Judging a Book by it’s Cover: Series Edition – Victoria Schwab

Monsters of Verity vs. Cassidy Blake

Both written by Victoria Schwab—who you can find here—both YA Fantasy. One, set in a similar, but not-earth. The other set in a very earthly, if supernatural earth. Admittedly, I don’t get through a whole lot of YA Fantasy, and since both were by Schwab—it just fit.

Now, the styles are definitely different, but I’m not an artist, and I’m not here to debate the merits of each as a piece. I’m just gonna judge them. On their readability. From their covers.

See? Totally reasonable.

Cassidy Blake

Like a lot of Schwab books, Cassidy Blake goes with a largely red, white and black color scheme

Now, I’ve read Victoria Schwab before (both her YA and Adult stuff), so I came in expecting a certain level of darkness in her novels, even the YA. And yet, judging just off the covers, I would’ve expected the darker of the two to be Cassidy Blake. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t at least a little creeped out by the Blake covers.

Baily Crawford’s Cassidy Blake covers are by no means her only. You can find some others at her website.

Monsters of Verity

I like the violins, but would’ve preferred to see an homage to Kate as well. The red sun and blue moon really sell the grim setting.

And yet, Monsters of Verity is definitely the darker of the two. Blake gives off a cartoonish, Danny Phantom vibe (if you haven’t seen it… really? I think it’s on Hulu, so go binge), an episodic series starring a teen and her ghost hunting parents. Monsters is… about two teens that hunt the monsters themselves, and certainly involves more blood, death, and darkness.

Far as I can tell, Paul Zakris did both Monsters covers, but couldn’t find any links for him. Maybe try google, or bing?

The Winner:

Personally, I like them both. Neither is a disappointment. I think the first Schwab book I actually read was This Savage Song—and this cover (and her reputation) helped sell it. But, if I had to go with one… Cassidy Blake. City of Ghosts is a cool one, but Tunnel of Bones kills it. As for the story though, Monsters of Verity is a better read. In my opinion.

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