Okay, so this may seem a bit redundant to some folks, in which case I apologize, but I just thought I'd throw in my own two cents about the issue of the cover of Jaclyn Dolamore's book, Magic Under Glass.
You can go here to read my review of the book if you are interested.
Here are my original cover comments: This cover is lovely and magical and fills you with breathless anticipation--simply perfect. I love the font, the pose of the model, the hints of magic, everything!
My opinions haven't changed, but due to the fact that Bloomsbury has temporarily ceased to provide copies with the US cover due to complaints (read the full statement here), I thought maybe I should expand a bit more on exactly why I disagree with all of the uproar it has caused.
First off, as I understand it, the issue many readers have with the cover is the girl's skin tone. Unlike the dispute over the cover for Liar by Justine Larbalestier last summer, I do not believe that this issue is as cut and dry. In Liar, we new most certainly that Micah was black, and that a white girl was on the cover. However, with Magic Under Glass, all I remember from the book was Dolamore mentioning that Nimira's skin was darker than most of her fellow character's. Furthermore (and I could be wrong, so feel free to correct me in the comments), but I don't remember seeing any adjective when talking about her skin tone that gave me any indication that she was, most assuredly, very dark, or anything that urged the reader that she couldn't be simply very tan.
In fact, the Nim I pictured was a girl whose skin was very tan, with dark hair. Now, does the model on the cover fit that description? Not exactly. But, she's close--she has dark hair, and in the golden light her skin looks quite tan. And really, we can't expect art designers to get these things exactly right--it's impossible to live up to every reader's expectation or imagined image of a character.
So, no. The picture of the young woman on the cover of Magic Under Glass doesn't exactly fit. But in my opinion, neither does it not fit Neither does the image of the girl on the hardcover of Wherever Nina Lies fit the character of Ellie, or the image of the girl on the cover of Wish fit Olivia. But, they're close. And unless you want to limit book covers to simple graphics, versatile and bland body parts, or stick to the torso trend (which I know for a fact many of you hate), we've got to be a little open-minded and forgiving when it comes to models or people on book covers.
I will be very sad to see the beautiful, luminous cover of Magic Under Glass go. It really was what first attracted me to the book, and I think it will be hard to find a replacement cover that lives up to its beauty. I will be interested in seeing how Bloomsbury responds with the new cover, but in the meantime, I'm keeping my well-loved ARC with the beautiful cover so I can gaze at it further.
UPDATE: Charlotte has given a break-down of physical descriptions, with quotes and page numbers here. After reading this, I still stand firm in my opinions.
UPDATE: For the record, I don't think that a black model on the cover would make it less appealing; I just don't believe that the current model is completely wrong either (see the link in the above update!)