Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cover Review 20th April to 24th April

All Hallows' Moon (Seasons of the Moon #2) by SM Reine

...oh. Why?

She’s a disembodied torso. A sexualised torso as well, the pose, the focus - it’s all both unnecessarily sexual in terms of basic appropriation AND it seems like a completely unrelated to the book itself. Romance, sex, these are not the focuses of this book. Even with the wolf, this feels like the cover to a completely different book

The Renegade Hunter (Argeneau #12) by Lynsay Sands

These book covers continue to be difficult to review. They’re so typical of the greater Romance genre - so much so that they don’t even suggest they’re Paranormal Romance. It’s so very very very generic.

Wildifre Gospel (Habitat #3) by Kenya Wright

I do think this cover is just a little subtle - it could use some more overt supernatural elements. But I like the fire which does hint and I love that the cover hasn’t been whitewashed. And the purple, though it doesn’t quite work on the cover (it looks photoshopped on top) it is very indicative of the character which I like - I always like a personalised touch. I like covers that look like they were specifically designed for this book and the cover artist knew what the book was about

The Pining of Kevin Harding by Devon McCormack

Is it just me or was this cover designed and then someone said “hey this is a gay romance! We need a shirtlessman in a cowboy hat on that cover right now!” so he was kind of just stuffed on the edge there? I think it’s trying so hard to be sexy and really kind of failing. All three characters look like they’re refugees from separate covers who have all gathered together (and kidnapped a cowboy who lost his shirt in the struggle which really annoys randomly-yellow-eyed-guy who didn’t get the note that there are no werewolves in this book.)

Opal Fire (A Stacy Justice Mystery #1) by Barbra Annino

I like this a lot. I like books that scream of the genre, and this slightly cartoony style that tells us exactly the style of writing we’re going to find. Throw in some nice flames, some pretty art and a strong hint of the humour and it’s an ideal cover for this book

Shame it didn’t carry that potential.