Same book cover for YA books! What’s the deal?

Posted: February 17, 2013 in Secondary
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I noticed last year there were a number of books with the same cover. The same photo, girl and dress in the same shot have been used for some YA titles. One has had the dress colour changed, one is a close-up and the shot is reversed but they are all almost the same. Surely this is not necessarily the best move. They are all different stories and different authors.
What do you think? Let me know. Don’t let it stop you reading these good titles though as they are worth reading.

Goddess interrupted
By Aimee Carter

Sequel to Goddess test

The goddess test cover

The vespertine
By Saundra Mitchell

“A 19th-century historical romance set in Victorian Baltimore about Amelia van den Broek, whose prophetic dreams have made her the talk of high society, and whose love for an artist distinctly outside of the social circle threatens her place in it.”


The crimson thread
By Suzanne Weyn
This is a retelling of Rumplestiltkon which is great for those readers who love the modern retelling of fairytales.
Here the cover is reversed but still the same.


The dark angel
By Eden Maguire
“Tania’s heart belongs to Orlando. Nothing can rip them apart. Until the seduction begins in a flurry of glamour and magic, music and parties all orchestrated by the mysterious and mesmerising Zoran, an iconic rock star who has retired to a remote ranch in the nearby mountains. And there Tania meets the dark side. Can she resist temptation?”

  1. The Crimson Thread’s image is part of the same photoshoot but not the same image. Being closer in, not having the same flyaway hair and being flipped around help it stand out against others that use the same photoshoot, even if it keeps the same colour of the dress.

    The other three almost have the image at the same size and in the same location (Goddess Test and Dark Angel are only around 20px left/right and a few px down from each other!), although the Vespertine at least has the dress as a different colour and the positioning much further away from the others. The Vespertine was also the first of all these covers, which helps a lot too.


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