Beyond the Blurb | Why I Hate Mid-Series Cover Changes

Morning, readers!

Okay, we’ve all been there. We’re minding our own business. And one day, one of our favourite authors announces that their well-loved series is getting a cover change. While cover changes are the norm in the publishing industry, most readers hate when the publisher does it mid-series.

So I’m not surprised when the book community exploded this Tuesday when international bestselling author Sarah J. Maas announced Bloomsbury is doing a cover change for her Court of Thorns and Roses series. Take a look below.

Now this change is quite different from the original covers. And frankly, I’m salty over it. Why? As a reader and blogger, I hate mid-series cover changes, period. So I break down the reasons why below. And I forewarn you that my hate may flow through my writing.

They’re Basically a Marketing Ploy

That’s all they are. They’re rebranding. And frankly, this one doesn’t match the contents of the book or series. For hours, I’ve tried to wrap my mind around the design. But alas, here I am, salty over it still.


They Ruin the Rest of the Series Collection

I’ve collected all of the hardcovers in the series. And while these covers are more YA, I know they match. I hate it when my series doesn’t match. While Renée Ahdieh’s Flame in the Mist series had a mid-series change, I loved it because the final book still matched the aesthetic of the original one.

With Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember in the Ashes series had a change, I was and still is hesitant. I don’t match hardcovers with paperbacks. It’s either one or the other with series. So even though the publisher offered a collector’s edition hardcover of AEITA with the new cover, I was still peeved. Now in this case, I understand why this ocurred. But the publisher could have easily have had a diverse feel for the original covers, but instead, it went with one mid-series.


They Cost Us Readers More to Have Matching Copies

You and I do not need another reason to buy more books we don’t need, right? Right. Tell yourself that. As a Canadian, hardcover books aren’t cheap. And sometimes, I and my fellow Canadians don’t always receive the same deals as our fellow American readers do. So I don’t want to spend more money on the same series. I’ve spent enough.


They Kill the Thrill of Collecting Series

I don’t want multiple copies of the same book so my collection matches. I have limited space in my entire house for all of my books. So I can’t waste precious space on multiple copies. And I don’t like wasting time finding the perfect copy (again) so my collection is complete.


Sometimes, They’re Ugly, Just Plain Ugly

I’m sorry Sarah and Bloomsbury. I hate the new cover designs. They have no connection to the book, and I wouldn’t know it’s a Maas book unless I looked at the author’s name on the cover. I expected better. Bloomsbury could have gone a different route, and I would have supported the change. But this one doesn’t suit the book, the characters, or the storyline. #SorryNotSorry

What are your thoughts on the new cover change of A Court of Thorns and Roses? Do you like it, or do you prefer the original cover?

10 thoughts on “Beyond the Blurb | Why I Hate Mid-Series Cover Changes

  1. I agree with everything in this post and honestly if the new book about Nesta is going to be in this new cover design, then it can stay in the damn store. I was talking to my friend about it yesterday and even if, which they won’t, make it match the original design, I’m probably not even interested in it anymore anyway.
    My heart is with ToG more than ACOTAR and I’m honestly considering unhauling my ACOTAR books because I know I’ll never reread them 😬


  2. I have very mixed feelings about this specific cover change. I don’t think these are bad and I appreciate that they look more adult fiction over YA because the content is not YA. This specific cover does connect since theI only reason Fayre gets involved in the Fae world is because she killed a wolf that turned out to be a faery. I just REALLY loved the original covers and don’t want a change in addition to what you said. Some have also pointed out that the style looks too Asian inspired without being connected but I honestly see more Celtic resemblance.


  3. I actually like the new colours on the hardcover (that yellow font on the paperback irks me cos I don’t like yellow oops!) but I didn’t realise it was an entire series change. I thought they were new special editions or something….clearly I didn’t read that insta caption correctly lol! I don’t see them fitting with the tone of ACOTAR though…maybe I’m wrong. I’m not exactly an ACOTAR fan.
    But I so agree with you, it’s entirely frustrating when they change covers mid way through a series. I get why they do it…all about those dollars…but it just seems greedy


  4. Totally agree with this post! I don’t particularly like the new cover, it doesn’t really fit the book to me, which makes the fact they’re changing them mid series worse. I’ve stared at that cover and just can’t fathom why they decided to go for this style. I get publishers releasing new covers later, but why do they have to do it mid-series?


  5. I had a discussion with people about these covers on Twitter yesterday, while I haven’t read the series none of us can work out why these covers feel so Asian. The red one is literally the colours of the Chinese flag!

    I’m experiencing my own mid series change drama, The Queen’s Thief series, I believe this was due to a publisher change. However while the old covers really stand the test of time and still look cool today, the new covers are very boring and look like the artist was inspired by the Game Of Thrones opening credits. But I’m going to be stuck with them because I hate having two different sets of covers.


  6. I’ve got to agree with you here – my first thought was ‘cash grab.’ Especially as they seem to keep releasing new covers of TOG and ACOTAR with special editions and mini editions and what not. It just seems like a way to keep SJM and her series in the public domain while her new books are awaiting publication and the way that the publishers are doing it are just new covers. I also think it’s because they know people will have to buy or will desperately want to buy the new covers so yeah…. cash grab.

    I don’t love it I have to say. Both the design and the reason.


  7. Ugh, just ugh. I HATE purchasing a title I love and then, like, five years later finally getting to complete the series and there’s been a cover change in the meantime. HC to PB I get (even if they’re ugly), but why in the MIDDLE?!


  8. I couldn’t agree with you more!
    I never owned this series in physical version, and now I’ve gone crazy trying to buy the old edition, which I can’t find anywhere.
    These new covers are awful. Just awful. They don’t go with the old ones, but in my opinion, they also don’t go with each other.


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