Mistwood by Leah Cypess
I’m torn about this cover. On one hand, it’s perfect for this book, but on the other I don’t particularly like it. This whole cover is in conflict for me.
I can’t really explain why, but purple is a very good color for this book. It may be because the book focuses on identifying the rightful heir to the throne and purple is a color often associated with royalty. Purple also makes me think of fantasy, a genre this book most certainly falls into. Whatever the reason, I’m pleased the publishers went with a purple cover.
On the other hand, that greenish yellow used for the title font and her eyes? Ew. I don’t like it at all. I think it makes the title a little difficult to read, plus, it’s just kind of an ugly color. Her eyes that color do have the desired effect of making her look “otherworldly” but she doesn’t look like the enigmatic shifter who often took the form of big cats or similar predators. She looks like a lizard. I’m waiting for her to peel off her skin and scarf down a rat like the lizard aliens in the TV series V. Yeah, that’s not a good thing.
The girl is another point of conflict. I don’t find her particularly gorgeous, and in the sea of absolutely beautiful cover models gracing YA books right now, she falls short. Her hair is nice, but it is a far cry from the spectacular flowing hair found on covers like Lauren Kate’s Fallen series or the newly designed Den of Shadows quartet. With the exception of her eyes, she looks pretty plain and maybe even a little strange as a result.
Yet this oddness of her appearance works really well with the character. Isabel is not normal. She is distinctly non-human in her bearing. Something about this comes through to me with that girl. As with the character in the book, I appreciate how different she is and this difference makes her an interesting character. But, also because of this, I don’t necessarily like her. Ditto for the cover model.
The castle, trees, and mist also work really well with the story. Each play an important part and it is accurate and nice to see them represented on the cover. The way the cover model is sort of coming out of the trees and mist is so completely perfect for the character and plot.
And yet…all of these features look sort of poorly cobbled together. I have pretty sucky Photoshop skills, but this cover doesn’t look too beyond my meager abilities. The font also screams “I’M A FANTASY BOOK” and seems a little too corny and reaching. This amateurish vibe rubs me the wrong way and turns me off. I would expect the book to be really cheesy and the publishing/editing to be of B-Novel level. That is a very inaccurate representation of the book, which is unfortunate.
I did read this book, but it wasn’t as a result of the cover (my Mistwood review). Luckily a few of my trusted reviewers gave Mistwood positive reviews or I probably would have passed right over it based on that cover. Funny enough, I have seen this cover featured on a number of “Best Covers” lists, so I’ll be very interested in hearing where your opinions fall. I can see both sides. There’s something intriguing about it, but at the same time I just can’t get over the unpolished artwork.
What do you think about this cover? Do you like it? Dislike it? Does it make you want to read the book?
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