Cover Snark (135): In a Snark Just Right


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!

Shiny and New:

1. Never, Never – Brianna Shrum
Never, Never - Brianna Shrum
Thoughts: DUDE. What a dark Peter Pan cover. THE LITTLE HOOKS BY THE AUTHOR NAME. The subtle blood smear. The bright green to reference Peter and Tink. YES. Though I’m not sure how I feel about the skull in the sky. Potential dark mark reference?

2. Lying Out Loud – Kody Keplinger
Lying Out Loud - Kody Keplinger
Thoughts: How much am I loving this love interest? So much. Look at him rocking that cardigan and glasses. Not a big fan of the poses, though. The blonde girl especially looks photoshopped and out of place. Like, look at their feet on the floor. That does not look right. Plus, what school has that flooring? Maybe the gym, but that would not have lockers and they’re not dressed for gym. What even. LOL indeed.

3. This is Not a Love Story – Keren David
This is Not a Love Story - Keren David
Thoughts: You can tell it’s not a love story because it has a lot of hearts on it, and, as we all know, hearts are the symbol of death.

4. Morning Star (Red Rising Trilogy, #3) – Pierce Brown
Morning Star (Red Rising Trilogy, #3) - Pierce Brown
Thoughts: So this series is about Captain Hook now?

5. The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) – Soman Chainani
The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) - Soman Chainani
Thoughts: Oh look, the girls are wearing pretty dresses while the men do the fighting.

6. Any Way You Slice It – Kristine Carlson Asselin
Any Way You Slice It - Kristine Carlson Asselin
Thoughts: The book’s blurb tells me this book is about a girl who loves hockey whose parents run a pizza joint. The cover tells me it’s about a girl who wears knitted things.

7. Falling in Love with Hominids – Nalo Hopkinson
Falling in Love with Hominids - Nalo Hopkinson
Thoughts: *googles Hominids* *makes face* Either she likes them hairy or some painful waxing is in the future of the hominids.

8. Fool’s Quest (The Fitz and the Fool Trilogy #2) – Robin Hobb
Fool's Quest - Robin Hobb
Thoughts: Trying to fly with those tiny little wings would indeed be a fool’s quest

9. Grim Tidings (Hellhound Chronicles #2) – Caitlin Kittredge
Grim Tidings (Hellhound Chronicles ) - Caitlin Kittredge
Thoughts: So at first I read this title as Grim Thongs and thought it was some new adult thing. As for the cover as it actually is, I’m mostly a fan, though I don’t know why it looks like the title’s written in white out.

10. Entranced (Guardian Academy #1) – Jessica Sorensen
Entranced - Jessica Sorensen
Thoughts: I don’t think that’s where the moon is meant to be. Or the size it’s meant to be.

11. Lady of Magick (Noctis Magicae #2) – Sylvia Izzo Hunter
Lady of Magick (Noctis Magicae #2) - Sylvia Izzo Hunter
Thoughts: These covers are so damn cute. Owl hear nothing said against them.

12. Ghosts of Karnak – George Mann
Ghosts of Karnak - George Mann
Thoughts: They got the old school feel to this cover so right they felt they had to specify that it was indeed a new novel.

13. Tower of Thorns (Blackthorn & Grim #) – Juliet Marillier
Tower of Thorns (Blackthorn & Grim #) - Juliet Marillier
Thoughts: !!!! *swoons*

14. Breakout (The Dred Chronicles #3) – Ann Aguirre
Breakout (Dred Chronicles #3) - Ann Aguirre
Thoughts: I’m going to vote on her to win any fight with anyone.

15. Ungodly (Goddess War #3) – Kendare Blake
Ungodly (Goddess War #3) - Kendare Blake
Thoughts: I already didn’t like this redesign, but EW EW EW WHAT IS THIS.

