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So . . . What Do You Think?

I meant to mention that the Immortal Beloved cover that you see here is the actual official IB cover, which is what you’ll see at bookstores (in America. Other countries will have different covers.). The white cover was just a placeholder so you wouldn’t have to look at a black box.

I’m looking for feedback here–will this cover stand out on the shelves? Does it make you want to pick up the book and see what it’s about? If you’ve read the excerpt from IB on this site, do you think this book cover is representative of what you’ve read?

I’m asking because I saw several different designs for this book, and this one was the best. But what are your thoughts?

32 Responses to “So . . . What Do You Think?”

  1. Alex Bennett says:

    I think it looks great! I would definitely pick it up if I saw it on the shelves, I would pick it up. If there is still time, maybe you should put all the options up here and ask us then so we could vote or something. Hmm…

  2. cate says:

    Excellent! Glad to hear it! Voting would be fun, but publishers usually don’t do that. But I’m glad to hear that this cover would catch your eye and/or pique your interest! Thanks!

  3. Andy C says:

    I think it’s great! I think that in relation to what was posted before, this one seems a bit dark. But if I hadn’t seen the other one, this one wouldn’t seem too dark to me.

    I like the way the title is positioned, too. It would probably take a second to read/decipher, but I think that would make me stop for a moment to look, and then I’d pick it up.

  4. Nicole says:

    If I saw it on the shelf, I would pick it up. Even if I only saw the upper half of the cover, I would be intrigued enough to pick it up and see the rest of the cover/author’s name.

  5. cate says:

    Oh, I’m so glad. Can you see that there’s a photograph of a face on there?

  6. Tim says:

    This definitely caught my eye, I’m going to but it once it gets released, but im positive that it will catch a lot of peoples eyes

  7. Nikki says:

    That’s a great cover. I’m in the UK so I guess we’ll get a different one, but I must admit I will always pick a book up if the cover catches my eye and will sometimes order from the US if I prefer that particular cover. I like to show my books off!

  8. Alexa says:

    The title demands that you read it, and the color grabs your attention. Great job, whoever the designer is!

  9. HammyUK says:

    I love it! It would definately catch my eye and I’m now hoping that the UK version is just as good as the American one. The blend of colour is exciting and it gives off a mysterious air, making you want to pick it up. I can’t wait for it to come out!

  10. Sara Akl says:

    I like it. Definitely would grab my attention. But I don’t think the picture of the girl behind the name is representative of “Immortal” theme.

    The previous picture on the other cover felt more like it.

    The colors are great though, very eye-catching.

    Somehow, I felt the 1st cover was more professional looking.

    Maybe is the same picture gets integrated with this design somehow, and the colors are the same but lighter. would be amazing.

  11. JoAnne Kraft says:

    The cover looks GREAT!! With this cover it gives you a hint to something darker is waiting and yet its calling you in.

  12. Darkstorm says:

    I personally prefer the white cover, I thought it was more striking, but I prefer simplicity then big colourful backgrounds and lettering. But hay, I’m not buying the book for your cover, I’m buying ‘cos I love your writing!

  13. JaeniverTopleaf says:

    I preferred the white cover and i also think that it would have stood out more on the shelve. This is mostly because other books of a similar genre all have dark covers, so to stand out on that shelve a lighter cover would have helped.

  14. ND says:

    Cate, the cover looks kind of generic. It’s okay but I think the artist could do better.

  15. mystery90 says:

    I like it, to me it’s a book that i’d want to turn over and read what it’s about. Very eye catching and I like how the title has been done. Though i’m from the UK so id have to spot for a different cover. Well done! I’m reading the second book in the Balefire series and all I can say is WOW.

  16. Nikki says:

    It looks really good I cant wait to read it.
    When does it come out?

  17. Teresa says:

    Dear Cate,
    First of all I can’t wait for immortal beloved to come out! I’m really looking forward to its release.

    The cover is pretty but there’s too much going on for me. The immortal beloved sign is beautiful and I would definitely keep it! But the picture behind it has a lot of colors and a picture of a girl, and for me it is too much. Don’t get me wrong I don’t think it’s ugly, just much

    I like the book with whole black or white background, which maybe the sign in silver and embossed. It will give it a more mysterious/serene/ grown- up look, which I find fitting for the story.

    I could be that I find it more appealing that way because I’m an adult reader, and the cover that is chosen now will be more suitable for the young adult reader…. And that’s the main target group….

