Tuesday, July 19, 2011 | By: Megzarooni

Covers to Gush Over (10)

This week the Literature Monsters present to you some of our favourite covers featuring ghosts!

Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Tara Hudson’s cover for Hereafter is a gorgeous representation of how beautifully ghosts can be. In movies and literature, ghosts are often depicted as vengeful spirits who still bare the method of how they died. In some depictions this can look rather disturbing, but Tara’s cover is quite the opposite. I love the blue, purple, and yellow colour choices used for the sky and dock. They make the cover look dreamlike as if Amelia, the main character, exists in a parallel universe. Even the river looks surreal. The model’s dress is amazing! I love how the folds in the fabric bear a resemblance to the waves of the river and how the trees that are lined up with the back of the dress look like lace. Lastly the white lettering of the title and author name complements the other components of the cover and the Tagline really makes you wonder what’s in store for Amelia’s hereafter.

The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

Ghosts are one interesting topic for a novel, considering their ghosts! They should be invisible, so imagine the difficulty on putting a ghost the cover of a novel? That's ludicrous! The Ghost and the Goth has a very wonderful cover, in my opinion. Of course it’s pretty generic, but it fits with the title of the novel. Of course there’s the ghost, who's shown as a beautiful prep and then there's the goth; Brooding and full of angst. The cover is nicely laid out so it draws your attention, and it makes you curious. It definitely shows that it’s for the teen audience, but could still be interesting enough for an older audience as well. I for one, love this cover. It's making me feel haunted with the ghost, of prepsters past as well as the angst of the goth’s future!

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Kendra Blake’s cover for Anna Dressed in Blood is a perfect example of the movies and literature renditions of a vengeful spirit. Although we can’t see any gruesome signed of how Anna died; she is wearing the blood soaked dress she was murdered in. The fog, wind and ghostly aura around Anna are excellent techniques used to show the immense power her spirit possesses. The Victorian house she haunts is beautiful. It’s my favourite type of house and despite the fact that Anna kills anyone who enters; I would really love to live there. I really enjoy how everything on the cover is in black and white except for the red of the blood, title and leaves. It makes the whole cover look more dramatic.

Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach

This cover embodies this week’s ‘ghost’ topic and it’s obvious to see why I chose this novel for this week’s CTGO! I love how the couple, Caitlyn and Raphael contrast each other and potentially show the trials that they will face in the book. I like how the wisps of color curl around Caitlyn and envelope her. It’s as if, even though he’s dead he will never let her go. I especially like the tag line, it suites the book and it gives a hint to readers what could happen within the pages of this book. Overall I like the embrace of the couple and how the colors contrast between Raphael; being the darker shades of blue and how Caitlyn is set in vibrant and bright colors. It’s easy to see the difference between the living and the dead. Simply sublime!

I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
Lisa’s cover for I Heart You, You Haunt Me is a simple cover that nicely shows readers the storyline. It’s easy to see that it’s a tragic girl and boy love each other, boy dies, boy haunts girl in the afterlife because one of both refuse to let the other go scenario. I really love covers that are to the point. Instead of having to read the summary to know what the book is about; one look at the cover tells you all you need to know. The whole idea to have the two models, Ava and ghost Jackson, hold hands is a poetic representation of Lisa’s storyline. The whole cloud background is interesting, but the tagline “Some bonds just can’t be broken” really ties the whole thing together, emphasising my earlier the cover tells you all you need to know statement .


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