This Weeks Books Are:
The Vespertine (The Vespertine #1) by Saundra Mitchell
Forgiven (Faithful #2) by Janet Fox
It's easy to pick out the main similarity between the two covers; girls running. The dresses appear to be alike, just different colors. I haven't read either of these books, even though I own Forgiven (I didn't know it was book two in a series; it is a companion novel to Faithful) so it's difficult for me to truly analyze the covers based on more than a visual sense.
The earthy, neutral tones of the cover for The Vespertine lead me to believe that the main character is trying to blend in after having run away; hence the girl running on the cover, looking over her shoulder. Being an historical novel and the fact that the model's hair is loose and flowing makes me feel that she is unconventional, which makes her run, whether out of fear or in an attempt to escape from her unconventionality.
The bold red of the model's dress on the Forgiven cover gives a sense of love, loyalty and lust. Again, the model's loose locks leave the impression that she is not a typical girl living in pre-turn-of-the-century times. Red gives a sense of boldness and strength, and the playful turn of the model's head while holding up her dress makes it seem as though she's not running away from something, but maybe running with someone, as if she is never standing still.
Both covers place the title around the middle of the cover; Forgiven's just a bit offset closer to the bottom. Both give a blurb/review at the bottom of the cover and both use a Caps-lock-On font for the author's name. Overall, I prefer the cover for Forgiven. I prefer the bold red against the down-toned background to the neutral too-much-brown of The Vespertine.
What do you think?