Series: The Red #2
Published by MIRA on April 16, 2019
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Bestselling author Tiffany Reisz returns with an imaginative tale of lust and magic, and the dangers unleashed when the two are combined…
On the day of Lia’s university graduation party, her parents—wealthy art collectors with friends in high places—gift her a beautiful wine cup, a rare artifact decorated with roses. It’s a stunning gift, and one that August Bowman, a friend of her parents and a guest at Lia’s party, also has his eye on. The cup, August tells her, is known as the Rose Kylix, and it’s no ordinary cup. It was used in the temple ceremonies of Eros, Greek god of erotic love, and has the power to bring the most intimate sexual fantasies to life.
But Lia is skeptical of August’s claims of the cup’s mythology and magic—after all, he’s a collector himself, and she suspects he just wants to get his hands on this impressive piece of art. So he dares her to try it for herself, and when Lia drinks from the Rose Kylix she is suddenly immersed in an erotic myth so vivid it seems real—as though she’s living out the most sensual fantasy with August by her side…
Realizing the true power of this ancient and dangerous relic, Lia is even more wary of giving it up, though August insists it is only safe with him. He’s willing to pay the full value of the cup, but Lia has another type of trade in mind. One that finds them more tangled up in each other—and in fantasy—than either was prepared for.
I have a feeling I’ve seen the book cover of The Rose by Tiffany Reisz in passing. Maybe I was so against looking at it because I knew what The Red series was about, or maybe I didn’t want to be tempted and fall down the rabbit hole that a Reisz story is known for pushing you into. (I hope you don’t mistake me in thinking that I wouldn’t have enjoyed the book, because I love Tiffany Reisz’ writing, but some of her stories take a lot out of you).
The book cover for the first book in this series, The Red, was just as beautiful but there was something about The Rose‘s cover that I couldn’t look past.
The Rose by Tiffany Reisz Cover Breakdown
One of the first things I noticed immediately about this cover was the flower in the cover model’s hair.
Even though I am not a person who indulges in flowers or who enjoys literally stopping to smell roses, I love to look at floral elements in any form they take in artwork and/or graphics. This flower in particular (I don’t really know what type of flower it is so I’ll stick will calling it a flower) goes really well with the theme of this book cover.
The color and intricate detail in which its displayed on/in the girl’s hair suggests many things about her character. She’s either fragile in certain areas of her life, maybe she upholds society’s view that women are to be docile and delicate (speaking of the possible society views set in the time period of The Rose by Tiffany Reisz).
2. Font Choice
At first glance the font for this cover might seem bland, but it’s upon stepping back and looking at the cover as a whole that you begin to see the cohesion.
What this font choice says to me is that there’s a structure and rigid system that could possibly be found in the story. Maybe the characters have to overcome the expectations of others to be free to express their emotions to each other. (If it’s anything like the first book there will be many hurdles these characters will have to go through).
3. Alabaster Skin Tone
I don’t know what the draw is when it comes to artwork where the object featured has alabaster skin, but the skin tone of the woman was one of the first things that pulled me into The Rose‘s book cover.
I think it reminds me of the artwork of old (can’t really tell you the time period since I don’t want to foolishly pick a period and be completely wrong).
More importantly, it properly shows the almost grayscale look that can be seen in many portraits from high society patrons. (I don’t really know what I’m talking about, but I feel as if I understand what I mean in my mind … lol).
4. Color Choice
Every color used on this cover works so well together. The skin color, the dress’ color, the flower in her hair, the dark background, and the font color all works so well together to complement each other.
I love when colors together make sense and tell its own story.
At this point in the book cover breakdown I’m actually starting to understand the purpose behind all these elements. Each element I’ve mentioned, and some that I probably don’t even see, are all meant to embody a rose. Just like with the cover for The Red, the name of the book is how the cover (and hopefully the book) should be.
5. Historical Dress
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but I am a huge history buff. I do have my favorite time periods but I’ve always been fascinated by events and art that can be found in our past.
This historical dress that she’s wearing, while it takes up a good chunk of the book cover, it doesn’t overshadow the other elements. I love the rich color of the dress and the almost the gothic feel it gives to the overall book cover of The Rose by Tiffany Reisz.
Tiffany Reisz might not be an author that is talked about much here at Crafting By The Pound, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t admire her work.
I always felt that reading a Reisz book would emotionally wreck me and take me on a journey that I would never be ready to take. (When I read The Night Mark I was kidnapped into the story and found myself in a state of shock by the time I finished the last page).
I have a feeling that if I hadn’t already pledged my devotion to Kristen Ashley (which they both have a way of crafting a story that holds you hostage in somewhat of a similar fashion … can’t really explain it) I would jump of the Reisz train.
“Favorite Cover Fridays” is a weekly meme by Crafting By The Pound. It’s all about book covers; how they look and how we feel about them. Being able to admire book covers both far and wide is one of the pleasures of being a book lover, so this post is 100% dedicated to gushing over the chosen cover during your week that has impacted you the most, that has induced you in cover lust.