Don’t judge a book by its cover is probably the world’s most famous controversial phrase on books. Whether you’re a supporter or critic of this phrase, here are ten cover redesigns I loved or hated!
Redesigns I loved
#1 Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone alone is one of my favorite covers in the world, but based on the redesign – it is the best redesign I have ever witnessed. I absolutely dislike the old design – and now this marvelous cover! Definitely deserves number 1!
#2 Top Ten by Katie Cotugno
I have just come across this GORGEOUS redesign of Top Ten. The original cover was terrible and I couldn’t even bear to read the book in public. So this is heaven.
#3 An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
I am not usually a fan of real-looking people on the cover of books (I know I’m a minority here…), but this An Ember in the Ashes cover is a big improvement from the original, so I’ll let it count!
#4 99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Contemporary books tend to have the more beautiful covers (than fantasy, but again, that’s only my opinion!), but the first edition of 99 Days was just as awful as Katie Cotugno’s other books, so this one is a real life saver!
#5 Letters to a Law Student by Nicholas McBride
I know this is an educational read, but these books also have covers! And Letters to a Law Student went from a boring light blue cover to this explosion of colors which makes it way more attractive to young students!
Redesigns I hated
#1 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The original white cover with the painted girl holding the title The Hate U Give was just a great cover. I don’t get why you have to create a new cover that isn’t breathtaking when you have a really intriguing one at you hand?
#2 iBoy by Kevin Brooks
I mean the original cover of iBoy wasn’t worth your attention – at least design a pretty cover and not an even worse one. I mean, come on – who designed this?
#3 My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand
I mean, you get used to the new cover of My Lady Jane – I actually think the horse is funny. But the original cover was just a LITTLE MORE.
That’s it – thankfully, YA covers (I don’t like most of them, to be honest – especially fantasy covers are terrible) tend to improve while undergoing a redesign, so I can’t find any more bad results for now! Enjoy your day!