Book Covers: Old vs New

Hey guys! Today I’m going to be talking about book cover changes! Most books will eventually go through a cover change and sometimes, unfortunately, it happens right in the middle of a series. Often I am incredibly happy that I finally have a beautiful copy of my favourite books. Other times, however, I wonder what the hell they were thinking. I am going to share with you some of my favourite cover changes and some of the most frustrating changes.

The Eldest Curses by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

So first up is the cover change for The Eldest Curses trilogy! The original cover is the one on the left and I’m not sure why they decided to completely revamp the cover but it’s happened before the release of the The Lost Book of the White, which is the second book in the trilogy. I personally love the new cover and think it’s a lot more appealing than the first one. I have nothing against the first cover; I really like that one too but compared to the new one, it’s a little plain. I do hope the third book has Alec and Magnus on the cover together but I doubt that will happen. Also, I like how the publisher is offering a reversible dust jacket for the second book so you can either stick with the old cover or showcase the new one.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I’m actually really annoyed by this newest cover change. How many times do they want to change the covers for this series? Also the third and fourth book with the new covers are in hardback, but you can only buy the first two with the new cover in paperback! Why? I can’t tell you how much that annoys me. My copies are so mismatched now and all different sizes and it drives me mad every time I see them on my shelf. But I don’t want to spend even more money on the new covers when they might change them again next year! I liked the previous covers (one on the left) and I’m not really a fan of the new UK ones. The US ones look good but again I can’t be bothered spending money on four new covers.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I feel like I’m the only person who didn’t care for the old covers (left) and actually love the new ones so much better. I feel they’re a lot brighter and stand out more. I never really cared to read this series just because it never jumped out to me when I was scanning the shelves in bookshops, but the vibrant spines on the new series are definitely more eye-catching. It’s definitely one of my favourite cover changes and even compared to The Gathering Dark, I think it’s a much nicer cover.

Chasing the Dead by Tim Weaver

This is a really long series now, I think the most recent was book ten so I can understand why they’d want to change up the covers, but I don’t understand why they picked the cover on the right. I mean, the darker cover probably fits better with the story because it really is a dark series but the yellow looks really weird, as well as the random blocks. The original cover looks cleaner and more appealing in my opinion. I have all the old covers right up until book eight when they changed the covers and also they released the newer books in hardback so now I have another mismatched series, great.

Villains by V.E. Schwab

The book on the right doesn’t look this yellow in real life, trust me. It’s actually a white cover! I’m really happy with the new cover and it definitely fits better with the story. It has really dark and twisted plot where the two main characters want to be superheroes but actually end up becoming the bad guys and everything spirals out of control. So this much, much darker cover is definitely better than the one on the left. Luckily, I never bought a copy of that so I don’t have another mismatched series!

So these are some of the most recent cover changes that sprung to mind! Are there any changes you either liked or disliked? I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!

8 thoughts on “Book Covers: Old vs New

  1. Azia says:

    Even though I like the original cover to Red Scrolls, the new one fits better with the Shadowhunter aesthetic. In fact, it IS the aesthetic haha. It’s great to hear that the new cover will have a reversible dust jacket! So I don’t have to buy the paperback of scrolls πŸ˜€ I probably still will, but it’s the thought that counts right LOL I love the new covers to Shadow and Bone as well. I like the original but the new ones have so much personality! I agree with the Ember in the Ashes cover changes! All my copies mismatch and it is maddening! I wish they’d let the entire series conclude before doing another cover change 😦

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    • Beth says:

      Definitely, especially with the TMI and TID covers but I think it’s even better than they are. It’s so pretty! 😍 hahaha I probably will as well! My Cassie Clare obsession is out of control, I need every UK edition πŸ™ˆ And yes! It makes no sense! Either republish them in hardback or publish the last two in paperback at the same time. I can’t understand why the new Ember and Torch covers are paperback but the other two are hardback πŸ™„ Mine are different sizes and completely different covers I hate it 😀

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      • Azia says:

        I would LOVE to have the UK versions of Cassie Clare’s books. I already have 3 copies of City of Bones, but I’m out to get them all LOL.

        Yes! Right?! If only they were all hardback and matching haha. That’s all I want dang it. And crazily, it’s the ONLY series I have that is so intensely mismatched :/

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    • Beth says:

      Definitely much better than the old ones! ❀ I can’t wait to see what the cover is like for the Shadow and Bone collector’s edition 😊

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