Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today's topic is about what we want to see more of in books, but I feel like I already covered that in this post. So instead, I'm going to swing around from last week's Top Ten Tuesday and talk about some book covers I don't like.
While most of the time cover artists do a good job, sometimes even great books published by top tier publishers end up looking like self-published messes. In line with that, here are my Top Ten Least Favorite Book Covers!
1) The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace. This is the one time I remember actually getting mad over a book cover. Becky Wallace's debut is a great YA fantasy novel with plenty of magic and romance--but its cover looks totally amateurish. The font, the color scheme, the weird blurry picture, they all add up to something that doesn't even begin to capture the spirit of the story. The only thing I like about this is the girl's striking eyes. Like, WHAT EVEN?!
2) Soulmated by Shaila Patel. I wanted to read this book until I saw the cover. Now I just... I just can't.
3) Iron Gold by Pierce Brown. Orange is my least favorite color, and this kind of hurts my eyes. Couldn't they at least have gone for a nice dramatic black background? I mean, the Red Rising covers were decent.
4) Frostblood by Elly Blake. I guess the text is meant to be like the letters were burnt into snow or ice or something, but I just... eh? And the weird dripping blood that doesn't really look like blood and kind of defies gravity, assuming that this is the ground we're looking at? IDK, it just doesn't look right.
5) Black Widow: Red Vengeance by Margaret Stohl. Marvel and DC have started hiring YA authors to write books about their best superheroes, but almost all the covers are these really vague illustrations that make it look like they're trying to hide the characters' faces. Superheros are iconic, classic, so why not act like it? These are people who don't need anything fancy to be recognizable. Just put their symbols on the cover and never mind with drawing the characters themselves. Black Widow is easy: a red hourglass. Bam, done. Other decent options: a spider. A spiderweb. A gun.
KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID.
6) OCDaniel by Wesley King. Nah, bro. Nah.
7) Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert. This cover is very meh.
8) Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin. YIKES. PLEASE BACK UP A LITTLE, SON.
9) Two Girl Staring at the Ceiling by Lucy Frank. Okay, y'all, text is not meant to go in that direction, especially if it's on the cover of a book. You want people to know what your book is called, don't you? Plus, the image itself is really bland and colorless.
10) Dove Exiled by Karen Bao. Much bright, very orange, such sunspots, SO MANY THINGS. This makes me extra angry because the original cover for this series was really gorgeous. Apparently, they wanted to market it more as a middle grade crossover, not an adult crossover, and that's why they changed it, but I do not like.
So what are your least favorite book covers? Let me know, and I'll be back again tomorrow.
Images via ya-aholic.com and Goodreads.
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