August 29, 2014 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover


Inspired by What She ReadsPure Imagination Blog, and Stacked.

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.

(A big special thanks to Georgie at What She Reads for bestowing me this fabulous name and to Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews for creating the beautiful feature banner you see before you.)


COVER CHANGE: The Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

What do I think about the cover design? Boring. So much white space.

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.

What do I think about the cover design? Soooo into this.

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.

Which cover design do you prefer? Would you buy the hardcover or paperback cover? 


4 Responses to “HOLY, MOTHER COVER! | Changes in The Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead”

  1. LOVE THIS FEATURE! I dislike how “Vampire Academy” is apart of the blurb because it seems unnecessary when it’s clearly printed on the cover. I do love the red hues of the PB!

  2. Jillyn says:

    I definitely love the PB one more. The HB one is so boring looking. It would never grab my attention on a shelf, assuming I hadn’t already known I wanted it.

  3. The hardback cover was so lazy. What was even up with the random placement of the face and the weird blue waves. It just made no sense to me and oh look birds, wow. It’s just telling me SO much about the story.

    I really like that background for the paperback because the colours are nice and ooo sparkly. Plus she looks badass with the coat and the gun in her hand. Now that’s telling the readers something about the book. Even though I feel pretty meh about the outline of the author’s name because I don’t think the typography is fabulous but it’s such an improvement over the hardback.

  4. Wayne E. says:

    Who’s the artist responsible for the second cover? Love the artwork! E.

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