Cover Snark (184): A Torch Against the Snark

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!

Please note that you should by no means contact the author if you do not like their cover; they likely have ZERO control. Feel free to express opinions in the comments, but please do not @ an author on Twitter because of anything you’ve seen here. Let’s keep it kind.

Shiny and New:

1. Branded (Inked #2) – Eric Smith
Branded (Inked #2) - Eric Smith
Thoughts: Such a cute cover. Auggie the corgie deserves no less. Wait, Eric Smith. I meant Eric. (No, I meant Auggie.)

2. Unknown – Wendy Higgins
Unknown - Wendy Higgins
Thoughts: Reasons they thought this was a good cover to go with are unknown.

3. Romeo & What’s Her Name – Shani Petroff
Romeo & What's Her Name - Shani Petroff
Thoughts: Wait, I know this. It was Rosaliet, right?

4. Duels & Deception – Cindy Anstey
Duels & Deception - Cindy Anstey
Thoughts: Pardon me: I need to go listen to “Ten Duel Commandments” and sob a bit.

5. If I Fix You – Abigail Johnson
If I Fix You - Abigail Johnson
Thoughts: I mean, like I don’t think they plan to fix the Liberty Bell so some things are meant to stay broken.

6. Eternal Sacrifice (Mortal Enchantment #4) – Stacey O’Neale
Eternal Sacrifice (Mortal Enchantment) - Stacey O'Neale
Thoughts: PLS BUY THIS, MORTAL INSTRUMENTS FANS.

7. Daughter of Winter (Fairy Queens #3) – Amber Argyle
Daughter of Winter (Fairy Queens #3) - Amber Argyle
Thoughts: Love the castle, but I’m not sure what’s up with the animals that look they’re out of the Sims or something.

8. The Immortal Throne (Into the Dark #3) – Bree Despain
The Immortal Throne (Into the Dark #3) - Bree Despain
Thoughts: Just take a moment and admire how convincingly they’re photoshopped into that forest.

9. Look Past – Eric Devine
Look Past - Eric Devine
Thoughts: Really sick of this as a cover design. IT HAS BEEN DONE, PEOPLE.

10. The Stand-In – Steve Bloom
The Stand-In - Steve Bloom
Thoughts: This cover isn’t so PROMising.

11. Starfall (Starflight #2) – Melissa Landers
Starfall - Melissa Landers
Thoughts: Looks like Star Wars in hyperdrive. That’ll do.

12. The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3) – Marie Lu
The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3) - Marie Lu
Thoughts: By far my favorite cover in the series, though it does look a little bit like Peter Pan’s going to be taking a ski vacation.

13. Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco
Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalco
Thoughts: I’d like it a LOT more without the douchey “presented by James Patterson” banner.

14. A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) – Sabaa Tahir
A Torch Against the Night - Sabaa Tahir
Thoughts: It’s not safe in the mines of Moria, guys.

15. Wayfarer (Passenger #2) – Alexandra Bracken
Wayfarer (Passenger #2) - Alexandra Bracken
Thoughts: I really dislike that font color on the purple background and I also feel concern for the poor birds trapped outside.

16. Caraval (Untitled #1) – Stephanie Garber
Caraval - Stephanie Garber
Thoughts: No matter how many times I see this title, I always expect this book to be about a cruise line. CARAVAL CRUISE LINES, where everything’s only a game!

17. Crystal Crowned (Air Awakens #5) – Elise Kova
Crystal Crowned (Air Awakens #5) - Elise Kova
Thoughts: THESE COVERS. Representing for how amazing covers for self-published books can be.

18. Beautiful Broken Girls – Kim Savage
Beautiful Broken Girls - Kim Savage
Thoughts: Is she bathing in milk?

19. Tales of the Peculiar – Ransom Riggs
Tales of the Peculiar - Ransom Riggs
Thoughts: Loooooooovely. And just in time to swoop up all the buzz the movie will generate, I’ll bet.

