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A Reader of Fictions: Cover Snark (46): You Can Always Tell If a Book's New Adult

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cover Snark (46): You Can Always Tell If a Book's New Adult

Welcome to Cover Snark, where the people are snarky and the covers quiver in fear. Since I don't write many snarky book reviews here on A Reader of Fictions, Cover Snark is my outlet. If you click on the title of the book, where possible, I've linked to Goodreads. Clicking on the cover itself will show you the cover in a larger size, in most cases. Feel free to love covers I hate and vice versa. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Commenting pro tip: The easiest way to comment on such a long post is to open the post in two windows (really easy if you use Google Reader). Comment in one and scroll the covers in the other. That's actually how I comment on other people's reviews too. I can't remember all my comments by the time I get to the box!

Shiny and New:

1. Spirit (Elemental #5) - Shauna Granger
Thoughts: Well, this is better than the others in the series, so I'll give them that. The fonts are okay, too. The wings could be worse. Still, this is boring.

2. The Truth About Letting Go (The Truth #2) - Leigh T. Moore
Thoughts: The Truth about Hippies.

3. In Too Deep - Michelle Kemper Brownlow
Thoughts: Very good for an indie, though it reminds me of a lot of dark contemporary covers. I do really love the font.

4. Pretending He's Mine (Caught Up in Us #2) - Lauren Blakely
Thoughts: Sex in the Pepto Bismol City.

5. Time After Time (Time Between Us #2) - Tamara Ireland Stone
Thoughts: Am I the only one who thinks this looks like a weepy contemporary from the 90s.

6. Tied (Fire Born #1) - Laney McMann
Thoughts: I'm not a big fan of the gargoyle thing in the foreground, but the rest of this is awesome.

7. Imitation - Heather Hildebrand
Thoughts: Liar + Starters = Imitation.

8. The Trap (The Hunt #3) - Andrew Fukuda
Thoughts: I'm not a big fan of the redesign for these, but I think this is the best of the lot so far. Looks like they even pulled a photo from the shoot the original hardcover used.

9. The Activist (Theodore Boone #4) - John Grisham
Thoughts: SNORE. Unless those are zombies in the background, but I doubt that.

10. The Lives of Tao - Wesley Chu
Thoughts: Pretty cool cover. I'm not sure what's going on, but I'm definitely curious!

11. The Unbound (The Archived #2) - Victoria Schwab
Thoughts: The sequel to The Archived comes with prettier colors and the One Ring in silver. Nice.

12. Emancipating Andie - Priscilla Glenn
Thoughts: The first of the obviously new adult books. I'm guessing this will put the MAN in EMANCIPATING.

13. Beneath - Cambria Hebert
Thoughts: Holy crap, this is shitty. Look at those wings! And the butterflies! And 'Heven.' A world of no.

14. The Living - Matt de la Pena
Thoughts: Fun fact: images of hands reaching up to be saved from drowning always makes me think of the DuckTales episode where Scrooge McDuck is drowning in his money.

15. Sorrow's Knot - Erin Bow
Thoughts: Ooh, a POC. A bit weird that she's playing cat's cradle, but okay. Also, I'm super uncomfortable with this tiny, white hands going for her shoulders.

16. The Registry - Shannon Stoker
Thoughts: Curious about the fact that she's wearing a veil. The tagline passes muster. Otherwise, eh.

17. Wait for You - J. Lynn
Thoughts: I've said this before, and I'll probably keep saying it until it stops being a thing: what is the goddamn point of using a pseudonym if you put your other writing name on as well? And, in this case, the pseudonym is tacked on as an afterthought. Also, obviously new adult.

18. Gold (Bandia #2) - Talia Vance
Thoughts: The first in the series had a pretty cover at least. This looks a little too much like The Lion King for a paranormal romance. Her kingdom is probably everything the light touches.

