Cover Crazy (4)

Cover Crazy is hosted by The Book Worms. Each week, bloggers "admire the art and beauty of a book’s design, so I’m going to post minimal words. It is up to you to write how you feel and what you like about it the way you’d like to."

This week, I fell in love with Maureen Johnson's cover for the first book in her new series, The Name of the Star, which was unveiled on Friday. It's GORGEOUS! Too bad it's not coming out until September. :(

Why I Love This Cover:

Believe it or not, I've never read any of Johnson's books before, which is a shame, especially because she went to one of our local schools and I SHOULD read her. The first thing that caught my eye was the mysterious man in the shadows. This is my inner fangirl coming out, but does he not remind you of the swoonishly handsome hero Tuxedo Mask? I also want to know why the girl at the forefront is curled up in a fetal position. Is she dreaming, is she hurt (or even worse, dead)? I love the way the girl is bathed in color while the rest of the image is kind of foggy and overlaying everything as though from another world. I also like the swirls in each corner and have a feeling they'll be all embossed and shiny when the time comes.

The book sounds really unique, too. Looking at the cover, you'd think it was a historical novel, but it occurs in modern-day London at a private boarding school. Not only that, a string of murders begin taking place...on the anniversaries of the days Jack the Ripper killed his victims. Not Johnson's typical fare; I HAVE to read this!

What do you think? What cover are you crazy about this week?

[The Name of the Star is scheduled to hit a bookstore near you on Sept. 29, 2011.]


  1. Great points you brought out, a lot of aspects I missed. I LOVE this cover, too. In fact, my CC this week is displaying the same cover.

    Great minds think alike! :-)

  2. I really like this cover. I like the fact that she seems bright when the rest of the cover is foggy.

  3. I like this cover! My eyes can't decide where they want to look: First the guy, then the girl, then the guy, then the girl... :P

    I didn't like the one book I read by this author (13 Little Blue Envelopes) so I'm a little wary about this one. The cover does look nice though...

  4. @Gina: I know, right? You and I always seem to have similar tastes :) I saw your post right after I published mine and thought, "Wow, we even focused on some of the same things!"

    @Kayla: I also like the way she seems so much brighter and everything else has a ghostly tinge to it. Hmm, possibilites! The school, the mysterious guy, the girl...what to look at first? I haven't read her yet, but this book is grabbing at me...!

    @Small Review: I know, right? There's so much going on!

  5. Great teaser! I've read the first chapter of this book. I need to get back to it. :)

  6. I like the fact she has red hair. It makes her stand out more.

    My Cover Crazy pick

  7. Interesting . . . I’m a new follower from Edge of Escape . Please stop by, I’d love to have your book-savvy opinion of my site.

  8. Let me just tell you how beyond jealous I am that you got to read Wither. I seriously contemplated taking the trip to the mall and kidnapping it from you while you were busy working. Hopefully that's not too creepy. =)

    I just finished Delirium and all I can say is "Wow!" Oliver's writing is so descriptive and powerful.

    Hope you enjoyed the book! I can't wait for it.

  9. Gorgeous cover! I actually had never heard of this and I thank you for bringing into the light for me! It sounds awesome!

  10. yeah she went to my high school actually! and denise's high school and gradeschool.

  11. follow her twitter feed because it's hilarious


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