16. I’m With Cupid (Heart and Souls #1) – Anna Staniszewski
I'm With Cupid - Anna Staniszewski
Thoughts: That’s some realistic-looking fire and lightning. And they’re standing on…a circus tent?

17. Perfectly Ella (Strawberry Sisters #1) – Candy Harper
Perfectly Ella - Candy Harper
Thoughts: Awww, this font is so cute. I love the random items that form the cutouts in the letters. Though the body-less legs are a bit terrifying.

18. The Pirate Code (Hook’s Revenge #2) – Heidi Schulz
The Pirate Code (Hook's Revenge #2) - Heidi Schulz
Thoughts: Okay, who put the pirate ship on top of the snowy mountain. Was it you, Frank? AGAIN?

19. A Curse of Ash & Iron – Christine Norris
A Curse of Ash & Iron - Christine Norris
Thoughts: Very much thought the lantern was part of the title at first, because it’s all up ons. The mighty shiny dress at least is drawing my eye away from that mess and the customary steampunk gears.

20. George – Alex Gino
George - Alex Gino
Thoughts: Curious.

21. The Detour – S. A. Bodeen
The Detour - S. A. Bodeen
Thoughts: Is your space too spartan? Add curtains for a homier feel, even if you don’t have a window.

22. The Master Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #3) – Charlie N. Holmberg
The Master Magician - Charlie N. Holmberg
Thoughts: Love these!

23. Landslide – Jenn Cooksey
Landslide - Jenn Cooksey

24. Pieces of Sky – Trinity Doyle
Pieces of Sky - Trinity Doyle
Thoughts: The water is dying her hair. What kind of water is this? Is she swimming in paint, not water?

25. The Clouded Sky (Earth & Sky #2) – Megan Crewe
The Clouded Sky - Megan Crewe
Thoughts: That planet seems awfully close to its moon.

26. Neverseen (Keeper of the Lost Cities #4) – Shannon Messenger
Neverseen (Keeper of the Lost Cities #4) - Shannon Messenger
Thoughts: According to Gillian (Writer of Wrongs), the right boy is on this cover, but the wrong girl is holding his arm. SUCH DRAMA. Also, such art. I love it.

Cover Battles:

1. Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan

Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green & David Levithan original
Will Grayson, Will Grayson - John Green & David Levithan

US Original vs. US Redesign: Well, I’m mostly surprised it’s taken so long for this to be redesigned, spurred, likely, by the forthcoming companion. I’m not entirely sure what the original cover depicts, though I think it’s a school dance or the play or something with rainbow coloring to highlight the LGBT aspects? The new cover is an angsty notebook, which sure, though the spiral binding drawn on regular book binding is not my favorite thing, and I don’t especially want a book that shouts MAYBE DEAD CATS in bubble letters on my shelves.

2. Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (Prisoner of Night and Fog #2) – Anne Blankman

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke - Anne Blankman
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke - Anne Blankman

US vs. UK: Normally I don’t think I’d pick a cover that’s just a face, but the US covers for this series manage to be very atmospheric, despite the closeup. The UK cover looks like a new installment in the Laura Ingalls Wilder series to me.

3. Ancillary Justice – Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie original
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie

Orbit vs. Subterranean: For me, it’s all Orbit’s cover, which looks bright and fun. The limited edition by Subterranean Press looks really drab. The art’s nice, but I want the Orbit, thanks.

4. In a World Just Right – Jen Brooks

In a World Just Right - Jen Brooks
In a World Just Right - Jen Brooks

Take 1 vs. Take 2: I don’t understand how making them drawings is better.

5. Ice Breaker (The Hidden #1) – Lian Tanner

Ice Breaker - Lian Tanner
Icebreaker - Liam Tanner

UK vs. US: So this kid sunk the Titanic? Curious that the designs are SO different.

6. Dangerous – Shannon Hale

Dangerous - Shannon Hale

US Hardcover vs. US Paperback: Maybe this is more marketable, because it’s more clearly science fiction? But I do not like it.

