Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish, and currently hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl
This time we’re talking cover changes.
Most of the time, I dislike cover changes. I’m one of those book nerds who wants all of a series to match so my shelf looks nice (shallow, I know). But, every once in awhile, I do like a cover change. Sometimes I like them better than the original. Rarely. Almost never.
Today, I’ve got five books whose cover changes I liked and five that I hated.
Let’s break it down…
Cover Changes I Loved
The Witchlands series – Susan Dennard. This is probably the most recent of the cover changes. I like these the most because they aren’t that different from the original covers, but are re-styled so that they match the cover for Bloodwitch. The most exciting part? The books are being re-released in hardcover with the new illustrations so the obsessed among us can fix their collections.
Off Campus series – Elle Kennedy. Honestly….I’m just happy I can read these in public now. That’s all.
The Royals series – Rachel Hawkins. This one not only got a new cover, but the first book got a new title as well. The first book’s original cover was very plain and I ADORE the new illustrated covers. The new covers actually make me want to read the series.
The Mortal Instruments paperback editions – Cassandra Clare. I love these new covers. They end up with a wider range of characters on the covers of this series with the new cover and it comes off as less….2009? And as an added bonus, I don’t feel as awkward carrying around half-naked Jace if I want to reread City of Bones. Now, if they could do the same for the hardcover editions…..
The ABSURD number of Harry Potter Editions. These aren’t “changes” per se. You can still buy brand-new books with the original covers. But there are a GAZILLION special editions with new covers coming out every five minutes and they are all amazing. I mean, these are all coming out now because they know that The Potter Generation are mostly adults with disposable income and still trash for all things Hogwarts. Will I continue to buy the Illustrated Editions and the UK House Editions? YEPPPPPP.
Cover Changes I Hated
The Diviners – Libba Bray. The. Most. Frustrating. Series. Covers. Of. All. Time. Every single book has gotten a cover change FOR NO REASON. The first one was gorgeous, the second one was …meh, the third one was good enough. They stuck with the same design for the final book, The King of Crows, and honestly, thank God, because I would have gone BEAST MODE on someone if they had changed the covers again. And of course they adjusted all of the previous books’ covers to match the new style, but only the paperbacks. And there’s a random, awful third cover of the first book floating around in paperback that I ended up with when I tried to buy the matching cover. Long story short, THIS IS MY FAVORITE SERIES. THE COVERS DON’T MATCH. I WILL BE MAD UNTIL I DIE. Thank you for coming to my TED Talk.
The Cainsville series – Kelley Armstrong. First two books match. Third got a new cover. Fourth got a new cover and the fifth matches. ASDFGHJKLKJHFDLKF WHYYYYYY???
Seafire series – Natalie C. Parker. This is a travesty. Because the first cover is STUNNING. And the cover for the second book is…….not. Just No. My dislike is strong with this one.
Shadow and Bone/Grisha Trilogy – Leigh Bardugo. I’m just mad about this one because they changed the paperbacks after I had purchased two of them with the old covers. I even like the new covers but OMG COULD YOU HAVE WAITED?!
Ember in the Ashes series – Sabaa Tahir. This one isn’t that bad – the spines still match and it keeps the original type and color scheme. But WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS HALF WAY THROUGH THE SERIES?!?!
That’s it for me today! Did you have any cover changes that you loved? Or hated? Let me know down in the comments!
See you next time!