Top Ten Tuesday: Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Wish these covers were better!


SPARK BY BRIGID KEMERER

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RELEASED AUGUST 2012 BY KENSINGTON

I adore the Elemental series, but the covers confuse me. None of the four guys look like the Merrick brothers, and the guy in blue (who I assume is Chris) looks adopted compared to the others. And there are supposed to be identical twins. No, none of those guys are identical. This missed the mark in terms of capturing the essence of the book and the characters. 



THE LOST SUN BY TESSA GRATTON

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RELEASED JUNE 25TH 2013 BY RANDOM HOUSE

The premise for this book sounded so cool, but the cover is just meh. In a pool of YA fantasy, I think this one has quickly been lost in the shuffle. And for me, the cover is the main reason. 

THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD BY LEAH RAE MILLER

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RELEASED MAY 7TH BY ENTANGLED TEEN

I love this book times infinity. Probably my FAVORITE contemporary of all-time. It's just so damn cute, and the main character has the best voice ever. But the font of this cover looks out of focus and blurry from afar. And the image is just not that nerdy Such a wasted opportunity



PERSONAL DEMONS BY LISA DESROCHERS

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 RELEASED SEPTEMBER 14TH 2010 BY TOR TEEN

I actually like the models, but the book is good enough to have something better than a cover that could be the poster to a bad 90s paranormal flick. I mean, we're talking heaven and hell here. Hush, Hush can't be the only great angel cover, can it? *ponders others* maybe so, maybe so. 



HALFLINGS BY HEATHER BURCH

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RELEASED FEBRUARY 1ST 2012 BY ZONDERVAN

I like what they were going for -- the angel wings in the back of the head. But the cover model looks way too photoshopped into the image for my taste. I tried to give this book a shot, but I also couldn't get that into it.  




UNEARTHLY BY CYNTHIA HAND

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RELEASED JANUARY 4TH 2011 BY HARPER TEEN

Ah, I love these series. I hate these covers so much. While the font is pretty, the actual picture says nothing about the book. And Clara has red hair, which should be shown, not muted in purple (and subsequently blue and pink). AUSTRALIA, I commend you for making your covers GORGEOUS



VAMPIRE ACADEMY BY RICHELLE MEAD

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RELEASED AUGUST 16TH 2007 BY RAZORBILL

I cannot wait for the movie-tie in covers. I will be snatching it up like crazy because this one ... it's just not good. I could blame the year of the release. 2007 was when YA was just becoming popular, and this looks so outdated. But I don't think the spin-off covers (Bloodlines) are much better. 


HEARTBEAT BY ELIZABETH SCOTT

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RELEASES JANUARY 28TH 2014 BY HARLEQUIN TEEN

Harlequin usually has pretty great covers. And this isn't that bad, but after waiting for MONTHS with a blue-covered paperback ARC, I thought the reveal was going to be epic. And then this comes out and I was all just like ... *shrug* Nothing special. Bummer. 




CONTROL BY LYDIA KANG

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RELEASES DECEMBER 26TH 2013 BY DIAL

"There are no accidents" is a great tagline. But the cover doesn't tell me that much about the book other than it's science fiction. I'll probably still read it, regardless (or Krista will) -- but this could have been a cool one. 




SANCTUM BY SARAH FINE

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RELEASED OCTOBER 16TH 2012 BY CAVENDISH

I was recommended this by Lili at Lili's Reflections and her recommendations have yet to fail me! But I hesitate to start it only because the cover. It's just... not my thing. I don't know why but it makes me not want to read it. Something to do with the model and the fire and the weird smoky city all together. I need to get over it soon because I hear this one is fantastic! 











13 comments:

  1. Great list! I think the Vampire Academy books with the models on aren't very good at all. I also think The Summer I Became A Nerd has a bad cover.

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  2. Richelle Mead, Cynthia Hand, Brigid Kemmerer and Sarah Fine just haven't had the best of luck with these covers. Same can said about the rest of the authors. Oh, and RM has probably THE worst cover luck ever O.o I don't really like any of her covers except for UK ones for VA and The Golden Lily. Oh, The Gameboard of Gods was pretty good, but.. not a stand-out one. The new do for its sequel is just as boring as as the rest of her covers, only a tad prettier. Luckily her writing makes up for the covers :D Agreed with everything, Becca!

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  3. I actually really love the covers for Unearthly, but I definitely see you point! And Australia's cover cooks awesome! I have Vampire Academy on my list too! I actually really like the movie tie-in version better!

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  4. Excellent list. The Personal Demons cover is pretty awful.

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  5. The lost sun is awful. I love the cover for Control, but I remember the first cover and I loved that one even more. It's a shame when they put people on the cover that doesn't resemble the characters.

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  6. For CONTROL. I LOVE the cover, but I just hate the title font. I don't get why people like italic fonts for the title when it doesn't suit the image of the cover. For CONTROL, if the font of the title was something strong and straight, something that smacks you in the face when you first look at it, then it would've been perfect for me. But I really want to read the book!

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  7. There are some really great covers picks! I put VA on my list too, I haven't read them yet because I have been put off for years by the ugly cover and Angelina Jolie lookalike model, I'm holding out for movie tie-in redesigns! My TTT.

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  8. Maid. Of. Secrets

    THEY REDEISGNED THE COVER BT IT STILL LOOKS TERRIBLE.

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  9. As much as we hate to admit it, covers determine whether we pick up a book or not. I still remember the time when I wasn't into Goodreads much when I walked into the store and picked up Hush Hush because it was an amazing cover. And I felt like throwing it across the room because it was just terrible lol. Great picks!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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  10. Omg, I am so with you on all of these, especially the Elemental series. SO off-putting, and the boys are not cute at all. And VA is so awful, too--they look cheesy and terrible, and the books are so freaking good.

    I think Sanctum and Unearthly could definitely be better--they're not awful, but they could be vastly improved.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  11. All of them need to change except control

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