Friday, February 03, 2006

Cover Deception

As much as we all snark about how bad romance novel covers can be - and believe me, I do snark a lot - there are many times a good cover will entice me to try a book I might otherwise skip.

Or, what I'm finding I do, is if I see a cover I like, usually by way of mention on someone's blog, I'll add the book to my Amazon wish list.

For example, yesterday's RTB column by Lori Devoti directed me toward the very cool cover for Gena Showalter's Heart of the Dragon.

I just love this cover! I'm finding I'm kind of big on covers that don't actually show faces of characters. Anyway, I went on to read the blurb about HotD and it looks like it might be pretty good. Except, I haven't read anything by Showalter, plus I just placed an order at Amazon so am feeling like I've spent my book allowance for a few weeks. I put HotD on my wish list so I'd be reminded of it later.

I actually went so far as to hunt down as many of Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series as I could find because I so loved the cover for Spell of the Highlander, so thoughtfully brought to my attention by Sharon over at Write Minded.

Thing is, I haven't actually bought Spell of the Highlander yet because it's still in hardcover. I plan to snatch it up the second it hits paperback. You guessed it; it's on my wish list.

I did pick up Hope's Captive by Kate Lyon despite its absolutely hideous cover.

Holy cow, it doesn't get much worse than this. But Wendy gave it a good review, encouraging us to look beyond the cover, as did Lea Hensley over at AAR. Coupled with the fact that this cover:

...contained one of my all time favorite romances ever, I can say that a good review will outweight a nightmarish cover ever time.

Proving once and for all that you definitely can't judge a book by its cover.

1 comment:

Maura said...

You'll like Heart of the Dragon if you like Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series. I actually first picked up HotD and read its blurb purely because of the cover as well!