Top Ten Tuesday: Book Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

Top Ten Tuesday

TTT is by The Broke and the Bookish. Given our Cover Wars feature, I don’t think I should limit this list to ten …


Funny how YA books by men (even if they are primarily romance) get better covers. *ahem* Basically, I want MG-style illustrated covers for all my YA faves. I have, mercifully, only listed the five off the top of my head.

  1. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: It recently got a new cover, which is only marginally better IMO. I would really just love for Cassandra Jean to work her magic. Maybe in the style that she uses for her incredible Dragon Age Inquisition art.
  2. Fire by Kristin Cashore: It’s not a bad cover, but it’s not the best. I mean, everyone knows Lady Fire is meant to be dark-skinned but the cover makes her skin shine instead. If I could have someone redesign this cover, I think I would choose Claire Hummel who did the historical princesses series and the Indian/Steampunk image I so love.
  3. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan: Well, clearly I favour Ari North’s art– I’ve put her fanart in so many of my posts– but I’d also love to see Victo Ngai illustrate Kami Glass and Sorry in the Vale. I think I would weep quite openly if either one actually got to illustrate the cover for Unspoken.
  4. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray: Who … even … thought … I … gah. *ahem* Anyway, Morgana Wallace does these incredible paper collage illustrations. I’d love for her to do the cover of this one. Or any book on my list for that matter.
  5. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: I don’t like this one and I only like the other one by a fraction. I’d pick Simini Blocker obviously for this one. No other person.


(I like the cover for A Great and Terrible Beauty!) 

Here are my picks!

  1. Emergent by Rachel Cohn
    No matter what anyone else says, I really like the original covers of this series or the cover on the first book. This one however is just hideous. So hideous, in fact, that I lost all desire to read this book. I don’t want to look at the silver scantily clad people and that sinister figure on top of a hill. It just turns my stomach so yes, this would get redesigned.
  2. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
    We’ve all spoken at length about how disappointing this cover is.
  3. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
    The book is lovely. One of my favourites of 2014 in fact. The cover is most assuredly not.
  4. Spirit and Dust by Rosemary Clement-Moore
    I enjoyed this book a lot. The cover to another edition is lovely. This one, while more accurately portraying the character, is one step away from the hideousness of Emergent. 
  5. The MadMan’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
    There is so much potential in a story that is based on The Island of Dr. Moreau and this is the cover they come up with. Feh.


I will mention only two. These two have annoyed me for years.

Item one: Howl’s Moving Castle. I have seen over a dozen covers for Howl’s Moving Castle, and none of them are worthy of the book. (Just my DWJ-mad opinion. But I’m right.) Many of Diana Wynne Jones’s books have suffered from awful covers, although fortunately this is a generalization and not the rule. Thank goodness for fanart!


Item two: The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope. The first cover isn’t so bad, and the second at least incorporates the wonderful illustrations that are in the book, but why oh why would anyone create – accept – publish – the latter two? The third cover belongs on a cheesy pre-teen “historical” romance novel, the sort with a vapid, decorative heroine who feels instead of thinks. The fourth, well… whoever threw that together had obviously not been allowed to actually read the book.