I am a shameless “judge a book by its cover” reader. A book cover can make me read a book, or it can make me completely ignore it. I’m sorry, but it’s true. So I had to take part in this Top Ten Tuesday prompt and share with you guys cover redesigns that I loved and hated.
Cover Redesigns I Loved
I will be upfront and say that if I had first seen the first cover, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up. Call me judgey but I love the new cover a bajillion times more.
I loved the rest of the series with the redesign. Holy crap, it makes Celaena Sardothien someone not to mess with.
Don’t get me wrong, I fell in love with the first cover when I saw the book. But the white background in the redesign gives the cover such a crisp look. you can see the bloody red of the budding roses and the details, just ahhhhh.
I actually wasn’t so sure how I felt about the redesign, but now seeing it more, I’m warming up to it. The design is so instricate.
The first cover looks nice as well, but I love the water surface and the play of light on the water surface in the second redesign.
Cover Redesigns I Hated
Ok, hate is a big word. I think it’s more like didn’t like.
A while ago, our school library had a table full of discarded books that students are allowed to pick up and take home. This book was lying in the pile, but I didn’t even recognize it because of the new cover. I didn’t register that it was Jandy Nelson’s book, and I was just like NOPE. Don’t get me wrong, the second cover is quite pretty and more complicated than the first one, but I feel like I get turned off when the cover has a model/real person in the picture.
I just like the first one. The design is so simple, and for some reason, it seems to fit the whole idea of Charlie being a wallflower.
Ok, truth be told, I feel like these two covers give you a different idea of what the story is about: a honey-coated version of the city of Sarajevo versus a dilapidated version of its bomb-infested streets. I know the redesign gives you a better grasp of what the story is about, and that’s the version that we got for English class. But I feel like I would’ve liked to read the book more had I gotten the original design.
I LOVED THE ORIGINAL DESIGN. When I saw it in the bookstore, I had to buy it. I saw the redesign first, but when I saw the original cover design of the book sitting on the book shelf, I literally took it and ran to the cashier register. True story. The art is just beautiful and it fits the whole ancient Greek mythology vibe. I love the covers and patterns, which I haven’t seen in any other books I own.