    Anyhow no matter what it looks like I will definitely buy the books!



  18. sk8's says:

    I really think it will stand out and look interesting. It is something like what I would put on the cover of my books. If i was in a bookstore and I saw this book I would seriously want to pick it up and read!

  19. PINKMINX says:

    On a purely asthetic level the photo graphic is good in it’s colour choice, and the font for the title is great. However there is a lot of visual flicker between the photo graphic and the title frame. I think maybe it needs to be bolder or filled in solid, it’s distracting from the title rather than emphasising it. If it were me I would loose the engraved look and go for something in an antique mirror frame? Sorry if this is a bit analytical, but you asked. Love the books & have them all, I would probably read it if it were covered in brown paper.


    Rachel x0x0

  20. hollie says:

    the colours are eye catching and the intricate design is lovely same for the girl behind it but they dont mesh so great but to be honest i would be more interested in the story than what the cover looks like so im sure its going to sell all your other books were a hit for me and my friends xx

  21. Sara says:

    The cover does not appeal to me, and if I had not already loved your work, I probably wouldn’t have been drawn to a book with this cover.
    However, I love love love your writing, Cate! You’re my favorite author!

  22. colette says:

    just finished “Immortal Beloved” by far one of the best of this year that I have read and I have read so many! Wonderfully written, characters are raw and real great story line I was really very impressed. I am a bookseller and specialize in children’s books across the board. I have two children of my own one a 13 year old going on “older”. To be honest out of all of the incredible customers I have all ages I really enjoy the teens as I feel like I can hook them up with just the right read, Immortal Beloved is one I will most certainly spread around, when is the next installation? I look forward to the remainder installations! Great and Wonderful read!
    Thank you,
    Colette Bruehl
    Copperfield’s Books
    Sebastopol CA.

  23. Simi says:

    Of course it is!! it’s awesome!! 😀 I would definitely want to read looks pretty interesting and the name’s really nice..this is one of those books that I would definitely check out if I were at a bookstore :)

  24. Peggy says:

    Immortal Beloved! Found you at walmart of all places. Couldn’t put the book down. The scenes between Natashya and Reyn are intense. Can’t wait till the next one comes out in September 2011.

    woo hoo, now reading your sweep series.

  25. Jennifer says:

    just want to say that i was kinda hesitantto read the sweep series, but once i started,omg, i couldnt stop. just finished the 6th book in the series and cant wait to get the next. im so anxious to read on. I love these books. i think they are my second favorite books since the twilight series.

  26. Samantha says:

    Cate if you chose a cover for your book out of several other choices then you have already chosen lol but I’m sure it makes you feel better anyways to ask others opinions. All women do it even if we already know what we are going to do. lol DONT WORRY SO MUCH

  27. Megan says:

    Cate! I love all of your books so far! I’ve read all of the Sweep series, but is the last book in the series called Night’s Child? Will that be the last book? Hopefully not, but it was an amazing story!!! Also, when does the next Immortal Beloved book come out in the US? I’ve read that its in September? Another fabulous read!! Your amazing!! Just getting ready to read Balefire! I am sure it will be just as good as the others! Oh! And the covers of the books were beautiful! But its the stories in those books that literally took my breath away!! AMAZING!

  28. Mothtopic says:

    I love it much! i feel stupid though because i just realized that it was a girl (Nas im guessing) on the cover. it looks awesome but i thought it was like incense smoke until i looked at it when i was bored in school lol. dont get me wrong, its not confusing, im just not the birghtest apple in the bunch sometimes lol!

    love all your covers 😀 and books 😀

  29. cathy says:

    I don,t think it was a good ending for necklace of water thais and luc love each other to much to be friends and I really do not think the twins are dark I really want there to be another book to this series thanks.

  30. billy says:

    on the sweep sreies I think it should continue I,d really love to hunter,s and morgan,s wedding it would be beautifull also I,d like to hear more about Ian and moria and also moria,s unitiation as blood witch

  31. Amber says:

    I loved and still do love Sweep and I also think it should continue because it really got to me such as the the ups and downa that every in the book went through I went through them too. I would love to read more

  32. chloe says:

    I really really am truly going to die unless there is another book in the immortal beloved series. #3 was the best book I had ever read, and I read a lot of books! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. I would appreciate an answer as soon as possible, for mental purposes!

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