19. It Was You - Anna Cruise
Thoughts: Their future's so bright, they have to wear shades.

20. Tumble & Fall - Alexandra Coutts
Thoughts: Someone told me this is just like a scene in Armageddon, which is hilarious, though I don't remember it. In other news, I love it. Shiny AND I want that dress.

21. Emma: Wild and Wanton Edition - Micah Persell
Thoughts: Oy. Yet another one. Apparently, Emma's going to sex Knightley in the sky. That's legit.

22. Where the Stars Still Shine - Trish Doller
Thoughts: This is pretty, but it looks like a Sarah Addison Allen cover, not so much a YA. That's not bad necessarily, but it is surprising.

23. A Cursed Embrace (Weird Girls #2) - Cecy Robinson
Thoughts: Seriously, what is up with putting a First Time in Print sticker on newly released books? It would make sense if it had been an ebook first, but I don't think that's the case. Also, does anyone really care whether a book has been in print before? Pretty good PNR cover, but that bothers me.

24. The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4) - Richelle Mead
Thoughts: The more fiery the heart, the more awkward the hair and expressions. I think I will keep my heart nice and icy.

25. Blood Roses (Blackthorn #2) - Lindsay J. Pryor
Thoughts: Okay, now that is a good tagline. The rose background is interesting too. However, I do not like the way she's wearing the series info like an outsized tiara.

26. Knotted Roots - Ruthi Kight 
Thoughts: The first surprise for Roxie will be how many kinds of poop she can get on her heels walking around the farm.

27. Escapement (The Neumarian Chronicles #1) - Ciara Knight
Thoughts: Self-pubs, this is what you should be aspiring to. This is BADASS. Nice work. I really love the font and the city. Less wild about the girl in chains, but she's decently photoshopped, so it's not a huge issue.

28. Fearless - Mike DeLosso
Thoughts: Fearless is exactly how I DON'T feel when I look at this cover. This has a very Firestarter sort of vibe.

29. One Week Girlfriend (Drew + Fable #1) - Monica Murphy
Thoughts: Ugh. I can just tell I would hate this. *shakes fist at New Adult*

30. Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2) - Morgan Rhodes
Thoughts: I want this to be a Little Red Riding Hood retelling, but I doubt that. Also, I'm not digging that font. The S looks really lame.

31. No Good Duke Goes Unpunished (The Rules of Scoundrels #3) - Sarah MacLean
Thoughts: I really hope the blurb won't really be running up the side. Also, I think there's way too much green happening here. I could better admire the fancy dress if the stairs and bannister weren't also green.

32. Zombies: Shambling Through the Ages - Steve Berman, ed.
Thoughts: Purple and orange is a bold color combination. The perky tagline is a bit out of place. One-eyed zombie is fittingly creepy.

33. Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2) - Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Thoughts: A lot like Burn for Burn's cover. Their clothes are ... interesting.

34. Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl - David Barnett
 Thoughts: Oooh, steampunk train. Love it.

35. Cave of Wonders (Infinity Ring #5) - Matthew J. Kirby
Thoughts: So cheesy!

36. I'll Be Seeing You - Suzanne Hayes & Loretta Nyhan
 Thoughts: I had this pegged as Christian fiction, but apparently it's WWII fiction. Boring cover.

Cover Battles:

1. Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) - Katie McGarry
US vs. UK: Ummm, UK, what are you thinking with the red? That font is the worst. It's like the puffy paint the popular seniors decorate their cars with at graduation. Just no. Winner: US.

2. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) - Sarah J. Maas
Hardback vs. Paperback: Well, the good folks at Bloomsbury obviously figured out that the illustrated UK cover kicked their cover's butt. What's odd is that they made the background darker. I still prefer the UK cover, but the paperback is vastly better than the hardcover. Winner: Paperback.

3. Rising Darkness (Game of Shadows #1) - Thea Harrison
US vs. UK: Huh. Well, I really don't love either, but, though it looks crazier, I think the UK cover looks a bit more put together, like more work into it. Winner: UK.

