Thursday, January 5, 2012

If These Books Were Judged by Their Covers : City of Lost Souls Dates the Dark Side ?

The most anticpated cover reveal  of the year has come. City of Lost Souls, the fifth book in Cassandra's Clares Mortal Instruments series. I still haven't read City of Fallen Angels so no spoilers !

The cover is designed by Cliff Nielsen  who we featured for Shelf Candy Saturday. . . We couldn't help but notice that this covers borrows from some of his previous work.

Gentlemen in black. . . check
Ladies in red. . . check
Orange font with authors name. . . check
White font with title. . . check
Extra serifs in font . . . check
Hazy dark blue background . . . check

This is the first cover in the Mortal Instrument series to feature two complete faces. Is it just me or does the male illustration (yes, those are illustrations) look like Jamie Campbell Bower who is set to play Jace Wayland in the film and Alex Pettyfer who was rumored to be playing him

look at the nose and eyes.
I'm also a  little shocked that after five books Isabelle has not been featured on a cover. What are your reactions to the cover ?


  1. Hmm I didn't notice this before... and totally didn't know these were illustrations! Not gonna lie, I really love the grayish background, ladies in red, and gentlemen in black combo lol xD

    It was probably a good idea to illustrate cover Jace similar to the actor so once the movie came out, fans wouldn't freak out (as much) about how they pictured someone completely different. :)

  2. Mwahaha! YES! These two totally look similar to me! Good spotting :D

  3. I wouldn't have noticed without you pointing it out. Interesting.

  4. So, I kind of dont like the cover to City of lost souls. It's too romantic for me, and I dont like actually seeing Clary's face. I do like seeing Jace's though.

  5. I didn't realize how much the cover looked like a romance novel, till everyone started pointing it out.

  6. I'm not the biggest fan of the cover, but I don't think it's awful either. I felt a little let down by City of Fallen Angels (it got a little off the story track and onto the angst path for my taste), so I'm hoping I'll like City of Lost Souls better. But what people are saying about this cover makes me wonder if that's where the story IS headed. It does really look like a romance novel cover, after all...

    This is my first time here, but I'm a new follower! Found you through the Saturday Situation!


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