Cover Snark (75): The One Where Your TBR Pile Is Not Ready


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!

Alright everyone, strap in, hold onto your hats, and make sure your coworkers can’t hear you, because this is going to be a long, snarky ride. Warning: WTF covers have been left out, but for one timely exception, due to the sheer mass of this Cover Snark. Don’t worry, though. I’m saving them up.

Shiny and New:

1. Don’t Look Back – Jennifer L. Armentrout
 photo DontLookBack-JenniferLArmentrout_zps15575612.gif
Thoughts: Why are dolls so creepy? It’s really no wonder we only play with them when we’re children, thus full of evil. GIF covers are awesome, but I’m also never sure which freezeframe is THE cover, which I find vaguely upsetting.

2. Secret Girlfriend (RVHS Secrets #1) – Bria Quinlan
Secret Girlfriend - Bria Quinlan
Thoughts: Why is the grass by the soccar ball so much higher than all the other grass? Also, Mia would approve of this pose.

3. Heart Breaths – K.K. Hendin
Heart Breaths - K.K. Hendin
Thoughts: Love the shading and the colors on this one. They give it a more unique mood, even if the subject matter’s nothing new. Also, sitting on the sand like that is a terrible idea. SAND GOES EVERYWHERE.

4. Project: Runaway Bride (Project: Passion #2) – Heidi Betts
Project Runaway Bride - Heidi Betts
Thoughts: No woman looks that happy running all out without shoes on pavement. Plus, jilting someone at the altar is awkward, even if you know you’re making the right decision. THOSE SMILES ARE A LIE.

5. Wordless (Words Made Flesh #1) – Adrianne Strickland
Wordless - Adrianne Strickland
Thoughts: The green light kind of looks like a marijuana plant. Then there’s the tagline, which is creepy and not sense-making. If it’s “wordless,” then how are there any words to become flesh? Then there’s the author name which is in some sort of marquee font. Cover, why?

6. Feather Bound – Sarah Raughley
Feather Bound - Sarah Raughley
Thoughts: I WILL SAY YES TO THE DRESS. This is so FLAPPING cool. I want to marry this cover, which is awesome, because it’s dressed for the occasion.

7. After the End (After the End #1) – Amy Plum
After the End - Amy Plum

8. The Boy Problem: Notes and Observations of Tabitha Reddy (The Boy Project #2) – Kami Kinard
The Boy Problem - Kami Kinard
Thoughts: I…don’t really care about these covers. It’s a nice companion to the cover for The Boy Project, but otherwise meh.

9. The Truth Against the World – Sarah Jamila Stevenson
The Truth Against the World - Sarah Jamila Stevenson
Thoughts: This looks so Irish. Exciting! Note the frolicking ghost!

10. Her Last Assassin – Victoria Lamb
Her Last Asssassin - Victoria Lamb
Thoughts: Oh, neck ruffles. What an incredibly odd fashion. If you took those off though, I bet Anne would love the style though. Look at those pufftastic sleeves!

11. Finding Cinderella – Colleen Hoover
Finding Cinderella - Colleen Hoover
Thoughts: You’ve got an awesome fairy tale title and all you can think of for a cover is white people hugging? BORING.

12. The Secret Sky – Atia Abawi
The Secret sky - Atie Abawi
Thoughts: Pretty, pretty, but I am really sick of any sort of forbidden love. Still, bonus points for YA being set in a different culture.

13. The Dividing Line (Space #2) – Victoria H. Smith
The Dividing Line (Space #2) - Victoria H. Smith
Thoughts: Girl, I have been where you are. Heels are great, until the point where your feet hurt so much you would rather risk stepping on glass or nasty things on the sidewalk rather than wear them another moment. Also, honey, be careful bending over or you will flash everyone.

14. Pride and Prep School (Snark and Circumstance #3) – Stephanie Wardrop
Pride and Prep School (Snark and Circumstance #3) - Stephanie Wardrop
Thoughts: This cover would be completely irresistible if he were wearing a newsie cap. LBD feeels.

15. Castle Hill (On Dublin Street #2.5) – Samantha Young
Castle Hill - Samantha Young
Thoughts: Pairing a sexy book with a schoolyard taunt is an obvious choice. Next we’ll see a cover with the tagline: “I see London. I see France.”

16. The Almost Girl – Amalie Howard
The Almost Girl - Amalie Howard
Thoughts: Props to Strange Chemistry for stepping up their cover art. Some of the textures on her head seem a bit weird, like above the ear piece, but whatever it’s creepy badass science fictiony awesomeness.

17. ARV-3 – Cameo Renae
ARV-3 - Cameo Renae
Thoughts: This cover is totally nucular.

18. Once Upon a Time in Hell (The Heaven’s Gate Trilogy #2) – Guy Adams
Once Upon a Time in Hell (The Heaven's Gate Trilogy #2) - Guy Adams
Thoughts: Apparently upside down is a new cover trend. Steampunk western! I think that’s a lady shooting through the sky. By her pretty floral bonnet, she will end him.

19. Solving for Ex – Leigh Ann Kopans
Solving for Ex - Leigh Ann Kopans
Thoughts: This is so adorable I could die. I like that the math makes use of smiley faces and stick figures.

20. The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe – Charlie Cochet
The Impetuous Afflictions of Jonathan Wolfe - Charlie Cochet
Thoughts: Men really don’t wear vests enough. Downton Abbey’s Thomas would totally make inappropriate overtures if assigned to work as a valet for this guy.

21. Working It – Kendall Ryan
Working It - Kendall Ryan
Thoughts: If she’s done with that dress, then I will take it.

22. The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic – Hazel Gaynor
The Girl Who Came Home A Novel of the Titanic - Hazel Gaynor
Thoughts: Little did we know, but the Titanic was ACTUALLY sunk by a lady giant.

23. Stella – Helen Eve
Stella - Helen Eve
Thoughts: This looks like it belongs in Francis Pascal’s Fearless series. Very 2000s.

24. High & Dry – Sarah Skilton
High & Dry - Sarah Skilton
Thoughts: Looks awful wet to me. Or gelled anyway, given that he’s stuck in a gel capsule. In Soviet Russia, drug takes you!

25. Cold Calls – Charles Benoit
Cold Calls - Charles Benoit

26. Marco’s Story (The Beautiful and the Cursed) – Page Morgan
Marco's Story – Page Morgan
Thoughts: Dear cover designers, please listen to Ellis (The Random Transliterator); the Eiffel Tower is hackneyed.Also, I choose to believe this is a story about the gargoyles in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

27. Autumn Rose (The Dark Heroine #2) – Abigail Gibbs
Autumn Rose (The Dark Heroine #2) - Abigail Gibbs
Thoughts: I do quite like the designs around the edges, but the butterfly with roses on its wings? Bleh, cheesy to the max. Just look at the ink trying to escape its lameness!

28. Pretty in Pearls (Fins #2.5) – Tera Lynn Childs
Pretty in Pearls - Tera Lynn Childs
Thoughts: Oh look, they made little pearl waves. And some of the letters have gills! Though it’s not really my thing, I love that Harper Teen Impulse is putting in an effort now.

