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Book covers that give me pet peeves

Hello there!

We all get told never to judge a book on it’s cover. But let’s face it there are just some book covers that we just dislike. And although the book may be good the cover takes away from the beauty of the story. Behold! I am here to list some of the covers I personally dislike. Feel free to disagree but this is a just a list of 10 that I don’t really like much.

DEVIATE by JAY KRISTOFF 

The cover for Lifelike was cool but the American version was so much better. Same goes for Deviate. The Australian versions of both Deviate and Lifelike don’t suit each other like the other US editions.

LOSERS BRACKET by CHRIS CRUTCHER 

I got the ARC of this and I thought the cover might look better when published but the font and cover illustration is completely different to what the story is about.

WARCROSS by MARIE LU 

My favourite book ever^^ But the american version’s font just looks so much worse than the australian edition. The version given to me by the Inky Awards was so much better. There was a lot of backlash with the American version when the cover was revealed.

GENUINE FRAUD by E. LOCKHART 

This is a crime story and seriously you’d think they’d pick another image for a cover than cut hair.

PAPER CRANES DON’T FLY by PETER VU 

A fantastic and poignant book worthy of the Inky Awards trophy but the cover like Loser’s Bracket doesn’t do the book justice. The book is about a kid with a brain tumour and it would make you full on ugly cry. Maybe a different font or maybe a different cover background would make the book really stand out!

BYE BEAUTIFUL by JULIA LAWRINSON 

A modern Australian classic but the cover colours and the illustration don’t do the story justice. This book was published in 2006 so maybe a 10+ year edition revamp could be in the works?

THE BOOK THIEF by MARKUS ZUSAK 

Look I haven’t read the Book Thief but I have no idea what the book has to do with dominos. Also the fonts could’ve been enlarged. The movie edition version is much better and I love that copy a lot.

THE HOST by STEPHENIE MEYER 

Twilight’s book covers work but….. this one doesn’t. The whole thing with the eye (and yes I am aware that is a whole thing in the story) just doesn’t work for the cover. Also I have a massive pet peeve of lower case titles so….

I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU by ALLY CARTER

Okay so yet again we get lower case capitals for the authors name and we get Every Word In The Title Written Like This and also the magazine cutouts in the title. Also I really hate when people’s bodies are on front covers in school uniforms and super short skirts. It’s just a big no for me, it’s a pet peeve of mine. I’m sure the book is great though 🙂

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS by SARA SHEPARD 

So much praise but yet again the doll on the front cover! And yes I am aware it’s all to do with metaphors and stuff but it’s just a pet peeve of people on the front cover of books.

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What book covers do you dislike? Write down below 😉

Also don’t come @ me this is just my personal opinion feel free to disagree if you like the covers 🙂

6 comments

zitongbooks

I agree with you about Warcross. I’ve always felt that lots of Marie Lu’s book covers never did her justice.

11th Jul, 19
sylvs

Agreed. Thankfully the font casing for "Marie Lu" was changed for Australia's book release :) I guess that's good news! Hopefully her book covers would improve in the future :D

12th Jul, 19
inky Centre for Youth Literature

ooh pet peeve with lower case titles. I love this post. I hope some publishers read it. Publishers of YA should have a Teen Advisory Board.

12th Jul, 19
sylvs

Thanks Inky :) You have no idea how much it breaks my heart when I see lower case letters when it should be capitalised. If it's in a text format in a book then it's fine but when I see it in other unnecessary places in a book or on the front cover then I go crazy!

12th Jul, 19
spidergwen

i hate all those covers but i tell you "i love you but then i would have to kill you" is a good book but that is my opinion

29th Jul, 19
sylvs

YASSSS!!! Bad book cover hating buddies XD I really want to read that though despite the cover!!

29th Jul, 19