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A Reader of Fictions: Cover Snark (22)

A Reader of Fictions

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Cover Snark (22)

Another week, more covers. This was a pretty slow week so far as covers go, but there's still plenty to snark about. :) Click on a cover to see a larger image, and click on the book title to pop to Goodreads.

The Goddess Inheritance (Goddess Test #3) - Aimee Carter
Thoughts: I'm not sure if I can be objective about this cover. I liked the covers for the first two fairly well, but I was so betrayed by how obnoxious book two was that thinking about this series makes me wrathful. I will say that her clavicles stick out to a scary degree. Why will people not let cover models eat sandwiches? That chain looks like it would get SERIOUSLY tangled up in hair. Ouch. Things I really don't approve of: the change in color and location of Carter's name AND the cheesy ass tagline. The latter pretty much has me convinced to officially file this in the dropped series graveyard, because it sounds like there's going to be EVEN MORE WHINING.

The Modified (The Biotics Trilogy #1) - C. A. Kunz
 
Thoughts: Oh, indie covers. This is why everyone makes fun of you. Look at that awesome art that they've taped people's heads to! Oh, and check out the glowing hands straight out of Pittacus Frey. This is my pick for indie fail of the week.

Rogue Descendant (Nikki Glass #3) - Jenna Black
Thoughts: For the most part, this is generic paranormal romance, especially in her completely ridiculous outfit that looks more appropriate for a street corner, though at least she's not flashing as much boob as in the cover for Deadly Descendant. What makes this one awesome is the tiger. Is it going to attack her or fight for her? I would personally LOVE to have my own attack tiger. I've tried to train my orange tabby with little success.

My Life After Now - Jessica Verdi 
 Thoughts: Pretty! Of course, I totally thought this was going to be some historical fiction book about coming of age and traveling. Nope. Cancer. This is a cancer book. Pretty cover will make you weep buckets. You have been warned.

Infatuate (Gilded Wings #2) - Aimee Agresti
Thoughts: This is another one of those cases where I have to wonder if the designers had EVER seen the cover for the first book. Not only is this one awful, but I now like the cover for the first book less because I just noticed that there's a stupid cloud wing in that one too. STOP PUTTING ANGEL WINGS ON COVERS. I would like to point out that the wings on Infatuate aren't even the same size. Also, can we get this girl a tank top that fits her? I'm not opposed to not going the pretty dress route, but, come on. If I didn't know better, I would think this was an indie.

Cover Battle: All the Broken Pieces - Cindi Madsen
 First Attempt vs. Redesign: As the winner, I choose NEITHER OF THEM. The new one does look like they spent more time on it, but I still dislike both of these. Ugh.

Cover Battle: Obsidian (Lux #1) - Jennifer Armentrout
US vs. Spanish: Nice job, Spain! That is a billion times better than the US cover with Mr. Stalker staring at me. With all of the reviews, I kind of want to read this book, but the cover's just awful imo. I would totally read the Spanish edition without hesitation...if I knew how to read Spanish. Doh!

Shapeshifted (Edie Spence #3) - Cassie Alexander
Thoughts: These covers have a sort of self-mockery that I appreciate, but I think with this one it went too far for me to have much approval at all. I know it's silly on purpose, but this one, perhaps because of the pink, is just TOO MUCH.

Focus (The Crescent Chronicles #2) - Alyssa Rose Ivy
Thoughts: Could these look LESS like a series? Well, probably, but it would take some doing. Also, have I mentioned how much I hate it when they move around cover elements like author name, title, series title? Because I do. Why did they move the series title to the top? Obviously, because they didn't want the title in her face, but they could have just moved the girl up. Sigh. Meh. I feel like there's a new cover for this Alyssa Rose Ivy person every month. O_O

Dark Triumph (His Dark Assassin #2) - Robin LaFevers
Thoughts: I was expecting so much more from this cover. The super shiny knife just doesn't look as hardcore as the crossbow. This girl looks more apt to poison you than take you out with a knife anyway, though I suspect I think that because of the sneaky cape. The other issue I'm having is how neutral all of the colors are, especially with the cape being almost the exact color as Robin LaFevers' name. It just doesn't pop. Likely, that's why the knife is so shiny, but that did not work.

