Welcome to our bi-weekly rendez-vous of The Good, the Bad and the Are-You-Kidding-Me?, where it’s safe to talk about the covers you love, hate or just don’t care one way or the other about. Just remember, we’re only talking about the covers and not judging the content of the books! Since I’m always pestering Susi about my Historical Romances, I thought we could take a look at what 2013 has in store for us in this genre. Historical Romance is not an easy genre for originality. Most of the time you get the same elements on these covers, same decor, same dresses (or same open shirt flowing in the wind *wink*). But even within these strict codes, a few covers are succeeding in catching my eyes. So let the judging begin! As you will see, Susi and I mostly disagree on these covers 😉
Susi: The dude on the Judith James cover looks slimy. He reminds me a bit of Adam Sandler in that Zohan movie. LOL The dress is pretty.I like her tan. Well the cover doesn’t scream “Buy Me!!” to me but historicals nearly never do. I don’t like the guy on the Nicola Cornick cover either. And the girl looks so chaste and well a bit like tiny birds help her get dressed in the morning. The landscape is pretty though. And I do agree yay for no plaid and moobs cover. is the Julia Quinn a winter/Christmas story? Actually another reason for me to not like it. Cover is okay. It looks shiny and pretty.The dress is nice.
Caro: Bwahahah Indeed I can imagine the birds dressing her too now lol
Eloisa Jame’s cover might not be highly original but from first glance you can tell which fairy tale this story will be about. I love the Rapunzel in her tower reference. It could be better but I think it does its job at portraying the story.
Ahem, well it wouldn’t be a cover post without Paul Marron, wouldn’t it? lol Honestly I didn’t see him at first, he’s not really essential to the cover. I think that redhead is stealing the show. I really like the color of the dress with her fiery hair, and how she stares at us. I always laugh at how they always do impossible things with the dresses on overs. She’s definitely wearing a close-fitting dress AND her legs are angled to the right, but yep her dress magically end up on the whole bottom of the cover. I wish they didn’t do that. ⇐ yes I’m picky
Susi: OMG that dude tops it all- seriously an open white dress shirt. How inventive. And the color of the dress makes me wanna puke or at least get my old barbies out and hit there heads against something spiky. The Once Upon A Tower cover must be a joke? Is this seriously a new book? it looks like it time travelled here from 1985 or something. This one really makes me wanna gag and I might rethink my friendship with you Caro for making me look at these. I do like the chick on the It Happened One Midnight cover- as you said she looks fierce and strong. I approve. The dress thing is really weird though. And again white opened dress shirt. Aren’t these poor guys allowed to wear anything else?
Caro: You are killing me! Don’t make your poor Barbies suffer! Ohh Suuuuusi this is called ‘vintage’ covers! LOL not MY fault this is a new trend! *gives Susi a cookie* Am I forgiven? Lol you just need to remember not to let me choose the theme of the next cover post 😉
Susi: Oh Paul, I like you in that one. This is a cover I approve. It looks pretty and not as boring as the rest. Their pose makes me think of an action filled adventure. A job well done.
Sweet Revenge is kinda blah. Naked dude in white dress shirt- I’m so surprised. The background is nice. Sweet Madness is okay for an historical- totally bland and it prolly bland with the other books on that shelf. *snores*
Caro: OMG did you just say something nice about an historical cover????????? *looks around* Did I cross into a different dimension? Mister Data what’s our coordinates? lol
Susi: The Kate Noble cover isn’t that bad. I do like the umbrella BUT she looks so “ohh I hope prince charming will save me and give my life a meaning. I can not live without him”. Grow some self-esteem young lady. So do I get this right: is The Temptation of Your Touch the female equivalent of the open white dress shirt thing? Is she sleepwalking? Why is she pouting in her nightdress on a cliff? Will she jump? And the font is blue. Gah! The Jeffries cover is weird. It makes me think of bdsm books but well I might be a perv. She is blond and has pouty lips too. This is like looking at profile pics on facebook. LOL
Caro: I thought it was more of a ‘I wonder if my vibrator as 2 speeds’-look. lol
I think that woman is about to jump from that cliff indeed!
Yay: The Kate Noble & the Nicola Cornick
Nay: Teresa Medeiro’s cover
Nay: The Eloisa James one. *yuck*
What do you think of these covers? Which one do you like/hate/don’t-care-about?
Are you a Historical Romance reader?
What would you like on your HR covers? Something you’d like NOT to see on them?
Do you find all Historical romance covers boring and repetitive?
ps: This is pretty much my 2013 wish-list for Historical Romances 😉