Thursday, June 7, 2012

Cover Love #4

Guess what time it is, guys? Cover Love time!

For you newbies, this is the time of week where I set aside special time to gush over a cover that I just absolutely adore. It's also an interactive meme, so you can sign up to share your own Cover Love post on your blog or comment below, so we can all squeal over the designs together.

Breaking from my recent apocalyptic/dystopian trend, this week I've chosen a book that's slightly less intense. Slightly.

What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?

Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn't be more different--except for one thing. They share a secret that they can't tell a soul. At night, they dream that they're each other.

The deeper they're pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever.
I found this cover while lurking at Portrait of a Book and immediately added the book to my to-read list. I mean, can you blame me?

Forget the orientation for a minute and look at the image itself. There's a pretty girl in a simple white shift, presumably sleeping. The background is purple, relaxing, mellow. Tying it all together is the out-of-focus, sleepy look of it all. Pieces of the cover are blurred, while others are crystal clear. It's the way dreams always are.

NOW look at the orientation. How freaking genius was it of the designer to flip the picture around? Now you know this isn't a mellow book that might have something to do with sleep. Instead, it's a trippy book that has everything to do with sleep and the upside-down world of dreams.


What do you think of this cover? Have you ever been convinced to read a book based on the cover alone?

To sign up for Cover Love:
1. Follow Bookshelvers Anonymous as the host of the meme (my work, so I get credit. No stealing).
2. Find a cover that just makes you go wild with designer delight.
3. Highlight said cover in a Thursday post. Here and here are my two previous Cover Love posts for reference.
4. Link back to Bookshelvers Anonymous somewhere in your post (when I do other blogs' memes, I put the meme button at the top of the page and then link in the button's caption).
5. Consider adding the meme button somewhere on your blog so others can join also. This step isn't required, but it'd be awfully nice. The HTML for the button is in my right sidebar, and I can help you through the adding process if you'd like.
6. Add your blog to the linky list at the bottom of this post - it makes it easier for all of us to find each other AND it's a great way to generate traffic for your blog.