Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Hardcover vs Paperback 110

Heist Society by Ally Carter

US Hardcover

Australian Edition

When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her to the Louvre...to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria...to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own--scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving "the life" for a normal life proves harder than she'd expected.

Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring her back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has good reason: a powerful mobster's art collection has been stolen, and he wants it returned. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat’s father isn’t just
on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.

For Kat there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it’s a spectacularly impossible job? She’s got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family’s (very crooked) history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way. 

This is an interesting one, they portray very different ideas of art thefts. The first a high society rich girl with the sunglasses and the fancy clothes straight out of the movies and the second a more everyday looking girl dressed as a cat burglar. I guess I prefer the US edition probably because on the Australian edition it looks like that girl's head has been stuck on someone else's body. I really do like the red security/alarm system lights though! 

Thanks to Kelly who pointed out this H vs P!
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  1. I like the hardcover too!

  2. Wow...such different covers! I like the hardcover better. I just think its a better portrayal of Kat. (Although admittedly I don't recall her physical description!) But one cover obviously has it wrong since you've got two different shades of hair. lol

    I also agree with you that there is just something off with the head on the paperback. The girls smirk is also a bit more creepy than snarky. Overall - I probably wouldn't pick up the paperback.

  3. So, when I first read HS, I thought to myself that the cover looked like a woman in her mid 20s. Because of that, I like the ppb. The girl on that cover looks like the girl described in the book. The hardcover is more interesting, but she looks too old IMHO. ;)


  4. Anonymous10:04 AM

    I think I like the hardcover better, too.

  5. This is actually the US edition vs the Australian edition.

  6. I definitely prefer the US edition cover. Though the Australian edition is perhaps more how I pictured Kat (minus the forced-looking smirk).

  7. Anonymous12:06 PM

    The US version of this novel is one of my favorites of this year, hands down. While I'm not immediately attracted to faces on covers, I think Hyperion did a fantastic job of making me look past it. I loved her facial expression, the missing art, the type treatment, *everything* about this cover.

    But after I read the novel (which I LOVED), I felt a little dejected about the cover, and didn't feel like it was an accurate representation of Kat. Trickster publisher. You drew me in to wanting to read this book that I loved, so - job well done! Then the Australian version made me feel SO much better because after I saw it I said, "Ha! That's more like it."

  8. I hate that smirk on her face in the paperback! Glad I bought the hardcover!

  9. Yeah, I agree with you Amy. The smirk actually turns me off. I haven't read this book, so I'm not sure which cover is more accurate for the story, but I like the elegance of the first one.

  10. i like the hardcover more. :)


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