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Cover Love: Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Now, normally I don't like covers with girls in fancy dresses on them. They're boring. They're overdone. They were pretty once but now they're no more original than your basic long-haired Fabio holding swooning maiden on the cover of a bodice-ripper. However, this one grabbed me. Besides being featured in a lovely review by Zoe's Book Reviews, it's just plain well done. The color scheme is unified; grays and blacks and whites and reds, distributed evenly so it doesn't look like someone just picked swatches at random. The title is a unique but clean font (and NOT Papyrus or a rip off of Nightmare Before Christmas' title text) with enough of a flourish to make it pretty. And the dress. This is no ordinary dress. Your stereotypical ballgown has been transformed into billows and tendrils of smoke that turn this belle of the ball into a dark goddess. One look and you must know why she's vanishing into wisps. The description of the book seems pretty unique too, and I'm actually going to add this to my reading list. But remember...it's the cover that caught me. Don't underestimate the power of good quality photoshopping and clean graphics.

And because I am obsessed covers of all kinds and don't get to talk about them enough, here's how it works. I give you a cover and a cover. Yeah, I know, it's weird. Just go with it. So, anyhoo, there was the book cover. Now here's a song cover: "Land of Confusion" by Disturbed. Genesis (that's Phil Collins' band for those of you youngins...you know, the guy who wrote the music for Tarzan. Okay, I wasn't actually born when Genesis was big but...still.) did the original version of this powerful quasi-political song. Disturbed amps it up with their trademark growly vocals (without the death metal -esque screams that turn some people off) and a hard electric guitar. Considering the subject matter of Everneath, it might be an appropriate accompanying song.

Cheers!
C.J.


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