The Good, the Bad and the Are-You-Kidding-Me?

Filed in Book Covers , The Geeky Lover , The HEA Lover Posted on January 3, 2011 @ 3:00 pm 14 comments

Happy New everyone! The new year 2011 just started so we thought it would be great to look back at 2010 and the covers it gave us. Being the shallow cover whores we are we had a huge stack to chose from and it was not easy. As always there are the Good and the Bad but this time we tried to keep our explanations short because most of those covers already made it in our posts over the year. Let us know which are your tops ad flops.

Caroline’s Top 5

Geist by Phillipa Ballentine

Caroline: I love the huge lion, I love the power radiating from her. I love how kick ass she looks. To be honest it’s what drove me to reading the book.
Susi: The cover looks like kick-ass fantasy- I love it.

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs

Susi: Mr Santos rocks big time and I think his Mercy covers are some of the rare ones where I actually like the tattoos.
Caroline: I agree, I’m always excited to see what tattoos Mercy will have on every new cover. Fantastic cover as always in the series.

Sinful by Charlotte Featherstone

Caroline: I love his back, he looks powerful. I love how his hands are fisted. And the pants do remind us it’s a Historical. I also like the swirly thingies.
Susi: Still don’t like his back and his pants are weird. LOL

His at Night by Sherry Thomas

Susi: I adore the yellow so much and the background is enthralling- a cover I like to look at.
Caroline: I love how the dress is melting with the background. There position is very sensual.

Alpha by Rachel Vincent

Caroline: Perfect cover for this series. She looks the role. I love everything about it.
Susi: Faythe looks awesome in this one- it screams alpha to me.

Susi’s Top 5:

Unholy Magic by Stacia Kane

Susi: Girl look cute and kick-ass and I love the colors even though it’s blue.
Caroline: I think you said it all. I love the colors and the church in the background

Naked by Megan Hart

Susi: I love the arrangment and how the contrast plays a big role.
Caroline: I like the play of colors between her skin and the sheets.

Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh

Susi: The way she is placed in front of everything and her pose are just awesome- great art this one.
Caroline: The best part is her wings and i LOVE the background with the city. She looks like a Gargoyle

Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch

Susi: I love Dan Dos Santos- his work is just fantastic and I could plastered all my walls with his work.
Caroline: Ditto. Pretty fantastic cover. It has everything to draw the eyes.

Head over Heels by Annemarie Hartnett

Susi: The cover surprised me big time- I like the white theme and OMG they look so sweet and hot at the same time- like the book.
Caroline: I love it, it’s very cute and romantic. I love the colors and the way they look at each other.

Top 3 Worst covers:

Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost

Susi: All I say is: this blood was added with MS Paint for sure- and he looks scary. *shudders*
Caroline: I don’t like the blue tints, and his face is weird. I’m not a fan of the pink font either.

Bonds of Justice by Nalini Singh

Susi: Looks like it was stolen from the 80s- the tattoo sucks so much.
Caroline: The tattoo is not pretty but what i really don’t like is the title font and the weird kitsch background. It’s a Meh cover.

Lover Mine (UK) by J. R. Ward

Susi: Poor John Matthew looks so sick- like he has to puke any moment. Poor sap!
Caroline: Exactly, looks like he has sweat on his face and the color makes me think he’s sick. The title font and swirlies are weird too. *gag*
What are your top 5 favorite/worst covers?

Is there a cover that marked you in 2010?

About Susi

Susi is a geeky vegetarian from Gemany. She just finished university and now works as a civil engineer in steel construction. Besides her reading addiction she also knits like a maniac while listening to audiobooks. Susi also blogs at the Secret HEA Society.

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  • Blodeuedd January 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Oh the Frost one is so bad, the blood, I have never seen anything so fake

  • Lea January 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Lol re the puke & John Matthew! You ladies are too funny! I have to agree about the Harlequin Spice covers. 🙂 They have a great art department for sure. 🙂

    Naked was certainly on of my fav covers, um. I love the cover art created by Scott Carpenter for Anne Rainey's Samhain books. Also, there is a cover by Kanaxa for Juniper Bell's "Doll". I love it's simplicity but it also sends a powerful message.

    I love the cover for Head Over Heels BTW. Makes me want to read the book.

    Great post ladies!

  • Estella January 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Nice post.
    I don't pay much attention to covers, so don't know what is good or bad.

  • SusiSunshine {The Geeky Bookworm} January 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    @Blodeuedd SO true, Avon really should be embarrassed. I don't get how they thought this would work. O_o

    @Lea Yes Spice is great, it's like Carina…I love nearly all of their covers too. Ohhh yes I really like those too. Head over Heels was awesome…Annemarie is really funny (and it's super hot).

    @Estella Really? Wow, makes me feel a bit more shallow. 😉 jk

  • Robin K January 3, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I agree with Susi about Sinful by Charlotte Featherstone. The pants are weird and the "flower" appears to be sprouting from his bum.

  • SusiSunshine {The Geeky Bookworm} January 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    @Robin K LMAO exactly! Now that you say it. Oh my Caro will hate us for that. LOL

  • Sheila (Bookjourney) January 3, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    This was fun to read!

  • Chelsea B. January 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Oh, wow, that JR WARD one….*caugh* Wow, just….bad.

  • SusiSunshine {The Geeky Bookworm} January 4, 2011 at 5:21 am

    @Sheila Thanks hon! It's always so much fun to do =)

    @Chelsea B Exactly. Poor JM.

  • LSUReader January 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Overall, I’ve gotta go with Susi’s choices this time. I really like the covers for the Koch and Singh books. Caroline has some good choices too. I like the Thomas cover a lot. But Sinful? No. Really, No. Weird pants + floating streams from his rear = Huh? Thanks for another fun column.

  • pattepoilue January 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    @Blodeuedd I know it's kinda disappointing for such a big author as Jeanniene Frost. I'd thought they would make a special effort to give her a great cover =P Mehh

    @Lea The cover of Doll is pretty but I just don't like the blue tint. I checked out the Anne Rainey covers and you're right they are very good. Very sensual =)
    BTW my too, I would read Head Over Heels if only for its beautiful cover =P

    @Estella Are you an Ebook reader? I realized that most people reading ebooks don't care about covers. Even in ebook form, a bad cover will make me cringe =P Yes Susi we are shallow lol. Cover whore powaaaaa

    @Robin K Bwahahaha oh my…ok now that you pointed it out it does look like it's sprouting from his butt. But i'll stay firm about the pants!! He can't be wearing jeans it's a historical! *stick tongue out at Susi* Don't listen Matthew *pets Matthew's back*

    @Sheila *g* Thank you, I'm always scared that our posts are boring. *shifty eyes* It's not Susi, is it?

    @Chelsea lol I'm glad that we agree on that! Bwhahaah

    @LSUReader LMAO oh come on, don't be insulting to my poor Matthew. He didn't have a shower he was bound to end up smelling a little LMAO *shakes head* Alright alright I'll keep the smelly man who looks like he's wearing child size pants and sprouting flower from his behind.

  • SusiSunshine {The Geeky Bookworm} January 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    @LSUReader Yes! *pumps fists*

    @Caro It'S seems your Matthew will need the back patting. Poor sap!

  • Sheree January 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    The poor UK readership, having to live with THAT "Lover Mine" cover instead of the US one (which is hot and yummy)!

  • SusiSunshine {The Geeky Bookworm} January 4, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    @Sheree Yes indeed. Their cover gods aren't as nice as the US ones most of the times. They don't get the nice Mercy Thompson ones either.

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