The Compulsive Reader: Cover Talk: Rosebush by Michele Jaffe

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cover Talk: Rosebush by Michele Jaffe

Last year around this time, I was super excited about Rosebush by Michele Jaffe. It's a great thriller that really grabbed me (you can read my review here) and I loved the awesome cover. So, I was a bit disappointed that it changed when the paperback came out in October.

First off, here is the original cover:

And here is what I had to say about it in my Cover Comments after my review:

And I still agree with my original assessment--the roses tie in nicely with the cover, and it is eye-catching and intriguing without being cheesy.

Here is the new paperback cover:

Just...meh. I don't care for the model's face in the background at all. The title treatment and the roses are fine, but the picture in the background just makes this cover look like a cheesy romance, which is definitely is NOT.

Which cover do you prefer?


Anonymous said...

I like the original more!
I think the face in the second one is distracting, maybe if it had been in negative colors or something but as it is I don't care much for it.

Anonymous said...

The original cover. The newer cover gives me the eerie feeling and goosebumps. ;P

ZoeRainDasherBenji said...

The original cover is more romantic but it's too similar to the cover of Falling Under. It's nice but it's not original.

The current cover gives me a Rage Carrie vibe with all the twigs and thorns.

The Compulsive Reader said...


Actually, Rosebush was published before Falling Under. But they do have the same publisher.

mondal said...

I think the face in the second one is distracting, maybe if it had been in negative colors.

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BookChic said...

I preferred the original. The paperback was redone to match her upcoming book (that's not related other than being a thriller) Ghost Flower, which also has a bad cover. But I don't know why they thought they had to do a cover update in the first place. I think Ghost Flower would've been better off with an original Rosebush-like cover to match.

Jez said...

Really? My friend's paperback is the first cover. The first is better though, the second one leaves less to the imagination.

Lauren said...

Maybe they were trying to reduce the creepy factor?

Sara Lucinda Bell said...

I bought this book at Walmart a few months ago and it had yet another new cover, a black and white sultry portrait of two teens in embrace. I definitely like the first cover the best of the three, but at least the second fits the storyline!

The Compulsive Reader said...

I saw the same one--it's a "Walmart exclusive." I hated it!