If there is one thing that makes a great book even better, it is when it has a cover that we love! The cover design is what catches the eye as we browse through a bookstore shelf or check out the Amazon or Goodreads recommendations. The right cover makes me look closer at a book, to read the blurb and maybe make a purchase. A poor cover might mean I never look at the blurb at all. This is the first in a series of posts celebrating all those book covers I love...and why!
When I started out on my urban fantasy adventures, the third author I tried was Patricia Briggs and her Mercy Thompson series. I still regard this as one of my top three urban fantasy series, if not the best. When I first bought her books from Waterstones they were in mass market paperback form with small writing and these uninspiring covers:
Not exactly pretty huh. I got the first five books and then I heard they were changing to trade paperback, the bigger size, which meant new covers. Now those who know me are well aware that this is a pet hate of mine, changing book size and cover half way through a series but in this case I was hoping for good covers.
I saw US friends with these covers but I've never seen them available here in the UK. While I like the colours and designs much better than my covers, I still had to wonder why Mercy was half dressed on two of them. But I liked them and would have been happy if these were what I got. Anyway here they are:
So what covers did I end up with? These are an example of the new covers that became available on Amazon and I was ok with them overall. Not as pretty as the other covers but much better than my original buys anyway! I can live with them. Moon Called is a bit ugly though...
I can live with them! I like the cover for Bone Crossed the best-I always like that pinky purple shade! OK lets also talk about the Alpha and Omega books. The first two I got in mass market paperback with one cover design and then it switched to trade paperback in the newer design. I'm waiting to see if I like the series before I buy the newer versions for the first two books. I do like both designs though.*sigh*
What covers do you have? Which do you like and how do you feel about any changes to the covers you were buying?