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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Covers I’d Like to Redesign

Posted by Irish in Top Ten Tuesday9 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today’s topic is about the covers that we would like to redesign. This is another one of those topics that I initially thought would be hard to do as the first covers that came to mine had already been redesigned. But then I started to scroll through my goodreads read shelf and found that this topic wasn’t as hard as I had initially thought.


Mothership Collage

1. Mothership by Isla Neal and Martin Leicht (my review) – neither the hardcover (light) or the paperback (right) do this book justice. If I was going on cover alone I would run away from this story but the inside is just so good that I am glad I gave it a shot. Its just so quirky and fun and I found myself laughing throughout much of the book.

dead and buried

2. The Dead and Buried by Kim Harrington (my review) – another smart mystery ruined by such a blah cover. I get that it deals with a murder by Kayla Sloane isn’t newly dead, she’s a ghost so it should be something very ghostly.


3. Anywhere by J. Meyers (my review) – This cover is ok, but with one of the big plots of the storyline about how Skye travels across Europe I’d love to see something that encompass that on the cover. This one could be set anywhere, any country…and just doesn’t say anything about this being a ROAD TRIP THROUGH EUROPE book…which is the idea that sold me on this story.

Fifth Grave

4. Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones (my review) – I love this series so very muchly and most of the covers for it have been pretty good but this one just falls flat for me. Good thing this wasn’t the first book in the series or I may have stayed away.


5. Vicious by Victoria Schwab (V.E. Schwab) – haven’t read this one yet and am torn on if I will do so or not as I’m just not sold on the synopsis. This cover also doesn’t do anything for me though I know a lot of people like it.

how to love

6. How to Love by Katie Cotugno (my review) – there is nothing about this one that makes me want to pick up this book and read it. If I hadn’t been sent the ARC for it then I may never have done so.

Eternity Cure

7. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa (my review) – I loved how the first book in the series featured Ally and hinted at her Asian origins. The redesign of the series is just so blah and doesn’t give any hint at all as to the amazingly creepy story that is in its pages.

silver phoenix pb

8. Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon (my review) – the original cover was just so beautiful that this one just makes me weep as its just so icktastic.


9. Unwind by Neal Shusterman (my review) – good story hidden behind another not so good cover.

Smart Girls PB

10. Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer (my review) – this is the paperback cover and I dislike it so much. While I wasn’t married to the original cover I liked it far better than this one. This cover makes it seem like a typical cliched filled YA romance and this story is so much more than that. And while there is a romance is secondary to the main story.


9 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Covers I’d Like to Redesign”

  1. Katie

    Okay, I’m not with you on the Sarah Strohmeyer cover. I LOVE that one! But I just think the image is really pretty.

    I totally agree about Julie Kagawa’s series, though. I definitely thought they needed a redesign from the first one, but I don’t really like what they changed it to.
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    • Irish

      I think I’m in the minority with the Strohmeyer cover but this one just does not appeal to me at all. The original had me picking up the book to read this one I would have left on the shelf.

      And with how publishers change covers with every book these days I won’t be surprised if Kagawa’s books get a new cover when the 3rd one comes out. Time will tell. Right now though, I’m thinking anything will be better than the current ones.

    • Irish

      I had now idea Vicious was getting a new cover. Yay! Hopefully it will be more appealing than the current one.

      And Unwind is a freaky book so I can understand a freaky cover…but this one makes it seem more like a ghost story or something.

      I also loved the original cover of Silver Phoenix. So glad I bought it when the hardcover was still available!

  2. Andi

    I completely agree on Smart Girls and How to Love. Although the original Smart Girls Cover was plain, it was better then what they changed it too. Now it just looks like typical summer, beachy fluff to me. And How to Love’s cover needs more. It is just too meh.
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  3. Mary

    I agree with so many of your choices! YES on the Blood of Eden redesign. I adore the bloody tear on The Immortal Rules, and I was sad they couldn’t keep going with the photographic covers. Also agree with Vicious. I think it’s actually adult so the cartoon cover is really confusing. Smart Girls is weird because it’s set in WINTER. This is too springy for my liking.

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  4. Helen Stringer

    I didn’t like any of the US covers for my books, Spellbinder and The Midnight Gate, or the UK hardcover for Spellbinder (called The Last Ghost over there). It was really disappointing to discover that authors get almost no say about the covers at all. I did like the UK paperback covers (Feiwel & Friends used the UK paperback design for the US paperback). The Midnight Gate one was superb (you can see it here:

    I had to self-publish Paradigm (because of that whole “boys don’t read” thing) so that is the first time I’ve been able to come up with a concept of my own and see the whole thing through – with the help of some wonderful friends, of course.

    I suspect that one of the problems is that traditional publishers have been cutting back, so where each division used to have its own marketing department, now there’s just one for all the imprints. In my case this meant that Macmillan designed covers for Feiwel & Friends. *sigh*

  5. Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Book Blog)

    LOL I love the paperback cover for Smart Girls SO MUCH!!! I just think it’s so pretty without having to have the girl wear a ballgown. But everyone likes different things. I haven’t read the book, so I have no clue if it goes with the story or not, but I’ll take your word for it that it doesn’t 🙁 How to Love is very blah. I like the color, but it’s just font on a blank background. Not very creative. I need to read Dead and Buried… but I do wish the cover was a little better. It is very dull. Cool list.

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