29. The Defiant (The Forsaken #3) by Lisa M. Stasse
The Defiant (The Forsaken #3) by Lisa M. Stasse
Thoughts: The green’s a much better color than the pink of the previous book, but I still miss the simplicity of the beige background where the colors really popped. Still, the concept on these covers is gorgeous. Also, tagline that’s plot-focused. Hurrah!

30. Magnolia – Kristi Cook
Magnolia - Kristi Cook
Thoughts: I claim that dress for my wardrobe. Deal with it, Ashleigh! However, girl needs a serious hair intervention, and that background looks so fake!

31. Scandal – Sarah Ockler
Scandal - Sarah Ockler
Thoughts: I will also claim this dress. The # in front of the title is pretty hilarious, as is the tagging effect. Not thrilled about the infidelity and best friend backstabbing being shown here.

32. Redemption (Defiance #2) – Stephanie Tyler
Redemption (Defiance #2) - Stephanie Tyler
Thoughts: I’m going to imagine that this is Charlie Hunnam and he finally shaved off that scruffy beard for a reason other than to play Christian Grey. Or is it Gray? Actually, I don’t give a shit. Wait, hold up is he wearing shorts on his bike? That’s so dumb. If he falls, he’s going to rub all the skin off all his body. Abs won’t look so pretty then. Nor will the tats. Darwin Award at 6 o’clock dude!

33. Stormbringer (Weather Witch #2) – Shannon Delaney
Stormbringer (Weather Witch #2) - Shannon Delaney
Thoughts: The swoopies sort of look like antlers. Or maybe I’ve just watched too much Hannibal. Must be steampunk as I spy a dirigible. Dirigibles are to steampunk as the Eiffel Tower is to books set in Paris.

34. Torn Away – Jennifer Brown:
Torn Away - Jennifer Brown
Thoughts: In the instant where Hermione received her Hogwarts letter, her whole world changed. She looks like Hermione to more than just me, right? If not, this snark makes no sense. Deal with it.

35. At Your Service – Jen Malone
At Your Service - Jen Malone
Thoughts: I’m not sure I would trust a hotel that had a middle grader working the concierge desk. Actually, no, I am certain that I would not trust that. Perhaps it’s bring your daughter to work day.

36. Breakable – Aimee L. Salter
Breakable - Aimee L. Salter
Thoughts: This pose is exactly how I felt in high school. BORED. Remember watching the clock? Fifty minutes never went by so slowly.

37. Last Hit – Jen Frederick & Jessica Clare
Last Hit - Jen Frederick & Jessica Clare
Thoughts: Oh good, a dude who serial murders for money and likes to claim women is sexy now. *gives up on humanity*

38. New Beginnings (Everyday Angel #1) – Victoria Schwab
New Beginnings (Everyday Angel #1) - Victoria Schwab
Thoughts: Oh, angel wing covers, I thought your trend was almost over, but apparently not. These angel wings look like a really ugly wrap with padded shoulders and a lot of fringe.

39. Rebel (Reboot #2) – Amy Tintera
Rebel (Reboot #2) - Amy Tintera
Thoughts: I see what they’re doing with highlighting the numbers in the time she’s been alive, but, yo, that is not how clocks work.

40. Definitely, Maybe in Love – Ophelia London
Definitely, Maybe in Love - Ophelia London
Thoughts: Why does an umbrella take a boring white people kissing cover and make it something I love? I blame Gene Kelly and his adorable umbrella dance.

41. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) – Ransom Riggs
Hollow City (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #2) - Ransom Riggs
Thoughts: Children are so creepy. Yesssss. I approve of this. Also, I love the little theatrical mask at the top making a frowny X_X face.

42. Push (The Game #2) – Eve Silver
Push - Eve Silver
Thoughts: Wow, I’ve never seen a cover like this ever before.

43. What a Rancher Wants – Sarah M.Anderson
What a Rancher Wants - Sarah M.Anderson
Thoughts: First reaction: “Roll, roll, roll in ze hay!” Only how can you roll in such vertical hay? Second reaction: Christina Aguilera’s less popular song “What a Ranger Wants,” follow-up to “Holstein in a Bottle.”

44. Graduation Day (The Testing #3) – Joelle Charbonneau
Graduation Day (The Testing #3) - Joelle Charbonneau
Thoughts: These just look so cheesy to me. Is that the shadow of someone’s arm on the pin or is that actually ON the pin with the purple lightning? Which is what happens during Prince’s storms, obviously. This cover has been brought to you by the school formerly known as Hogwarts.

45. Tease – Amanda Maciel
Tease - Amanda Maciel
Thoughts: Pardon me while I try to make out what the text says. Hmmm, not sure if it’s a good idea to put “Jesus, this is boring.” on a book cover. Wouldn’t that send subliminal messages to avoid? I’m sort of bored by it online, but I saw a pic of the actual jacket on Epic Reads and it was really shiny. I like shiny. Sometimes the digital images just cannot hold the awesome.

46. The Fall of the Hotel Dumort (The Bane Chronicles #7) – Cassandra Clare & Maureen Johnson
The Fall of the Hotel Dumort - Cassandra Clare & Maureen Johnson
Thoughts: Are we not done with this guy’s nasty hands yet? Dude, soap, use it. You may not have heard of this invention, but it’s amazing.

47. Lie to Me (Redemption #1) – Chloe Cox
Lie to Me - Chloe Cox
Thoughts: Dude: “Your deodorant is totally effective, honey! You in no way smell like sewage.”

48. The Castle Behind Thorns – Merrie Haskell
The Castle Behind Thorns - Merrie Haskell
Thoughts: IS THIS A SLEEPING BEAUTY RETELLING? IT BETTER BE. YES, THIS DOES REQUIRE ALL CAPS, OKAY. That dude’s ax must be mightier than it looks.

49. Prisoner of Night and Fog – Anne Blankman
The Prisoner of Night and Fog - Anne Blankman
Thoughts: You’ve gotta put your behind in your past.

50. My Best Friend, Maybe – Caela Carter
My Best Friend, Maybe - Caela Carter
Thoughts: I thought we were best friends, but then you went out and bought the same dress in a different color. Bitch, you know how much I liked this dress and now I can’t wear it. Bad enough our town is flooded, but now THIS. BETRAYED!

51. There Will Come a Time – Carrie Arcos
There Will Come a Time - Carrie Arcos
Thoughts: The lamp from Anchorman finally tells its side of the story.

52. Evil Twins (Case File 13 #3) – J. Scott Savage
Evil Twins (Case File 13 #3) - J. Scott Savage
Thoughts: So many horrible things are happening to eyeballs: one’s being held and one is being impaled by drippy font. Kids like this. Further proof that they are terrifying.

53. Outcast (Defiance #0.5) – C. J. Redwine
Outcast - C. J. Redwine
Thoughts: How seasonal! Now where are my s’mores and cocoa?

54. Girl in Reverse – Barbara Stuber
Girl in Reverse - Barbara Stuber
Thoughts: THE DRAGON AND CLOUDS OVER THE TOP. AND AN ASIAN SETTING. *swoons* *revives* And apparently it’s YA too, though it looks like an adult fic cover to me. *resumes swooning*

55. Through the Woods – Emily Carroll
Through the Woods - Emily Carroll
Thoughts: *pets* Little Red Riding Hood has had a style change! Blue’s always been my favorite color, girl. I like the makeover.