7. Insurgent (Divergent #2) – Veronica Roth

Insurgent (Divergent #2) - Veronica Roth original
Insurgent (Divergent #2) - Veronica Roth

US Hardcover vs. Movie Tie-In: They’ve become a spinny shooty thing! It’s teamwork like that scene in Boondock Scenes with the feckin’ rope.

8. A Little Friendly Advice – Siobhan Vivian

A Little Friendly Advice - Siobhan Vivian

US Original vs. US Redesign: Diversity fails all around. I actually like the original better. The facial expressions work for me way more.

9. Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks) – Miranda Kenneally

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally
Breathe, Annie, Breathe – Miranda Kenneally
Breathe, Annie, Breathe (Hundred Oaks #5) - Miranda Kenneally
Breathe, Annie, Breathe - Miranda Kenneally

Take 1 vs. Take 2 vs. Original vs. Redesign: LEAVE THIS BOOK ALONE, MY GOD. What is happening at Sourcebooks? Maybe this book is just SO good it’s impossible to design the perfect cover and they feel bad about that.

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. The Hooker and the Hermit – L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid
The Hooker and the Hermit - L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid
Thoughts: *craughing* This is amazing.

2. Sense & Sensuality: Caroline’s After Dark Georgian Romance – Alicia Quigley
Sense & Sensuality - Alicia Quigley
Thoughts: Nothing says sensuality like those wigs. Or the way that bench is sneaking up on his behind.

3. Catwalk: Lineage – Nick Kelly
Catwalk Lineage - Nick Kelly
Thoughts: In which a wrestler with fake teeth and an alien go head to head on the catwalk.

Choose Your Favorite:

11 responses to “Cover Snark (135): In a Snark Just Right”

  1. It’s been so long since I commented on a cover snark but I happened to be here when you posted this so I’m back!!

    1. I love the pirate ship and water but I hate the green title font and the skull is questionable. It looks like bad photoshop. Still, I would pick it up in a store.

    2. Horrible photoshop. Somehow it reminds me of the photoshopping in a bad real state photo.

    4. BORING. I really dislike this cover. I kind of dislike them all though. They do nothing for me.

    5. Freaking awesome. I love animated covers and the way the thicket/forest in the background is drawn.

    7. Yup. I’m intrigued too. Oooh! It’s a book of cultural short stories? I’m in.

    10. Ugh, but I love it. I love the forest, the water, it makes me want to be outside. *stays inside with a book* Googles. It sounds like any other paranormal romance that has been done to death.

    12. I agree. Not the type of book I would read, but this cover is SO WELL DONE. Or were you being sarcastic? I can’t tell. Hahaha.

    13. Heh. I knew you would love this.

    15. TERRIBLE. And I thought the original covers were bad.

    17. OMG this is just adorable.

    18. I love these covers to pieces. This illustrator is just the BEST.

    20. But not that curious.

    22. I do love those covers. I have a copy of the first book. Maybe I should read it.

    WTF1: I literally have nothing to say but LOL.

    WTF2: Oh god.

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    • Christina Franke says:

      1. I actually like the green font, but only because I wouldn’t get the Peter Pan vibe otherwise. It also livens it up. But I do get it. Def doesn’t blend. I’m not a fan of the skull either, but it might be too empty? Still not ideal.

      2. Yeahhhhh. I’m excited for a diverse LI, but otherwise this is a huge fail.

      4. This one is I think most compelling, but I don’t really get what it has to do with the series. Then again, I don’t mind that I don’t like the covers much, because I loathed the first book.

      5. Why must they have such lovely covers? *sobs in frustration*

      7. I didn’t know what it was, but I had a joke and it had a POC, so I figured it was well worth including!

      10. It’s very pretty. Space covers are lovely. I’m not interested in the book, but it’s very shiny.

      12. No, I actually do like this one. I do think putting New Novel on books is stupid though. People can google for fuck’s sake.



