#1 – Covers the not so Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

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Recently I ran across a post from It Starts at Midnight that talked about Topics I Need More Of. One topic was Ugly – Ass Covers. Today I’m going to showcase some Book Covers that I think are Not So Good, Bad, & Ugly at least to me!

We all love covers. We look at them daily. We fantasize. We pet them. They are the first thing we see. The first thing that gets us to even look at a book and maybe pick it up.

So, why on gods green earth would the publishers, authors, and cover designers not make a cover look good? I do get we all have different tastes, but their are just some covers that someone should have said: NO.

For this first edition of The Not So Good, The Bad & The Ugly I’m going to be featuring books off my to-read-list from Goodreads. Just looking at these I can’t understand how they got on my to-read-list. Might have been a giveaway of some kind. 

I Kissed a Dog
(Werewolves of the West #1)
by Carol Van Atta
Published October 20th 2012 by Charles River Press

Why? Everything about this cover is odd. I don’t like the girl on it or the coloring. 

A Pirate’s Curse
(Legends of the Soaring Phoenix #1)
by M.L. Guida
Published July 24th 2013 by Buffalo Mountain Press

Why? To much red, dislike the ship, and the man is a bit distracting. 

The Alpha’s Mate
(The Wolvers #1)

by Jacqueline Rhoades
Published July 30th 2012

Why? It’s just pieced together. A shirtless man, a girl with gun, and plane bold letters.

(Darkride Chronicles #1)

by Laura Bradley Rede
Published January 9th 2012

Why? Don’t like the horse or man in the background.

Honor Among Orcs
(Orc Saga #1)

by Amalia Dillin
Published April 1st 2014 by Thorskona Books

Why? To dark and not into the letter type.


What Are Your Thoughts?
Do think one or all of these covers need some work?


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Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
September 23, 2017 6:23 pm

I’m not a fan of any of these either. I especially agree with you about the Alpha one—it’s definitely pieced together and it doesn’t flow at all.

herding cats & burning soup
September 20, 2017 3:56 pm

Yeah covers are super important to me since I don’t read blurbs. Wouldn’t give any of these a second look/ :/

Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
September 17, 2017 7:50 am

All of these look cheap. I really don’t understand this. Covers sell books, everyone knows it. But there are even big publishers with a creative team behind each cover that make huge mistakes. The cover should somehow reflect the content, and yet it so rarely does.

September 14, 2017 1:20 pm

I am such a cover whore that I totally won’t read books with bad covers. I kissed a dog is just terrible. That cover is so busy and difficult to read. Its just awful.
Alpha’s Mate is just a hodge podge of stuff that doesn’t look well put together. Ugh!

Lover Of Romance
September 14, 2017 11:47 am

There are so many covers now that I just can’t like, especially covers from indie or self published authors. Sometimes they make my eyes hurt. All the covers you chose here are pretty horrid though.

September 14, 2017 11:45 am

I’m sure it’s just me but I don’t like the cover arts for that Ilona Andrews series with Avon. It’s so corny and from what I’ve read on reviews, it doesn’t represent the stories at all

Kathy Valentine
Kathy Valentine
September 14, 2017 7:09 am

Shared on my socials!

Kathy Valentine
Kathy Valentine
September 14, 2017 7:08 am

All these covers are bad! I hate to admit it but I’m a book cover whore! If the cover is good I will most likely buy the book.you might think I’ve been let down by my choice, but it doesn’t happen very often.