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Riddle me this, Batman. What do you get when you mix talented photography, makeup artists, costume/set designers, and really weird direction?


fever_destefano-1888558I have tried multiple times over the past ten minutes to come up with some coherent and non-rambly sentence that could adequately express my sincere confusion in regards to this cover. I keep trying, but failing miserably.

I haven’t read the first book in DeStefano’s Chemical Garden series, Wither, and I’ve heard excellent things about the novel’s insides. And I didn’t rage against the Mandy Moore cover, either. When a blogger friend of mine sent me Fever’s cover art some months ago, I remember looking at it incredulously — but then probably got distracted by something shiny and never gave it a second thought.

It’s not the tired SGiPD cover art that bothers me about this cover. I love the branding, the typography and the design elements that make this series cohesive, sure. But what makes me scratch my head in wonder (not the good kind) is this girl’s pose. What on earth. I mean, really?

If you’ve read this novel, please do enlighten me on what is happening all over this cover art. It looks like someone got a little too drunk at last night’s New Year’s Eve party/Founder’s Ball on the set of The Vampire Diaries and fell asleep sitting up.

Bryan Williams