Cover Love: The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs

yeah, so apparently i haven't done one of these in a REALLY LONG TIME.  don't you love when real work gets in the way of fun work? 

So, I actually have no interest in reading this book (which is billed as "the sexiest romance you'll read this year" if any of you actually like reading romance, tell me if the claims match the hype).  I just think the cover is gorgeous.  I have a thing for text-only covers because they tend to look cleaner.  Which this does, ironically, considering it's covered in grungy details.  The title text is stark and Burton-esque, with a beautiful addition in the rose.  The little spatter of red is just enough to avoid being too boringly monochrome, and the blood drips suggest the theme without taking over.  Love love love love love.  At first glance, I'd never have known it was a romance!  

Have I really not posted this one yet?  Shame!  It's one of my favorite covers of all time!  For those of you who know Johnny Cash and his song "Hurt"....did you know that it wasn't originally his song?  Nope.  He was covering the Nine Inch Nails.  How cool is that!?  Also, his version happens to be beautifully and softly haunting, a cool contrast to Reznor's equally beautiful but more violent rasp. 

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