Wonderful Books with Awful Covers

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238 books · 199 voters · list created June 17th, 2010 by Bry (votes) .
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message 1: by Bry (last edited Jun 17, 2010 01:04PM) (new)

Bry Everything I voted for I have 5 stars! LOL! Yet they had meh to AWFUL covers!

Lord, why did they have to put a Fabio look alike on the cover of On the Edge ??


message 2: by Derya (new)

Derya http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/53...

Have you checked out the list?


message 3: by Bry (new)

Bry Well damn, now why didn't that come up when I searched 'bad cover'! Booo. Oh well, heres to another! :D Let's start on a new page!


message 4: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Aww, no love for Kate's books? I actually have no problem with those covers. And I think the only bad thing about Rose's book is the floating Fabio head. I like her model though.


message 5: by Katyana (last edited Jun 17, 2010 02:11PM) (new)

Katyana I like Kate's books now that I am into them, but I admit that I passed MAGIC BITES by on the shelf more than a few times before I was finally bored enough to give it a whirl.

Another one I have been passing by for ages (until just recently) was MOON CALLED. There is something about the angle of her head and the thickness of her neck that reads so anatomically wrong to me that the cover made me cringe.


message 6: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Hmm, I have to say Kate's covers never bothered me. And looking through my books I'm finding it hard to find any that I don't like. I don't know if that's because I'm easy to please when it comes to the covers, or bad cover art has affected my reading decisions! Hmm, interesting thought ...


message 7: by Bry (new)

Bry Kate's covers just don't do the story justice...a bit to pieced together in photoshop looking for my taste! (although they are way better than the UK versions you showed us Shannon!)

MOON CALLED by Patricia Briggs is great! And her cover art is all by the same arist and are beautiful to me! The Mercy series and Kate series are my favorites!


message 8: by Shannon (new)

Shannon I love the cover art for Moon Called, and all of Mercy's books. Aww, and I like the kitty on Summon the Keeper.

You know what though? I was finding a lot of books that I thought had bad covers that I DIDN'T like. Lol, I think another poll needs to be made.


message 9: by Bry (new)

Bry We need polls for everything!!

The cover art for Moon Called is actually one of my favorites ever. I like the model, the moon, the weres on the gate behind here. I loved it!


message 10: by Shannon (new)

Shannon I also like how here tattoos are shiny - even though they don't stay consistent.


message 11: by Katyana (new)

Katyana I don't mind that they don't stay consistent, and honestly, I like the other covers a lot better. But... possibly I am a snob, because I am blessed enough to be surrounded by art and incredible artists as part of my job... its anatomically wrong. The angle of her head looks like her neck is broken, to me, and her neck looks wider than her jaw. Sorry! And again, it's not the case on any of her other covers. But that one... ugh.

But the book is GREAT!

The kitty on Summon the Keeper is cute. But the whole feel of the cover, I felt like I was borrowing one of my mom's books from the 1970s.


message 12: by Bry (new)

Bry Yeah I never got why her tattoos were so inconsistent. Or even there for that matter. In the book the only one she ever mentions is the coyote paw.

The angel of her head looks ok to me, but I see what you are talking about Katyana in terms of her neck/jaw ratio! LOL! It's huge in comparison! Just never noticed!


message 13: by AH (new)

AH Haven't read all those books yet. But from what I hear from all of you, they're great. And you are right, I probably wouldn't have even touched those books just looking at those covers.


message 14: by Bry (new)

Bry Are you talking about the Kate series AH? If so, I do highly recommend them! :D


message 15: by AH (new)

AH Oh, I will definitely marathon them soon. I bought them last week and I am waiting for school to be over.


message 16: by Bry (new)

Bry Marathon'ing them is a great idea!! :D They don't have big cliff hangers or anything but they are good enough that you want to read them one after the other!


message 17: by Laura (new)

Laura Ilona Andrews' On the Edge has the same guy, same picture as Joy Nash's Immortals The Crossing (The Immortals 6) by Joy Nash too funny!


message 18: by Bry (new)

Bry Laurie-Highland Hussy wrote: "Ilona Andrews' On the Edge has the same guy, same picture as Joy Nash's Immortals The Crossing (The Immortals 6) by Joy Nash too funny!"

Holy cow that's hilarious!! :D


message 19: by Laura (new)

Laura I know right? If only he were super hot, then I don't think we'd mind! lol


message 20: by Laura Lulu (new)

Laura Lulu I love the Mercy covers. And I read somewhere that her tattoos change because each one holds clues to what that book will be about. Wolves, fae, vamps, etc. I've read them all from the library & didn't hear this until after I read the latest, so I didn't get to check it out. :(


message 21: by Laura (new)

Laura I like the Mercy covers too :)I didn't know that about her tattoos either..cool.

I absolutely LOVE Kresley Cole, but the cover for Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night (Immortals After Dark, #4) by Kresley Cole
is just awful! I love this book as one of my favorites, but the guy looks so stupid...I just want to cut his weird hair!


message 22: by Sam (new)

Sam Sigelakis-Minski I love the covers of the Patricia Briggs' series Mercedes Thompson. I do not understand why any of them would be on here; Dan Dos Santos is a kick ass artist.


message 23: by Emy (new)

Emy What the heck is the basis for some of these "awful" covers? Some of them are, yeah, but a lot of them aren't that bad or aren't bad at all. Sevenwaters, Archangel, Mooncalled, Inkheart, City of Bones, Hawksong, and Warbreaker, among others, have great or alright covers. Dan Dos Santos and John Jude Palencar are amazing artists, and to see their covers categorized as "awful" is REALLY sad.


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