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Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Face Off: The Vicious Deep

I've talked about this one in various wishlist posts and videos, but I had yet to do a Face Off. So now, Face Off they will.   Below on the left you'll see the cover that was originally released for Zoraida C√≥rdova's apocalypsies debut The Vicious Deep. On the right, you'll see the new cover, the one it will actually be released under (I assume. Guess they could change it again.)
I have mentioned my loooooove of the original proposed cover many, many times. It is one of my favorites, ever. I want it framed and hung on my wall.  I don't understand - I cannot fathom - why they would have changed it.  The new cover is more rollicking, I guess. It's more Percy Jackson-esque, more adventuresome, and maybe that suits the tale better than the sly, calculating, mysterious original cover?  Not having read it (yet, because I still intend to, no matter the cover), I can't really speak to that.  But I do know the first cover says "vicious" to me more than the trident, and it pains me a bit to see it go from one to the other.
But what about you?  Which cover would you reach for on the shelves?  Which cover-story speaks to you more, and makes you want to know what's inside?
Which one did it better?

Last Week on FFO: The new covers for Holly Black's Curse Worker series faced off against the originals, and unfortunately for the upstart newbies, the vote was unanimous: the originals won.  (Though there were a lot of mentions of the UK covers).


  1. I don't like either really but agree the first one speaks more to vicious.

  2. I vote for the mysterious face. The trident just screams "bland fantasy" to me.

  3. They're both...weird. I don't hate them but I don't like them either. But if I had to choose - I'd say the face.

  4. I don't care for either one, but would have to go with the face if I have to choose. Love this site, by the way!

  5. Not having read the book, I think the trident cover is more intriguing. I love the title type on the girl's portrait one, but the underwater greens and blues promise an edgier adventure.

  6. I'm not really keen on either! That said, the trident one has better colours in my opinion, but I'm not keen on the font.

  7. Initially, I wasn't a fan of either. The trident one just looks like a typical fantasy cover, and I'd probably overlook it. I also thought there was something weird looking about the cover with the girl on it. For some reason, her bottom lip looks deformed to me! But, after looking at it longer, I noticed somethings that I didn't see at first glance. Some subtle details that now have me curious about the book. Like the silvery white scales on the side of her face. Neat! So, I guess that means my vote goes to the first cover!

    - Jackie

  8. I think the first cover is better. It looks more creepy, and I love the font.

  9. Oh, I definitely prefer the original cover. However, I have to say that I think boys will be more likely to pick up the newer cover, so maybe it'll reach a wider audience that way.

  10. I do prefer the old cover. I like girly, elegant covers. I like makeup. That cover would have made me more likely to pick up the book if I saw it in a bookstore.

    I'm pretty certain they chose the new cover to appeal to a male audience as well as female, which is a pretty smart move. That being said, I love the trident but LOATHE the font and the background colors. Something about it looks tacky. I would have gone with the trident image but chosen a more simple font and a dark blue background.

  11. I will be different. I'm not wild about the trident, but I loathe the head one.

  12. Seriously. Why does she have perfect lipstick and painted nails under water. That is BEYOND stupid.

  13. As usual I'm contrary, I don't like the face one. Is this a story about a romance with a siren that wants to lure the MC to his death? Because that's what the face cover reminds me of. I also don't like the color of the font or the style. If I wanted to read a book about mermaids, I would have rejected this book because of the cover. It makes the book look like a typical girl romance book.

    On the other hand the cover with the trident, makes the book look more action packed and more of a mystery. It's also more masculine since the main character is a male, not a female. I definitely like the trident cover better.

  14. I would be more likely to pick up the book with the second cover because it looks more exciting. The first one (despite the title) just looks like a soppy romance tale. Also, the second one looks a lot more professional; the colour scheme of the first reminds me of something you would find on a fanfiction site, not a published novel's cover.

    1. Well, it's a good thing they went with the 2nd cover, then! (And having read it, it definitely does suit the book)


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