Cover Love: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

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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:

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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:

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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? 

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21 thoughts on “Cover Love: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

  1. I’m with you. I think the simpleness of the first one definitely draws me in more, and the second one has just too much going on. I can see how maybe the first one would sort of fade out in the background if not displayed properly, but just the fact that it’s so plain would perk my curiosity.

  2. I had to do a double-take the first time I saw the white cover, because it looks like a holding graphic, and the real cover is coming later. It could also be mistaken for another genre, such as literary fiction, or a biography of someone who had speech problems. So I actually prefer the second one, because it’s more obvious what kind of book it will be.

    • I can agree with that — though, sometimes I like things that AREN’T obvious. It’s kind of fun to dive into a book not knowing what you’re getting into. And yes, the first cover does kind of look like a holding graphic!

  3. I’m with you. I really like that first cover! The second one gives the book a whole new feel, and detracts from it imo. And yeah, I do like it when there’s NOT a person on the cover, so I can imagine them the way I want to in my head.

    • That’s always the best part — I think the worst is when there’s a person on the cover and they look NOTHING like how you’d imagine. This way it’s all left to your own imagination!

  4. I love the first cover so much more! Whenever I see it in stores, that’s the one that tempts me to buy it . . If I saw the second one instead, I don’t really think I’d even be interested in the book at all.

  5. I like simple covers, so the first one would make me pick this book up. It actually made me add it to my TBR, as well as the synopsis, but the cover really calls for me. I don’t like that second one though, it seems kind of tacky to me.

  6. I haven’t read the book yet, but I MUCH prefer the first cover! I love the simplicity of it and I think the second cover is just too silly and you’re right — Really doesn’t do it justice!

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