56. Petra K and the Blackhearts – M. Henderson Ellis
Petra K and the Blackhearts - M. Henderson Ellis
Thoughts: Dear god, it’s beautiful.

57. The Devil’s Reprise (Devils #2) – Karina Halle
The Devil's Reprise - Karina Halle
Thoughts: It kinda looks like his nipples don’t match, though it could be the lighting/angle. Doesn’t live up to the gorgeousness of The Devil’s Metal.

58. Among the Thorns – Veronica Schanoes
Among the Thorns - Veronica Schanoes

59. The Color of Paradox – A.M. Dellamonica
The Color of Paradox - A.M. Dellamonica
Thoughts: Yikes, the pollution’s sure gotten bad.

60. The Anderson Project – David G. Hartwell, ed.
The Anderson Project - David G. Hartwell, ed.
Thoughts: Oh snap, that dude is dead. You never let go of the rope! Never never never!

61. Guy in Real Life – Steve Brezenoff
Guy in Real Life by Steven Brezenoff
Thoughts: This reminds me of Train Man. Nerdiness for the win.

62. The Art of Lainey – Paula Stokes
The Art of Lainey - Paula Stokes
Thoughts: Based on her expression, I’m fairly certain she put booze in that beverage.

63. Gasp (Visions #3) Lisa McMann
Gasp by Lisa McMann

64. Stolen (Taken #0.5) – Erin Bowman
Stolen (Taken) - Erin Bowman
Thoughts: Authors with ugly covers, you should really consult with Erin on the proper sacrifices to be performed to the cover design gods.

65. Welcome to the Dark House – Laurie Faria Stolarz
Welcome to the Dark House - Laurie Faria Stolarz
Thoughts: CAROUSEL OF DOOM. Christina approves.

66. Boys Like You – Juliana Stone
Boys Like You - Juliana Stone
Thoughts: A cover where a girl’s not wearing heels? Magic! However, tagline, the way one ends a question is NOT with an ellipsis. Is this cover good…

67. Camp Payback (Camp Boyfriend #2) – J. K. Rock
Camp Payback (Camp Boyfriend #2) - J. K. Rock
Thoughts: Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, here I am at Camp Payback-a. Camp is very entertaining. And they say we’ll have some fun if we stop flirting.

68. Fan Art – Sarah Tregay
Fan Art - Sarah Tregay
Thoughts: If the picture tells the story, then this story will be adorbs and a half.

69. The Treatment (The Program #2) – Suzanne Young
The Treatment (The Program #2) - Suzanne Young
Thoughts: “There are two of us, but they only gave us one pill. What does it mean? Which of us is supposed to take it? Should we both take half? Is the fact that there’s an us a delusion? AM I JUST ME AND I’M SO FAR GONE I SEE TWO SHADOWS?” Snark has been suspended in favor of abject terror now that I have noticed the “shadows” have faces. I’ve seen this horror movie, and I want no part of it.

70. The Eighth Day (The Eighth Day #1) – Dianne K. Salerni
The Eighth Day - Dianne K. Salerni
Thoughts: So he was biking along and decided to run into an I. Okay, then.

71. Now & Forever – Susane Colasanti
Now & Forever - Susane Colasanti
Thoughts: Now that’s an awkward high school kiss. Note all the space between them and the loose grips their hands have on one another. Is that stripe in her hair? It looks like someone spray painted her.

Cover Battles:

1. Acid – Emma Pass

Acid - Emma Pass

UK vs. US: When the changes are this minor, I always wonder why the publishers even bother paying designers. Whatever. They made the covers less bright and added an explanation for the ACID acronym, like US readers wouldn’t pick it up because they didn’t know what it meant. I do not like these minor changes. UK wins.

2. The Fearless – Emma Pass

The Fearless
The Fearless - Emma Pass

Take 1 vs. Take 2: This cover is no longer purple. That’s an improvement, but still not great. This one would benefit from not being a people cover.

3. The Naturals – Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals - Jennifer Lynn Barnes US
The Naturals - Jennifer Lynn Barnes UK

US vs. UK: Come on, UK! You can do better than this. We practically gift-wrapped this one for you!

4. When Audrey Met Alice – Rebecca Behrens

When Audrey Met Alice - Rebecca Behrens ARC
When Audrey Met Alice - Rebecca Behrens

ARC vs. Final: Not a big fan of either cover, but can I have those boots from the ARC? Please? For the boots alone, I maybe prefer that one. What is pop culture’s obsession with the president’s daughter? I don’t get it.

5. The Inventor’s Secret (The Inventor’s Secret #1) – Andrea Cremer

The Inventor's Secret - Andrea Cremer 1
The Inventor's Secret - Andrea Cremer

Take 1 vs. Take 2?: I’ve not seen any official reveals about a change to this design, but this new one is up on Amazon. I hope this is a mistake, because the clockwork heart was so much more original and adorable.

6. Revolution 19 (Revolution 19 #1) – Gregg Rosenblum

Revolution 19
Revolution 19 (Revolution 19 #1) - Gregg Rosenblum

Hardback vs. Paperback: Oh good, another redesign that doesn’t change the appeal of the cover. What the cover says “IN CASE YOU MISSED IT THIS EYE IS BIONIC.”

7. Fugitive X (Revolution 19 #2) – Gregg Rosenblum

Fugitive X
Fugitive X (Revolution 19 #2) - Gregg Rosenblum

Take 1 vs. Take 2: Ew. Okay, with the first one the difference was negligible, but no no no to this. We’re being attacked by robots, but I still have time to put my mascara on!

8. The Tragedy Paper – Elizabeth LaBan

The Tragedy Paper
The Tragedy Paper - Elizabeth LaBan

Hardback vs. Paperback: This looks like a movie tie-in cover.

9. Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) – Aimee Carter

Pawn - Aimee Carter

US vs. UK: Hmmm, I think I prefer the UK cover for not being a generic eye close-up. Plus, the US tagline is better.

WTF of the Week:

WTF of the Week began as a special category for one cover I saw, but was so popular it became a recurring feature. Here, I highlight covers, both new and old, that I’ve found, which, upon viewing, made me either snort or say something along the lines of “Dear God, what is that thing?” If you would like to be part of the fun and have spotted a truly hilarious or horrifying cover, submit it and your snark to and you might be included, though I will filter through submissions and limit the number of entries per week.

1. Soul Screamers, Volume 4 (Soul Screamers #7, #0.4, #7.5) – Rachel Vincent
Soul Screamers, Volume 4 - Rachel Vincent
Thoughts: What happened to one of my favorite pretty dress series? Did it drop too much acis at Woodstock?

Outstanding Cover of the Week:

Feather Bound by Sarah Raughley

The Outstanding Cover of the Week is chosen by a Cover Snark reader. They are free to pick any of the week’s covers, whether they’re to my personal tastes or not. If you’d like to choose the cover for a week, either email or tweet me. You will need to be available Wednesday evening to consult.

Feather Bound - Sarah Raughley

Today, Welcome Miranda (Tempest Books), who has selected Feather Bound by Phoebe North. Here’s why:

“The cover of Feather Bound by Sarah Raughley definitely stood out the most to me this week. First of all, I love dresses, so this immediately appealed to me. It also really looks like The Black Swan, and is both elegantly beautiful and frightening at the same time. Her dress is made of birds, you guys. The first time you see it, it’s just pretty, but then when you take a closer look, you realize how creepy it actually is. It really makes me want to read the book!”

