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I think that the image in the pupil of the eye is very intriguing and depending on how I look at it the image looks like a woman...and then fire...and then a glowing eye. This makes me want to know more about these two characters (the blond girl and the eye pupil girl).I really like the cover. I'm guessing that the genre is Young Adult Romantic Thriller.
I'm going with YA. Based on the image alone, I agree with the prior comment in that it makes me think possible suspense/thriller. The text, however, implies a fantasy basis. Perhaps all of the above?
I hate to be the bad guy here but this is a very weak cover. The text is totally unreadable and just doesn't look very good. That white outline of the text doesn't scale very well and in this thumbnail view is more distracting than helpful. I am also not a big fan of this font. Ryan, if you can read that text on her cheek in thumbnail you have the best eye site on the planet. The person in the eye is not a very good Photoshop job. It doesn't look like a reflection it just looks pasted on. My suggestion to the author is if they want to increase sales to redo this cover or start over.
I'm with Eric. Though the photo of the girl and her positioning is very nice, along with the black and white treatment; it goes downhill from there. It's a cheap typeface rendered even less attractive by the white glow. The blurb is unreadable. And yep, the other person's face is obviously just stuck on the eye. In closeup it actually looks kind of uncomfortable. Not a good photoshop job at all.
Looks like SF to me, maybe YA SF. The text is hopeless, but I wasn't too unhappy about the girl-in-the-eye (mind you, I had to peer at it to see what it was). At first I thought to was a shield -- maybe a policeman's shield (honestly).
@JJ, to be clear about the girl in the eye, if she didn't look glued on I think it would work. She needed to be incorporated as a part of the eye, or as a reflection in the eye. Not just pasted in.