Cover Wars – May 2013 Edition

My apologies for being late it getting the May edition of Cover Wars out to our awesome SSV audience.  It’s been a tough month between respiratory infections, internet issues, and bruised tailbones.  Well, it’s better late than never.  Right?

The books and their covers that were considered are listed in our May 2013 New Release post.

Cover Wars by DarthVal: May 2013

Category:  Best of the Best, The Worst of the Lot

Best Cover Worst cover
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Category:  You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover*

Best Cover/Least Likely Worst Cover/Most Likely
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*The category features covers that are in direct opposition to my desire to actually read these books.

Category:  5 Honorable Mentions

Inferno Night School Into Darkness The Rose Throne Reboot

Category:  5 Bottom Feeders

Purgatory Reign Taken by a Vampire House of Steel Spirit of Dust Savage Blue

Category:  Trend that I Love – Color Pop

The Bastards and the Knives The 5th Wave Towering Fall of Night Awaken

Category:  Random

Throwback Style+ Trying Hardest to be a Boy Band Promo
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+Why do some Scifi books still adhere to a cover style from over 30 years ago? Sheesh.

Interested in why I made my choices or want to argue for your choices? 

Comment below and let’s discuss!

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Cover Wars – April 2013 Edition

We’ve all heard it, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.”  But we CAN and we DO!  Is it fair?  Heck no!  Does it even yield positive results for us a reader?  Debatable.

One thing is clear, with so many books to choose from, we have to follow the clues at hand to determine which books will make the cut.  Like it or not, the cover is one of first and foremost hints to what lies within that book.

Whether or not the cover is a good indication of the quality and contents of the book, I really appreciate a good cover.  That is what this column is about.  So, here’s to the cover artists with my picks and rants for books being released in April!

The books and their covers are listed in our April 2013 New Release post. They are the books that were looked over with a critical eye and used for the following selections.

Cover Wars by DarthVal: April 2013

Category:  Best of the Best, The Worst of the Lot

Best Cover Worst cover
River of Stars Grace cover

Category:  You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover*

Best Cover/Least Likely Worst Cover/Most Likely
The Elite cover Life After Life cover

*The category features covers that are in direct opposition to my desire to actually read these books.

Category:  5 Honorable Mentions

Taking Eve ~ The Golem and the Jinni cover ~ Blood of Dragons cover

Fly Away cover ~ Apollyon cover

Category:  5 Bottom Feeders

Only Lycans Need Apply cover ~ The Crane Wife cover

Oath Bound Cover ~ Natural Born Angel cover ~ In the Shadow of Blackbirds cover

Category:  Random

Throwback Style+ Trying Hardest to be a Twilight Movie Poster
Protector cover Unbreakable cover

+Why do some Scifi books still adhere to a cover style from over 30 years ago? Sheesh.

Interested in why I made my choices or want to argue for your choices? 

Comment below and let’s discuss!