 Under the Light (Light #2) - Laura Whitcomb
Thoughts: Oooh, a sequel. Well, this is exciting. I like the cover alright, but it's sort of meh. We clearly have a water theme going here.

Fearless (Reckless #2) - Cornelia Funke
 Thoughts: BLUE! I love blue. This looks so awesome and fairy tale-ish! Yay!

When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears (Goblin Wars #3) - Kersten Hamilton
Thoughts: I've said it again, and I guess I'm going to have to keep saying it: when you reveal your cover, make sure to reveal a nice big image. This definitely seems like the weakest cover of the group, but I do like the color combo of the three together. Looks more like the stars are throwing down lightning than spears, though.


Outstanding Cover of the Week: Fearless - Cornelia Funke

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29 Comments:

Blogger Steena said...

Cover Snark Thursday! My favorite! I knew there was a reason I got out of bed this morning, albeit half an hour late.

The Goddess Inheritance: The malaise is dripping off this cover. "Le sigh, it is just so HARD having to choose between love and immortality. I'm freaking mythic, why can't I have both?"

The Modified: They are both very box-shaped. And also wearing matching TRON tracksuits.

My Life After Now: This is my favorite cover this week but the content does not strike my interest. Sad.

Infatuate: Okay, I'm going to be honest. Poor angle + yoga outfit + "inFATuate" = I immediately thought this book was going to be about a battle with weight. I then noticed the Illuminate cover.

Dark Triumph: If the effect they are trying to convey is sneakiness and assassinability (a word), I declare this a fail. Problem number one: Voluminous, shiny gold cape. Problem number two: If your tiny dagger is reflecting that much light, you are in a too lit area. You need to be working with shadows and stealth. I would almost believe it more if her hand were down, as though trying to hide the dagger in the folds of her dress.

Under the Light: I appreciate how normal this model looks - simple dress, simple hair, arms and legs of a reasonable size.

Fearless: I love this cover but I don't feel like it works as a series. Maybe if the pretty blue were also in a frame? Or if the Green Man had never been framed?

September 6, 2012 at 12:53 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I am so jealous of your getting to sleep in. I want ALL OF THE SLEEP. Come to me, sleep!

Goddess: Pretty much. Although I think it's more "I love Henry so much, but I don't know if he loves me and waaaaaaahhhhh." Her life is SO hard.

The Modified: They are not shaped remotely like real humans. Tron. I was wondering what sci fi show those suits were from.

My Life After Now: This was my second favorite cover of the week. The content is not super appealing to me either.

Infatuate: Oh man, now I can't NOT see In FAT Uate when I look at this cover. Nope, it's about angels or faeries or something like that. FAIL. The model looks a little bit like Caroline Dhavernas, which is pretty much the only thing I like about this cover.

Dark Triumph: Yeah, I preferred the openly murderous air of the first one. She's ready to take people out on the field of battle. This girl is attracting way more attention than she thinks she is.

Under the Light: That's true. And she's wearing a dress, but it looks like a normal summer dress, not a ball gown. I do approve of that as well.

Fearless: Series fail, it's true. I didn't count that, though, because there are so many Reckless covers that I'm not a hundred percent sure that's the Reckless cover it's supposed to match with.

September 6, 2012 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Bekka @ Pretty Deadly Reviews said...

I am so surprised you like the cover for Fearless. It doesn't look like a sequel to Reckless at all. :(

I'll come back later with a real comment, promise!

September 6, 2012 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

As described above, and I should have put this in my comments but didn't, I discounted Reckless because there are so many different covers for it. In and of itself, I really like the Reckless cover, and I wasn't super enamored of any covers this week, which is part of it. Most weeks it would not have been victorious, but...

September 6, 2012 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger KM said...

You haven't read OBSIDIAN yet?! It's so good! But you have to take into consideration that the main guy isn't swoonworthy in the first one; he's just hysterical - but he has good development in the first two.