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34 responses to “Cover Snark (75): The One Where Your TBR Pile Is Not Ready”

  1. Ellis says:

    #1: Did her neck just snap? Whut.

    #2: That grass looks mighty awkward feeling up that ball. Foreshadowing? Maybe. Oooh, The Princess Diaries reference. Maybe that’s also foreshadowing. They should stay away from nets.

    #3: What on earth is a heart breath? Something is very, very wrong if air is going in and coming out that way. Check yo self, beachy girl.

    #16: Whoa. This is amazing. This is what Cinder will end up as if Levana wins and Kai dies.

    #18: Oh god, explosive farts. Here we go.

    #21: Sounds like the brothel version of a Cora Carmack novel.

    #26: WHAAAAAAAT. I was going to comment on this thing anyway because of all the effort that went into and and lo and behold, do I ever spot my name here. They should have just stuck with the gargoyle. Could you imagine the Pee Boy here, though? Maybe that’s Marco’s story. Is he the beautiful pee boy or the cursed gargoyle? Only Page Morgan will tell.

    #30: That background looks like something I used to make on The Sims or Zoo Tycoon. Before I killed my Sims. Never the animals, though. I was always very good to the animals.

    #36: The title either should have been TEARABLE or she should have been painted on a broken vase or something. … Awkward …

    #40: Where is the rain? Seriously, this umbrella is redundant. Maybe it’s used to subtly recreate that “not showing the entire face” effect. Give me some rain, dammit.

    #41: NO. Get that child away from me. She looks a lot like my sister used to when she was younger. Shit.

    #42: Someone once pointed out that Rush has a penis hidden in one of the letters and I just can’t unsee it ever since. So, yes, my dirty self is disappointed that this cover fell so … flat in comparison.

    #45: I also saw the jacket but it was too shiny for me. I would have preferred it if it had been a matte silver, sort of like how the cover looks now. The lipstick effect is amazing, though.

    #46: Ugh, I’m so sick of these Bane Chronicles covers.

    #47: Doesn’t it sort of look like this guy isn’t substantial? He seems flimsy. Lie to Me, a.k.a. Ghost: the NA version.

    #49: Prisoner of Night and Fog. Seriously? This sounds so much like it should be in the DoSaB series. Not amused. Also, she might want to put some ketchup in her hair to wash out that green hue. It actually works. I’ve tried it. I had to try it.

    #50: That’s why they’re MAYBE best friends. The dress debacle has them re-evaluating everything.

    #63: Jealous of her eyeliner skills. That is all.

    #66: Conundrum: Boys Like You as in noun + comparison orrr Boys Like You as in noun + verb + pronoun? Grammar: reinterpreting stories like a boss.

    #71: Ah, the Colasanti cover that almost caused a breakdown. Okay, these people do not look real. They should be characters in the Sims background from #30. That stripe looks like slime. They are aliens and her essence is oozing out. YA contemp just got real.

    WTF: NO NO NO THE UGLY CURTAINS. GET THEM AWAY FROM MY EYES. This should have been in a disappointing series enders TTT for cover alone. Which stylist even approved this? I’m seriously rethinking buying these bind-ups and it’s this cover’s fault. Fugly is the word.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      1. Her REFLECTION’S neck just snapped. And, yeah, it’s some sick shit, yo.

      2. Soccer has nets. OH NO.

      3. Maybe that is what happens when people accidentally hold their breaths?

      16. Harsh!

      18. lols!

      21. Ladies need their diamond by the case, the meaning of expensive taste.

      26. Pee Boy? I’m afraid you’ve lost me.

      36. This title makes me think of the Ingrid Michaelson song, which I love so eh.

      40. They must keep their white skin shining like the sun by hiding it from the shining sun. DUHHHH.

      42. Dick joke for the wiiiiin.


      46. ME TOO.

      49. Nacht und Nebel is a Holocaust documentary, I think, so I expect this to be about the Holocaust. Not sure if it is, though. And then with the tagline, it makes me think Holocaust denial, but I don’t think YA would go there.

      63. Might also be a POC? Not sure. Also, I wish I could put eyeliner on. But I do not have these girl skills. Might tie into my inability to draw.

      66. I don’t know. I was wondering about that myself. I want it to be a story about a lesbian who only attracts dudes and it annoys her. And her straight friend is all UGH BOYS like YOU. But not me. wahhhh.

      71. I just listened to a short story with alien slime. True facts.

      WTF: Just because your blind grandma made this for you doesn’t mean you have to wear it for your modeling gigs.

  2. Thank you, once again I laughed my ass of at your snark will enjoying a cup of coffee.
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  4. Meg says:


    1. Gif covers? The future is crazy.
    2. In answer to your soccer ball query, I’m going with lazy Photoshopping. As someone who Photoshops for a living, I speak with some semblance of authority.
    16. Her ear thing reminds me of Victor in the post-apocalyptic eps of Dollhouse and now I wish I were at home so I could watch and I’m sad. THANK YOU.
    18. But why is it upside down? I’m so confused.
    19. If math had more smiley faces and stick figures, maybe I wouldn’t be so bad at it.
    21. I’ll fight you for the dress.
    23. Fearless! Whatever happened with that series? I fell off in the middle of it.
    26. Is anyone else thinking about a live-action version of that show Gargoyles?
    34. Definitely a Hermione knockoff (THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE)
    36. Love! Also, Daria.
    48. Possibility of Sleeping Beauty retelling? *adds to TBR* Have you read Spindles End by Robin McKinley? Excellent Sleeping Beauty retelling.
    55. Love love love love love.
    71. They do not look like they enjoy each other’s company even a little bit.
    Redesign #3: I see what you did there.
    WTF #1: I would have tons of fun with that dress actually, lingering remnant of the 5 minutes I spent attempting to embrace the hippy thing.
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    • Christina Franke says:



      2. I figured. The soccer ball was probably a different image that had higher grass, and they just plopped it in here. I should make puppy eyes at you so you’ll make me pretty images. Haha. I had some photoshop skills for a while, and I’m sure I could learn, but it’s more than a grand. I can’t!

      16. Hmm, I do not remember that part. I mostly remember Alan Tudyk doing an acting smackdown on Eliza Dushku.

      18. For quirkiness?

      19. Me either. No, teacher. Cloud times heart equals rainbow. YOU CAN’T TELL ME I’M WRONG.

      21. I fight dirty!

      23. Not sure. I think I only made it into the low double digits. I kind of want to take a month and reread the stuff I was obsessed with as a kid, like Boxcar Children, Fearless and Animorphs. I bet they’re SO bad now.

      36. I’ve not seen that…

      48. I’m not sure. I read a few Sleeping Beauty retellings in middle school, but not positive if I ever read McKinley.

      55. Riiiiight?

      CB3: YEAH YOU DO.

      WTF: But compared to the others, just nooooo.

  5. Nara says:

    2. hahaha so true. Lots of foot popping going on there 😛
    9. lol who doesn’t like frolicking ghosts?
    CB2 The first cover kind of reminds me of Teardrop. Which is probably not a good thing from what I hear about that book haha
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  6. MJ says:

    1) I vaguely had a music box that looked like that growing up. Way to ruin a good memory.

