Top Ten Book Covers I Wish I Could to Redesign

Posted November 11, 2013 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 22 Comments


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

I’m a firm believer in the power of an awesome book cover. While we all wish we could place ourselves in the category of those who do not judge books by their covers, we all do it. It might not make us decide whether or not to read a book, but it almost always creates a feeling within that you expect the novel to have. Sometimes this just does not happen. And sometimes… it’s just ugly. Here are the top ten book covers I wish I could redesign.


Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Vampire Academy by Richelle Meade

She just has this really weird look one her face… and the shadow over her other eye is just weird. *shrug*

Don't Turn Around (PERSEF0NE, #1)

Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

It’s just creepy. And the hand looks weird.

You Are Mine (Mine, #1)

You Are Mine by Janeal Falor

It’s not just this one. I want to redesign all book covers that are just a pretty face and nothing else. Where is the creativity?

Inhuman (Fetch, #1)

Inhuman by Kat Falls

It looks like it’s trying to be Divergent.

Phoenix Overture (Newsoul, #2.5)

Phoenix Overture by Jodi Meadows

I really, really wish the designers had not decided to give Sam a face. I liked dreaming him up in my own mind, and he looks nothing like this guy. It kind of ruined it for me, and I have been lacking the motivation to read it.

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Will someone please tell me why this cover is a good one? It’s boring, and I don’t like how Jodi’s quote is meant to be a part of the design along with John’s prestige-ness.

Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven (Delirium, #0.5, #1.5, #2.5)

Delirium Stories by Lauren Oliver

It looks like a bunch of clip art flowers haphazardly stuck together. Not good.

Sloppy Firsts (Jessica Darling, #1)

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

The focus is on the legs. Why? I hear so many amazing things bout this series, that the cover of the first one should probably be nice.

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

I really like the typography, but the girl looks creepy and the dress is really ugly.

Twinmaker (Twinmaker, #1)

Twinmaker by Sean Williams

This cover is just not attractive, and I’m not a fan of the font.

So, how do you feel about these covers? Agree? Disagree? Which ones did you pick?

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22 responses to “Top Ten Book Covers I Wish I Could to Redesign

  1. I totally agree about Vampire Academy! That one made my list. And the Jessica Darling series is SO good, but those covers don’t do it any justice. It doesn’t capture what those books are about AT ALL!! I like that TFIOS is totally recognizable. I could be on the other side of a football field and know that someone was holding that book. BUT year I don’t really understand it and I don’t like the whole “New York Times Bestseller” being part of the design. I don’t think I’ve ever see that kind of stuff incorporated like that. Weird.

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  2. I agree with you on the one about The Fault in our Stars. Honestly, I’ve seen much better fan-arts on Tumblr. Have you seen the black cover? It’s the Australian, I believe. What I would do to grab a copy of that!

  3. Pauline @ Fathomless Reveries

    The Fault in Our Stars also made it into my list! The Australian cover of it is gorgeous, though. I’d love to grab a copy of that!

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  4. YES! VA needs to be redesigned and badly!!
    I kind of like the cover for Wither. I don’t know why she looks like she’s floating, but I like the colors and how they’re all muted.
    But OMG the cover for You Are Mine…. I actually just studied that like, right now, and… it looks like her face was mirrored. Her eyes look equally too far apart inside of her eyelids like they’re angled outward. It’s weird! And doesn’t look like a realistic picture at all.
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  5. Jan

    Would definitely agree about The Vampire Academy – what is it with all these supernatural books getting such cheesy covers? I was put off reading The Chicagoland Vampire books for such a long time because the covers were so bad. Merit is supposed to be badass and the girl on the cover looks like a little girl could take her sword from her!
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