Anywayyyyyy the new Robin LaFevers cover is terrible. How disappointing! And I agree that FEARLESS is super cool! It looks *almost* like an illustrated cover, which I love.

September 6, 2012 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oooh, that's really good to know about Obsidian. All I'd heard were squees. I'm now envisioning him as first season of Buffy Angel, when he would just come in and say enigmatic things. I do love development.

The cover isn't QUITE terrible in my book, but it's a big disappointment. *weeps*

Yay! Someone agrees with me about Fearless!

September 6, 2012 at 2:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For Dark Descendant, apparently the artist for the first book cover refused to design the rest of the covers because they went against her beliefs:
http://lady-symphonia.deviantart.com/art/004-Dark-Descendant-SSNY-188312062

I think it's evident the artist is different in the feel and style of the artwork. Also, the covers for book 2 & 3 are definitely sub par compared to book 1.

September 6, 2012 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Interesting! There is a difference between the second and third and the first for sure. I like the first one because it has sort of a River Tam feel to it.

Thanks for the info.

September 6, 2012 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Great picks. I must say that I didn't even make it through the first Goddess book. It sounded so good but the immaturity and whining got me right from the get go. I couldn't handle it. LoL I've heard awesome things about Obsidian and I've been teetering back and forth on whether to buy it or not. One more thing... I didn't know they were coming out with Under the Light. I remember bits and pieces of that book but I will be honest that I didn't remember it being series material. I could be wrong but I thought it was great as a stand alone.

Book Sniffers Anonymous

September 6, 2012 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

You were so smart to stop then. I must have been in just the right mood for it when I read the first book, because I quite liked it. Book two made my brain hurt. It was so pointless and whiny. UGH. Hopefully, I won't try to read book three.

My memories of A Certain Slant of Light are pretty much limited to the knowledge that I did in fact read it. I think it was originally intended as a standalone, but I don't really know for sure. Definitely will need to reread book one.

September 6, 2012 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Pixie Lynn Whitfield said...

I found the first Goddess book to be average. It was a bit immature, sometimes a bit annoying, but entertaining enough for me to want to read anyway. I went ahead with book two out of curiosity, which wasn't too bad either...but I know I'm not going to finish the series at this point. It's just not that appealing. That cover is dreadful too. I wish they'd kept up with their matching theme like with the first two. :/

I haven't read Obsidian either. I thought I was one of the only people left who hadn't. Lol. I'm always seeing something about it. I kind of want to read it to see what the hype is about.

Love that Fearless cover! It's my favorite of the bunch here this week. ^^

Great Cover Snark post as always. :)

<3
Pixie

September 6, 2012 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger M.A.D. said...

The Goddess Inheritance: you could plant potatoes in the hollows of those clavicles! And they *wonder* why females develop eating disorders *face palm*

The Modified: hahahahahhahahaha *stop* you're killing me!! :D

Rogue Descendant: The tiger rocks! I hope he eats her, unless he's sensitive to silicon.

Infatuate: I thought it WAS an Indie?! O.O

All the Broken Pieces or whatever: I hate her eyes. Seriously. They bug me.

Obsidian: Yeah, he looks like he's creepily checking out some other chick over her shoulder. He gets the *creepy player award* ;P

Shapeshifted: at least her clavicles have a speck more meat on them.

Focus: I really do like the new cover! They need to re-do the Flight cover or something, cos there's no way this looks like a series, plus it would mess up my OCD book shelf thing ;P

Dark Triumph: Definitely like Grave Mercy's cover better. However, now I'm suspicious as to why they won't let us see this girl's clavicles ... O>O

Under The Light: True, she's got the water thing going on, but I think the first book's cover is far superior. Not sure I would be drawn to Under The Light on a book store shelf.

Fearless: Christina, same here with the blue thing!! I likes pretty pretty colors :D

Goblin Wars: I kinda like the cheesy Castle n' lightning! Maybe Dracula's inside, I dunno ...

