Cover Snark (220): An Enchantment of 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 of the covers in the comments, but please do not @ an author on Twitter because of anything you’ve seen here.

Shiny and New:

1. An Enchantment of Ravens – Margaret Rogerson

Thoughts: Clearly this wins all the things.

2. Wild Bird – Wendelin Van Draanen

Thoughts: Priscilla, wild bird of the desert.

3. Too Shattered for Mending – Peter Brown Hoffmeister

Thoughts: If you jump and/or fall off of that, you definitely would be too shattered. So how about you not? Also, these fonts are awful. And I’m not really a fan of the color strips they’re on either.

4. Haunting the Deep (How to Hang a Witch #2) – Adriana Mather

Thoughts: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Meh.

5. Lemons – Melissa Savage

Thoughts: Zesty.

6. The Last Panther – Todd Mitchell

Thoughts: Genderswapped Jungle Book retelling?

7. The Bone Thief – Alyson Noel

Thoughts: Little Shop of Horrors (And Bunnies).

8. One Mixed-Up Night – Catherine Newman

Thoughts: Well, that’s the cutest room ever. And I ship it.

9. Like Water – Rebecca Podos

Thoughts: Lipstick game on point. It’s also definitely unique, though I’m still deciding how much I like it.

10. The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City – Jodi Kendall

Thoughts: This is just fucking precious.

11. This Darkness Mine – Mindy McGinnis

Thoughts: This whiteness mine.

12. The Glass Spare (The Glass Spare #1) – Lauren DeStefano

Thoughts: *twitches at how the title font isn’t aligned*

13. Here We Are Now – Jasmine Warga

Thoughts: Not my fave illustrated cover, but the fonts and diversity are fabulous.

14. Top Ten – Katie Cotugno

Thoughts: Apparently Cotugno cover style is white boxes, between this and 99 Days. Blahhhhhh.

15. Foolish Hearts – Emma Mills

Thoughts: The design is once again intricate, creative, and colorful. If only the colors didn’t look like a dog ate a bunch of string and barfed it up.

16. They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

Thoughts: Me: LOOK HOW CUTE Also me: Hold on, is the sky a skull? Also me: Oh god and their shadow is a grim reaper oh no.

17. Calling My Name – Liara Tamani

Thoughts: Now this is what I was talking about re: illustrated covers.

18. The Grave Keepers – Elizabeth Byrne

Thoughts: This is the cutest graveyard that ever was.

19. Eight Days on Planet Earth – Cat Jordan

Thoughts: The silhouette cover trend can really end any time now.

20. Waking in Time – Angie Stanton

Thoughts: Either this bed is truly massive or most of her’s awkwardly falling off the bed.

21. Garden of Thorns – Amber Mitchell

Thoughts: Thorns is quickly mounting the list of words not to use in a title. Basically, if it’s been in an SJM title, just leave it be.

22. Vanilla – Billy Merrell

Thoughts: If your vanilla is blue and purple, maybe don’t eat it.

23. Odd & True – Cat Winters

Thoughts: Only the title treatment mars perfection.

24. Echo After Echo – Amy Rose Capetta

Thoughts: That lighting designer has tasted the rainbow.

25. Godblind – Anna Stephens

Thoughts: Holy crow!

26. Far from the Tree – Robin Benway

Thoughts: A+ cover treetment. I cannot leaf it alone.

27. The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate (The Princess in Black #5) – Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

Thoughts: Oh my god, I’m dying, because the kid on the right totally looks like a tiny Mr. Rochester dressed up as a gypsy.

28. The Girl with the Red Balloon (The Balloonmakers #1) – Katherine Locke

Thoughts: Huh, it’s beautiful, obviously, but I wasn’t expecting manga-style art on a book set in late1980s Berlin. That font’s super cheery too. Maybe this book is fluffier than I thought it would be?

29. The First Rule of Punk – Celia C. Pérez

Thoughts: THE SASS!

30. The Silver Mask (Magisterium #4) – Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

Thoughts: In which the kids take on the big giant head.

31. The Glass Town Game – Catherynne M. Valente

Thoughts: YA is trying to bring it with the illustrated covers, and this is MG delivering a smackdown like “bitch, you thought.”

32. The Ravenous – Amy Lukavics

Thoughts: Totally thought this was a self-pub cover for an adult horror/mystery at first.

33. Wedlocked (PresLocke #3) – Ella Frank & Brooke Blaine

Thoughts: That font is hellish, but omg those grooms are so fucking cute.

Cover Battles:

1. In Darkling Wood – Emma Carroll

UK vs. US: Love the title and background, but loathe silhouettes to the degree I’d probably buy the UK over the US cover.

2. The Dollmaker of Krakow – R. M. Romero

Russian vs. US: Oh damn. The US cover wins, I think, but the Russian cover’s amazing (minus the fonts and the face).

3. The Many Worlds of Albie Bright – Christopher Edge

UK vs. US: A valiant effort but like that UK cover.

4. The Serpent King – Jeff Zentner

US Hardback vs. US Paperback: Could this BE any more pretentious?

5. Julia Vanishes (Witch’s Child #1) – Catherine Egan

US Hardback vs. US Paperback: Love this redesign, because it actually looks like a fantasy now.

6. The Darkest Corners – Kara Thomas

US Hardback vs. US Paperback: Following standard wrestling advice, they gave it the chair.

7. Alex, Approximately – Jenn Bennett

US vs. UK: The German cover comes closest, but yeah I’m not hugely impressed with anything happening here.

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. Whispers in Eternity (Eternity #1) – Jacinda Buchmann

Thoughts: You can play patty cake for all time.

2. Never Fall for a Warlock (Beware of Warlocks #2) – Marilyn Vix

Thoughts: The placement of that two makes me wonder if the reason to beware of warlocks is that they have two penises.

3. Let Them Eat Cake (Creatures of Myth Series #1) – Ravyn Wilde

Thoughts: !!!!

2 responses to “Cover Snark (220): An Enchantment of Snark”

  1. 1. I wasn’t sure if I liked this at first but the more I look at it the more I love it. Esp her clothes and hair.
    3. Yeahhh the strips are distracting.
    4. This reminds me of one specific scene in Lost season 4. Lol.
    6. Ooh it does have that feel!
    9. Not a big fan :/ It looks like a coloring book page.
    10. SO CUTE. I love everything.
    14. And Fireworks! Lol.
    17. Gorgeous.
    26. They remind me of feathers but surprisingly I like this cover! Pretty colors.
    31. MAGICAL. I love that this is about the Brontes.
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