2017: The Ugly

What was the book with the worst cover I read this year? Behold:

Red River vol 1 by Chie Shinohara
It’s a manga about a girl who travels through time to Ancient Egypt. I checked it out because the cover made me laugh. Other bad ones include:

A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer
So 80s right now!

The Wit and Wisdom of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
This could be a lot more exciting. It’s Discworld!

*The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
As wtf as the book itself, so I guess that’s apt

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
I hesitated to put this on here, because it’s not exactly bad, just unsuited to the subject of the book. The cover makes it seem like it’s going to be your teen fantasy Twilight knockoff, when in reality it’s a badass historical fantasy set in feudal Japan about a noble girl solving her own attempted murder with the help of feudal Japanese Robin Hood.

Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs
The Mercy Thompson series all have horrible covers that really seem to want to turn off the actual target audience of the book? Like, she has none of these tattoos and is usually wearing sweatpants and covered in motor oil in the actual narrative.

^Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs
Also, notice how they give her feathered earrings so you know HEY THIS MAIN CHARACTER IS NATIVE AMERICAN

^Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs
I swear this book is not about butts.

^Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
Yes, because mechanics and monster hunters both routinely work in just a bra.

^Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
What the hell

Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen
I feel like I could have designed a better cover than this

*Sexy Beast II by Kate Douglas
I mean, it’s hideous but I also kind of love it

Life after Life by Jill McCorkle
Another blah entry

Bringing Light to Twilight: Perspectives on a Pop Culture Phenomenon by Giselle Liza Anatol
We can do better than this

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
I find this cover bizarrely bright and gaudy for the dark horror that is this book.

^Gemina by Amie Kaufman
I think this is here because I freakin love this book, but the cover just isn’t selling it like it should

Next: 2017: The Pretty
Previously: 2017: The Bad

One response to “2017: The Ugly”

  1. TheJamesFox says:

    Holy shit those Mercy Thompson covers
    What the fuck

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