the everlasting roseSo, the funniest thing about the fact that The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton has ended up on my cover love Friday feature is the fact that I actually didn’t really like the cover for The Belles at first. It grew on me later, of course, but initially I was just overwhelmed with all the pink, especially the pink makeup. With The Everlasting Rose, pink is completely absent and I’m positive that this plays a role in how much more I like it than the cover for the first book. But there’s also so much more about this cover to adore. And I honestly haven’t the foggiest idea where to start. Should I begin with the blue, which I have quite a lot to say about? Should I begin with her expression, because oh my goodness, her expression. Or the text and title that I actually have a lot of good things to say about, a rarity since I my cover complaints tend to always be with text placement.

Well, on account of that I am actually going to begin with my commentary on the title, a gorgeous dark gold that really gives you a feeling of importance and rarity. You know this is special, you know the everlasting rose is important. And I am just dying with love for the irony of it all because a rose that is everlasting would never wilt or crumble or fall apart and here we are with text on the word rose crumbling and falling down to pieces. You can easily imagine it slowly falling, more and more pieces breaking off to settle on the ground at her feet. The blue around Camille is a literal embodiment of a rose, making it extremely clear to you who the everlasting rose actually is. Despite the title masquerading as a rose, it’s obvious to anyone who looks closely that the real rose is right behind it.

And then there’s Camille’s expression, not as shocked or almost bewildered as she was in the first cover. She’s not new to the truths of the world anymore. She knows what they are and she’s set out to fight them. She’s determined, she’s angry, and she knows the danger of her situation. There’s a fierceness in her expression that you can’t help but love and root for.

What do you think of this cover? Love it? Hate it? Like it? Apathetic? Let me know in the comments!

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