Cover Talk #2. I love the book, but I hate the cover.

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Cover Talk is a feature, where I talk about covers. Beautiful covers and ugly covers. Covers that I love and covers that I hate. Covers that lured me to read a story and covers that were a reason I passed a book. This feature was inspired by Cover Fever at Reader’s Den

A while ago I started a discussion here that bad cover does not equal bad book. Today I want to talk about my favorite books which have awful covers.

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern


I’ve read this book (actually listened to the audiobook) a long time ago. Long before the movie. I loved it. It’s a book with sad undertones which sneak up on you. I loved the format of the book (it’s written in messages, letters) and I was very invested in main characters and their relationship. This audiobook was a present, so I hadn’t seen the cover before I started to listen to it. I didn’t like the cover at all (still hate it), so I probably wouldn’t pick this book. I haven’t seen the movie. Movie trailer gave me impression that they made it into a funny but mindless romantic comedy while the book in my opinion is deeper, sadder; and it has more substance.

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend (The DUFF) by Kody Keplinger


I’ve read this book a while ago. Again it was a present. I think I wouldn’t pick it up on my own, because of this cover. In the end I enjoyed this book a lot. It was romantic, sex-positive teenage story. It’s also about friendship and family.

Hero by Samantha Young


I strongly dislike this cover. In my opinion it’s too simplistic and doesn’t tell about this wonderful story at all. I absolutely loved Hero. It’s like Samantha Young wrote this book just for me. I love romance and I read a lot of books in this genre, but this story has a special spot in my heart. Samantha Young like no one can write delicious sexual tension and build-up to actual relationship. And this is my favorite part in romance. There is angst in Hero, but somehow it makes sense; I’m sure even those of you who don’t like angst would enjoy this book.

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street #1) by Samantha Young


I was so late to finally start this series. One of the reasons was this very unappealing cover. I don’t know why, but for a long time I thought that the cover shows a girl who smokes, and a jet of cigarette smoke. Only recently I realized that there is actually a girl kissing a guy, who is behind her. Does anyone else see a smoking girl here or was it just my hallucinations?
Anyway I liked this book. It has interesting heroine, strong alpha-hero, fantastic romance. It also deals with several serious topics.

Do you have any favorite books with covers that you can’t stand?

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12 Comments on “Cover Talk #2. I love the book, but I hate the cover.

  1. This is a fun feature! I’m such a huge cover snob and, even though I know you really shouldn’t, I totally judge books by their covers. More often than not for me, it seems to be that I love love love a cover and then I read the book and I’m all “meh.” But I’ve definitely had the reverse happen, even if I can’t think of an example right now. I love both of the Samantha Young books, btw. Hero was incredible and, you’re right, that cover does the story absolutely no justice, even if I don’t exactly dislike the cover. I, too, was late to the On Dublin Street series and I’ve never particularly cared for the cover of most of the books in the series if I’m being totally honest. Now, the UK versions? Flipping gorgeous.

  2. Omg I saw the smoking girl INSTANTLY! I didn’t even see that she’s kissing someone until you pointed that out. XD So you’re not alone, ehheeh.
    I’m not a real big fan of The DUFF cover either?! I just don’t much like faces on covers! And I like covers that sum up what the story is about, and The DUFF one doesn’t do that at all. D:
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  3. Oh I love this feature idea! I love to talk about covers, even the ugly ones hahah. I agree with you about The Duff’s cover- I will fully admit to being turned off by it STILL. I agree that I hate all of these covers, but I don’t know the stories well enough to cast judgment 😉 I shall now go look at my favorite books to see if their covers are awful! So I really did not like the original covers for the Unwind series. They’re better now, but ugh, they were bad. Mostly though it looks like the covers I haven’t liked have been boring as opposed to downright awful. I now worry that I HAVE been judging books by their covers 😉
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  4. I must admit, I always judge a book by it’s cover. I think most of us readers do. We’re such visual creatures and need that initial attraction to lure us in. None of those covers appeal to me either sadly, but by far one of the worst ones I own is the Aussie Shatter Me series covers. They look horribly Photoshopped and just all round eww.

    I think we tend to equate bad covers with poorly written books sadly. I think it’s important for authors to invest in a good cover artist to get their work out there and seen. Unfortunately readers need that visual to stop and click in the first place. Great discussion Ksenia, really enjoyed it <3
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  5. I haven’t read any of these books yet but I have to agree that some of these are pretty awful covers… I don’t mind the Love, Rosie cover. It looks a little bit retro and the colours are weird.. but I don’t think it’s that bad. It also seems like a super interesting book and I’m glad to hear that it was just as good on audiobook!

  6. I have to admit that I am a complete cover snob. I tend not to read books if I think the cover is ugly ¬.¬ Mainly because there’s so many good covers out there now – it makes no sense that some of these covers still sport a half naked man. Glad to hear how looking past the exterior allowed you to find some great reads, though!
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  7. Nope I do not see smoke..lol. I hate when the cover doesn’t reflect the story. Like something modern on a historical novel, or a western dude on a city romance..those type of things. If it is an author I read I tend to ignore it, but if I am scrolling the cover catches my eye first. Then I read the synopsis.

  8. I’m not a huge fan of the cover for The Duff either, the diagonal letters are a little odd to me and the bubble she’s blowing is distracting. I think On Dublin Street could be better too, it’s mostly a shot of her throat, but I loved that book something fierce! I loved Hero as well, though I do like that cover from an artistic standpoint:)

  9. I’ve only read the Samantha Young books, but I agree! Her covers are off-putting and are a reason why it took me forever to read her books. But they are so good!
    That’s so funny that you didn’t see the kissy couple in the last cover and thought she was smoking! :)
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