4. Unchained (Nephilim Rising #1) - J. Lynn
Original vs. Redesign: Looks like they're going for more of a sexy vibe, and less of a cutesy one. Neither one really appeals to me. The new one's a bit cleaner, but I hate those wings. Winner: Neither.

WTF of the Week:  

1. Heart's Desire - Lindsey Edwards
Thoughts: Is their love strong enough to survive a shitty cover and a missing apostrophe in the title?

2. Exposure - Christina Mobley
 Thoughts: Lightning gives you 80s hair.

3. Tentacles - Ifo Oshun
Thoughts: There's totally a kink about this in Japan. Aren't you glad to know that?

Outstanding Cover of the Week:
Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts

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Blogger Tez Miller said...

6. TIED - So looks like they stole the falling guy from Becca Fitzpatrick's HUSH HUSH cover and erased the wings ;-)

16. THE REGISTRY - The title makes me think of wedding registries at department stores...which aren't dark or creepy ;-)

17. WAIT FOR YOU - I'm assuming the title has something to do with virginity. New Adult can be so predictable...

24. THE FIERY HEART - That chick so looks like Natasha Bedingfield. From that angle, anyway.

26. KNOTTED ROOTS - There is so going to be shagging in that novel - it says so in the title! ;-) (I think you can guess what "root" means in Australia...)

27. ESCAPEMENT - "Escapement" is a word???

TENTACLES - I am totally NOT okay with tentacle porn! Also...no tentacles on a cover entitled TENTACLES?

February 28, 2013 at 12:15 AM  
Blogger Kayla Beck said...

5. Aren't these books set in the 90s? Or part of it, anyways? Also, she is a very pretty model, though she doesn't look like a teenager.

8. Ooo, I like the green!

11. This creeps me out majorly. I guess it's supposed to. And I really don't like white and green together. Wintergreen gives me a headache.

14. Funny that the summary says "make some money" and "rake in tips". DuckTales - wooo-ooo! :-D

17. Yeah, I was wondering about that myself. Why doesn't it just say "Blah Blah Author now writing for blah blah audience!"?

20. Where are the animal crackers?

23. This made me laugh. Her hands look like claws. I guess they're supposed to.

24. She keeps looking more and more like Billie Piper, and then I get angry that David Tennant isn't standing beside her.

28. Is this the kid from Les Miserables?

30. I bought the first one for the cover. This one is so fake looking and terrible. Redo!

34. This is like a steampunk Erik Larson cover.

CB2. Yay! I already have the UK paperback! My books will MATCH! :-D

WTF3. This wouldn't be so bad if his eyes weren't so green, and if he was more the color of the woods.

February 28, 2013 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

OMG, I honestly love this Cover Snark feature that you do!!! I'm laughing out loud practically the whole time because of some of your hilarious comments!!

February 28, 2013 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I really like the cover for The Lives of Tao! I have no idea what it's about, but now I want to read it. haha

The tagline for Tentacles made me lol. Oh jeez (or should I say "oh cheese"?)

The Fearless cover really freaks me out, and I will most definitely be reading it, just for that alone :)

February 28, 2013 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

28. I was thinking the exact same thing! I think it is the same person.

February 28, 2013 at 11:15 AM  
Blogger Sara @ Forever 17 Books said...

"Sex in the Pepto Bismol City" LOL That one made me laugh.

Had the exact same thought on the cover for Wait for you about JLA's pseudonym being used too. O.o

Added Tumble and Fall to my TBR. Thanks!

OMG the UK Dare You To! I hate it! Why would they do that? Can't they just keep the font like the US cover?

~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

February 28, 2013 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Ashleigh Paige said...

Seriously, this makes my Thursdays especially wonderful.

2. Goddammit, this makes me miss the Suwannee and all the hippie madness. It's hilarious to watch a woman in in a business suit and straight hair to jump in her car and come out wearing a butterfly shirt, acid-washed jeans, and a bandana that holds back her dreadlocks.

