Monday, March 12, 2012

Cover Crazy: The Humming Room

Cover Crazy is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Worms on Mondays. The idea is to showcase a beautiful book cover each week.

This week, I'm crazy about...
The Humming Room, by Ellen Potter
Click to enlarge. I found a HUGE and beautiful version.
You will want to see the enlarged version to get all the details.
The cover for The Humming Room is the type of cover that, while beautiful at first glance, becomes more and more so each time one looks at it. The detailed illustration (and I love illustrated covers) is the first thing to catch my eye, and nearly every aspect of the drawing itself both is masterfully created and demands a closer look.

Also, this is the kind of cover that you will want to keep referring back to when you're reading the book. Every detail is true to the text, down to Roo's green eyes, and both the characters and the atmosphere are captured wonderfully. Speaking of atmosphere, I love the way the cover has so much of it. It is at once mysterious and beautiful, with a hint of magic.

The title and the author fit very well in the cover. I especially like how the title font looks like it was inspired by the plants in the illustration. Also, I am very glad the cover designer included "A novel inspired by The Secret Garden" on the top. Before I was able to get my hands on the book, this one line made me very excited, and once I began reading it, it gave me a framework to fit the story into.

Want to know more about The Humming Room?
Summary (from Goodreads):
Hiding is Roo Fanshaw's special skill. Living in a frighteningly unstable family, she often needs to disappear at a moment's notice. When her parents are murdered, it's her special hiding place under the trailer that saves her life.

As it turns out, Roo, much to her surprise, has a wealthy if eccentric uncle, who has agreed to take her into his home on Cough Rock Island. Once a tuberculosis sanitarium for children of the rich, the strange house is teeming with ghost stories and secrets. Roo doesn't believe in ghosts or fairy stories, but what are those eerie noises she keeps hearing? And who is that strange wild boy who lives on the river? People are lying to her, and Roo becomes determined to find the truth.

Despite the best efforts of her uncle's assistants, Roo discovers the house's hidden room--a garden with a tragic secret.

Inspired by The Secret Garden, this tale full of unusual characters and mysterious secrets is a story that only Ellen Potter could write.

What do you think of the cover for The Humming Room?
Leave your thoughts in the comments!

What are you crazy about this week?

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