals to me way more.
Which one of these covers do you like best?