5. I just like the pretty color. -is distracted-


22. Yeah, it's pretty meh. I'll still read it, though.

24. I swear, this series gets worse covers with each book and that's really saying something when Richelle Mead gets some of the worst covers out there at the moment. I'm having trouble thinking of a YA author who gets worse covers more successively than she does.

25. I want those shoes.

28. That actually gave me chills. I like it!

33. I kinda like the cover because of the light blue filter, but I sure as shit won't read it. I hated the first book.

2. YES. Much better. I like that paperback and might consider buying it. I'm waiting to see what the sequel's cover will look like too.

4. They're both pretty bad. The second has the annoying pseudonym thing too.

February 28, 2013 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

So many kissy couple covers. Seems to be the new trend. Along with the black and white with a splash of color. I suppose it's better than the girl in a pretty dress cover trend. Maybe...

1. This cover does nothing for me. I would pass right over it.

3. I do like the cover for In Too Deep. Though, like I said above, the black & white with color font is getting old now. Too many covers like that recently. No matter how pretty they are.

4. LOL!! OMG I totally didn't even notice that was a cityscape in the background, I was just thinking, "Dude, he's taking off her shirt out in public"

6. Wow! That is a pretty awesome cover, but I agree that the gargoyle is really odd looking there.

13. That is seriously bad!! Bad photoshop skills. And her dress looks like dripping ice cream.

14. Looks more like dying to me dude!! Lol!!

17. I do like the cover for Wait for You (and it's amazing), but again with the B&W with color font.

20. I'm kinda loving that cover! It's very pretty!

25. I really like the black rose in the background! It's a pretty cool looking cover.

26. Another great name for that cover would be High Heels and Hay Bales.

28. That cover gives me a Les Miserables/Firestarter vibe too. Don't know if I really like it. It's a bit odd.

29. What's with the awkward kiss poses. They totally don't look like they are about to engage in an intimate kiss. It actually looks like she's about to give him mouth to mouth or something.

32. ZOMBIES!! That is all!!

33. Do girls really dress like that now? Are those crushed velvet shorts and knee high socks? With a sweater? And what in the world are the other two girls looking at. It's just a very awkward looking cover.

34. I love that cover!! It's just awesome!!

Cover wars!! Love these!!

1. Yes, the US one is definitely a winner. The font on the UK one is awful!! It looks horribly cheesy.

2. I am totally digging the paperback cover!! I do really like the UK one though.

4. I liked the first one, but the second one I think is better. It's adult, so I can see going with the sexy more.

All of the WTF covers are seriously WTF!!

Great cover snark post as always!! :)

February 28, 2013 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

"His secret will reach out and grab you". LMFAO. The best.

You should have WTF cover awards at the end of the year. LOL.

February 28, 2013 at 7:52 PM  
Blogger Kayla Beck said...

Woo! I'm not the only one. :-D

February 28, 2013 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

There are actually quite a lot of covers I like this week (although those New Adult covers are so bland and cheesy, it's horrifying).
3. In Too Deep - simple and with an emotional impact!
6. Tied: would have been perfect without the gargoyle.
8. Trap: Not bad, and man after the ending of the Prey, I'm dreading what's inside this one. Book #2 was creepy as hell.
10. The Lives of Tao: you should read the synopsis, it's super funny, about an alien lifeform jumping from oe person to another through the ages.
16. The Registry: understated and I really liked it!
20. Tumble: I'm with you on the dress. Magical cover!
24. The Fiery Heart: pretty horrendous actually.
25. Blood Roses: I loved book #1 so much, I'm dying to read this. Both covers compliment each other really well.
27. Escapement: I actually like everything apart from the girl. Got the novella for free this week. Will be reading soo. Great work for a self-pub cover!