20. The Edge of Everything – Jeff Giles
The Edge of Everything - Jeff Giles
Thoughts: Some fake flames and white on white before Labor Day. FOR SHAME.

21. Our Own Private Universe – Robin Talley
Our Own Private Universe - Robin Talley
Thoughts: Adorable f/f cover but this filter makes me think sad times are ahead despite the fluff-sounding tagline.

22. Traveler (Traveler #1) – L.E. Delano
Infinity time. Digital generated; Shutterstock ID 65480164
Thoughts: Man, I love that Passenger cover too.

23. The Hawkweed Prophecy – Irena Brignull
The Hawkweed Prophecy - Irena Brignull
Thoughts: So creeped out by that bird.

24. Midnight Hour (Shadow Falls: After Dark #4) – C.C. Hunter
Midnight Hour (Shadow Falls) - C.C. Hunter
Thoughts: Damn Christina crack cover. I know it’s completely unoriginal but so pretty.

25. Nice Girls Endure – Chris Struyk-Bonn
Nice Girls Endure - Chris Struyk-Bonn
Thoughts: This title perfectly explains why I love being a bitch. Fuck enduring. You don’t have to endure shit, nice girl.

26. Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones
Wintersong - S. Jae-Jones
Thoughts: Beauty and the Beast feels, anyone?

27. A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1) – Jessica Cluess
A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1) - Jessica Cluess
Thoughts: I’d say the designers rose to the occasion.

28. The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2) – Rick Riordan
The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2) - Rick Riordan
Thoughts: Anyone else sick of all the white males on these covers? At least it looks like Magnus just got punched on the face.

29. Zenith (The Androma Saga #1) – Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Zenith The Androma Saga Part I - Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings
Thoughts: This looks like icy blue jeans.

30. Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) – Susan Dennard
Windwitch (The Witchlands #2) - Susan Dennard
Thoughts: Badassery worthy of Sooz!

31. Carve the Mark (Untitled Duology #1) – Veronica Roth
Carve the Mark - Veronica Roth
Thoughts: Gorgeous cover for Divergent in space.

32. The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) – Rin Chupeco
The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) - Rin Chupeco
Thoughts: Can I get a YASSSSSSSS?

33. Not So Much, Said the Cat – Michael Swanwick
Not So Much, Said the Cat by Michael Swanwick
Thoughts: Look at that adorable angry cat. I’m so happy.

34. Six Wakes – Mur Lafferty
Six Wakes - Mur Lafferty
Thoughts: One guy getting sexually molested by the title.

35. The Education of Margot Sanchez – Lilliam Rivera
The Education of Margot Sanchez - Lilliam Rivera
Thoughts: I wish Margot could educate me about how she keeps her curls so frizz free.

36. The Dream Quest of Vellitt Boe – Kij Johnson
The Dream Quest of Vellitt Boe - Kij Johnson
Thoughts: Cats are essential to dream-quests, because they are very excellent at sleeping.

37. Assassin Queen (Majat Code #3) – Anna Kashina
Assassin Queen (Majat Code #3) - Anna Kashina
Thoughts: I’d never heard of this series but badass lady assassin; you have my attention.

38. Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity – Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity - Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Thoughts: I don’t love the title but this cover is perfection.

39. Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven
Holding Up the Universe - Jennifer Niven
Thoughts: Are we holding up the universe with dominoes?

40. The Cilantro in Apple Pie – Kimberley Nadine Knights
The Cilantro In Apple Pie - Kimberley Nadine Knights
Thoughts: That sounds like such a gross baking decision but I will reserve my judgment until someone gives me some pie.

Cover Battles:

1. Hotel for the Lost – Suzanne Young

Hotel Ruby - Suzanne Young
Hotel for the Lost - Suzanne Young

US Hardback vs. US Paperback: Once you check in, you can’t check out. These look like VASTLY different books; I wonder which is more indicative of the actual novel.

2. The Graces (The Graces #1) – Laure Eve

The Graces - Laure Eve
The Graces - Laure Eve

US vs. UK: Ew. Feathers, ribbon, and seashells. Why. Just why.

3. Delirium (Delirium #1) – Lauren Oliver

Delirium
Delirium (Delirium #1) - Lauren Oliver pb
Delirium (Delirium #1) - Lauren Oliver

US 2011 Hardback vs. US 2012 Paperback vs. US 2016 Paperback: This is something I don’t get to say enough: big fan of this redesign.

4. Pandemonium (Delirium #2) – Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium (Delirium #2) - Lauren Oliver hardback
Pandemonium (Delirium #2) - Lauren Oliver

US Hardback 2012 vs. US 2016 Paperback: I mean, look at that detail.

5. Requiem (Delirium #3) – Lauren Oliver

Requiem (Delirium #3) - Lauren Oliver hb
Requiem (Delirium #3) - Lauren Oliver

US 2013 Hardcover vs. US 2016 Paperback: And these color combos.

6. Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, Raven, and Alex – Lauren Oliver

Delirium Stories Hana, Annabel, Raven- Lauren Oliver
Delirium Stories Hana, Annabel, Raven, and Alex - Lauren Oliver

US 2013 Paperback vs. US 2016 Paperback: A new story and a non-horrible cover! Weeeee!

7. The Lost & Found – Katrina Leno

The Lost & Found - Katrina Leno
The Lost & Found - Katrina Leno

US Take 1 vs. US Take 2: Third time’s the charm?

8. The Devourers – Indra Das

The Devourers - Indra Das india
The Devourers - Indra Das

India vs. US: Gorgeous as the US cover is, the Indian cover gives it a run for its money.

9. Radiance – Catherynne M. Valente

Radiance - Catherynne M. Valente
Radiance - Catherynne M. Valente uk pb

UK Hardback vs. US Paperback: This is like A Clockwork Orange kinda nightmare.

10. The Gradual – Christopher Priest

The Gradual - Christopher Priest
The Gradual - Christopher Priest us

UK vs. US: Slight preference for the cloudy purple mountain tops of the UK cover, but they’re both pretty cool.

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?”

1. Don’t Look at Me: A Child’s Book about Feeling Different – Doris Sanford
Don't Look at Me A Child's Book about Feeling Different - Doris Sanford
Thoughts: Happy to.

2. Operating System (The System #3) – Andrea Ring
Operating System (System Series #3) - Andrea Ring
Thoughts: Rage-pooping baby nightmare fuel.

3. Alan, Fay & Demona (Preludes of Prism #1) – Synful Desire
Alan, Fay & Demona (Preludes of Prism #1) - Synful Desire
Thoughts: Here it is, my nightmare. Also, ick, the phrase synful desire should never be anywhere near a baby picture. Even a demon baby. Also SYNFUL. HARD PASS.

2 responses to “Cover Snark (184): A Torch Against the Snark”

  1. 1. Love this! Makes me want to pick up the first book so I can read this book.
    5. Not sure if I like the text but I love the gradient colors.
    8. Yeahhhh the colors are nice but that photoshop is bad! And again, too much text.
    10. I think this is sort of cute! I’d read the back at least.
    11. I like the first cover better but it’s really fun and spacey.
    15. Ooh I love the colors but then again I’ve always loved purple and gold together haha.
    17. Yepppp they make me want to try the series! Love this.
    22. I can’t decide. I like the glitter and the ship at any rate.
    24. Suuuper pretty! I love the M.
    26. YES
    30. Not my favorite. Reminds me too much of the Falling Kingdoms series.
    31. Looooove this. So sparkly.
    32. I am SO INTO this cover, everything about it.
    38. Such a pretty cover! But yeah, Chunk for a main character’s name is pretty meh.

    1. Ironically, I like books that look like the paperback more but in this case the hardcover is more striking.

    I really like the Lauren Oliver redesigns! I haven’t read the books but these covers would definitely catch my eye.

  2. Danielle says:

    I absolutely love when you post these 🙂
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