Top Ten Tuesday | Cover Redesigns I Loved or Hated

Morning, dearies!

My life will soon turn hectic again. And while I enjoyed that month-long break of not going to hospital visits, I can’t complain all that much.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. The first prompt of August is cover redesigns you loved or hated. Now, I won’t pick just one. I want to highlight the new covers I love and hate.

I hope you love my choices. Have fun, everyone!

Covers I Love

I find cover redesigns difficult. As a reader, I am picky over my covers and trim sizes. So I’m not a huge fan of publishers changing covers halfway through a series. Even if I am like that, I rather enjoy these redesigns:

An Ember in the Ashes

At first, I wasn’t sold on the redesign because I loved the original cover so much. But I slowly started to love the new ones though. And I can always get behind a good cause, especially it means coloured characters on the front.


Throne of Glass

I grew up knowing the current version. Until recently, I wasn’t aware of the older one. The difference in design is a bit more striking though. While I love the first cover, I think you see the otherworldly in Aelin better.


Carry On

I cannot express how much I enjoy the redesign. I do not like solid portrait covers. I don’t know why, but they bother me. And I can’t connect to it as much. The second cover just makes me giddy and portrays what the story might give us readers.


Shadow and Bone

I’m sorry. Not sorry. I enjoy the redesign. I waited for it. I saved up for it. And I splurged for all the books. The original design never truly spoke to me or sparked my interest. But I love the colour scheme in the new one though.


Labyrinth Lost

Okay, I’m on the fence about the change. While it matches with the sequel, I also love the original cover. So you can say I prefer either one. Unfortunately, the second one doesn’t give off the #ownvoices vibes as the first one does though. And I appreciated how the publisher went that route for this diverse novel.

Covers I Hate

As a marketing assistant, I understand that the cover is the first marketing tool a publisher uses. Sometimes though, the industry doesn’t quite listen to the readers who want nothing more than a complete matching series. Here are my least favourite redesigns:

A Darkness Absolute

I would have been fine with the second one if it were released first. However, now I have a mismatched series, and the new covers for the older titles only come in paperback. I absolutely loved not only the cover design but also the interior design as well. But when the publisher changed them, nothing is the same.


Lies and Othe Drugs

Me hating something of Coralee’s? Blasphemy. I am loving the older version, and I honestly wish Coralee stuck with it. Now, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to find!


The Queen of the Tearling

The atmospheric tone of the first one better suits the overall storyline, I feel. And I was disappointed to see it go. I wanted to read the series, but the covers threw me off.

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Cover Redesigns I Loved or Hated

    • Surprisingly, she did. She’s a self-published author and puts a lot of time with her designers.

      I wouldn’t doubt it. I recently saw the old copy and wanted to snag it, but the price was slightly out of my comfort zone.


  1. How interesting, I have a totally different cover for An Ember in the Ashes (it has a cat outline on it), and mildly different ones for Throne of Glass (white background of the one on the right), and Shadow and Bone (purple background of the one on the left). They would be the AUS/NZ versions I guess, although we usually share with the UK.


  2. I love the redesign of Carry On!

    And I hear you on the hospital visits. My husband had a kidney transplant in April and for a while there he was at the hospital twice a week for blood work, doctor’s visits, etc. He’s finally down to one set of labs a week and the doctor every other week – progress! Hoping that all is well and goes well for you!

    Top Ten Tuesday.

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  3. Oh my gosh, I didn’t even realize how much I don’t like the new cover for The Queen of the Tearling until now. Mostly because I rarely see that edition of it. It’s definitely not as a eye-catching as the original.


  4. The redesigns you mentioned at the beginning are gorgeous!!! I hate it when books undergo a huge cover revamp mid series though bc then your collection can NEVER match (looking at you, Libba Bray & the Diviners šŸ˜’)

    šŸ’› Ngoc


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