26 July 2014

Top 5: Good Books with Bad Covers

Authors almost never have any control over the covers rendered from their novels.  (Which I really don't get, because who would be a better judge of what should go on it?  They don't have to design it, but a little input wouldn't be amiss.)  Unfortunately, there are some brilliant books out there who get slammed with some proper eyesores.

The Singer of All Songs by Kate Constable | Review
This isn't so much "bad" but rather "old."  You know how the older covers have this certain thing about them that screams of "pre-turn-of-the-century"?  It puts me off a bit.

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton | Review
The concept is there, but it looks incredibly amateuristic to me.  Something about the lighting difference between the too-clean-cut model and the shadowy background.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman | Review
The text, in this case, is what makes this such an eyesore to me.  Well, that, and the color scheme.  Have you seen the updated cover?  Leagues better!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi | Review
No.  Just...no.  The original cover actually had personality versus this interesting but completely irrelevant piece of shoddy graphic designing.

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen | Review
I don't like the new Sarah Dessen covers in general (which is what will most likely keep me from buying any more physical copies of her future books).  The text on this one is well-meaning, but the image itself -- ugh.  Though they tried to composite the two images as smoothly as possible, it's easy to spot the fact that the girl doesn't belong in the background image.  The whole thing is as bad as an off-key note.