Who Wore it Better, Covers: The Sin Eater's Daughter vs Long May She Reign

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Books have so many options when they dress for their big debut, but sometimes, they end up wearing very similar styles.  In the vein of all my favorite trashy Hollywood magazines... 

who wore it better?  

the sin eater's daughter by Melinda Salisbury VS long may she reign by Rhiannon Thomas 

c.j.'s vote 

I mean, honestly, I literally thought LMSR was part of the TSED series until I later saw it was by an entirely different person.  Clearly ornate glass bottles were in this season, because both these books made it the focal point of their accessories.  TSED accented its bottle with a swirly blood-girl and surrounding filigree cabachon, while LMSR went for a simpler accent of fairy tale castle, smoke, rope, and a splash of bright blue backdrop.  Both went for tiny top author name and large bottom title in slightly curly, fantasy-ish serif allcaps.  However, they chose different color palletes.  TSED went with summery green and gold with a splash of eye-catching red as a focal piece, while LMSR opted for a cool winter blue color scheme with subtle silver and grey-purple accents.

It's a tough call.  TSED's color scheme and accents give it a look like ancient Chinese jade-and-gold ornnamentation, which is lovely, while LMSR is more typical with its French Cinderella fairy tale glamour.  The TSED title text is also much bolder, while LMSR would have looked better if they made the title bigger and let it overlap the snake-rope-things; I hate that it just looks crowded  now.  On the other hand, I prefer LMSR's grungey background and stark contrast, while that blurred background on TSED looks kind of photoshopped.  And I can't stop it catching my eye and bothering me.  I think I have to go with LMSR purely because I'm a sucker for sparkly dreamy blue, but it's a sliver of a victory.

the winner:  long may she reign

Which cover wins?  Are there similar covers you think did it better?  

Who wore it better?

The Sin Eater's Daughter
Long May She Reign
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  1. So I love blue, and was going to go with LMSR, except... TSED did it first. And is more colorful, which I like. And has better detailing. BUT man, the colors of LMSR almost did it for me too. Almost ;)

    1. That's true, it was first. And I do really like the detail. But the whole red/green thing is iffy for me.