    2) Not that secret of a girlfriend given the pose.

    6) Is it a Swan Lake retelling? All the feathers make me think it is. Or it’s a story behind how the Bjork swan dress wanted to look but sort of failed. It really is a pretty cover though and I hope the book lives up t0 it.

    30) When I see the name Magnolia I think of a small town that’s close nearby to where I live. They don’t dress that way or style their hair that way there.

    35) Ugh, cartoon covers. Reminds me of all those 2000 Simon Pulse Rom Coms I used to buy. Not a good thing.

    38) I guess they decided to reuse the angel wings from Halo? The art director was smarter in that series though because he used the shadow of the wings instead of the actual wings. These wings look really bad. And now talking about wings, albeit angel wings, makes me want chicken wings for lunch.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      6. Not sure, but I want it. Even before the cover reveal apparently, since I went to add it and it was already on my shelves. This means I can hunt it down without guilty feelings. Pretty covers have tricked me too many times!

      30. I sort of like those because they gave me such joy in the past, but I don’t like the mix of cartoon and real life.

      38. Speaking of, I am hungry again. *looks around*

  7. -Don’t look back: I like the GIF and I hope they can incorporate it into the real cover. That would give an interesting effect 😀
    -Project runaway bride: auwtsch! I agree, I don’t think I’d look so happy running there with bare feet.
    -Wordless: that’s.. an odd cover.
    -Feather bound: STUNNING. I fell in love with the blurb and I added this book when the cover was yet to revealed. I’m happy it looks so pretty.
    -After the end: pretty, it looks like a movie poster.
    -Her last assassin: I don’t know why, but I love most historical fiction covers.
    -Finding Cinderella: Don’t like it..
    -The almost girl: I don’t love it, but it’s certainly not a bad cover.
    -ARV-3: this cover looked good and it made me check it out on Goodreads. It’s now on my list, hello nuclear problem & vaccines.
    -The forsaken series has one of the best covers <3
    -Torn away: I love the font 😀
    -Rebel: I like it.
    -Hollow city: hello creepiness! It took me two times before I realized the girl has a hole in her belly.
    -THE CASTLE BEHIND THORNS. On the wishlist baby. LOVE IT and fairytales are the best.
    -ACID: Strange, little changes..
    -The inventor's secret: NO, that was such an awesome cover.
    -Pawn, the older one. What's up with all these eyes?
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    • Christina Franke says:

      1. It would be awesome if it was that ripply stuff where the image looks different as you tilt it!

      6. Agreed. Feather Bound must be mine. Both the blurb and the cover have so much appeal!

      10. I love historical covers too. Period dress is pretty much all I need.

      34. It’s cool how they made Brown’s covers all look similar with that font treatment.

      Pawn: It needs to stop. Yes, they look cool, but they’re not original anymore. Quit it.

  8. Kayla Beck says:

    1. We’re going to get digital covers on all of the books so it’ll be animated. It’ll also flash the name between J. Lynn and Jennifer L. Armentrout.

    5. They are fleshless, perhaps? Is this a book about skeletons? That would be cool because skeletons are under-used.

    6. Her crown is on backwards, and I don’t like all the birds. *shudders* I do approve of the dress and cover.

    7. 5 bucks says one of them will. Be sure to let me know if I’m right because I’m not reading the book if I am.

    10. She’s been doin’ some killin’ with thar knife!

    15. Your tagline will probably be on the cover of a “cheeky” erotica novel.

    16. She has a shaved head! And I freakin’ love this cover!

    18. This is giving me vertigo for some reason. I had to scroll past it.

    20. He’s really hot. Men should definitely wear vests more often.

    22. Bath time was over, and giantess was having a tantrum.

    27. I would like to see the pissing baby on book covers, too. Preferably on the next Twilight re-release, standing right over the crew’s heads.

    29. I approve of this one.

    31. Clever. And I’ll paper-rock-scissor you for the dress.

    33. I’ll be buying this book because I like the cover of it. I did the same with the first one in the series. Also, I need an intervention.

    34. This is Hermione’s sister who didn’t get the letter but was much nerdier. She’s devastated and will grow up into a Petunia.

    37. Murder gets the hormones flaring like nothing else. *swoons*

    41. *quivers* I can’t wait until I get this!!! *dances around*

    42. I wonder if it’s the same cover designer…

    44. They have to look as much like THG as possible. However, they’re not really similar after that first book. I like this series, cheesy covers or no. And I think that’s Peter Pan’s shadow that’s escaped again.

    48. I WANTS IT, PRECIOUS! (Yep, all caps is definitely necessary.)

    55. I like it, and I want it, too.

    56. I’m impressed. This is very creative. Is it mythology?

    58. I’ll take a copy of this, too, please.

    59. That alien creature is going to give me nightmares.

    69. I don’t like the faces, and I saw them, too. They’re going to eat our souls! RUN AWAY!

    CB2. I like the UK cover, but I usually don’t like reds and oranges. The US one just looks fake.

    CB5. I’m canceling my preorder if we’re getting the weird bug thing.

    CB7. Goddamnit, stop doing this to me! I LIKED the first one and I have the hardcover. Shit.

    WTF. I’m a hippie, and I would wear that dress.
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  9. Gillian says:

    1. WAIT THAT’S REALLY COOL but yes, I see the problem. I’m guess it’s the version with the crack and the creepiness. Also, how does this women write a thousand books a year? When does she sleep?

    2. Her foot popped! (Originally typed “her foot pooped” but fixed that instantly)

    6. Prettyyyyyy give ittttt to meeee

    11. This cover is an artistic waste.

    14. Snark and Circumstance lol

    15. SUPER COOL


    19. THIS IS ADORRRRRRRRRABLEE Even if the guy looks ten years older than her

    38. THose are really bad wings, but OMG, THEIR HAIR. THEIR PRETTY SHINY HAIR. *envious*

    41. This is horrifically creepy.


    44. These covers are so bland to me. Ugh.

    45. Yesss, I saw the shiny on Epic Reads and it is SO MESMERIZINGLY SHINY.


    47. Is that Christy Turlington?


    Holy crap are there a lot of covers.
    *gives you a hug*

    49. Sit down, before you hurt yourself.

    51. I love lamp.

    54. *drools*

    55. *drools again*

    56. *is still drooling*

    58. Well, that’s horrifying.

    64. She really does get gorgeous covers. Gorgeous, LYING covers, but still.

    68. IT WILL BE ADORBS AND A HALF. I think it’s about a gay couple, too! Extra adorbs! Unless Mason can also be a girl’s name… they never specify. *narrows eyes at book until it gives up its secrets*


    CB3. *rimshot*

    CB4. My date with the president’s daughter, oh yeah, my date with herrrrr

    CB9. How stupid is it that they used a CC blurb for Carter’s OTHER series on this book? Also, I much prefer the US cover. More original with that circular thing. Love the colors in this cover.