      20. The cover doesn’t lure me, but it’s transgender, I believe, so I’m on board.

  2. Brigid says:

    1. Whoaaaaa it’s like a mashup between Peter Pan and Pirates of the Caribbean.
    2. TBH the whole fucking thing looks photoshopped.
    4. I was gonna say it was now a horror flick rip off. Heh.
    6. That cover is soooo Prince of Bel air. Where is will smith?
    13. This THIS is why we should all live in a fantasy world.
    17. CAN I JUST DIE RIGHT NOW? jfkjfkdjf cutttteee
    23. WHAT IS ON HER LEGS? Can’t be snow. Snow wouldn’t do that. *turns head to side* I don’t….get it.
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  3. Kristin says:

    HaHAHAH The cover of The Hooker and the Hermit is amazing. I thought you made the markings on there until I looked up the book. Nope, those marking are part of the cover. Ha! I will admit that the story doesn’t sound bad. The cover definitely snagged my interest… maybe not in a good way at first but I suppose it worked all the same.
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  4. Kayla Beck says:

    I was looking on Edelweiss, and I saw In a World Just Right, so I had to come over and see if it made the WTFery. Dude is seriously sniffing her hair in the last framey-thing. So creepy…
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  5. MJ says:

    Wow, lots of covers this week:

    1) I blame Captain Hook from Once Upon a Time for all these Hook-ish covers. Not that I have any problem with them but…

    2) Why do the girls’ hair styled almost exactly the same? I do dig the guy on the cover though.

    4) Again with the Captain Hook thing (I really wish there was a way to imbed Hook gifs in this comment)

    15) Why do the covers in this series get progressive-ly suckier.

    18) Yes, this is a Hook themed post.
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  6. Bekka says:

    My favorite thing about this entire post is “Why is his football white? WTF?” Wtf indeed.

    I actually like the redesign for Dangerous a little bit more, but that’s because SFF covers with enormous symbols on them and nothing else don’t really do anything for me. I also like our US covers for the Prisoner of Night and Fog books. The other option just looks like something different entirely.
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    2. I agree on the Photoshop fail. WHERE ARE THEIR FEET SHADOWS?

    4. I was thinking Children of the Corn at first even though that’s not even the same weapon. Oops.

    10. *does donkey kick* Yeah, another book already did the moon-gets-too-close-to-the-earth cover and it matched the premise. Was much better.



    23. That tagline caused an emergency shutdown because my processor was about to explode trying to make sense of that.

    CB1. I am going to pretend he lost interest mid-doodle and it really is supposed to say “Maybe Dead Gatsby” because writer did not know Gatsby died at the end. I will forever remember spoiling that for a girl in one of my lit classes.

    CB2. AGREED. This series is face covers done very, very right.

    CB7. Something deep inside tells me Tris was where Four is and vice versa on a draft cover before someone noticed and said, “Waaaaaait a minute, it looks like they’re 69ing.” I hate whoever noticed it because that would have been one of the best covers of all time. I hope some inventive person on the Internet puts them back to rights.


  8. Lesley says:

    I love Never, Never – it’s the only one that stands out for me this week, but is the blood smear actually a feather? Can’t make my mind up about it.
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  9. 1. I quite like it. The skull in the sky is perhaps a bit weird, but the overall concept works for me. And it’s a retelling, so I’ll pick it up anyway 😀
    4. Haha, that was also the first thing I thought when I saw the cover.
    5. I love those details on the cover and the color scheme is great.
    11. Prettyprettypretty.
    13. I always knew Marillier was a magician, because her books are magical and clearly she’s made a deal with the Goddess of Gorgeous Covers. Must have!
    18. Love it.
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  10. I think the only reason I like the Breathe Annie Breathe redesign is because it matches the rest of the books. Like why would they even make that cover completely different in the first place, when all of the covers in the series look the same? BLEGH
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