Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is a cover theme freebie, so I picked Top Five Cover Changes I Loved and Top Five Cover Changes I Didn’t Like.
Everyone has an opinion on cover changes, and no matter whether you love the new design or prefer the old one everyone (likely) agrees that there is nothing more annoying than when a series changes covers halfway through. For this week’s free cover themed pick I thought it was the perfect time to talk about some of the best and worst (in my opinion) cover changes, all halfway through a series.
Top Five Cover Changes I Loved
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
If I’d have discovered this book when it still had the original cover I highly doubt I would have picked it up. To say I’m not a fan seems too little; the models look fake, a little like Barbie dolls, and it freaks me out. Plus I love the bright colours they used for the new cover design.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I’m not sure what look they were going for with the original cover, but the model doesn’t look vicious enough to be considered Adarlan’s greatest assassin. The new cover design definitely shows a more badass version of Celaena, and it fits the story much better as well.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
The original cover could literally belong to any YA contemporary book, in fact if I’d have seen that cover first I likely would have kept this book on my to-read list for much longer. The new design gives me more of a sense of wanderlust, being set in Paris, and stands out from all the others.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Normally I don’t mind models on covers, if they fit with the story being told. Looking at the original cover I don’t feel it fits Shatter Me and when I look at the model I don’t see Juliette either. I like the optical illusion in the new design, of the trees as eyelashes and the waterfall as tears.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
When it comes to the new design there’s not really anything I don’t like. The Mortal Instruments series has had so many cover designs and re-designs, and what makes these ones stand out so much for me is the image on the spines which is only complete when you own the whole collection.
Top Five Cover Changes I Didn’t Like
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
This may just be me being petty because I owned the first two books in the original covers before they changed the design halfway through the series, but putting that to the side for the moment I still prefer the original design to the new one. It just suits the series more in my opinion.
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Normally I’d prefer the new cover design, because it conveys a sense of action more than the original, but that’s not who Kestrel is. She’s not a fighter in the first book, she’s a girl who wears fancy dresses, attends fancy parties, and battles with her words rather than weapons.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Potentially this is a case of me being petty again because I have the first book in the original cover and the second in the new one, but I love the subtle details in the original design you have to actively search for, like the figure in the H of ‘Ashes’. In comparison the new cover looks dull and dreary.
White Cat by Holly Black
I read this book ages ago, but from what I remember the original cover design fit the story so much better. The new cover could be a generic one from any fantasy book, and it doesn’t really do anything to convey the dark gritty feel of White Cat.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The original cover is the one I own and so automatically going to be my favourite, but the new design just feels cramped. There is so much going on, and while it conveys the busy feel of the circus accurately I’m not a fan of the new silhouettes they’ve designed for Marco and Celia.
So what do you think? Did you take part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, if so let me know what you picked for this week’s themed free-for-all, or what covers changes you loved and hated.