March 1, 2013 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

5. No you are not. Someone is going to get kidnapped/die/discover they were adopted I bet.

8. I like the whole series covers - not too much 'people'.

12. Hahaha - 'man' in emancipating! You crack me up.

13. Look mum, I've got stick on wings AND butterflies!

14. Ding ding ding! That one got my attention!

20. It's the scene when they are on picnic, playing with animal crackers. How can you not remember that bit?!

26. I first read that as 'Knotted Boots' then wondered why she was wearing pumps....

29. These are just Harlequins for twenty-year-olds. I'd bet money on it.

March 1, 2013 at 1:22 PM  
Blogger Kara_Malinczak said...

7. Agreed. As much as I like the cover, it is severely lacking in originality and that's sad.

8. LOOOVVVEEEE. But mostly because it's green and I think that's my favorite color now.

11. I am just not a fan of this one.

13. Totally shitty. And LOL at the misspelling. WTF. That's just baaaaaddddd.

17. Agreed. Don't use a fucking pseudonym if you are going to put your real name anyway. What is the goddamn point. It's stupid. And yes, it pisses me off.

27. I like this one too. I also have an ARC if i ever get to it. I like the novella cover a little more, but I still think this looks awesome.

31. Tooooo much green.

34. Yeah but the font looks like 80s font.

March 2, 2013 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger Loretta Nyhan said...

Awesome post--this made me laugh! Sorry you didn't like our cover, but the story inside? Not so boring. Trust.

March 4, 2013 at 8:21 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Hahaha, glad to hear. I've added it to GR. I'm a sucker for WWII historical fiction. ;)

March 4, 2013 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

6. I do see that in the posing, but the rest of the cover is so different. haha.

16. Ha, I think wedding registries are a little creepy, but that probably says more about me.

17. Most likely he sleeps around and she'll wait for him virginally until he's done sowing his wild oats.

24. Oh, I never liked her music.

26. Errr. Google just told me. Hilarious!

27. Yes, it is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escapement

Hahahahaha, TENTACLES!

March 4, 2013 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

5. Not sure. I haven't read the first yet. And, no, she sure doesn't look like a teenager.

11. Odd! I think it's so pretty.

14. Hahahahaha.

17. There's literally no point to a pseudonym if you put your actual name on the book.

20. Animal crackers?

23. Yeah, I think that's intentional.

24. She DOES look like Billie Piper, which is part of why I hate her face. It's the freaking dark eyebrows and badly dyed blonde hair.

28. Hahaha

30. No good.

34. It took me so long to remember who Erik Larson was. But now I see it.

I think it would still be really bad.

March 4, 2013 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Awww, thanks!

March 4, 2013 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Fearless is SUPER creepy. There's nothing more terrifying than chilluns.

March 4, 2013 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I have no freaking clue why the UK would do that. Their Pushing the Limits cover is awful too, and not like the US one. It's just weird.

March 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Awwwww, I am so glad.

2. There are a lot of hippies in Suwannee? I guess I missed that. That WOULD be hilarious.

22. Heck yes. I loved her first one.

24. Mead has clearly pissed off the cover design team.

33. I have an ARC of the first one I never got to...

4. Agreed. They could have done better than the first so easily, but...fail.

March 4, 2013 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I do not like this trend. I almost never like kissy couple covers. They generally look SO awkward.

3. True, but it's a self-pub, so better to be a bit overdone but good than try to be cutting edge and do it badly.

4. True. DIRTY.

13. Laughing my ass off at the ice cream dress.

14. Truth.

17. Good point. I'd never paid much attention to that trend, but you have a point.

29. Or like she's about to bite him in a very predatory way.

33. I don't think so outside of YA books. Maybe at super wealthy or arty schools? Mostly kids wore jeans almost ten years ago when I was in school.

Thanks, Amy!

March 4, 2013 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I guess I could consider that. *ponders*

March 4, 2013 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

New Adult covers are the worst.

