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.
COVER CHANGE: The Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead
I just don’t understand what this cover is trying to portray. The coloring and the overall design made me think it’s set in a futuristic society (which it is, so go me!). However, nothing is going on with this cover. A flock of birds and a face of a woman covered by blue smoke-like effect? It doesn’t evoke any excitement or desire to want to read it. It’s just so boring, and it definitely wouldn’t catch my attention if I saw it on a shelf at a bookstore. What else is there to say about this cover?
Would I buy this book based on the cover? No way.
Sure, this is a cover you see for this genre, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t badass. It totally is. The coloring and texture of the background is soo pretty; I feel a sense of warmth and fierceness. I love that it looks like the model is conjuring the effect, and that her stance says “I’m badass. I’m here to save the city.”
I have two issues with the cover though. The first is the placement of the blurb and the “#1 New York Times Bestselling Author.” The space is being used awkwardly because of the lack of one. And the second is the gray-ish green outline around the white fill in Richelle Mead’s name. It doesn’t do anything like make the name pop.
Would I buy this book based on the cover? Sure.
I will definitely choose the paperback cover over the hardcover one. At least that cover has personality and badassery.