More book cover critiques!

How about some strong women on our covers today?

I’m a fan of interesting frame details, so this definitely caught my eye. The book is a retelling of the Aladdin tale, so it definitely fits the story. A hint of location-appropriate architecture in the back. The western-style dress is a bit off-putting to me, but the vibrant color scheme and the delightful font works well.

Horror is not my chosen genre, but I love the soft, subtle symbols in the background, and one of the few genres where shadowing the character’s face works wonderfully. The colors are spot on, and the hint of fabric texture gives an intimate, frightening feel to the image. Like you’re caught in a small room alone with the ghost. While I really like the font, it’s got a slight hand-drawn quality which is slightly off to me, but it’s effective.

The cool colors, and of course, the misty feel of the image plays right into the title. I am not a fan of the back arm holding the sword in front of her like that – I’ve held swords, and fought with them. That’s an unnatural pose and hurts my back to look at it. Also, it looks chilly, and that’s NOT a dress to fight in at all, especially on a chilly day. But the image is strong, the font is beautiful, and the branding is great.

Celtic Fairies, Fables, and Folklore! Bestselling author (top #100 Amazon Canada, #1 in Paranormal Fantasy, Amazon Canada) Christy Nicholas, also known as Green Dragon, is an author, artist and accountant. After she failed to become an airline pilot, she quit her ceaseless pursuit of careers that begin with 'A', and decided to concentrate on her writing. Since she has Project Completion Disorder, she is one of the few authors with NO unfinished novels. Christy has her hands in many crafts, including digital art, beaded jewelry, writing, and photography. In real life, she's a CPA, but having grown up with art all around her (her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are/were all artists), it sort of infected her, as it were. She wants to expose the incredible beauty in this world, hidden beneath the everyday grime of familiarity and habit, and share it with others. She uses characters out of time and places infused with magic and myth. Combine this love of beauty with a bit of financial sense and you get an art business. She does local art and craft shows, as well as sending her art to various science fiction conventions throughout the country and abroad. Facebook: Homepage: Blog: Twitter:

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