6. Agreed. That gargoyle is ruining everything.

8. Ugh. I hated The Prey. I'm not reading this one.

10. Huh. That sounds like something I might like!

25. I'd never heard of that series. Glad you liked it.

27. Sweet!

March 4, 2013 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

5. *snorts*

8. But the first design didn't have too much person focus either. I hate the four-word title needing two lines thing.

12. :-p

14. Hahaha, I knew it would!

20. Oh, that's why someone mentioned animal crackers! Oops. I only ever saw it on tv when I was in middle school!

29. Oh yeah. Only the guys are sleazier.

March 4, 2013 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

7. Truth. Although that might be intentional because of the title...

8. Green is great.

13. It might be intentional misspelling, but I still hate it.

17. Pisses me off too. She's just trying to capitalize off her success under the other name. That's fine. Stop using the fucking pen name then!

27. Sweet. I like this one better. Haha.

31. Your love affair with green did not last long.

34. 1880s?

March 4, 2013 at 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lost a mouthful of Cornflakes to Tentacles. It was not laughter, or sniggering; it was full-on chortling. I'm so professional.

March 4, 2013 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Score! I always feel like I've done my best when someone spittakes!

March 4, 2013 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey, so, hate to burst the fun bubble, but Knotted Roots isn't New Adult...and there's no shagging. *shrugs shoulders* Sorry to disappoint :)

March 20, 2013 at 5:58 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

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March 20, 2013 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

#26 - Knotted Roots - Never Judge A Book By Its Cover - Try Reading The Book Then You Would So Get The Cover

March 20, 2013 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I know the author of #13 personally and he daughter is the model on the front cover so not only is calling it shitty tacky but so is this post especially since half of these books are not NA buy YA but hey why do your homework.
The title of 13 is the characters name and not a misspelling which is easily known if someone simply looked at the synopsis. This is not the author but someone who loves authors and gets their joys from reading them and not making snarky, uninformed comments about their covers for a little piece of web fame but hey you found it so enjoy. ;)

March 20, 2013 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I never said it WAS new adult. The title of the post doesn't refer to all of the covers. It refers to just a subset of them.

March 20, 2013 at 7:08 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I'm sorry that you don't like this feature, but the whole purpose of it is to judge them off the cover, with the proviso that it's all very subjective and not a reflection on the books' contents. This is all in fun and to get word about new covers.

March 20, 2013 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Well, I'm sorry that you don't like this feature, but you really don't have to read it. I never claimed to be a designer and my comments are just mine. If you look up top, I said that other people are welcome to love the ones I hate and vice versa. My friends often disagree and it doesn't bother me one bit. I'm glad you like the cover; I happen not to.

I happen to know that not all of these books are New Adult. If you look back through the posts, you'll see that the title of the post isn't intended to reference all of them. Indeed, it would be hard to find a title that applied to all 50-some covers included. Believe me, I look them up on GR, if they're there, before I comment on them BEING New Adult.

I DID try to look up the book on Goodreads, but it wasn't up there yet.

As I've said elsewhere, the point of this is to get the word out about books and have a little fun. I have no ill will towards any of these authors and I fucking love reading books, though I must admit I've never actually read an author. I know that covers aren't a reflection of the quality of the book underneath, but they're fun to look at. If you don't like this feature, no one's making you read it.

March 20, 2013 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Kara_Malinczak said...

Methinks you missed the whole point of this feature, Janeira. But way to make yourself look like an ass. And the cover is shitty. So there.

If you don't like something, feel free to click the x at the top right and go read something else. This is Christina's blog and your snotty tone can GTFO.

This is a feature for fun and most authors who have their covers here are actually honored and have fun with it. Maybe try finding a sense of humor for once? That would be GRAND.

March 20, 2013 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Kara_Malinczak said...

Oh, Tonya. Your comment is just so sad and pathetic.

March 20, 2013 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger Kara_Malinczak said...

She never said it was. Reading comprehension fail.

March 20, 2013 at 7:23 PM  
Blogger April (BooksandWine) said...


March 20, 2013 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger April (BooksandWine) said...

I gotta admit, I like the red in Dare You To, but not the font.

I love Trish Dollar's cover, but yeah that's totally looking like SAA, but that's a positive association for me.

TUMBLE AND FALL, I want that!

The steam punk train is awesome.

