Wednesday 8 August 2012

Pushing The Limits UK Blog Tour: Cover Wars

                      US                                                                                                           UK

Welcome to the third stop on the Pushing The Limits UK Blog Tour and today we're talking about the book covers (US vs UK).  Firstly, just in case you haven't heard of the book, here is the synopsis to whet your appetite:

"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise."

Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins?
His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms.
 "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?"
No one ever asked that question.
They stared.
They whispered.
They laughed.
But they never asked.

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.”

I've got to tell you that I loved this book like woah and this is coming from someone who doesn't always get on with contemporary reads.  If you're interested, my full review is here

So, now that you've heard what the story is about, what do you think of the book covers?  Over to Katie to tell us a little bit more about them and what she thinks...

1)    How much influence do you have in terms of the book jackets?

Not much. Harlequin Teen did ask me to put together a description of Echo and Noah and what type of clothing they wore. I also helped a little with the cover copy, but overall, Harlequin Teen influenced the majority of the book cover/jacket.

2)    Are you happy with the jackets for Pushing the Limits, do you feel like they are an accurate reflection of the book? Are there any particular aspects that you like or dislike?

I absolutely love the jackets for Pushing the Limits and, yes, I feel that they are accurate reflections of the book.

The UK did an excellent job finding someone with Noah’s hair (how it’s short on the sides and a little longer in the front) and their cover copy blew me away. Both countries did an excellent job with Echo. The US cover deserves five stars for nailing the sexual tension between my characters.

3)    Do you prefer the US or UK cover (if you don’t mind asking?!)

Honestly, I love them both.

4)    More generally, are there any book jackets that you’ve come across recently and really loved? Do you have an all time favourite?

The cover for Bethany Griffin’s Masque of the Red Death is spectacular and the cover of Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake definitely caught my attention.

My favourite cover is my beat up and battered copy of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. It’s the version inspired by the movie. 

Thank you Katie for being on the blog today.  Just for the record whilst I like both covers, I think the US cover is my favourite.  What about you?  Don't forget to visit the other tour stops (listed below) and if you haven't read the book yet?  DO IT, you'll love it!

Pushing The Limits was published on 31st July, 2012 in the US and 3rd August, 2012 in the UK.  To find out more about Katie McGarry and her books, please click here to visit her website.


  1. I very much prefer the US cover for this one. The models for that one look much more like I imagine Echo and Noah looking. The crucial point is Echo's curly hair. The UK cover also looks a bit more 80s, like The Outsiders.

  2. I nicked Kirsty's proof from her so I don't have a finished copy but I do prefer the US cover more