This week’s topic is Ugly Cover, Great Book.
You know the one. Maybe it’s an indie gem that had a terrible amateur cover design. Or maybe it got lost in the shuffle of a big publishing house and ended up with a lame cover. Whatever the case, these books are out there, and for people like me who are drawn to gorgeous covers, that’s a death trap for these poor novels. Which books do you love but think need a cover redo?
So this one was hard for me, because I usually stay away from books with bad covers. Which is exactly why I wanted to do it as a topic for Reader Recommends, so I could find some new books that I would never have picked up previously! So for me, this post is probably more accurately titled “Less gorgeous cover, great book”.
The Kindrily Series by Karen Amanda Hooper
First of all, this series is AMAZING (as are the author’s other books) and if you like ideas like past lives, soul mates, mysterious magic powers, and true love, you MUST read this series. I actually don’t think the first two covers are bad, just the third. The first two are like, yeah we took this artsy photos in a studio, threw some feathers around artistically…they work for me. But the third is like, a 5th grader had a field day with photoshop. Which is a shame because I would say the third is the most exciting and best of the trilogy.
I don’t think these are terrible, but I’m not a huge fan. I think the VA covers work a little better than the Bloodlines ones because on VA, the models sort of fade into a hazy background, whereas the Bloodlines ones stand out starkly from it and therefore look pretty photoshopped. These books however, are BRILLIANT and I’ve read them multiple times. If you like vampires, this is a must read series. Also, does anyone else think the cover model for Vampire Academy looks like Angelina Jolie?
Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I actually wrote a blog post about the cover reboot for this series (which you can find HERE). This is one of my favorite YA series, and I read them before the covers were changed. Now the covers don’t seem to match the story at all. Like, is glam mermaid girl supposed to be Kat? All the blue makes it seem like this is a mermaid story (which it definitely isn’t). It just seems like a weird choice that the publisher made.
Books I want to read with bad covers:
Lord of the Fading Lands by C.L. Wilson
I am reading this as part of one of my reading challenges later this year, but if I hadn’t heard so many wonderful things about it, I probably never would have gotten it, based on its cover. I thought it might just be outdated, you know, from the 80’s or something, but I discovered, to my surprise, that it was published in 2007.
The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I hate to put JLA on here twice (I love the covers of her Wait for You series, The Covenant covers are gorgeous , and The Dark Elements are appropriately steamy). This cover just does not do a thing for me. Like, we understand that Seth is hot. We don’t need a completely boring shirtless dude on the cover to bore us with his boring stare. There’s just not really anything interesting here for me. I know lots of people swoon over shirtless guy covers, but they usually just make me roll my eyes or laugh. I’m sure I’m going to love the book because, I mean, it’s JLA, and I would read the woman’s grocery list.
So that’s my list; I know, I really haven’t read many books with terrible covers. The ones I listed hardly qualify as ugly. So I’m super excited to see what you guys come up with! Add your link to the link-up, and let the fun begin!