Cover Love #7

Since it has been a couple of weeks since the first time we ever put up a Cover Love post here on Twin Reads, and we have gotten a couple more followers since then (!), we thought it wouldn’t hurt to give a full explanation of what Cover Love is again!

So, to begin, let us explain the idea behind Cover Love. We all know it, though we might not all admit it—we tend to judge a book by its cover. When the content on the inside is just as good as on the outside, well, that’s just an added bonus. Right? All jokes aside though, the cover of a book is actually extremely important in a reader’s decision to buy. The book cover has many purposes—to catch the eye of the reader, to portray the content within the book and to just… look… nice, gosh darn-it! Basically, the cover matters (as much as we readers like to say otherwise).

So, the point of Cover Love is to stop giving cover design such a bad rep! Just as there is art in the form of words on the inside of a book, there is art in the form of cover design on the outside of a book. Thus, Cover Love was created to appreciate the hard work and effort that goes into cover design. We here at Twin Reads post one cover a week and tell you about why we like it. Let’s give those cover designers some love!

The cover we love this week is…

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

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This beautiful, light, and airy cover design is the work of book cover designer and illustrator Regina Flath. We love the bright summer and spring-like colors, both in the seas shells and flowers strewn across the sand as well as in the clothes of the models. We love the way the title is centered and layered on top of a transparent, pink background. We love how all of the other items on the cover seem to be leading too, or coming from, the young couple in the center of the design, drawing the readers eye to the title at the center of the picture. Finally, we love the way that, while the models are front and center, perfect representations of the characters in the book, they are still not the only interesting element in the design. Overall, the elements of this cover design come together to create a picture that is reminiscent of bright, summery, and happy days on the beach.

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is a Young Adult contemporary fiction novel that follows the story of a young girl named Elyse d’Abreau. Elyse is a beautiful girl from Tobago, gifted with a special talent to sing, until one day, in a tragic boating accident, she loses that one most treasured ability. Stripped of her ability to express herself through song and in need of space away from her sisters and family, Elyse leaves Tobago to live with family friends in Atargatis Cove, a small beach town off the coast of Oregon. It is here where Elyse meets Christian. With his help, and the help of others from Atargatis Cove, Elyse may be able to find the voice she lost and speak again.

This cover is a perfect representation of the setting and characters of this book. The sandy beach that the two models are laying on can both represent the time Elyse and Christian spend on the beach in Atargatis Cove, but also the beautiful, sandy beaches of Tobago—Elyse’s home, which she misses dearly. The two models are perfect examples of how the two main characters could be pictured—especially Elyse’s gorgeous, dark, curly hair. Finally, we love the added pieces among the sea shells, such as the sharpie pens, which have great significance in the plot of the book.

Basically, we love this cover. Not only is it beautiful and eye-catching (as a cover should be) but it also perfectly represents the story it is standing for, which is what we believe is the staple of a good cover!

What do you guys think of this cover? Would you have picked this book up in the store if you saw its cover? Or maybe you already have bought it AND read it! If so, do you think this cover is as good of a representation of the book as we do? Let us know in the comments!

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