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Everyone knows I'm completely obsessed with the UK. "US vs. UK" was created by Jenny fromWondrous Reads and
it compares covers from books released in the two countries. I have
missed doing this meme so there are lots of comparisons today.
The first and second comparisons are Awakening Mercy and Abiding Hope
by Angela Benson. The US covers are at the top with beautiful autumn
colors, leaves and sunrise. The UK covers
show a colorful sketch of people outdoors, perhaps at a park or on the
grounds of Genesis House. All of the covers are eye catching, but I
prefer the UK covers because they most look like the image readers get
while reading the books.
Total: US 9, UK 11
The third comparison is Guilty Wives by James Patterson and David Ellis. The US cover has bold red lettering with a woman in handcuffs. The guilty wife, I suppose. The UK cover has a sea blue background with gold lettering and a woman lying on a boat. I cannot determine whether the woman is dead or alive. Obviously I favor the US cover. It is straight to the point, not confusing and true to the title.
Total: US 10, UK 11
The fourth comparison is I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. The US cover has a black background with white lettering and a blue text bubble that features the title. Two shadows are standing on each side of the cover. Perhaps they just met and exchanged phone numbers? The UK cover has a blue and yellow background with red lettering. It looks like a bird is on the "O" of the author's name. A woman in a cute belted blazer is holding a cell phone. The UK cover also displays a sentence: One ring and he's yours! While the UK cover is stylish, the US cover is more striking, eye catching and modern. The US wins!
Total: US 11, UK 11
The fifth comparison is unusual. Three different covers. Three different titles. Same book. Same author (Diane Chamberlain). Odd, isn't it? The US cover and the Australian cover are very alike. Both have blue backgrounds. A little girl with a head full of red curls is being led away by a woman. However, the titles are different. The US title is The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes. The Australian title is A Beautiful Lie. I personally don't care for the Australian title because lies are not beautiful. They just aren't. The UK cover has a red background with a barefoot little girl holding her hands in her lap. Although we cannot see the little girl's face, she seems shy. Very true to the story! The title of the UK version is The Lost Daughter, also very true to the story. But I'm judging covers here. And I pick...the US!