Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Top Ten Cover Changes I Had FEELINGS About

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and The Artsy Reader Girl. These are cover changes I both loved and hated, and I'll make a note with each one.

1. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas - This series changed covers after the first book. While I like the feeling the new covers evoke, the character on the cover of book one looks more like the main character.

2. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers - This is an instance when both covers are good, but in different ways. I loved the original covers! I feel like they do a good job of saying 'assassin nuns'. But the new cover art is gorgeous!

3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare - I definitely prefer the new covers for this series. The old ones weren't bad, but the were very 'big chest, chopped off head'. The new covers express more emotion and give a better hint at the story.

4. Royals/Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins - For this book, I definitely like the original cover/title better. The bright pink cover with sparkles and crown gets across the spunky vibe of the main character. That said, the cover/title change does work for book two.

5. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - This cover change was without a doubt for the benefit. The original cover was more to the style of the time, but the new cover is SO MUCH prettier! I love the eyeballs, and I love how the eye style changes to reflect each book.

6. Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios - In this case I prefer the original covers. The new covers are nice, but the original was just so pretty.

7. Across the Universe by Beth Revis - This book actually went through three cover renditions. I like the original cover, with the two figures kissing in space. The second cover isn't horrible, but it's a little tacky. The third cover is cool stylistically, but on the boring side.

8. Poison Princess by Kresley Cole - The new and old covers each have their benefits and drawbacks. The original cover, which I lean towards, gives a good image of the characters, but does fall into the early 2010s 'couple on a cover' trope. The new cover has no character art, but it's very pretty and does a good job of representing the world.

9. Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia - For me, the original cover is much nicer than the paperback. The cover shares the slightly dark story that also has a good romance. The white background on the new cover just doesn't work for me, and it ends up looking a little tacky.

10. Graceling by Kristin Cashore - All in all, this cover design isn't too different. The main thing that changes is the background design. I think the knife works really well on both covers. I feel like the original cover gives it a bit of a historical vibe while the new cover lends itself more towards fantasy. To me, the change actually looks a bit similar to the Grave Mercy cover change. I like the new cover a bit more, only because the background is a bit nicer.

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