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

Filed in Book Covers , The Geeky Lover , The HEA Lover Posted on April 23, 2012 @ 3:00 pm 22 comments

This week we will talk about science fiction and futuristic book covers. I chose some covers of series I read and we will judge the books only by the cover here. In no way does it say anything about the book.

The fascination with the future and the advancement of our life is and proballly will always be a topic where the author’s imagination can go wild and shine. Join the conversation and don’t forget to tell us which is your favorite and which one is not. *wink*

Caro: The good thing with Gini Koch’s Alien series is that you can’t mistake it for anything but Sci-fi. I mean come on…it’s in the title! LOl But apart from the title the covers themselves always show Aliens and Alien technology. Dos Santos never does wrong.

I really like the cover for Unacceptable Risk. It’s edgy without overdoing the sci-fi elements. That woman looks kick-ass!  I like everything about it. I love the city view in the title too. 2 thumbs up!

Humm well the Gena Showalter book is not my cup of tea.If there wasn’t the little subtitle stating it an Alien book I’d never guess. It looks too blurry and a bit confuse. Not bad but I wouldn’t be attracted to this cover in a store.

Susi: I do adore the covers in Gini’s series but this one is probably my least favorite. It does look kick ass and all but Kitty looks weird to me.I do love the fierce looking poof though.

The cover for Unacceptable Risk is great. As you said the sci aspect is only slightly visible but still it shows what this book is about- human enhancement. I like and well the book rocked.

I actually have to disagree on the Showalter cover. I think it’s great. I love the golden skin tone and the smoky atmosphere. Yum.

Caro:  I must admit that the Linnea Sinclair covers look a bit cheesy. LOL don’t hurt me! I’ve heard a lot of good about this series and I plan on reading it sooner or later but to be honest I wouldn’t pick it based on its cover. But hey at least with the Space background you know it’s sci-fi 😉

It’s a good thing Susi chose the covers because I’d never guess that Enemy Games and Captivated are Futuristic/sci-fi books! I got the genre completely wrong. My only problem with Enemy Game is the improbable pose of the model.  Look at the angle of her right leg/ankle *shrug* .Captivated has a yummy guy on the…*stares & drools*…sorry I mean yeah it has redeeming qualities LOL

Susi: I have to say this Rebels and Lovers  cover surprised me. The other titles in this series were more scifi looking so I wondered why this one looks like suspense. And well yes there is space or something in the back but the couple sets the tone.

I do love the Marcella Burnard covers- so pretty and yes the girl’s pose looks awkward and I never would have pictured Jayleia like this.

The Captivated cover is rather meh for me. The dude is hot and all but the other ones were better aranged. The blue background isn’t prominent enough for me. I really prefer the covers for Undercover, Relentless and  Insatiable. They have that certain extra I miss in Captivated.

Caro: When I first saw the Silver Shark cover I thought it was SO fugly! But after seeing it so often it lost the shocking fugly aspect now I just think it’s meh. But I’ll give you that it does look like a sci-fi/futuristic cover.

Endgame and all the covers in the Jax series just ROCK. I love them to pieces. It’s exactly how sci:fi covers should look like in my opinion. .The woman looks fierce and kick-ass (without having to be half-naked and slutty!) I love these covers so much that I have all the books even though I’ve only read the first 2 so far LOL.

Chain Reaction is much like the Linnea Sinclair cover. It’s clear that it’s Sci-fi with the planets and all. It’s a simple cover and it doesn’t overdo it. So it’s okay.

Susi: I have to agree 100% about the Silver Shark cover. It’s not very great but the story is awesome. I would buy Ilona’s books without any cover at all because I know it will be fab.

The Aguirre covers are awesomesauce. And yes, it’S great to see a kick ass woman who’s actually wearing clothes that would work in a fighting situation. So pretty and well just perfect.

The Chain Reaction cover reminds me of a tv show teaser or even movie poster. The faces are too prominent for a book cover for me. It doesn’t really intrigue me.

Caro: OMFG even after months of seeing the cover of Tangle of Need it’s still so fugly I need brainbleach. First how can you tell this is futuristic story? well you can’t. And no…no seriously it hurts my sensibilities. EWWWWWWW.

I really like the Nico Rosso cover, I really do. My favorite cover of the series. I even like the blue lady. The planet shot is interesting and it’s all well integrated together.  All good!

The In Death covers never looks futuristic. If I didn’t know they were once again I’d never guess from the covers. This particular edition really doesn’t appeal to me. You can’t see much on these covers.

Susi: Yes the cover is ugly and  really don’t know what they were thinking. But the covers in this series never were pretty. But nonetheless the books are great. I like that Singh’s vision of the future not only has the technological advanced world but also a biological evolution in it. Reallly like that.

I don’ like the Rosso cover at all. I think it’s my least favorite in this series. The girl is blue and the dude is not my type lol. I like the rest though but well the faces are too prominent again.

And well the J.D. Robb covers are probably made that way to appeal to a wider audience and even get people to read it who would usually never touch a scifi novel. I do like the little hints we get in the bottom though. I would have never bought them because of the cover alone though.


Favorite: Endgame, Unacceptable Risk and the Gini covers

Least favorite: Tangle of Need *gag*


Favorite: Endgame

Least favorite: Tangle of Need *shudders*

What do you think about these covers? Which do you like which do you hate?

What element do you like to see on your Futuristic/scifi covers?

Do you think adding space/stars background is enough to make it a Sci-fi cover?

