You know, I used to think cover re-designs were the worst thing ever (especially) when they happened mid-series and ruined the chances of a matching set of the book because yes that’s important to me. Anyway, I’ve since reconsidered my position and think that there are some books out there that could use new looks.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass is a beautifully executed Snow White/Evil Queen re-telling and this cover just does not do it justice. It’s the first of many minimalist covers that I’m tired of seeing. I’ve never been a huge fan of minimalist covers to begin with but when it comes to fantasy I really don’t want to see them.
There are SO MANY amazing artists out there, someone HAS to have a better concept for some of these books beyond text on a basic graphic.
Which brings me to another minimalist design, Jane, Unlimited. This book has alternate endings. The main character makes umbrellas. You’re telling me the best you can do is a shiny colorful cover? Sure, the metallic gleam may catch eyes in a bookstore but I bet that could be incorporated into another design too. It’s happened before.
Now Warcross is a weird one for me because while the cover fits the feel of the book, I don’t think it does justice to the amazing book within. That world and story are just so rich with detail that I think it deserves something better suited to it. I’m just not all that impressed with it to be honest.
For the record, I judge a cover based on my likelihood to pick it up in a bookstore or click on it online. Some books draw me in like a moth to a flame but there are others that just don’t.
Also, all the books I’ve mentioned I’ve enjoyed but the covers just didn’t work for me so don’t judge the book by its cover 😉
These aren’t ALL the covers out there that I’m pretty meh about but to give you an idea of the ones that I think did it well, check out the gorgeousness of these books below!
Covers that Slayed
I think what works for me with these covers is that there is something to look at. They give me a sense of the novel and/or the characters, a glimpse into the book I might want to read. It’s unfortunate but covers do make a difference deciding on a book to pick up and it’s no fault of the authors since we all know they aren’t the ones designing them. The ones below are just a few of the covers I think brought their A-game (plus they’re all great books too)!