Judging Books By Their Covers (part 2)

Yesterday, I commented on books whose covers and titles I really felt captured the essences of the books their were trying to sell.

Today, I rant about covers that aren’t accurate.

Note: Every book posted here is really good. Follow the links in the titles to read the synopses and buy them. I’m just complaining about inaccurate covers, not bad books.

There are a few types of inaccurate covers.

Most of the problems I have with covers share a common denominator: though they draw me in, they don’t sell me the book they’re protecting. They are interesting by virtue of a pretty model or drawing on the cover, not because they represent the story they are supposed to.

When a publisher acts like a pretty girl or a dramatic dress is enough, no matter the plot of the book:

Angel Burn by L. A. Weatherly

cover angel burn

 Since a large portion of this book is people camping in the woods, I think it is a safe bet that she never breaks out a fancy dress and a wind machine.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

cover VA

 It looks like a badly done selfie.

Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter

cover born at midnight

Why is she standing in a tree?

Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

cover across a star swept sea

 That dress is now ruined.

  Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

cover shatter me dress

 This dress isn’t even pretty.


When a physically strong female character who spends a large portion of the series in fight scenes is depicted in a way that makes her look like a model and eliminates any hint of warrior spirit:

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

cover alice in zombieland

She becomes a BAMF, not a confused girl in a lacy dress.

Die for Me by Amy Plum

cover die for me

The amount to which this cover does not match the protagonist is astounding.

When the cover designer just chooses a random dramatic object and runs with it, acting as if it as something to do with the series:

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

cover shatter me

She doesn’t do magic with her eyes. Seriously.

(This book shows up twice. Neither cover was good.)

 Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

cover halfblood

There might be one scene with a flower in it.


When the cover of the book just doesn’t match the inside aesthetically:

Shadowland by Meg Cabot

book 1

 She’s an awkward high school student dealing with ghosts. Not whatever this is.


When the image on the cover DID NOT HAPPEN. EVER.

Out of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys

cover out of the easy both

Neither of these.

Are there any books I missed? Feel free to suggest more in the comments.

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