Design Power

Black and red can make for a book jacket with impact. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce (Little, Brown 2010) is another in a growing field of werewolf novels. What I see here is the power of sticking with good design over the present day practice of stock photo manipulation.
You might not immediately notice the wolf face here, because the white shapes draw your eye first. Which one would you pick up? This one? Or this one?

Sisters Red: After a Fenris, or werewolf, killed their grandmother and almost killed them, sisters Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the beasts that prey on teenaged girls, learning how to lure them with red cloaks and occasionally using the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman’s son. Ages 12+. Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

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8 Responses to “Design Power”

  1. It’s actually a cover that would make me want to pick up the book.

  2. Ooooh, purty. You definitely only notice those wolf eyes after a moment — and then they’re quite arresting.

    • Jacket Whys Says:

      Tanita – Tried to comment on your blog, but couldn’t figure out how, so I’ll say it on mine: Check out the new cover to Tanita’s book: Mare’s War. I liked the first cover (and illustrated one) – but I really like this one too! This is a case of a photo cover that looks as if the photo was taken for the book. GREAT!!!!
      You can see that cover here.

  3. I think the Sisters Red is a beautiful jacket. Besides the black and red palette, the lyrical use of positive and negative space is fantastic. It’s feminine and masculine at the same time. I wish more art directors/publisher’s would be more receptive to these kind of solutions.

  4. Absolutely this one! Those wolf eyes captured me immediately. This is a luring cover that promises intrique! Hope the story is as great as the cover.

  5. it’s gorgeous and so well done.

    But even though both books deal with wolves, they look like they’re for two different audiences. Based on the covers alone, and not knowing anything else about the books you’re comparing, I would say that SISTERS RED is more solidly fantasy (probably a version of Little Red Riding hood based on the title and wolf and color), and RAISED BY WOLVES is more commerical paranormal/werewolf probable romance fiction.

    Though striking, SISTERS RED looks more literary in feel than RAISED BY WOLVES. I wouldn’t neccessarily say it felt more like a “bigger book”, more that it looks and feels more nichey, genre-specific–less like a mass-appeal, commercial fiction title.

  6. Ooh. Very nice. There’s not as much on werewolves as some of my students would like.

  7. CoverLOVE. I really love these novels that are smartly and stylishly illustrated — strong graphics really are very, very eye-catching. But I think their rarity is because it’s harder to pull one of these off than a pretty photo-based cover.

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