Thursday, May 17

Unattractive Covers That Hide Some of My Favorite Books

I am HUGELY into covers, okay?? I know it is awful, I know it, but a book that has pretty cover is something I'll 10000% buy before I get one with a bad cover. *hides* Sure, if I'm super-interested in a book I won't care about the cover one bit, BUT when something pokes my interest for the very first time? The cover MATTERS - less so for self-published books than others, but I am turned off by awful covers in most cases. 

However, today I'm here to share some of my FAVORITE books that I picked up despite disliking their covers, and I never regretted that decisions. Who knows? Maybe you'll find your next favorite here. ;)

On a side note, this post is obviously 1000% subjective!! I don't like these covers, but that doesn't mean y'all can't find them appealing. Also, I'm in NO WAY trying to be shady towards these books or their authors - I LOVE THEM, for gods sake. But, as someone who's into pretty covers, I thought it'd be superb to make a post that showcases that the quality of the book is NOT in parallel with the cover! 


PLOT: Katie and Sarah have been the bestest friends since they were kids, their different personalities make them one hell of a pair. Everything changes, however, when they get mistaken for a couple, and, to appeal to Sarah's crush and make her "stand out" they go along with it. What happens when Katie starts developing very real feelings for Sarah, and starts to question her sexuality? 

🌸 #OwnVoices lesbian rep, F/F romance
🌸 AMAZING friendships 
🌸 complex characters 
🌸 ROM-COMish
🌸 will melt your heart at MANY parts
🌸 condemns lgbtq+ stereotypes, showcases the problems lgbtq+ teens face AND 1000% shows that pretending to be gay is NEVER okay
🌸 Katie has truly fantastic parents
🌸 kind of feels like a lesbian Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in its style & manner.

RATING: Five stars easily, because it is truly-truly cute and funny, but also incredibly real and well-written and so so so important to read. It deserves 1000x more attention than it's received. And oh look, I also reviewed it here.


PLOT: Cassie, a 17-year-old natural profiler, gets invited to the FBI's 'Naturals' program where teens with exceptional abilities are tasked with solving cold cases. Despite her initial excitement of meeting people like her, fitting in doesn't prove to be as easy as she thought. Things go from bad to worse when the team gets swept up in a very new, very dangerous case.

πŸ’™ Criminal Minds as a YA series
πŸ’™ complex & intriguing protagonists, who will SURPRISE you as more and more is revealed about them
πŸ’™ SHOCKING TWISTS all through the series
πŸ’™ AMAZING friendships, the team will start to function like a family later into the series
πŸ’™ actually GREAT adult characters in YA!? (what is this sorcery)
πŸ’™ the stakes get higher, the cases get creepier in each book

RATING: Four stars to the 1st and 2nd book, but five stars to 3rd and 4th, because the plot and action REALLY pick up more and more with each book. Seriously some of the best mystery-thrillers I've ever read. I reviewed the whole series HERE.


PLOT: Cinder and Ella have been online friends for what feels like a lifetime. However, following a tragic car accident that killed Ella's mom, and left her mentally and physically scarred, Ella (understandably) dropped off the face of Earth. Months later, feeling utterly alone with her dad's new family, Ella is finally ready to tell Cinder she's alive. Sparks still fly between them, but what Ella doesn't know is that Cinder is a famous movie star, (fake-)engaged to someone else... 

πŸ’› has a disabled, latina heroine
πŸ’› showcases the physical and mental consequences of an accident & losing someone
πŸ’› therapy positive!
πŸ’› complex/heartbreaking family dynamics
πŸ’› characters bonding online over THEIR LOVE FOR BOOKS is the best trope of ever, don't argue with me
πŸ’› fantastic friendships

RATING: Five stars in 2015, five stars now, five stars always. I just love these characters so darn much, and their relationship is the cutest, softest one ever. *cries* I'll admit that I disliked the second book, because it read much like something featuring allll the drama that could be recycled from Cinder & Ella, BUT my love for the characters never changed.


PLOT: Elle falls through the roof of the enchanted chateau where Prince Severin - cursed to be a beast until someone falls in love with him - lives. Unfortunately - or not? - she is stranded there until her leg heels, and boy, does she get swept up in lives of the mysterious residents of the castle.