    Omg it’s done. How did you survive putting this together? Are you exhausted? You need a vacation. OH WAIT 😀
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  10. Morgan says:

    1. SO CREEPY. The gif makes it worse.
    7. Love the sky and wide angle shot! But I get nervous about animals on the cover too…
    8. I do like the sticky notes!
    10. Wicked. Great texture and color (and font).
    14. Wow his eyes are pretty.
    15. Ooh- reminds me of Cinder mixed with Throne of Glass. Pretty awesome. I like the sword.
    19. Super cute!
    24. Creepy and kinda weird, but clever.
    25. Phones in movies freak me out. I guess they do on book covers too O_O (there’s always a dead battery or creepy ringtone!) Like the lighting and tagline though.
    30. The guy looks like a less hot Liam Hemsworth
    31. Hate the cheating, love the interesting social media effect.
    38. Super cheesy and they look like they have Barbie hair.
    40. Cute! Reminds me of the Pixar short about umbrellas in love 🙂
    41. Too creepy, can’t handle it! Especially the hole.
    48. LOVE! My favorite cover of the bunch. Everything about it is awesome, I hope it’s a Sleeping Beauty retelling too!
    55. Interesting and artsy! Grabs my attention.
    63. Love the eyeshadow
    64. Beautiful colors
    66. I like the foreground of the picture and the flare.

    As always, thanks for this awesome feature! It’s fantastic 🙂 I always find new books to add to my list!

  11. Angie F. says:

    1. I’m actually not a fan of the moving covers. They just bug me for some reason.

    4. Also it looks like they’re being decapitated by Harlequin’s always awkwardly placed logo…

    6. I quite like this one too!

    11. LoL

    13. I need those shoes.

    16. Entangled Teen needs to take some lessons from Strange Chemistry on covers!

    19. I think this is my favorite this week! *math geek*

    23. Her facial expression is odd…

    30. I will fight you for that dress, even though I have it in black and white with pink roses on the hem!!!

    50. So…the cute dresses actually make me kinda wanna read this one, even though her debut infuriated me.

    57. I was thinking the same thing!!! I really hate guy nipples on covers anyway, put on a shirt!

    61. Cute!


    1. UK also, but mostly because I prefer the positioning of the title.

    3. Definitely US!

    5. I love both, actually. I adore dragonflies.


    1. I changed my mind, THIS is my favorite of the week. *can’t stop staring*
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  12. Yessssssss. I’ve been ready for this edition of Cover Snark since you started dying halfway through it.

    1. The cover itself is okay, but I wish gif covers were implementable in print. I’d stare at this one in the bookstore for AGES. I wouldn’t get it, though. JLA, man. Too risky.

    4. I bet the guy is the best man and she’s running away from the altar to be with him. CHEATERS. ADULTERERS. NO. BAD.

    6. I will say yes to this dress too and fight you for it. Or we could each get one of our own. -shrugs- I was on the fence about reading this (especially since I’m friendly with the author and it’s a little awkward doing that), but that cover totally pushed me into it. I’ll just have to bottle myself up while reading it so as to not make it awkward for her if I hate it.

    7. Those clouds make it look like a collision with–the moon, I guess–anyway, SOMETHING is impending.

    10. For once, I’m not looking at her outfit. I’m looking at the knife that has clearly seen a lot of use. I like it!

    11. NA covers are allergic to creativity most of the time. Poor things.

    13. I love her hair, her shoes, and basically everything about her. <3

    16. Right? They're really improving in leaps and bounds and they had great designers to begin with. Do I have to warn you to stay away from the book this time because it's by Amalie Howard, she of Waterfell fame and apparently not a great writer? No? Sweeeeet.

    19. That is really cute! However, the thought nags at me that the stock models came from the same school of cover models as the guy on the cover of Pride and Prep School. However, they were in different classes and that's why they're looking in different directions. Maybe they knew each other.


    22. It looks like it's sailing out of her boobs. If boobs are now harbors, ain't nothing docking in my port.

    23. Her expression and all terrifies me. I'll be seeing her in my nightmares sometime soon, methinks.

    26. Boooooring. He should be EATING the Eiffel Tower or posing with it funny the way tourists do. Stupid gargoyle.

    27. I interrupt your Cover Snark to BEAT THIS FUCKING SERIES TO DEATH WITH A SPIKED BAT AND THEN BLOW IT UP WITH A FUCKTON OF C-4. *commences the killing of the Dark Heroine books and erases its existence from everyone's memory* My hatred of these books is more violent than I can ever say or portray.

    30. So I was crabby as shit when I woke up this morning because I had my midterm to take and very little sleep to take it on. This comment right here calling me out made me crack up and made my morning better. <3 But hell no, girl. No. Look at how many dresses you've already claimed! You need to leave something for you fellow dress-lovers!

    31. Ooooh, I like. I would take the dress or even the top of the dress made into a shirt because I like the cut of what I can see. The book also sounds really fun, but I didn't have a great experience with the only Ockler book I've read. Hm…

    33. Yup, it's steampunk. Kinda. Less steam-powered, more powered-by-humans-with-the-power-to-fuck-with-the-weather. I'll probably end up with a review copy of this because I got an unsolicited copy of the first book and was okay with it.

    34. That DEFINITELY looks like Hermione when she hasn't been outside in two years because she's been in the Hogwarts library the entire time. Very tired and pale and she WANTS to keep going, but she got forced out for her own health. That's what she got torn away from!

    36. I like how the graph paper tells me the artist got bored in math class (that's where I used graph paper the most) and started doodling on spare sheets. Nice touch!

    44. The person's shadow falls on part of the pin is all. The covers for this series have always been so-so for me. Eh.

    45. Yeah, the shiny proof Epic Reads showed off for the cover reveal is why I like this cover. Shiny shiny shinyyyyy. And it sounds great too, so that's good.

    49. I'm not sure if I'm annoyed by how grainy the image is or if I love it because it gives the cover an old-timey feel that goes with the time period the book is set in.

    54. Need need neeeeeed. I'm definitely asking my contact for this (I'm pretty sure it's S&S, but I forgot already). Also, I really like this cover too. There are never enough POC on YA covers.

    57. Agreed. This one was a big step down in cover quality from The Devil's Metal. 🙁

    58. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH HER HAIR? /end reference But seriously, NO NO NO.

    62. Hm… This model reminds me a little of Sarah Jessica Parker.

    69. *kicks cover*

    1. That bugged me too. They changed so little that it wasn't really worth changing.

    5. I guess they didn't think a clockwork heart was as interesting as a clockwork dragonfly-knife-explosion-trigger.

    6-7. No matter what covers they put on these books, they will always be bad and continue to be bad. And also Alloy products.

    1. That was exactly what I thought! This looks like something I'd purchase at MagnoliaFest or Wanee (aka really big hippie music festivals my family has been going to for years). Hell, I have a shirt in my closet right now with a pattern like this dress! Why couldn't they have reversed the dress/background color with 3 and 4 like they did with 1 and 2? It worked just fine!

    Number of books added to my TBR pile: 5. Awwww yeah. My TBR pile was totally ready for it. (Fact: Anytime someone makes a claim like that, my immediate thought is CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Always.)

  13. Gosh, this is great. But the one thing I really noticed is that Stephenie Meyer’s name is misspelled on the cover of AUTUMN ROSE. If you’re going to put someone else’s name on it–especially a very well known someone–you should probably make sure it’s spelled correctly.
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  14. Ceilidh says:

    I need to get mad about Samantha Young again.

