Severed Heads, Broken Hearts Cover Reveal Contest: The Reveal and This Judge’s Pick
Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider
Coming June 2013
Katherine Tegen Books
I am so excited to be a part of today’s cover reveal and contest to “design your own cover” for Robyn Schneider’s SEVERED HEADS, BROKEN HEARTS. Although, had I known that being a judge was going to be quite this hard – there are some seriously awesome cover mocks! – I might have reined in my enthusiasm just a bit.
I am never great at being able to choose just one of anything. Narrowing down the field to my eight final choices was nearly impossible. Selecting just one of those as my pick was a nightmare of epic proportions.
But I did it. And after I share my thoughts about the awesome cover that will be decorating Robyn Schneider’s upcoming title, giving just a little bit of information about the book and author, and sharing a video from the author in which she talks about her book’s cover, I shall reveal my cover of choice.
Of course if you don’t want to wait, you can just scroll down.
There’s something very retro about this cover that I really love. And the more I stare at it, the more I love it. While it didn’t grab me at first – I tend to be attracted to covers that are either very soft and feminine, very striking or very dark – the longer I looked at it the more I connected with it.
The color combination is also one that I wouldn’t normally gravitate toward – tan and teal with just a hint of red aren’t color choices that top my list of visual favorites – yet I find myself drawn to this one.
I love the fanning-out of each word in the title and how they follow the lines of the boy and girl’s sketch. There’s something very whimsical in their pose, which appears as if they’re standing on a tire swing, the boy on top and the girl below. And I love that even though they are just drawn silhouettes, you can still get the sense that he’s gazing at her but she’s looking elsewhere.
I don’t know how the cover art connects with the story but it’s interesting enough and different enough to definitely make me want to find out just how it does. And with such an intriguing title and unique cover, I am very excited to read this author’s book.
About the Book
About the Author
See What Author Robyn Schneider Says About Her Cover
So I went with simple. Much like the actual cover for the novel, I found that this cover intrigued me the most about just what this story might be about.
While I absolutely loved all the beautiful covers by OhHeyIt’sJaimee and the stunning cover with it’s captivating colors, tint and font used by InLoveInTheTardis, in the end, it was this cover’s mystery that drew me in.
And while it appears simple at first, I find that it has more to it than first meets the eye. I love that there’s just a slight difference in colors for the fonts for “Severed Heads” and “Broken Hearts.” I love that while it appears very balanced left to right, it isn’t. And I love how each length of white line bisects the black just enough.
I also love that while there are four fonts used on this cover, they work so well together that it doesn’t make the cover look cluttered or dissonant. Perhaps it’s the lack of the serif on all but the one.
I do find it interesting, too, that the teal color used for the heart and the word “hearts” is very similar to the teal used in the actual cover for this book.
So, that’s my choice… I can’t wait to see what the other five judges chose as their favorite!
If you’d like to see what THE JUDGES chose as their favorite cover mocks, be sure to visit each of their blogs, listed below. All of our selections will be presented to HarperCollins who will pick the winner. Good luck to all participants!