I think No Good Duke Goes Unpunished totally is working the Pantone Color of the year -- emerald according to Sephora, FYI.

Oh and those wings are ugly. Whatever. Maybe the next designer could you know -- make them look a bit more real and not like they are coming out the back of her neck?

AND my parents totally used to ground me in a room full of books and a TV and now I write a book blog. I think it happens to the best of us.


March 20, 2013 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Giselle said...

I will still read a book if it's a shitty cover (I mean, some are even great- who knew?) what I will not read, is a book by an author who's insulting readers, for ANY reason, no matter what was said, no matter if I even happen to agree with the author (in this case I don't btw), I think they have to respect that we have a right to say whatever the fuck we want about what they put out there for us to read. If they want to vent, do it privately to your husband or friends, NOT on public social media. And I'm sorry but they called you and your commenters (which now include myself and I take high offense in that!) rude, jerks, cheesy, not having a good upbringing, being locked in a room as a child... among other things--I'm sorry but THAT is how they react when they get criticized for something the author probably didn't even do herself? And they say YOU have no class because you said she would walk in POOP? Who the fuck cares? I walk in shit all the time it's fucking great! THERE!

You are not the bitch here, Christina. This is meant to be a form of entertainment, and like I told Kara, you're only voicing what the rest is too scared to say publicly. If your book cover is shitty, it will still be shitty whether it appears in this post or not--that is a fact! You're only pointing out what every one else is thinking! Why do you think everyone loves this post? Didn't you get a blogger award for the meme? Do they think that's because we don't agree with what's said in these posts? No! It's because we DO agree, it's part of the reason it's so hilarious!

I also have to say, I'm a big fan of this feature and what was said in these posts about a cover has NEVER changed my mind on if I will read a book or not. Actually a lot of times I find new books I would never have found otherwise (dunno how you find all these covers, chick!)

Anywho, they went way overboard on that Facebook thread, I could not believe what I was reading in the comments (and I read some very fucked up things in my life!). If an author can't deal with it, shut the fuck up --this should be every author's mantra. Way to blow your career before it even begins.

Ok I've had my say. I have to admit, I feel much better! :D

March 20, 2013 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Kristin A. said...

This was awesome. I'm going to have to follow just to see more of these.

March 20, 2013 at 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm 100% not ashamed to say that I judge books by the cover. There are too many books out there and if the cover doesn't get me, then I'm probably not reading the jacket copy. If that doesn't get me, I probably won't buy the book. (USES FOR BOYS is a book I bought based off the cover, loved the book, and STILL love that cover more than ANYTHING).

So yes, cover snarking is worthy to us as readers because a cover SELLS your book to me. If I'm browsing and I haven't heard anything about it, I do judge your book by the cover.

Snark on, friends.
-Katie :)

March 20, 2013 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Kristin A. said...

Slow clap

March 20, 2013 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I'm not sure what was mean about pointing out the fact that if you are on a farm...you are going to get poop on the shoes...and heels and a farm don't seem like the best combo. I could call my dad, who lived on a farm, to confirm :P I just am not understanding how your comment was mean, to be honest. You didn't even SAY if you liked the cover or not. I've pointed out silly things on covers I've loved on books I've enjoyed. I first read the comment in question and had to make sure I was looking at the right one. And that's the honest truth..if I thought you were being an ass I would lovingly call you out on it :P

March 20, 2013 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

AMEN LADY! Personal comments about your upbringing and your life are just completely unwarranted. I mean, if this were me, I'd be like say whatever you want about my blog but don't EVER EVER try to peg who I am as a person. Because you pointed out something(not even mean) about her cover?? Suddenly you are an evil woman locked in a room with a cold heart and all the other ridiculous things I didn't have time to read. lol OY VEY. Don't search your book if you can't handle what people are going to say. I fear for the blogger who gives it a bad review. SATAN! STEP AWAY!

March 20, 2013 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger Giselle said...