    One of her other Edinburgh set books featured Fountainbridge in the title. Not my spelling there. No space. Yet the title said “Fountain Bridge”. Do you see why this bugs me, as a former Edinburgh resident?


    If you must desecrate my beautiful city with sub-par erotica, spell the places correctly!

  15. Alessandra says:

    Wow, the carillon ballerina gif cover is awesome!

    My favourite cover for the week is The Almost Girl.

    I wonder who’s having visions in the third McMann book with eyes on the cover?

    BTW, I read an ARC of Definitely in Love and I totally loved it, but I can’t remember there being people kissing in the rain.
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  16. 1. The heck? I’ve never seen a GIF cover before. DO NOT LIIIIKE. However the tagline is pretty cool.

    2. Something about this cover says 90s to me. Maybe the denim-on-denim look she’s rocking?

    3. But… but… HEARTS DO NOT BREATHE!

    4. So is she running away with the best man? He’s in a nice tux. Awkward.

    6. Um, those birds look dead. This is not okay.

    7. At least one of them is doomed. Bye-bye, puppy.

    10. Neck ruffles – all the better to protect from garroting by rival assassins!

    11. Dude, you already found her. Look down. Seriously, just look down.

    12. I am checking this out SOLELY for the setting.

    16. Is she a cyborg? Please say yes. She looks like Lando’s bald guy in Episode V.

    18. I am more than okay with steampunk western. Now if only YA would jump on the bandwagon! Wonder what the rational was to putting this cover upside down, though. It’s making me dizzy.

    31. I have decided to hate Lucy. Nope nope nope-ing my way away from this book.

    32. Why are all his tattoos in sepia?

    41. The best thing is that you KNOW this creepy little thing will be in the book somewhere, and now I wonder how she’ll be used.

    43. See that? That right there. “Holstein in a Bottle.” That’s why I could never do this. No way I’d be able to think up stuff like that. I bow before the master snarker.

    47. This title would be so much better if it were part of an incomplete thought, such as “Lie to me and I break your nose, among other things.”

    48. *whispers* Blacksmith’s hammer

    52. It’s about evil twins!!! OOOOH!

    54. WHAT?! No! I was about to skip it because I thought it was adult! *sprints to to-read list*

    58 and 59. Dead men hair and a floating headless corpse. Nope nope nope. (And I mean that in the best possible way.)

    62. Do you know what’s awful? I looked at this and thought it was cute and then saw it was written by a man. It’s a rare man who can write romances that I enjoy.


    69. What? They do no- OH MY GOSH THEY SO DO!!!

    A job well done, Christina. You deserve to go collapse after such a post.
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  17. Nafiza says:

    Heart Breaths? Seriously? They named their book HEART BREATHS? That just sounds so wrong. She’s sitting on the beach heart breathing.

    The Secret Sky: Hmmmmmm. I will read this.

    #18’s Lady just about killed me. I didn’t even notice her until you mentioned her and then I started laughing. I’m still giggling.

    Also, this post led to me adding a number of books to my list. I don’t know whether to love for it or hate you. -_-
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  18. Re: Graduation Day, can we please discuss how that must be Peter Pan’s shadow chilling on the cover?

  19. The Autumn Rose cover does absolutely nothing for me. When my site was approached to be a part of the cover reveal, my response was pretty much: Meh.

    The border isn’t bad but why is that butterfly there? It’s like, we have dah space, let’s put us a random butterfly there. It’ll take us back to our days of scrapbook-ing as a teen. -_-

    Also, one of the ways to one-up Stephenie Meyer is to at least spell the woman’s name right. For shame, Harper.

    After The End’s cover had me thinking the same thing! DONUT LET ANYTHING HAPPEN TO DAH PUPPIES!

    Finding Cinderella is just like Hoover’s other covers–Lame. And didn’t you get the memo that hugging is cute? (blech)

    The Secret Sky’s cover has nice colors. I mainly like the fact that it has diverse and non-white characters in it. Also, Forbidden Romance in regular YA where all the characters are mostly white does nothing for me. It just doesn’t come across as genuine. Whilst people in war-torn countries or ethnic backgrounds appeals to me more. I blame Bollywood. 🙂

    How cute are the covers for Solving for Ex & Fanart? VERY.

    Breakable is just my freaking style.

    The cover for V Schwab’s new MG isn’t really doing it for me (so glad I’m not the only one who has issues with it)
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  20. I just bookmarked this post. So many great covers. I’m kind of -tired so I’ll keep my comment short, but:

    – Strange Chemistry did a great job with their newest two covers.
    – I love the Soul Screamers cover. I know the crazy colours isn’t for everyone, but I’m just thinking how gorgeous the contrast is and how much I want to have it in hardcover…
    – Girl in Reverse looks super good just based on the cover (cuz that’s totally the best way to judge a book). The cover isn’t typically gorgeous, but I love the details.
    – I don’t like eyes in covers. Nine times out of ten I’d rather see a portion of the face compared to just the eye.

    Great post!
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  21. Kathy L. says:

    *cracks knuckles* Lets go!
    1. Totally agree I assume it’s the one with the cracked mirror and severed dolls head. Also very surprised this is by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Doesn’t seem like her normal work.
    2. That grass on the soccer ball is weird but overall it’s cute.
    3. I’m not a fan of the spots at the top. That title made me LOL.
    4. Obviously she is running on GRAVEL because she is insane and has just escaped from an asylum. They’re about to go on their honeymoon/serial killer spree hence the crazed laughter.
    5. TOO MUCH GREEN! Just too much!
    6. Something about the colors here look off. Hmm..
    7. Why are the clouds going in a path toward the city? Are they spaceships going to attack?
    8. This bores me.
    10. How can you expect to assassinate someone with a dagger that rusty? Are you sure it’s not her first assassination?
    11. Oh come on cover people! This is the best you could do?
    12. Like the leafy swiryness but otherwise eh.
    13. Her legs are freaking me out!
    14. Wow his eyes are blue! I’m a smitten kitten!
    15. Is he eating her eyebrows?
    16. I’m in love with this covers badassery!
    18. Is that a lady? I thought it was a weird shaped rocket. I do not like this upside down thing!
    19. Ok that is adorable!
    21. I don’t see a guy only hands. This creeps me out and makes me think of Thing from the Adams Family.
    22. Yeah I don’t like the way they put the two images together.
    23. I liked how they referenced Mean Girls.
    25. Reminds me of I Know What You Did Last Summer.
    26. Yay I loved The Beautiful and The Cursed!
    28. I love this! It’s so cute!
    29. MORE GREEN! I feel nauseous.
    30. I like how her dress and his shirt match.
    33. I’ve actually read Weather Witch and it didn’t have any steampunk. Can a series turn steampunk?
    34. I am definitely seeing Hermonie.
    36. I really don’t like this but I have no idea why.
    39. I’m so in love with this one!
    So many covers this week I may run out of things to say! *intermission music plays for 5 minutes* And now back to snarking!
    41. Have you seen Tahereh Mafi’s tweet about donut children? If I wasn’t laughing so hard I would be scared silly by that dead look.
    45. Kind of cool how it looks like it was written in lipstick.
    46. Dude get a manicure already!
    48. OMG this looks awesome! I’ve read The Princess Curse by this author and it was really good. I officially have super high hopes for this one!
    52. I like this. I wonder if I’m terrifying. Hmm..
    54. It’d be cooler if they spelled it Lrig in reverse.
    55. There is a wolves head behind the title and once you see it you can’t unsee it.
    58. THAT IS SO FREAKY!!!
    61. I wonder why only two and a half hearts and not three.
    63. I actually think they pulled off the eye cover. The wave is just so cool!
    66. No but it could be so much worse.
    69. And now I’m terrified from the creepy eyes. Thank you Christina.
    71. I think she dyed a strip or she got tagged. Ether way it looks cool.
    CB2. Aw I liked the blue one.
    CB3. Present beats pale girl with too much eye makeup.
    WTF. YES! YES! YES! I loved the previous Volumes covers but when I saw this it was like what did you do to me pretty dress covers! Fix it cover people! FIX IT NOW!

