Hey friends! Today, inspired by a Top Ten Tuesday prompt, I'm going to share my thoughts on some recent cover redesigns for YA books.
Publishers do redesigns, usually partway through a series, when they feel that the current design doesn't properly engage the market they want. This is often the bane of readers' existences, because you can end up buying different cover styles for books in the same series--and that's not as pretty-looking! (But remember, in traditional publishing, authors don't have a lot of say about the cover, so don't rag on them about it.)
I've found that, most of the time, I don't actually like cover redesigns as much as the originals. But we'll see what turns up today!
The Girl of Fire and Thorns
Yes. The Girl of Fire and Thorns, one of my favorite trilogies, is coming out with a new book!. Like many authors of popular YA series from the early 2010s, Carson is now looking to the future of her story through a new perspective--a trend likely inspired by recent political events. I'm a bit sad that The Empire of Dreams is not from Elisa's POV, because I adore her, but she's sure to play a role in it! In the meantime, the publisher, Greenwillow Books, has decided to redo the covers of the original trilogy to match their new cover for The Empire of Dreams.
My thoughts? I'm not really a fan. Though the original covers aren't particular favorites of mine, I think they capture the feeling of the series better than these new ones. While they have a cleaner design, the new ones are just too simplistic, and I don't really like the color scheme for the new The Girl of Fire and Thorns book. (I pretty much always go for cool and dark colors!) The Bitter Kingdom cover is probably the best of these new ones.
All in all, the redesign in general isn't a terrible idea, but I don't think these covers were the right choice. My favorite of all the cover designs used for this series? I like the German Heyne Fleigt covers, though they've only published the first two books. I think the Godstone needs to be the focus, and though these covers are still a little simplistic, I like the colors and the changing silhouettes at the bottom.
Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a fantastic writer, and the second Debutantes book has been on my top to-read list ever since I read the first. But for some reason, after revealing a cover for Deadly Little Scandals that matched the original Little White Lies cover, Freeform decided to redo both of them.
My thoughts? Definitely not a fan. The new covers make the story look like a light chick-flick instead of a thriller, and they're just kind of... meh. They don't look that high-quality, you know? The old covers, with the photos of the exploding flowers and the blocky, messy font, captured both the girly debutante aspect and the wild thriller aspect--and they're pretty! I'd definitely go with the original covers on this one.
This is a case where, for a standalone book, they came up with one cover but then changed it before publication. I'm not 100% sure what's going on here, but the second cover does appear to be the official one.
My thoughts? Nah. The first one isn't perfect, but it's prettier and more detailed. It gives a better introduction to the art style that's going to be in this graphic novel. The book tells the story of Nimue, otherwise known as the Lady of the Lake from the King Arthur legends, and she deserves that first cover instead of the second one. The second one is too flat, too boring, and too... harsh.
In this case, it appears that the book changed hands between publishers; originally, Macmillan was going to publish The Kingdom, but Henry Holt ended up being the one to do so, with this second cover.
My thoughts? I like them both! I haven't read this book yet, but based on the description, I do think the second cover fits better. Either way, it's a good color scheme and a good aesthetic with an appropriate central focus to the image.
That brings us through all the YA cover redesigns I'm aware of for 2019-2020 books! I think I'll post some thoughts on older redesigns later on, though. What do you think about these redesigns? Let me know in the comments, and I'll be back next week with a post about ongoing research into the chronic illnesses I have!
Images via Goodreads.
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