*YAY* for Christina, cover snark, clavicles AND our pretty blue Fearless <3

September 6, 2012 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Kayla Beck said...

The model on the cover of The Goddess Inheritance is dreaming about the sandwiches you mentioned. You can tell by the glazed look in her eyes. Or is that meth? Okay, okay, I’ll be nice.

I haven’t scrolled down, but if Infatuate isn’t the worst cover of the week, I will probably have to write some letters to publishers. Are they not even trying? This is worse than that indie thing you showed that I hurriedly scrolled away from.

The picture for All the Broken Pieces is better, but I still don’t like the font.

Dark Triumph’s cover is so bad. Sooooooooooooo bad. Not the worst, but it hurts me to look at it. *cries*

Fearless makes me very happy. I will go face that out at All The Places.

There was a cover reveal this week, but I forgot what it was before I could tell you about it. I didn’t like it (of course), but I thought you may. I’ll let you know if I come across it.

September 6, 2012 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Adriana said...

clavicles? I think she looks like a different model than the other two Goddess Test's. Maybe her hair is lighter... *squints eyes*

lolololol! Oh God indie covers. I agree this is why we make fun of you but I don't think I've seen one this bad. It's usually the title name that looks wrong...

My Life After Now looks like an okay cover. I cant put my finger on what looks weird. Maybe the title? eh. I don't know.

Infatuate... fail. The first cover was so much better!!

Good for Spain. It looks way better.

What!? Dark Triumph looks badass! Well the girl does at least. They maybe should have made the background look more real.

Fearless looks even better than the first! Deserves the Outstanding Cover of the Week.

September 6, 2012 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger Jaime Lester said...

-First, I didn't even know the authors names location and color changed, but you are right. Its dumb. And she really does need a dang sandwich.

-The Modified has got to be the ugliest dang cover, ever. I laughed my butt off when I saw it. It is hard to take the book seriously.

-Jenna Black's series is eh. That is all I can say about that.

-My Life After Now has a pretty color, but I have basically seen it. So, eh

-What the HECK did they do to the cover of Infatuate. It is awful. The first book may not be original, but at least it is pretty. Infatuate = just bad

-All the Broken Pieces- In your word "Ugh"

-Hated first Obsidian cover, really like Spanish Obsidian cover. It is interesting.

-Shapeshifted covers just look like flippin porn covers to me. Incredibly kinky, really dangerous porn, but porn all the same

-Don't like Flight cover, Focus cover is so-so. Don't look like they belong on the same shelf.

-I love the Grave Mercy cover, especially in person. Very bad ass. I think I would love Dark Triumphs cover if it had a little more color to it, or even a little more light. And the crossbow is way cooler. But I don't hate it, and I am VERY excited to hear about Sybella.

-A Certain Slant of Light's cover was dark and creepy. The new books cover looks like a contemp romance cover, and again, nothing special.

-I LOVE the covers of Reckless and Fearless. Love them. I love Cornelia Funke. She is amazing in a big way.

-Goblin Wars is one of my favorite series, ever. And I really like all 3 of the covers, and how they fit together. They are different, and they tell a story and that is what a cover should do. I approve.

Thanks for this. One of my favorite posts to get in the email. I do a little TD dance.

September 7, 2012 at 3:53 AM  
Blogger Lynn K. said...

Dark Triumph: I actually like it a lot though, more contrast from the background would be nice. It's the hair on her forehead that bugs me.

Infatuate: WHAT IS THAT?!! *head desk* The font treatment and everything in Illuminate was so pretty...

A Certain Slant of Light : Recently heard about this book, hope to read it soon. :)

September 7, 2012 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Alessandra @Out of the Blue said...

There's going to be a sequel to A Certain Slant of Light??? That's exciting!

September 7, 2012 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books said...

I liked the goddess series ok, though the ending of the second one was def a WTF deal. I will now never, ever, be able to look at the cover of The Goddess Inheritance without thinking about how big her clavicles are.

On a slightly unrelated note, last year it was brought to my attention that Megan Fox has weird looking thumbs. They are like toe-thumbs. Now every time I see Megan Fox I think about her weird thumbs.

