Cover Crazy is a weekly meme hosted by Tawni at The Book Worms where a beautiful cover is featured each week for all of us to admire. I am going to use my Cover Crazy posts as an opportunity to review a book cover I love or review any cover (even the ones I don't love) from a book I've read. This week's Cover Crazy is for a cover I both love and have read the book: Immortal by Gillian Shields.
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Do you know the first thing I think when I see this cover?
I totally want that necklace.
Desire is a great way to draw interest, and that necklace has me completely hooked. After I get over my initial “I want that!” I start thinking a little deeper. Whose necklace is that? What is the significance of the necklace? Does it hold some sort of power?
Would the owner give it to me?
Erm, going back to the cover…There’s always been something extra magical to me about jewelry. This may go back to my obsession with all things sparkly, but beautiful pieces of jewelry just seem to hold a power that I can almost imagine I, too, can possess if I could only get my hands on the piece. All sorts of fictional witches and wizards have infused necklaces and rings with their power, making ordinary pieces of jewelry suddenly magical and mysterious. In some stories, even a regular person could pick up such a talisman and wield its power.
I may be outing myself as a gigantic dork here (Catherine Morland of Northanger Abbey would understand), but when I was younger I used to pretend that my own jewelry was some witch’s lost charm. Ok, so it required a bit more imagination when all I had to work with were plastic beads and paste gems, but that necklace on the cover here? I could so easily imagine a mystical history attached to it. I couldn’t wait to dive into the book and discover that history.
Then there’s the water. Blue is such an inviting color, and the shades used here are especially striking. Water is fluid, vast, life-bringing, and deadly. I wondered which of these features the story would contain. The necklace looks like it is floating in the water, making me wonder how they are connected. Water is also an elemental magic, so the bond between these two symbols is furthered strengthened.
Finally there is the title and tagline. Immortal is such a powerful word. Combined with the watery images, I get a strong vibe of vastness and something spanning a great amount of time. I love those types of generational stories with all sorts of mysteries and histories the main character uncovers from the past. The tagline reads, “First love never dies,” which really drives home the imagery of spanning a vast amount of time and introduces an element of romance. There’s also just the slightest bit of something sinister about that tagline. Death is a strong concept to evoke, and combined with the heavy images of water and the necklace that looks like it could almost be sinking into the water like someone drowning all underscore this darker impression.
Magic, mystery, dark histories, and love! Oh my! This cover at first glance seemed so simplistic, but the more I looked at it the more I felt myself drawn to it. I wanted to uncover the secrets this cover hinted at. If you’re interested in what I found, you can check out my review or grab a copy of the book and find out for yourself!Tweet
What do you think about this cover? Do you like it? Dislike it? Does it make you want to read the book?