Cover Snark (235): Love, Life, and 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 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. Winter Glass (Spindle Fire #2) – Lexa Hillyer

Thoughts: OMG. This is adorable. THAT FOXXXXX.

2. Love, Life, and the List – Kasie West

Thoughts: Kasie West covers decapitate models like it’s the French Revolution.

3. Ice Wolves (Elementals #1) – Amie Kaufman

Thoughts: The fact that they’re all in similar weird poses is cracking me up but SNOWOLFY!

4. The Queen’s Rising (Untitled Trilogy #1) – Rebecca Ross

Thoughts: Not completely sold on the model, because I’m pretty damn positive that same stock image is on another cover (help me out!), but the rest of it is a major yes.

5. The Traitor Prince (Ravenspire #3) – C. J. Redwine

Thoughts: It’s really badass if I don’t look at it too closely. If I do, I start loling at the entwined rings.

6. Where I Live – Brenda Rufener

Thoughts: You should not live in your high school. Unless it’s a boarding school, but even so you should not live in a hallway.

7. Honor Among Thieves (The Honors #1) – Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

Thoughts: IS IT CLARKE?

8. Inkmistress – Audrey Coulthurst

Thoughts: Not quite as in love as with the Of Fire and Stars cover, mostly because I don’t like this font so well. But this is still fabulous lbr.

9. Here So Far Away – Hadley Dyer

Thoughts: The font is cool but there’s something about sad-looking contemp covers that just leaves me cold. Maybe it’s the tragic rain pouring down on me like I’m the tenth doctor.

10. This Tiny Perfect World – Lauren Gibaldi

Thoughts: She looks like she’s wearing a yellow eye mask, which I don’t think they were going for. But bonus points for unicorns always.

11. Love and Other Train Wrecks – Leah Konen

Thoughts: I am helpless against illustrated covers.

12. Everless (Untitled #1) – Sara Holland

Thoughts: *jams to Muse’s Time Is Running Out*

13. Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship – L. M. Elliott

Thoughts: Points for making me laugh. And for not being by Melissa de la Cruz.

14. Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1) – Maureen Johnson

Thoughts: Such a delicious treet.

15. Together at Midnight – Jennifer Castle

Thoughts: I really really hate the fonts, which is a shame because the illustration is adorbs.

16. Purple Hearts (Front Lines #3) – Michael Grant

Thoughts: Minesweeper: less fun irl.

17. Winterfolk – Janel Kolby

Thoughts: *pats Harper for continuing to push the illustrated covers*

18. When My Heart Joins the Thousand – A.J. Steiger

Thoughts: I have questions. Adorable cover though.

19. Active Memory (Mirador #3) – Dan Wells

Thoughts: Absolutely love these models and how badass they are. The font burns my retinas however.

20. Break Us (Nikki Kill #3) – Jennifer Brown

Thoughts: Every time I see these, I always think it’s about intense football hooligans all painted up to attend matches.

21. Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners – Naomi Shihab Nye

Thoughts: This looks like Christian fiction.

22. Hooper – Geoff Herbach

Thoughts: Ballin’.

23. The Case for Jamie (Charlotte Holmes #3) – Brittany Cavallaro

Thoughts: Purple and yellow is a strange combo and the yellow’s a mite eye-stabby but otherwise good.

24. The Tombs – Deborah Schaumberg

Thoughts: HOW YOU DOIN’?

25. The Final Six – Alexandra Monir

Thoughts: The Final Sink.

26. The Midnights – Sarah Nicole Smetana

Thoughts: As much as I love illustrated covers, some illustrations of people freak me out, and this is that kind. It’s a shame because I like the rest of it. Totally a personal problem but whatever.

27. What She Does Next Will Astound You (Class) – James Goss

Thoughts: I always expect a hollow to come busting out of the sky rip.

28. Loser’s Bracket – Chris Crutcher

Thoughts: Okay who peed under the basket? This is a new low.

29. Infamous (Beautiful Idols #3) – Alyson Noel

Thoughts: You will absolutely be forgotten, book.

30. Devils Unto Dust – Emma Berquist

Thoughts: Cool concept but not quite stellar in execution.

31. Winner Take All – Laurie Devore

Thoughts: I’m being flipped off by matches, and I like it.

32. Beyond a Darkened Shore – Jessica Leake

Thoughts: Seriously, what is it about crows that makes them so incredibly popular for book covers? Are the other birds jealous?

33. Pacifica – Kristen Simmons

Thoughts: Dock and cover.

34. Losing Leah – Tiffany King

Thoughts: Emo.

35. Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King #2) – Tricia Levenseller

Thoughts: Damn.

36. The Forgotten Book – Mecthild Gläser


37. The Precious Dreadful – Steven Parlato

Thoughts: With all the gorgeous silhouettes lately (Sparrow, Jackaby, Unearthly Things), this is rather bland.

38. Flight Season – Marie Marquardt

Thoughts: This is the most I’ve ever been into birdwatching.

39. Love Scene, Take Two – Alex Evansley

Thoughts: Clearly stealing absolutely everything about the concept from Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments. I hate when people don’t choose my fave cover in Swoon Reads voting.

40. Bound to You – Alyssa Brandon

Thoughts: Swoon Reads, when the best cover option by far is reminiscent of Twilight, try again.

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. Brie’s Results – Dawn Chapman

Thoughts: While I’m laughing at the cover in general, it’s specifically sad that the author’s name is nowhere to be found. Oops.

2. The Builders – Tonya Cannariato

Thoughts: It’s like Fantasia. Only terrible.

3. Mirror Shattered (Mirror Series #2) – K.G. Stutts

Thoughts: It always burns me even worse when shitty covers don’t even bother to have standard book cover proportions.

One response to “Cover Snark (235): Love, Life, and the Snark”

  1. Mary says:

    I have so many thoughts!

    -Clearly publishers should use you in their cover focus group.
    -I also get really mad when my fave swoon reads cover loses.
    -The Forgotten Book cover is GORGEOUS. I enjoyed The Book Jumper (didn’t love it, but it was enjoyable), and this cover makes me want to read this one too.
    -Can’t they just take out the stock photo in The Queen’s Rising?? Show off those constellations instead!
    -Why do all the Ravenspire books have different cover styles? Could they not find a good direction? It’s a shame because the endpapers are amazing.
    -Everless. I thought we got rid of the Ever nonsense titles.
    -Voices in the Air looks like a knockoff The Names They Gave Us. *side eye*
    -I feel like the Charlotte Holmes books all have unusual color combos.
    -Oh so many crows.
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