September 7, 2012 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yeah, I initially was like I should just finish it, because that's what I do, but I think that I won't, unless I see someone I trust say that it's way better. Right? I don't like that she's upside down on this one.

I'm not alone! I hadn't heard of Armentrout until sometime early this year and then she was EVERYWHERE and everyone had read her books.

Fearless is pretty. :)

September 10, 2012 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Goddess Inheritence: Of course, no one would want to eat those tomatoes.

The Modified: I wish THEY would stop.

Rogue Descendant: The tiger is awesome. Hey, I'm just happy this woman looks like she sometimes eats sandwiches.

Infatuate: Nope, sadly not.

All the Broken Pieces: Me too. I know they did that on purpose, but can't they be closer to the same size?!?!

Obsidian: That is precisely what he looks like. He's gross.

Shapeshifted: True.

Focus: Oh, I didn't realize this was a redo.

Dark Triumph: Haha, I've given you a complex.

Under the Light: The first cover captures the creepy vibe really well, because you want to know what's going on. Is she dead? Dying? What? This new one doesn't have so much of an inherent story.

Fearless: :-D

Goblin Wars: I see that.

September 10, 2012 at 8:11 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Let's say it's sandwiches. She's thinking back to her childhood before her parents began starving her for her modeling career when she once got to eat a burger.

Right? What the eff is up with Infatuate? Ughhhhh. Who looked at that and was like, all right I think we're done here?

The font is awful. Font, more than anything else, separates the indies from the bigger pubs.

Yeah, Dark Triumph isn't terrible, but the fact that it's not often saddens me.

Wooo! Haha, I love that you face books you like out when you wander bookstores. Nice.

September 10, 2012 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Clavicles are those bones at the front of your body below the neck. She might be different. Her hair does look a bit lighter and her lips look bigger, right?

Oh man, you should see more of them. There are so many this bad. :-p

With My Life After Now, I think it just looks a little TOO much like a photograph, so it kind of looks like an indie, as though someone just added text to a vacation photo that turned out really well.

So much fail.

Hmmm, I'm glad you like it. I don't hate it, but...

Fearless is way better than Reckless cover-wise, and I really hope the content is too.

September 10, 2012 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Right? We all can tell that you're not feeding the models and that's mean. Everyone has a right to sandwiches.

The Modified goes into the category of books that I won't read, even if I hear it's amazing because the cover is so atrocious.

I could not BELIEVE the Infatuate cover when I saw it. They clearly did not try.

The Spanish cover is so awesome. It sort of looks like US covers with the girl and her hair, but it definitely has a unique flair.

I think the Shapeshifted cover and the rest are SUPPOSED to look like that. I'm making the assumption that it's tongue in cheek.

Oh, don't get me wrong, I am incredibly excited for Sybella's book. The cover isn't awful, but it didn't meet my expectations.

Right. The tone is completely different on the new one.

Oh really? I haven't heard anything about them. Good to know!

September 10, 2012 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Her hair looks vaguely unwashed, right?

Infatuate generates *headdesking in all viewers.

I read A Certain Slant of Light years and years ago and enjoyed it, though I don't remember it at all.

September 10, 2012 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

So exciting!

September 10, 2012 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Mischief managed.

So...I definitely just googled Megan Fox thumbs. She apparently has a condition: clubbed thumbs. Her big toes might be like that too. They are weird, and it is sad how this cheers me.

September 10, 2012 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger MBee said...

I'm just dropping a comment to say the Lux series, good cover or no, was surprisingly good! Better than I expected it to be! I'd say it's definitely worth a read.

Also, you would probably rip my covers apart. I have a "clown" on one... :P

September 12, 2012 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

A clown! That sounds horrifying. Haha.

September 13, 2012 at 10:11 AM  
Blogger MBee said...

Heh I'm sure some would think so...it's almost worse as she's actually a Juggalo (if you know what that is) but it's a romantic comedy so I hope people laugh rather than be terrified :P

September 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM  

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