May 22, 2015 • 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.

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US versus UK: Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

What do I think about the cover design? *laughs*

“Is this a joke?” was the question that entered my mind when the US cover of Extraordinary Means was unveiled. I don’t understand why this was deemed the official cover because—well, look at it. It’s so ugly—from the font choices to whatever scene it’s trying to portray. Sure, this cover isn’t like any I’ve seen before, but it’s so uninspiring. I don’t see what it has anything to do with the story.

Would I buy this book based on the cover? Hell no.

What do I think about the cover design? THE BEST.

This is how Extraordinary Means should look like. This UK cover is superior than the US one. I love the illustration. The book deals with a strain of Tuberculosis, which is a bacterial disease that affects the lungs, so it makes sense the illustration is in the shape of a lung! But it’s also a tree! How clever is that?

Would I buy this book based on the cover? Yes, yes, yes!

Final Verdict: UK! I don’t think we have to dwell much on which is better. The UK cover puts the US one to shame. (I prefer to ignore the US cover’s existence.) 

Which cover design do you prefer? Would you buy the US or UK cover? 


10 Responses to “HOLY, MOTHER COVER! | US versus UK: Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider”

  1. I do like the uk version more! Though I don’t hate the us version as much as you :P The book itself is amazing btw.

  2. Yikes…yes, let’s indeed just forget the US one’s existence. That hurts my virgin eyes. *winces*

  3. I definitely like the UK cover better, I think it fits with the story better too! The US one? *winces* Let not ever go there.

  4. Kaitlyn A says:

    I hated the US one also! When I first saw the UK, I knew that was the one I would buy! :)

  5. Sophie says:

    I really prefer the UK cover. When I was approved for the eARC on NetGalley it was the cover that drew me in, and the first time I even saw the US edition was on twitter, and I felt as if it has absolutely nothing to do with the story. The person I was talking with on twitter had just read a US ARC, and agreed the the UK one fit with the story so much better.

  6. Shannelle says:

    I like the UK cover, because it’s so much more interesting, but I really love the cover scheme for the US one. That mint green is a favorite color of mine, and I love how it just pops against the black. I hate how the UK cover looks so muted in comparison.

  7. If I were to buy this book, it’d be the UK edition for sure! I have an ARC, and honestly the plain greenish cover is much better than the US thing, which is really sad to say!

  8. Oh man oh man oh man I want that UK edition so so much. The story though, I know naught about as of current but I’m fixing that asap with a pop over to gr.

  9. I don’t hate the US cover, but the UK edition shows how it must be done. Make it appropriate for the story and detailed, so that you HAVE to look at it. I love it.

  10. Krystianna says:

    The UK one definitely is better. It seems much more mature and I feel that it would be prettier on a bookshelf.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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