🌟 really unique take on Beauty and the Beast
🌟 one of the few B&tB retellings where the girl isn't captured or forced into a marriage, but is actually taken in by the beast'after getting injured
🌟 such a badass, smart heroine!
🌟 lovely romance, and great supporting cast

RATING: Four stars. It was AMAZING, don't get me wrong, but at this point I've already read so many retellings - the majority of them based on Beauty and the Beast - that I need something EXTRA-SUPER-FANTASTIC to rate it 5 stars.


PLOT: Bonnie, child star of one of America's most popular reality shows, grew up on live television. Even though the family's reality show days are over, Bonnie still has nightmares about the whole experience. Shit hits the fan when her mom signs the whole family up for a new season, and Bonnie has to decide between supporting her mom, or taking care of herself and her mental health. 

🎬 great portrayal of sibling relationships - the MC is super-close to Benny, not so much to Lex, but we see SO MUCH DEVELOPMENT in both relationships
🎬 an interesting look into reality television
🎬 absolutely lovely romance
🎬 A+ character growth

RATING: 5 stars! Not my favorite book by Demetrios - that's I'll Meet You There - but excellent nonetheless. 


Question Time!

Have you read any of these books? Maybe something else by the authors? Do you plan to read any of them? Which of your favorite books has unsatisfactory covers? 


  1. Woo hoo, a fellow cover junkie! I actually do posts from time to time ranking covers (and have another one planned for hopefully sometime half-finished drafts are starting to get a bit out of hand).

    1. I'm really looking forward to that post!! I've been abandoning the community this semester, but as I only have two exams left, I'll finally have more time to visit blogs.

  2. LOL, I would agree with most of them, but as for The Naturals, I actually think it's clever - and it makes you want to...unwrap the package πŸ˜‚. Too bad I can't buy the premise...

    I'm cover-blind. After I've been investigating a book back and forth in order to understand if it's suitable for me, I don't even know if it's got a cover anymore LOL.

    1. The Naturals I'm okay-ish with, because it does fit the story! Buuut it's not pretty, imo. I think you'd enjoy The Naturals, btw.

      That's a useful trait haha. Wish I was cover blind. :P

  3. I love this post! It’s always tragic when great books get horrible covers. I’ve always meant to read Something Real, but it hasn’t happened yet.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Thank you! I KNOW, and I'm especially baffled when it's popular books at big publishers who could have afforded better designs smh. Something Real is AMAZING, do give it a chance if you have the time.

  4. Great idea for a post. Its made me want to go through my previously read books and compare the covers to my rating.
    I was glad to see Something Real on your list. I've been really looking forward to reading this one.

    1. Thank you! I really enjoyed making it. Something Real was fantastic, it painted a very realistic picture of reality tv, imo.

  5. I own Something Real and I was on the verge of giving it away and not read it but I'm gonna give it a try

    1. Hmm, maybe try reading the first few pages, and see if it grabs your attention or no? That's what I usually do. :D Let me know if you pick it up!

  6. Cider & Ella's cover is not great, and I still LOVED that book. This is saying a lot, because I am a big cover snob.

    1. SAME. It took me a loooong time to buy it, though, because that cover is atrocious. Tbh, even the cover redesign is kind of meh.

  7. This is a great topic, I love it. We all have a little bit of snobbery in us sometimes.πŸ˜‚ So please don't feel bad at all. But then there are does times where everyone around hates a cover and your all like, what!!! No way!!!
    Like a lot of people dislike the Wildcard by Marie Lu. But I'm way to excited for the story to even care on this one lolπŸ˜‚Hope you have a wonderful weekendπŸ’‹xoxo

    1. Thank you! Trueee. I haven't read Warcross, so I'm not particularly excited for the sequel, but I have seen the cover, and I think the cover of Wildcard looks so much better than Warcoss's did. Thank you, you too!

  8. My book choices are hugely affected by the cover too. Weird or arty and I am far more likely to check out the synopsis. To be honest, I would probably scroll straight past all the ones above without a second glance because they don't look like 'my sort' of book. I know I must be missing out!

    1. That's very true for me, as well. And, tbh, I wouldn't have picked these up if not for bloggers/friends recommending them, or, in Something Real's case, already loving the author's previous works.


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