Sorry guys! It has been a while but we have had a really busy couple of weeks with the end of school quickly approaching (yes finally!). We are back (and better than ever?) though to bring you guys another new Cover Love post this week! Since it has been a while since we posted, and, especially since we posted a Cover Love, we thought it would be a good idea to give you guys the full recap of what Cover Love is.
So, let us explain the idea behind Cover Love one more time!
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 will post one cover a week and tell you about why we like it. Let’s give those cover designers some love!
So, the cover we love this week is
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
This is another beautiful cover created by one of our favorite designers, Lucy Ruth Cummins. We have done one of her other covers before for Cover Love. They are all just so gorgeous we CANNOT possibly pick only one to talk about! We love the eerie feeling of this cover. We love the surreal, floating people in the center of the design. We love the muffled, muted, dark greens that create the feel of the murky and endless depths of an unforgiving ocean. We love how the font for the title is visible, but how it is almost clear, transparent enough to not take away from the jarring and hypnotizing image behind them.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin is a book equally as eerie as its cover design (if not more). It follows the story of Mara Dyer (or at least thats the name we know her by) who has just experienced a traumatic incident in which her friends died. It is an incident that she cant even remember—an incident where, somehow, only she survived, seemingly (emphasis on seemingly) unscathed. The novel is full of suspense and strange occurrences. Strange occurences that Mara cannot seem to reconcile in her mind. Is she going crazy? Are these thing really happening? Or is there something more going on than she could have ever imagined?
Basically, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is one suspenseful book, as it follows our main character on a journey that can seem so real, and so out of this world all at the same time. Mara is constantly questioning whether she can truly believe and trust the events that she is experiencing. She is constantly living in the murky world of water, unsure if what she is seeing is real, or just a distortion—a trick of the light bending through the liquid. Just like the cover, this book will leave you a little uneasy.
We think this cover design does a perfect job of representing the kind of isolating eerie and seemingly impossible world of Mara Dyer. It is creepy. It is dark. It is exactly like reading the book. What do you guys think? Do you love the cover of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer? Have you read it? If so, what do you think of this suspenseful, eerie, crazy, heart-pounding, and sometimes utterly unbelievable book? Let us know in the comments!