Now I know we like to complain about book cover changes, rage on Twitter and shake our fists at the powers that be. Trust me, I'm usually one of the most vocal. But this isn't about the why, who knows, or the debate on if they should, they shouldn't. This is me, dreaming of what could have been. Wishing for the book covers that never were but maybe should've been.
First up is the series that inspired this post.
The cover for Unspoken is what made me pick up this book. I mean Look at it! Look at the detail! It's one of the most gorgeous covers ever and so unlike anything else on the YA shelves. And it SO encompasses the feel of the book. The whimsy, the wit, the romance, the fairy-tale-ness, and the underlying creepiness, it was just so perfect! Of course there's nothing WRONG with the new covers, they're perfectly fine, but I miss what they could have been.
Stephanie Perkins' Anna series is probably my absolute favorite Chick-Lit/RomCom out there. And I have to admit, I absolutely love the new covers, BUT I also think the old covers were super cute, and I would've loved to see Isla and Josh on the last hard-cover, and just have the new covers on the paperbacks. I would've bought both sets, just sayin'.
The Cahill Witch Chronicles
The Cahill Witch Chronicles
It's quite possible that Born Wicked is my favorite cover ever. From the moment I saw this cover, I just KNEW I had to read the book (which was awesome, btdubz). This was one of those sad cases where the big bad Barnes and Noble stepped in and forced the publisher to change the covers because the first was just too scandalous. I mean you can see her knees! *GASP* Seriously, this infuriates me! Born Wicked is stunning. STUNNING! And again, the next two are nice covers, but they've just got nothin' on the first. Now I can only dream about what the other two covers could've been . . .
This was another series that I picked up just because I loved the first cover so much. I mean it's so dark and Gothic and Van Helsing-ish!
I love it! And it's so perfect for the story. I wish I had some idea why they decided to change the covers (maybe it wasn't selling well?) I can't imagine why someone would pick up the new covers over the old ones. They're just so ordinary and romance-noveley! *Cries*
Out of all these books, this one may be the hardest for me to understand. I mean, I know this book was doing really, really well, and people ADORED the cover. It was fantastic! And they replaced it with this???
I'm sorry, but this may be one of the worst covers I've ever seen. It's just so corny!! I may have heard more outrage, ok, maybe I participated in the outrage a little, about this book cover change than any other out there. Don't you just want to know what could have been? Maybe if we squint our eyes a little we can make it look better? Ok, maybe not.
How about you?
What book-covers-that-could've-been are you lamenting?
Let me know in the comments, or better yet, write your own post and leave me a link!