I don’t know about you, but I find cover changes really interesting—especially when books in the same language are given completely different covers.
Sometimes both covers are hideous, sometimes both covers are different but equally beautiful, but most of the time there’s one cover that’s much nicer and, credit where credit’s due, the US have been knocking it out the park recently…
All UK covers are on the left, while all US covers are on the right!
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
I honestly don’t know what’s going on with the UK cover. It’s not the worst cover I’ve ever seen by any means, but the US cover is so pretty and captures the feel of the book for me a lot more than the UK cover does. I think the UK cover gives off a steampunk vibe, and that’s not how I’d describe this book at all.
The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
While I think the UK edition is very pretty, and it’s gorgeous in the flesh, I prefer the simpler US design. I haven’t read the book yet, but I feel like the US cover captures the mood of this book more than the UK cover does.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
The US edition isn’t ugly, but it’s far too busy for me. Personally I think the UK edition is gorgeous. Rather than try to fit everything included in the book on the cover like the US edition, the UK edition is so much simpler and far more impactful as a result. It doesn’t hurt that it uses mint green, either, which is one of my favourite colours. I love fantasy covers that don’t have people on them, so the US edition was never going to be my preference.
Circe by Madeline Miller
I actually like both of these covers a lot. I love how Greek the US edition is and, again, I love its simplicity. (If you hadn’t guessed already, I’d choose a simple cover over a busy cover any day.) That being said, I do think the UK edition is so, so pretty and it’s beautiful underneath the dust jacket, too, so I just prefer it.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I don’t like the US editions of this duology at all, they don’t appeal to me in the slightest and I think I dislike the US edition of Muse of Nightmares even more. The UK editions catch my eye a lot more because they’re one, bold colour and then a simple design on the front – not to mention the matching sprayed edges.
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
I love the UK editions of all of Chambers’ books. I think the US editions are really fun, but the UK editions are beautiful and I love how they also appeal to readers who wouldn’t usually reach for science fiction.
All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry
Honestly, I don’t love either of these covers. This YA novel is set in the 19th century, but I don’t think either of the covers make it obvious that it’s historical fiction – particularly the US cover, with its cover model who’s wearing eyeliner and appears to have dyed her hair bleach blonde. The UK edition, though, is just a bit… meh. I think the UK edition captures the quiet mood of the novel more, but I think the US edition has to be the ultimate winner because it’s much more eye-catching.
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
I love both of these covers! This is my favourite novel, and a UK edition was finally released last year which, naturally, I bought to add to my collection. I think the UK edition is really pretty, but the original US edition is always going to my favourite; I love that cover art a lot.
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
I wouldn’t say I dislike the UK edition of this novel, there’s nothing wrong with it, but I think the US edition captures the mood of this novel much more. The UK edition gives off a whimsical, potential fabulism vibe and that doesn’t fit this book at all. It’s a fairly gloomy novel.
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
I have a feeling I’m going to have an unpopular opinion here, but I prefer the UK edition. My only criticism of the UK edition would be that I think the cover makes it seem more Middle Grade than YA, but other than that I think it’s really pretty. There’s nothing wrong with the US edition, but I find it a little boring?