Top Ten Books That Need A Face Lift

Posted May 2, 2017 by Ely in Top Ten Tuesday / 13 Comments

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a book cover freebie so we at Tea and Titles have decided to bring you our Top Ten books that need a facelift aka cover change. You can find our last TTT here.


Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

I mean throughout bookdom Richelle Mead has some of the worst covers ever especially for her Vampire Academy series. I don’t often like faces on the cover because I don’t like my ability to imagine the characters to be hindered by having their appearance “decided” for me. This is not my Rose, is my point.

Shades of London Series by Maureen Johnson

This book series has already had a cover change and it’s…..still bad. Before I get into why these covers are bad, can I just say how annoying it is to have non-matching books in this series? Even if they are ugly I want matchy! The cover I have pictured above is the original of the first book I read and I think the way the two photos are overlayed and faded out is just a little bit hilarious.

The Lux Series by Jennifer L Armentrout

This is one of the first book series I read because of internet recommendations and this series remains close to my heart HOWEVER if it wasn’t for the recommendations of many trusted sources I would never have picked up these books …at least not based on their covers. I feel like the covers of this book are rather tacky and cheesy, it’s the case of models on book syndrome which I totally just made up. I know the guy is incredibly attractive but I mean it gets kind of awkward to read in public.

Adorkable by Sara Manning

This book is an extremely cute and dare I say Adorkable contemporary novel that deserves a lot more love and I feel like a bit of a cover facelift is just what the doctor ordered with this one. I dislike the repetition of the title going down the front of the book nor do I like the colour scheme and okay once again the fact that there are people on the cover. I think a better cover can easily be down with some different font and typography and removing the pictures.

The Hate List by Jennifer Brown

This book has a close-up photo of two peoples faces as the cover, enough said. I don’t mind that the book cover is black and white so much I just dislike the photo, I didn’t picture my Valerie (MC) like that and I don’t like faces on a cover for that very reason of wanting to imagine the characters myself.


Violet Eden Chapters by Jessica Shirvington

These aren’t terrible covers in my opinion, but I feel like they could be much better. I love the idea of the covers all being a different colour, and the fact that the spines match those colours but otherwise they don’t stand out much. They look more like a cover to a contemporary than the awesome paranormal books that they are.

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

Again, I don’t completely hate this but it makes the book seem very cliche. I actually really enjoyed this first book, and it’s so much more kickass than the cover suggests.

The Obernewytn Chronicles by Isobelle Carmody

This series is incredible, and I feel like it deserves new covers. These editions came out in the early 2000s so I think it’s time for a revamp. I think this would be a really cool series to do some interesting typography covers with, but that might just be me.

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

If I hadn’t heard such great things about this book I never would have picked it up. Sure, it looks awesome but it also looks more MG to me. I love the MC is a POC like in the book because that rarely happens. I do love the typography on this cover though. I’m a typography nerd.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This is one where I think to myself—’surely someone looked at this at some point and thought, nope’. Like how do they expect people to be drawn into this cover? There is a redesign of this series, but even those are just alright.



So that’s us done for another week of Top Ten Tuesday, what did you think of our cover freebie theme and do you agree with our answers? If you haven’t already, check out our last post—Ely and Angel’s discussion on Clockwork Angel.

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13 responses to “Top Ten Books That Need A Face Lift

  1. Yes! So many of these are so so bad! Poor Richelle Mead. Her covers are always so awful. It’s too bad because I really liked the VA series. It deserves better covers. The Name and the Star has such a laughable cover. It always looked like Abe Lincoln instead of Jack the Ripper lol. I have the hardcover of Hate List and I like that version a lot. It’s simple and fits the book well. Great list!

  2. I’ve never liked that Vampire academy cover either! Whenever I see it looks like Angelina Jolie with a smirk for some reason- don’t laugh! Strange Angels I actually kind of like but I haven’t read it so I can’t really say, but just going off the cover ha ha… and yeah The Naturals.

    Great list. 🙂

  3. Oh yes, I quite agree with all of these. I don’t think I’d pick any of them up based on these covers. I think publishers are beginning to realize more and more that cover art is important. Great topic for this week!

  4. Excellent picks! I’m also not really fond of real people on the cover staring at you thing most book has going on, it can be really awkward to read in public xD I actually like the new Shades of London cover, but yeah, that one is bad!