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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  • Stella April 23, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    I agree Susi, though I really like Gini Koch’s Alien covers, when I saw Alien Diplomacy I just blinked (in horror lol). No, but Kitty looks like a cruel anorexic killing machine here while she always had that playful side to her (my favourite was Alien Tango, loved that one!)

    But when it comes to Nico Rosso’s cover I have to agree with Caro, depsite the blue lady it looks atmospheric and intriguing, I would definitely read it (but if they took down Blue Lady and the shaved head guy, all the better, the background is stunning enough).

    I never would have guessed the Gena Showalter and Lauren Dane titles were sci-fi books O_O huh

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Okay I always knew they were so I can’t NOT see them as that. =D

  • Stella April 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    ps. and I agree Caro dear, poor Nalini, I bet it was a coup of some rival to punish her with such a repulsive cover.

    I love the city outline on Unacceptable Risk and Enemy Games looks great! Like a really adventurous story 😀

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      I loved both. *g* The Enemy series is a bit grittier and the Grey one is more for the heart.

  • Marlene April 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    The real shame about the Nalini covers is that the U.K./NZ/Australian cover is SOOO much better. They always look better, but this one is by light-years!

    The covers on Linnea Sinclair’s earlier titles used to emphasize the sci-fi over the romance, then they republished with new covers, but this last one, meh! (But the book was good)

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      I agree about the Singh titles. Her German covers are pretty too.

      I have to admit I’m behind on the Sinclair. First one didn’t grab me that much so I stopped buying.

  • Stephanie K. April 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I don’t mind the J.D. Robb covers because they all have the same look to them. I love the series and although it’s set in future, I’ve never considered it to be sci-fi at all. As for the Alien Diplomacy cover, that’s the one Dos Santos cover I don’t love. Kitty’s leg is positioned in a weird angle and it’s throws the cover off.

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      I think the In Death books are really good starting scifi titles. She has a subtle way to introduce the topic and just maybe more readers would actually consider starting another one.

  • LSUReader April 23, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    The Ann Aguirre and Gini Koch covers are the best of the bunch, though this Alien cover is weaker than the previous ones. They both do a good job to uniquely market the series they represent. Of the others, some are ok; some don’t look at all sci-fi or futuristic.

    In defense of JDRobb, the In Death series is not science fiction. It’s really a police procedural that just happens to have a future setting. The covers all look similar, but I believe the marketing here is more similar to what you will find in mysteries and thrillers, not romance.

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      I do agree about the Koch and the J.D. Robb. I have to say right now the Robb covers could be blue woman all over and I still would buy every single one of them. I’m on an audiobinge right now.

  • blodeuedd April 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Please make Tangle go away!!!!!!
    I love and dislike the Kitty cover just cos Kitty looks so weird

    A moon and a ship is always good on 😉

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      LMAO my thoughts exactly about tangle.

  • Sheree April 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    The exaggerated cartooniness of the Gini Koch books is what makes me reluctant to read them (and I read manga so I have no excuse, really). This is probably why I adore the Dan Dos Santos covers for Mercy Thompson but I can’t bring myself to read Koch’s Alien series.

    One of my favorites on this list is DARK TASTE OF RAPTURE – the book cover has to be seen to be appreciated. The letters sparkle!

    As for CAPTIVATED, well, a nice male torso is always a plus. 😉

    The less said about TANGLE OF NEED, the better.

    • Susi April 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Gini’s books really are fun and they do have a certain cartoonish character. They are pretty FAST paced and crazy (the good kind). And finally someone who agrees with my love of the Rapture cover. It’S gold, shiny and a the dude is hot. *g* LOVE

  • SharonS April 24, 2012 at 7:56 am

    The Showalter cover is probably one of the sexiest out there, to me…;) I agree on just about all your comments. Endgame I want to own just for the cover. This might be my vote for best of 2012. Everything about it rocks.
    Just wanted to add that I love this featured you guys do. One of my favorite posts and I always look forward to it even though I don’t always comment 🙂

    • Susi April 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      You just made m day with this comment- thank you so much! 🙂

  • draconismoi April 25, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Captivated and Tangled don’t even look vaguely SF. I see either of them in the SF section, and I start ranting in my head about how bookstore owners just don’t RESPECT the SF genre if they just shove random paperbacks in there that clearly belong over on another shelf.

    • Susi April 27, 2012 at 7:36 am

      Well I think both of them would go into the romance shelves. Well I don’t have any plan how books are shelved in the US but here in Germany there isn’t any really any distinction. At least in my local store. Okay well they put the erotic ones in a different shelf even though I’m never really sure how they judge that.

  • CK April 26, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I truly don’t understand the what Berkley’s Art Dept has against Nalni’s series. Who would have thought that the mauve Slave to Sensation cover is the least painful of the series? Tangle of Need is wrong on so many levels. That side border makes me think of a vengeful goth Snow White.

    • Susi April 27, 2012 at 7:37 am

      LOL so true and that one already is O_o. Well but the books are great so I will keep buying them no matter how they try to make them look ugly.

  • Ren Puspita April 27, 2012 at 4:35 am

    Heeeey, I miss this post!! >.< (and I miss you too Susi and Caro!)
    Ugh, don't start for Nalini Singh's cover. I'm sad a great series like Psy Changeling have a photostock cover like that. Its deserved better!
    BTW., my favorite of course Alien Diplomacy by Gini Koch. Can't go wrong with Dan Dos Santos 😉

    • Susi April 27, 2012 at 7:38 am

      Yes indeed it is sad- I don’t get who decided to do that. And yes DDS rocks!

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