Let’s be honest, nobody follows the age-old cliché that tells us not to judge a book by its covers. If you say you do, I am side-eying you. Book covers are the first thing that attracts any of us readers to a book. Before you pick up a book, the cover can essentially make or break a book. If I don’t like a cover design, I won’t pick it up. Lucky for us, publishing companies publish different cover designs, especially when a paperback book comes out. Sometimes we like it, sometimes we don’t. Let’s discuss these cover changes, shall we?
Today, we look at the cover of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas!
This is a no-brainer. The paperback has the superior cover. Hands down! Just look at it!
I just love everything about it — the detail in her outfit (so frickin’ awesome and gorgeous); her hair whipping to the side; her armor, her belts, her weapon holders; the way she’s wielding her swords; and the way she looks like she’s stalking out from a fog, ready to kick ass! AHHHH. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Seriously, she is armed to the T. I don’t know why, but her bare feet makes her even more awesome. That stealth. I would not want to cross her path.
Whereas, the hardcover fails to leave an impression on me. Sure, the dagger attached to her biceps is kind of cool and all, but that’s about it. The way she’s positioned with her head turned towards the reader and her hand tightened into a fist is really awkward. It just look like she’s flexing her muscles. Like what even? Does she want an arm wrestle or something?
The paperback is a major upgrade. You better agree with me or we will have words. ;)
Which cover design do you prefer? Is there anything you would change in the covers?