I'm not going to lie, this type of stock photo (a blurry girl holding a paper heart, or making a heart with her hands) is becoming one of the most recognizably overused tropes in book covers. I get it, it makes an impact, but uh...maybe a little less of one when all of the book start to look the same, yeah? So here we have This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen and Holding Her Breath by Nicole Green. Same cover, same style of treatment, but still different all the same. So which makes you want to pick it up, based solely on the cover?
Which one did it better?
Last week on FFO: A stock photo of a girl running in a field cropped up on the covers of Wander Dust and Grounding Quinn. The battle was heated, and in the end, a tie - every time someone voted Wander Dust, the next person would vote Grounding Quinn. So I'm going to play tie-breaker on this one, and that means the winner is.....
When it comes to the actual details of the cover, they really are neck and neck. I mean, Grounding Quinn makes better use of the photo, with beautifully crisp clarity to the details and great lighting. But Wander Dust makes the most of edits, transforming the sky to something a little otherworldy, and sprinkling the edges with magical little orbs of light. So for me, it all came down to the font. Wander Dust is bold and impactful, and looks far more professional than the standard word processor-style font.