This is a meme from The Broke and the Bookish. For info about the topics and how to participate, click here.I was blanking for this week’s freebie topic, until Steph from Cuddlebuggery suggested failed cover redesigns. OH YES. I am prepared to talk about iffy cover redesigns all day erry day. (Though in making this, I’ve discovered there are far more redesigns I’m actually okay with.) Let’s go!
1. Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn
These covers were SO perfect! So whimsical and cute and now we’re left with blahhhhh. I am not amused. I haven’t bought the first book yet but now I am not at all tempted anymore.
2. Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano
This cover was BEYOND perfect. The naked spine as well is all metallic red and awesome. Why… shattering… statues? Why? I mean, I haven’t read the book and I’m much less tempted, but okay.
3. The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Diviners had excellent covers in the US and the UK, and yet BOTH are redesigned for the sequel. And they’re awful. What am I supposed to do with this???
4. Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
WHYYYYY, MACMILLAN, WHYYYY? The original was so simple and haunting and awesome. Whyyyy stupid ugly faces with awkward lipstick??? Whyyyy???
5. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
I’ve spoken about my hatred for this cover change more times than I can count. It’s unforgivable.
6. The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar
Honestly, I thought the original cover was PERFECT. It was so cute and whimsical and really communicated the contemporary-like feel of this paranormal book. The redesign is a mess of colors and just wut even.
7. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
This one’s only a slight change, but seriously, the original was PERFECT. I loved the color palette, the muted tones and everything… It made it a bit more unique imho. Now it’s just… meh.
8. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
So beautiful and witchy, and then so awkward and bright and =/
9. Crewel by Gennifer Albin
To be honest, I’m not completely in love with the original anymore, but it sure as hell was a lot more unique than the redesign. When the redesign was announced, I actually rushed out to buy the original. I regret nothing.
10. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
The only change here was the colors, but WHY. IN GOD’S NAME. The original had a classic fantasy/medieval look. Sophisticated. Beautiful. PURPLE AND GREEN?!??! I have the purple monstrosity on my shelf and I’m not happy about it.