When You Wait Two Years For A Cover Reveal And It’s Ugly

Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell. It’s finally happening.

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If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is one of my favourite books. If you haven’t heard of it, shame on you you can find what it’s about and why I love it here. It’s the first in a trilogy and the cover of the final book was released last week. I’m very excited – although I have some…issues with the cover.

On October 1st, Rainbow Rowell announced on social media the release date of Any Way The Wind Blows. It was so much earlier than I’d expected which was a nice surprise! Attached was this – very nice – image, which has been circulating for about a year ever since Rowell released the book’s name.

I was a bit unsure about a grey background, but you know what? It’s a strong image – it’s nice! And anyway, it’s Carry On. How could you mess it up?



To mark 5 years since the release of Carry On (it feels so much longer than that), last week Rainbow released the cover of Any Way The Wind Blows – and the synopsis!! Which may or may not be committed to memory. But it claims that this will be their ‘longest adventure yet’, which got me excited until I saw it was only 370 pages on Goodreads. And I don’t know if Clarissa Clare has just conditioned me into expecting large books (sorry HUGE), but that’s not that many pages.

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*Sighs*. And then there’s the cover. I’m just not that big a fan. I’ve talked to my friends about it and I agreed that I prefer covers without drawings of characters in them, because I can guarantee that they won’t be how they are in my head. Don’t even get me started on ‘real people’ covers.

But, in the past, the UK version has been different to the US version, so I still have my hopes up. I by far preferred the original Carry On cover that was just silhouettes and I wish the books would return to that style. What do you think?

But, whatever happens, I’m still so thrilled that this book is finally here… or will be in 8 months. My favourite thing about the series is how well written the character developments are, so I’m interested how Rowell will bring everything together, safe in the knowledge that she won’t kill Baz. She wrote about it in Fangirl and this is me prophesying that it’s not going to happen. No.

But I guess we’ll find out. In 8 months.

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I’m a teenager (and a Hufflepuff) from Manchester. I like oversized jumpers, music that isn't on the radio anymore and books. Pretty much any book I can get my hands on but my favourites are Young Adult, fantasy and science fiction. One day, I decided to share some of my opinions on some great - and not so great - books to people around the world. And here it is! I really enjoy it and I hope you do too. The aim is hundreds and thousands of book reviews (see what I did there?) but I’m not quite up to that. Yet.

11 thoughts on “When You Wait Two Years For A Cover Reveal And It’s Ugly

  1. I could read a 1.000 pages about Simon and Baz and it still wouldn’t be enough. *lol* So I totally agree with you, 370 pages is short! As for the book covers. I dunno, I kinda like the comic vibe of those “Carry On” covers. I know a lot of books are doing drawn covers now and most of them I don’t like, but “Carry On” was the first one that had that comic vibe and I dig it. XD Can’t help it, it is like it is. Even though I’ve to admit that both of them look different in my mind.

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    1. Yeah I haven’t thought about it like that? I don’t read lots of comics but that’s a cool way to think about it. YES, 2000 pages please!! I’m so scared for this book, I honestly just want them to be happy 🥺

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