  22. #19 – How adorkable!!! Except that guy is WAYYY to old to be in high school. Note the stubble.

    #22 – This cover demonstrates how NOT to use Photoshop. I’m pretty sure I could make that cover’s image fairly easily on my personal computer.

    #30 – Whoever worked on wardrobe for this cover shoot was not a pattern person. Polka dots and plaid are great on their own, but they look horrible next to one another.

    #38 – Another Photoshop fail with the wings.

    #50 – I actually really love this cover! It is a super-cute take on vintage.

    #51 – I LOL’d when I read your caption.

    Cover Battles #4 – I actually like the final cover. It is cute and interesting, but it doesn’t really draw the eyes.

    WTF of the Week #1 – Although the dress is a little wacko, I think that the cover is pretty cute and is not too weird.

    I have to say, I thouroughly enjoy reading these Cover Snark posts! Every time I see there is a new one, I get very excited to read your snarky comments. Please check out my YA book blog, Book Savvy.
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  23. The cover change for Andrea Cremer’s book is legit, as far as I know- it’s the result of the original clockwork heart being a rip-off of another artist’s work. You can read a it about it here:

  24. Lyn Kaye says:

    #1 – I thought the cover was going to be a holographic cover – I hope it is.

    #3 – YES, YES IT DOES.

    #7 – Yes, please no animal death. I love this cover – it gives me the creeps.

    #11 – I hate these types of cover – UGH UGH UGH UGH. And such an awesome title as well. I concur your sentiment.

    #16 – We are Borg.

    #24 – “In Soviet Russia, drug takes you!” – I spit out my OJ on the cat.

    #32 – I HATE PHOTOSHOP TATS, they make me RAGE.

    #44 – get your Kraft on, because this is cheesy to the max.

    #48 – Added to Wish List.

    #49 – *dying*

    #54 – Added to Wish List.
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  25. Celine says:

    1. Jup, I have that issue as well. Is it with or without the crack in the glass? Also, yes DOLLS ARE CREEPY. *shivers* *scrolls away*

    3. I really like the mood and colors in this cover, but that font kills it. Way too big and bold and ew.


    19. I’m with you on that! And I wish MY math class would include stick figures. Way more fun!

    26. The Eiffel tower is sooo 2010. I wish we could see some other part of Paris, just the once. Also, what else could this story be about?

    64. Yes, her covers are always gorgeous! Also, MORE THAN 64 COVERS THIS WEEK. That’s insane.

    WTF. Uh oh, am I actually the only one who kind of likes this cover? It’s not as pretty as the rest, but I still love it. I also seem to like the WTF’s of the week every other week. Like with the Enders cover some time ago. You thought it looked like a demented clown, I thought it was GORGEOUS. Haha. Oh well, I’m used to being the odd one out 😛
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  26. Bonnie says:

    1. omg it moves. I do not care for anything doll related, I don’t know why this is a thing.
    3. Ugh, sand in all the wrong places. I really like this cover. I loved the multi-colors on the title and I love the fact that there isn’t the requisite half naked man mauling her.
    4. Am I the only one that finds that woman’s teeth truly terrifying?
    5. Those colors are truly painful.
    7. Manchee. *sobs*
    I really love this cover. Is that sand??
    8. The graph paper background needs to go far, far away.
    11. Looks like he found her! No need to read now, yay.
    12. Romeo and Juliet.. set in Afghanistan. Not sold but approve of the rarely used culture.
    13. Why is ‘A Novel’ floating way up in the corner? And why must we constantly be told “THIS IS A NOVEL”. No shit.. didn’t look like a self help novel to me.
    15. There are far too many of these same type of covers. Although I don’t often see them expressing actual emotion like laughing so I guess that’s a plus?
    19. That is super freaking cute. The cover should have been all blackboard and cute equations though. I could’ve done without the strange people at the bottom. lol
    21. Well that’s different. Just show his hands, erase his face!
    26. They couldn’t come up with something original? MARCO’S STORY. And in all caps. DUN DUN DUN.
    27. This would have been immensley better minus the silly butterfly.
    30. Dude totally looks like he’s about to go zombie.
    31. omg hashtags in titles now?! Guess there was only a matter of time. Infidelity though? No thanks, Ockler.
    32. That is truly the oddest mix of tattoos. He doesn’t look badass wearing shorts on a motorcycle, just dumb.
    34. I always love when I look at the cover, have a thought, scroll down your comments and yell “I KNOW, RIGHT?!” Happens more often than you think. She totally looks like Hermione btw. lol
    37. This looks like a poster for a bad Lifetime movie.
    40. The umbrella totally makes cute and bearable. But… where’s the rain?
    41. There is a freaking hole in her stomach. Reminds me of this:
    46. How many of these are there?!?
    48. Oh I LOVE this. Love everything about this.
    51. Those street lights are looking all kinds of funky.
    53. Oooh I love the spooky woodsy effect. I totally want to roast marshmallows now.
    55. Oh my gosh I love this too. I think the tress have strange skeletal hands. Eek!
    57. Wow this is not nearly as good as The Devil’s Metal. He needs a shirt, bad.
    58. Wut.
    59. Does he have a really small head or is that just his neck stub?
    64. I loves the colors. Purty.
    65. Yesssss. wait. Creepy carousel. That means they’ll be clowns, huh. Ew.
    69. OMG THEY DO HAVES FACES AHHH. I didn’t notice that before and now I can’t unsee it.

    Serious color overload.
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  27. Omigosh, Princess Diaries, Firefly, that horrid/good movie Babysitter which I watched at a friends house… why have I not checked out your blog sooner?

    30: Tell me that pattern clash doesn’t bother you. If it happens in real life, fine, but on a cover? Come on!

    35: No snark about the color picker border? 😛

    42: Push wins. Also, Eighth Day. Sorry but that concept of letters as doorways is way cool. Trap doesn’t really do it the same. It’s like, a cut out, not as cool.

    67: ♪♥ You know I sang it. “We’re not kissing. We’re not necking.”

    70: No tagline snark? Really? (Dat cover do)

    (Hi, I’m Josephine. Pleased ta meetcha!)
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  28. Paula Stokes says:

    OMG. Do you snark all the covers? Don’t you get exhausted? 😀

    I was on “illegal download patrol” and came across this link and yay–I’m psyched I got snarked. it’s almost as cool as being made fun of on Family Guy. Almost 🙂

    I still want you to K-Drama it!

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