And they were going on about freedom of speech. As if putting art out there to be critiqued can be followed by them insulting those who don't like it? That is no freedom of speech sorry to say, that is your career going bye bye.

March 20, 2013 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

*claps* YES THIS.

March 20, 2013 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Angela @ Reading Angels said...

I just want to say that I probably only hear of 1/10 of the books on cover snark each week before I come here, and my wishlist always grows.

Also, my favorite feature. Hands down.

Also, #6 - is that a gargoyle? A werewolf? I NEED TO KNOW!

March 20, 2013 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I also love that an author whose cover was snarked on here had a GREAT sense of humor about it and understood this feature for what it is! Snaps for her! I think people need to not be in the business if they can't handle what they find when they google their book.

March 20, 2013 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Ashley @ The Bibliophile's Corner said...

Oh my word! This is by far the best feature I have seen. And I will now be following your blog religiously. :)

BTW, there are SOOOO many books that I would have missed out on had I not seen this post. Yay for finding new books!

March 20, 2013 at 11:05 PM  
Blogger Belle said...

It is a really shitty cover, though.

March 21, 2013 at 2:07 AM  
Blogger Belle said...

Love, love, love this post. Keep on being awesome!

March 21, 2013 at 2:08 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

SAA is a positive association for me as well, and I am super excited about the book. I think I like the cover, but it's definitely not traditional YA.

ME TOO. I am dying for that Macmillan newsletter.

Steampunk trains are sweet.

Bahahaha, I never know about makeup stuff.

A room full of books doesn't sound like a punishment. Actually, sounds like where I live anyway. Only I lock myself in for the safety.

March 21, 2013 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Sadly, no, I didn't get a blogger award for the meme, but I did get a respectable number of votes. Good enough for me. People do disagree with me often, but not in a mean way at all. Or sometimes they agree with my snark but also let me know they love the cover, and, fact is, I might too, because I'm just playing things up for comedic affect.

Thanks Giselle, your comments mean a LOT. Love Kristin and Jamie too. :)

Also, I'm pretty sure Google Alerts on your name as an author are not your friend. X_X

March 21, 2013 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Christina said...


March 21, 2013 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I really didn't think it was a secret that people judge books by their covers. I won't remove a book from my to-read list because the cover is ugly, but I will be more inclined to add something with a pretty cover. It happens.

March 21, 2013 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Thank you for being ready to call me out lovingly. That's what true friends are for.

March 21, 2013 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I do a LOT of cover hunting to put these posts together.


Looks like a gargoyle to me, but it could be anything.

March 21, 2013 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yes! I actually added Loretta's book on GR after that bc it sounds interesting, and she clearly has a good sense of humor. Her comment didn't bother me at all!

March 21, 2013 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Wazzah! I love for people to find new books. It's sort of the point. That and the lols.

March 21, 2013 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Christina said...


March 21, 2013 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Nikki Jefford said...

Feel free to snark on my covers any day, Christina. <3

March 21, 2013 at 12:05 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Thanks, Nikki! I know I've snarked on at least one in the past. :)


March 21, 2013 at 12:17 PM  
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March 21, 2013 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I agree 100%. The fact of the matter is that publishers spend more money on cover design if they think the book is going to be a big seller (i.e., a quality story that will appeal to the masses). So, you CAN judge the quality of a book by its cover. If the cover features generic stock art (or ugly art) and/or an unprofessional layout often accompanied by an unsophisticated type face, it's HIGHLY likely not a quality piece of literature. Covers DO sell books. If the cover looks unprofessional or just plain unattractive, not many people will buy it. Publishers do not waste time and money employing professional artists/graphic designers unless the book is going to yield a large profit--and for a long time.

March 21, 2013 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Janiera, who the hell cares that the author's daughter is the model or that the author chose to name her character a purposely misspelled word? None of that changes a thing; anyone with two eyes can see it's a horribly designed cover

March 21, 2013 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I was totally thinking the same thing. :P

March 26, 2013 at 12:46 PM  

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