Tuesday, September 20, 2011 | By: Megzarooni

Covers to Gush Over (18)

Fairy tales are magical stories that display a variety of morals, magical beings, an interesting cast of characters and a usually happy ending. Everyone loves a classic fairy tale, but in today's society they can sometimes lose the deep meaning they once had. Now a day’s authors have started to revamp the classics into a more modern twist that The Literature Monsters believe justly blends the best of both worlds together. Bringing the old and the new together; we've decided to dedicate this week's CTGO to retold fairy tales!

The Rose and the Beast by Francesca Lia Block

I love the cover for Franchesca Lia Block’s The Rose and the Beast! The placement of the title is eye catching, especially with the bolded words Rose and Beast. The background is rather simple forest floor, but it really complements the cover’s model...who looks gorgeous! Like she stepped right out of the fairy tale she’s being retold in; especially because she’s glowing. Her long blond hair is so pretty and the dress she’s wearing is amazing. It’s flowy like a fairy tale dress should be, and the colour complements her hair and skin tone beautifully!  

A long, long sleep by Anna Sheehan

A simple yet beautiful cover! I love how the reds, pinks, oranges and blues are presented on a white background--it's almost as if you're looking directly at the sun! This technique makes the images and bold title stand out! I like how the main image on the cover a rose because to me, it represents the main character, Rose. As this week’s topic of 'fairy tales retold' this book is a different retelling of 'Sleeping Beauty.' Rosalinda has been asleep for sixty-two years and is woken by a kiss, but when she wakes the world she knew is gone. The cover is as intriguing as the plot line!

Ash by Malinda Lo

The Literature Monsters kinda sound like a broken record whenever they bring up a simple cover that really stand out, but Malinda Lo’s cover for Ash just got added to our list. The grass background adds a unique texture to the picture, especially because it’s in black and white. The cover wouldn’t have the same effect if it was in full colour. The model is very pretty and I love her dress. Deciding to place the cover’s title over the model in a nice pink colour is an awesome idea. The colour stands out and really draws attention to the model. Overall the cover is amazingly well done!

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

To have a happily ever after is the typical ending to a fairytale story. In this modern day there is many new telling's of the fairy tales we all grew up with, and loved. Sisters Red is the modern day Little red riding hood, but with a lot of twists along the way. This is not one I'd read to a child at bedtime, But it sure does have an appealing cover! You can tell that the novel clearly has something to do with red riding hood; Or you'd figure it out shortly after looking at it for a while. The illustration of the cover is unique, and attention grabbing. Half of the cover is a bright red, and the other is a dark Grey - black. The way the colors separate is with the hair of the two girls, twisting and turning in an abstract of directions and makes it look very edgy. The way it illustrated, makes the hair of the girl with dark hair take the shape of the wolf; Which obviously wraps into the story of Little red riding hood. The cover alone made me interested in this novel, and I would imagine that it would do the same for others. A ferociously awesome cover, for an howl-ingly good novel. This cover does everything but give you a happily ever after! Who's Afraid of the big bad wolf.


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