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I’m a person who likes pretty things. If you look back over my previous Cover Crazy posts, you can see they’re filled with all things pretty.
The cover for The Replacement is decidedly not pretty. There isn’t a gorgeous dress, jewelry I covet, or beautiful flowing hair. It’s dark, depressing, and oppressive.
Yet I love it.
While many words can be used to describe this cover, the best one I can think of is evocative. I look at this cover and immediately I start feeling things. I feel uneasy, like I should be looking over my shoulders and picking up my pace. I look at that cover and I think, “Something bad is coming.”
I look at that cover and feel instantly transported there. Like I’m trapped in a horror movie, tension is high and I can almost feel the cool, damp mist wrapping itself around me and obscuring the dark things that prowl just beyond my vision. I can feel the crackling crunch of the leaves beneath my shoes. I can hear the ominous tinkling of the metal objects stirring in the wind. I’m drawn to the old-fashioned carriage, wondering what I will find inside. Will it be an innocent baby in grave danger? Or will there be something horrific nestled inside just waiting to spring out at me?
With all of these questions I of course want to read the book and find out what Big Bad is lurking within the mist or crouching within the carriage! I want to find out the significance of the baby carriage and why in the world those objects are hanging over it. They are sharp and dangerous. Hanging over the carriage as a morbid mobile poses great danger to whatever is lying inside. The points of the scissors and knife, the heavy file and horse shoe, and all suspended on thin strings scream danger.
But why are they there? Why those objects? The only similarity I see is that they are all made of metal. I wondered at the significance of this. I also wondered, are these objects there to endanger a baby, or are they perhaps in place to protect us from whatever waits inside?
Having read this book, I can tell you how all of these features tie into the book. But of course I won’t. I will tell you that the cover is stunningly representative of the book. The objects all have meaning, but more importantly, the atmosphere evoked by the cover is pitch-perfect for the story. That heavy, ominous feeling of something dark and rotten simmering just beneath the surface completely captures this book. If you want to read more about my thoughts on the story, you can check out my review of The Replacement.
After seeing this perfect cover, I couldn’t be more disappointed with the UK edition. The picture looks sort of spooky, but mostly it’s generic. Generic woods and a generic guy. He could be anyone or anything. Actually, looking at this cover, I would have pegged this one as a werewolf book, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
This cover is ok, it’s not ugly or offensive, but it just doesn’t stand out either. I also really dislike that hair style, so I don’t even find the model attractive (and why is there a spotlight on his butt?).
Having read the book, he is way too buff and strong looking to be Mackie Doyle. I keep waiting for him to rip off his shirt to reveal a round tattoo, develop a tan, and jump into the New Moon movie posters with Jacob and his pack. Seriously, just make the whole cover brown-toned and take off his shirt and he could be Bella’s new wolfy protector. Does anyone else see that, or is it just me? Nope, this cover just doesn’t work for me at all, especially when compared with the awesome US edition.