I believe I did a throwback post to this book a little while ago, having written a review for The Blood Spell way back sometime last year. I’m a little partial to Cinderella retellings, you see, and I simply couldn’t help myself with this one. It was exceedingly exciting to have gotten approved for an advanced copy of this book, though I won’t say that it’s the best Cinderella retelling I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Still, it was quite enjoyable as far as books go. I know a rather large number of people were quite excited about its publication. As for me, while I will admit that it was the retelling bit that truly drew me in, the cover definitely does a good job of selling this book to potential readers. I mean, you almost automatically know it’s going to be a Cinderella retelling just by looking at the fact that there’s a giant pumpkin on the front of the book. And you don’t have to look far to really get some insight into the rest of the novel.
To begin with, the novel is titled The Blood Spell and the lovely, popping red color used to catch a readers’ eye is pretty ingenious as far as I’m concerned. I love how the stem of the pumpkin sends this idea about blood, a dark thought to the novel that one might not originally associate with Cinderella, home as the stem actually begins dripping when your eyes reach the bottom of it. The white pumpkin does well to emphasis the importance of the title, as does what almost appears to be a snow covered background. If you look closely, though, that background that might at first glance seem to be snow could actually be shattered glass, an image that comes readily with the idea of Cinderella and one I absolutely adore.
As far as covers go, this one is pretty simple. But it also happens to be gorgeous. How do you feel about this particular cover? Is it one that makes you want to read the book? Do you think you’d pick it up if you were just passing by it in a bookstore? Do you not really care for it? If so, why? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments!