August 28, 2015 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover


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I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?

Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe), and discuss cover changes.

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COVER CHANGE:  Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott

What do I think about the cover design? SO MUCH LOVE.

If I could, I would write sonnets about the gorgeousness of this cover design. I love it so much. It looks unlike the historical fiction covers I’ve seen, which makes this cover feel fresh and unique. I’m very in love with two things: 1. the silhouette of the tiger with the girl inside (it’s a gorgeous effect, and I love the incorporation of the title into the cover design) and 2. the typography (it’s perfectly aligned around the silhouette). This cover is one of the main reasons I wanted to read it.

Would I buy this book based on the cover? YES YES YES.

What do I think about the cover design? Such a letdown.

Nothing can top the original cover. I feel disappointed with this new cover design of Da Vinci’s Tiger because it doesn’t give me the same excitement and uniqueness that the original one did. I’m less inclined to pick it up. However, I understand the direction they’re going with. It definitely does exude more of that Renaissance period that the book’s set in and the art that’s a big focus. This cover won’t confuse you—you expect historical fiction when you see it.

Would I buy this book based on the cover? No thank you. 

Final Verdict: The original cover design. Hands down. No question. Now I’ll just weep in the corner because we don’t get the original one.

Which cover design do you prefer? Would you buy the original cover design or the new one? 


12 Responses to “HOLY, MOTHER COVER! | Changes in Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliott”

  1. Ooooh yeah I definitely love the old one way more! :D

  2. Katherine says:

    I loved the old one! It really pulled me in and made me want to read the summary when I first saw it, but the new one looks like some basic YA historical fiction novel.

  3. Sam says:

    I definitely like the old cover more…I don’t think I’d pick this up if I saw the new cover in my B&N or something. :(

  4. Sabrina says:

    WHYYYYY? The new cover looks like so many others. In fact, I would guess that this book was published a few years ago based on style. I adored the original one for all the reasons that you mentioned. Super bummed. :(

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  6. Annie says:

    im with you on this as well cee! the old cover was soo pretty and creative. the new cover just doesn’t make me want to read it at all. i’m OBSESSED with the typography on the first one and the idea to have a tiger cutout is so creative. it’s a cover unlike any other i’ve seen and when it comes to cover, uniqueness is GOOD. but you’re right, at least the new one is more indicative of a historical fiction. although even though i might not immediately associate historical fiction with the first cover, i think after reading the synopsis i’d get it as the girl does kinda have a more traditional type of makeup look and hairstyle going on.

  7. Christina says:

    I agree so completely! It was such a let down when I saw they changed it! I’m still in denial and refuse to completely accept it.

  8. I noticed the other day that they changed it and I got sad. I definitely like the original cover better. I can maybe understand why they did the change to go along with the other historical fiction covers, but really they should have stayed unique.

  9. Sarah J. says:

    Definitely the original cover. I think the old edition is regular run-of-the-mill cover for historical YA fiction. It’s nothing eye-catching.

  10. Shannelle says:

    I think that with the new cover, I’ve seen that cover before. It’s just such a shame to get rid of the old one.

  11. Georgie says:

    Wow, okay I can see what they’ve done with the new cover. They made it just like every other period novel. I love the old cover, such a shame it’s been redesigned. I would totally pick this up alone based on the cover but now not so much.

  12. Alexa S. says:

    I had NO idea they were changing up the cover for Da Vinci’s Tiger! I fell in love with the original cover; it was so unique and so striking. The new cover is nice, but it makes me think of Philippa Gregory; her novels have very similar covers.

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