One of the first thing that draws me as a reader to a book is the cover. As an author, I’m always curious about the design involved in a cover: the colors, the fonts, the imagery, etc. The covers I share here are not a promotion for the book itself, simply an admiration of the cover or aspects of it.
HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA, by Kerri Maniscalco
Bone white. Blood red. Along this path, you’ll soon be dead.
Following the horrifying revelation of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth flees her home in Victorian London to enroll as the only female student in Europe’s most prestigious forensics school. But it’s impossible to find peace in the dark, unsettling Romanian castle that houses the school—and was also once home to the depraved Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Prince Dracula.
When a series of troubling deaths brings whispers of Vlad’s bloodthirsty return from the grave, Audrey Rose and her sharp-witted companion, Thomas Cresswell, must unravel the cryptic clues that will lead them to the shadowlike killer—living or dead.
My impression: This cover immediately caught my eye when I saw it. The gorgeous white dress with black lace accents against the red patterned background is standout. I love when covers add a setting detail superimposed on clothing (like this cover), and the castle in the forests of Romania looks haunting and secretive. The red in the cover in the background, her lipstick, and the roof of the castle is a great nod to the Dracula lore, and the wooden stake the woman is holding is the finishing touch. The text and placement of the title works extremely well, and overall, it’s an eye-catching cover.
Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated at Flashlight Commentary. These lovely book bloggers also feature eye-catching covers: