Cover Snark (192): Magic of Blood and 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. Magic of Blood and Sea (The Assassin’s Curse #1-2) – Cassandra Rose Clarke
Magic of Blood and Sea - Cassandra Rose Clark
Thoughts: Not sure what’s up with the giant M behind the title but otherwise full-on swooning.

2. The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden
The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
Thoughts: A bear may love a nightingale, signor, but where would they live?

3. Dawn Study (Soulfinders #3) – Maria V. Snyder
Dawn Study - Maria V. Snyder
Thoughts: Little Red Riding Pout.

4. Rebels Like Us – Liz Reinhardt
Rebels Like Us - Liz Reinhardt
Thoughts: I was wondering just the other day if Seventeen was still a thing. Guess so!

5. Legion (Talon, #4) – Julie Kagawa
Legion (Talon, #4) - Julie Kagawa
Thoughts: I want to feeeeel all up on this cover.

6. Lifeblood (Everlife #2) – Gena Showalter
Lifeblood (Everlife #2) - Gena Showalter
Thoughts: Is anyone else thinking of Jasmine in Aladdin?

7. The Ethan I Was Before – Ali Standish
The Ethan I Was Before - Ali Standish
Thoughts: Okay, there are two things that I remember about my childhood. I just don’t remember it being this orange.

8. The End of Oz (Dorothy Must Die #4) – Danielle Paige
The End of Oz (Dorothy Must Die #4) - Danielle Paige
Thoughts: DO YOU PROMISE?

9. I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Various
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Thoughts: This should be pinned to some parent’s fridge.

10. How to Break a Boy – Laurie Devore
How to Break a Boy - Laurie Devore
Thoughts: Little known fact: boys are terrified of bubblegum.

11. Dramatically Ever After (Ever After #2) – Isabel Bandeira
Dramatically Ever After - Isabel Bandeira
Thoughts: This spotlight is throwing some serious yellow.

12. Long Way Home (Thunder Road #3) – Katie McGarry
Long Way Home (Thunder Road #) - Katie McGarry
Thoughts: Somehow it’s less dramatic when someone just walks into the sunset.

13. Alex, Approximately – Jenn Bennett
Alex, Approximately - Jenn Bennett
Thoughts: Alex is living the dream. Not only does she have a pool but she has snacks.

14. Bad Boy – Elliot Wake
Bad Boy - Elliot Wake
Thoughts: I feel like the placeholder looked just like this? Underwhelming to say the least. This font just isn’t interesting enough to carry a cover.

15. Hello, Universe – Erin Entrada Kelly
Hello, Universe - Erin Entrada Kelly
Thoughts: Lol he’s hiding from them like hobbits from a ringwraith.

16. High Society – Janelle Stalder
High Society - Janelle Stalder
Thoughts: Tagline suggests we’re going really complex with characterization here.

17. Lessons in Falling – Diana Gallagher
Lessons in Falling - Diana Gallagher
Thoughts: Lesson 1: don’t. Lesson 2: if you do, don’t do it like that.

18. #famous – Jilly Gagnon
#famous - Jilly Gagnon
Thoughts: *squints* Is he holding a massive serving of french fries while she texts about his binge?

19. I See You – Molly McAdams
I See You - Molly McAdams
Thoughts: Every breath you take and every move you make, every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you.

20. Color Blind – Sheila Sobel
Color Blind -Sheila Sobel
Thoughts: That color blot is like a rohrshach test. Does anyone else see a man jumping towards them?

21. The You I’ve Never Known – Ellen Hopkins
The You I've Never Known - Ellen Hopkins
Thoughts: This is very unlike her other covers, and I don’t know if I’m pleased that they’re trying something new or annoyed that it’s this.

22. A Quarrel Called (Stewards of the Plane #1) – Shannon Wendtland
A Quarrel Called – Shannon Wendtland
Thoughts: It wants its witty repartee back.

23. Just Friends – TIffany Pitcock
Just Friends -TIffany Pitcock
Thoughts: It looks like this trampoline is resting on the forest floor.

24. The Muse – Jessie Burton
The Muse - Jessie Burton
Thoughts: I saw this at ALA, and it’s one of the most gorgeous covers I’ve ever seen.

25. Future Threat (Future Shock #2) – Elizabeth Briggs
Future Threat - Elizabeth Briggs
Thoughts: She’s about to punch the threat to her future in the nads.

26. Poppy Pym and the Double Jinx (Poppy Pym #2) – Laura Wood
Poppy Pym and the Double Jinx - Laura Wood
Thoughts: You owe me two cokes.

27. Follow Me Down – Sherri Smith
Follow Me Down - Sherri Smith
Thoughts: Detective Rapunzel?

28. A Rambler Steals Home – Carter Higgins
A Rambler Steals Home - Carter Higgins
Thoughts: See how you do without home base, boys!

29. Just Another Girl – Elizabeth Eulberg
Just Another Girl - Elizabeth Eulberg
Thoughts: Marquee your calendars.

30. Totem Poles – Rudy Rucker & Bruce Sterling
Totem Poles - Rudy Rucker & Bruce Sterling
Thoughts: Two ghost arms partly up!

31. Rebel Magisters (Rebel Mechanics #2) – Shanna Swendson
Rebel Magisters (Rebel Mechanics #2) - Shanna Swendson
Thoughts: If I didn’t know she was self-pubbing this (because I’m obsessed with Swendson’s books), I would not have known she was self-pubbing this.

32. The Careful Undressing of Love – Corey Ann Haydu
The Careful Undressing of Love - Corey Ann Haydu
Thoughts: When life gives you lemons, make a cover out of them.

33. The Broken Empire (The Broken Empire #1-3) – Mark Lawrence
The Broken Empire - Mark Lawrence
Thoughts: Looks like it’s about one of the princes who couldn’t get through the wall of thorns around Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

34. Remember Yesterday (Forget Tomorrow #2) – Pintip Dunn
Remember Yesterday - Pintip Dunn
Thoughts: This butterfly doesn’t remember yesterday, because it’s dead.

35. The City Born Great – N.K. Jemisin
The City Born Great - N.K. Jemisin
Thoughts: The city wasn’t born colorful, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be.

36. How to Make a Wish – Ashley Herring Blake
How to Make a Wish - Ashley Herring Blake
Thoughts: I know you were always told to wish on a shooting star or an eyelash or some bullshit, but here’s the secret: you wish on feet.

37. The High Lonesome Frontier – Rebecca Campbell
The High Lonesome Frontier - Rebecca Campbell
Thoughts: I was taught that the moon controlled the tides, but I didn’t think this was how.

38. The Night Cyclist – Stephen Graham Jones
The Night Cyclist - Stephen Graham Jones
Thoughts: The Iron Giant works towards his dream of winning the Tour De France.

39. Goodbye Days – Jeff Zentner
Goodbye Days - Jeff Zentner
Thoughts: Two modern pains: a cracked screen and when the typey ellipsis appears and you know someone was going to say something but then a message never appears. If only it looked nicer.

Cover Battles:

1. Of Sand and Malice Made (The Song of the Shattered Sands #0.5) – Bradley P. Beaulieu

Of Sand and Malice Made (The Song of the Shattered Sands #0.5) - Bradley P. Beaulieu
Of Sand and Malice Made (The Song of the Shattered Sands #0.5) - Bradley P. Beaulieu uk

US vs. UK: The UK cover has a higher boss bitch quotient, which is a winner in my book (cover).

2. The Accident Season – Moira Fowley-Doyle

The Accident Season - Moïra Fowley-Doyle
The Accident Season - Moira Fowley-Doyle

US Hardback vs. US Paperback: Sometimes you just need to give yourself a hug because no one else will.

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. Diamond: Beyond the Red Door (Vices #1) – Tigris Eden
Diamond Beyond the Red Door (Vices #1) - Tigris Eden
Thoughts: Is this a metaphor for period sex?

2. Brandy’s Summer Idol – Marcia Carrington
Brandy's Summer Idol - Marcia Carrington
Thoughts: Who says you need more than Word Art to make a book cover?

3. One Dance with a Stranger – Ju Ephraime
One Dance with a Stranger - Ju Ephraime
Thoughts: According to the book description, what you’re looking at are mesmerizing, “sensuous moves.” Feast your eyes on those moves.

One response to “Cover Snark (192): Magic of Blood and Snark”

  1. Cassandra Rose Clark: what a pretty cover!
    The muse: what a beautiful cover <3
    I did not know Shanna Swendson was self-published. Great job. I need to pick up my copy from Rebel Mechanics soon.
    The broken empire: I also had those Sleeping beauty vibes.
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