Most of the time if a book is gorgeous it is 90% more likely that I will pick it up, even if the title is ridiculous. If the synopsis of a book doesn't catch my attention, the cover is the saving grace. We all know the phrase "never judge a book by its cover," and I'm thinking there's good reason for this. One too many times I have been deceived by book covers. Here are five covers that have duped me over the last couple years:
This one is partly my fault and partly the fault of a vague synopsis. Based on the cover and the little I knew about this book, I expected the story to be all about the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, the greatest maritime tragedy in history. While it may be morbid, I enjoy reading shipwreck and disaster novels, so I really expected to love this one! What I didn't realize was that Salt to the Sea was much more about the journey to the ship than the shipwreck itself and I'm really glad it was. There's no way I would have been able to connect to the characters at the same level had this just been about a ship sinking. +1 for vague synopses!
Here is yet another book with a cover far more scary than the contents. I mean seriously, I had to take the dust jacket off a couple times and put it up because it was giving me the creeps! I thought I was going to be absolutely terrified reading the short stories in Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, but... nope. Although many of the stories were still really good, most of them were unsettling or creepy at best. Listen publishers! If you're going to slap on a cover that gives me nightmares, please make sure the stories on the inside live up to it!
I showed you mine, now show me yours!
Which book covers have deceived you for better or worse?
Let me know in the comments!