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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Not-So-Sneaky Cover Look-Alikes; Pathetic But True

I know tons of people have published posts like this, but for those who have no clue what i'm talking about: Cover Look-Alikes are books that have similar covers, or sometimes even the same one just flipped with a few tweeks. I rarely ever come across these, so i felt that i should post my discoveries today while browsing through Good Reads and adding tons of books to my To Read shelf.

Okayyyyy! So, the first two are Flirting With Boys by Hailey Abbott and The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Calletti. First of all, I've read all of Deb Calletti's YA novels (which i think is all she has . . . right? I mean, just YA.) . . . and none of them particularly rocked my world, but i did grow to like The Nature of Jade and Wild Roses after a slow process of re-reading and disecting. I did like those two very much after giving Calletti's novels a second chance--and i still do--especially The Nature of Jade. I'm not sure i reviewed that one . . . hmm. Anyyy-who, I have never heard of Hailey Abbott, and possibly that is because she has no other YA books . . . nooo, she does; i just checked.

She has quite a few. For whatever reason, i have never heard of her.

Soooo, moving on, here are the two not-so-sneaky covers that are clearly the same picture, just one is zoooooomed in:

Not so subtle is it?

I mean, a blind person could see how alike these are. Seriously, do these cover artists think that because we're YA book fans we're not smart enough to notice this kind of stuff? Basically, the only differences I'm seeing (despite the ZOOOOM) are some slight fading of color and darker shadowing--or maybe thats just the affect the ZOOOM had.
Anyway, the other two Look-Alikes i caught are Evermore by Alyson Noel and North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headly. I've read--and loved--Evermore as well as three of Noel's other YA novels; you can find the review on this site. I have not read North of Beautiful, though. Here ya go:

Okayyyy, so this is definately not as bad as the Secret Life/Flirting With Boys . . . but it still gets to me, that they really dont think we'd notice. Or that they just dont care that we would. looking at this, the only diferences i see are which way the photo is, and the coloring. So, basically, going from North of Beautiful to Evermore, they removed the compass-y thing, flipped the photo vertically, did some funky color adjustments, then threw in some red tulips . . . and waa-laa! you have two book covers.

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Mitzy said...

This is so interesting! I've never come across any covers that are noticeably similar, but maybe I haven't been looking hard enough!

Good catches =)

Jen said...

I see these all the time, it doesn't really bother me though. Exept for when the Bible and Anita Blake shared a cover.

Laina said...

Anita Blake is a serious by Laurell K. Hamilton, to be precise. :)

Bookworm said...

I I've spotted the first before. It's pretty bad/obvious, huh? Cringe....

Anonymous said...

I know this is years later, but just in case anyone else checks through these, the girl on the cover of Evermore is obviously a popular book-cover model because that SAME photo is also on the book: Selena Penaluna (which is a mermaid book... sort of).


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