Sunday, 14 February 2016

Do you feel underwhelmed by title or cover reveals? | Discussion

Cover or title reveals are huge marketing tools in the publishing world. It makes the reader eager to discover the title or cover of a highly-expected sequel or a new book from his favourite author. It also renew the excitement for a book when it's still months away. However, I've noticed I often feel underwhelm by those reveals. I'll chose some examples of success or miss in my case, to try to understand what happened. I choose four books I'm dying to read, it's just that sometimes, the reveals underwhelmed me and I didn't really care for the new covers/titles.


Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm anticipating this book so much guys, I loved Six of Crows! However, I don't know if you remember, but a title had been announced for the sequel on Goodreads, it was Empire of Crows. I liked it, because well, continuation with the first one and everything. Like other readers, I was surprised when Leigh Bardugo announced she would reveal the title through a YouTube video.

 It was basically a recap of the characters and then the title dropped. This video was full of expectations for me and when it ended I was like: "Okay that's great. What will I eat for dinner now?". Crooked Kingdom is an interesting title and "crooked" totally applies to these world and characters, in this way, it works. But, it is so different of the first title and what we thought this book would be called. I like the title, don't get me wrong, but when you think about the two books in the series, the titles look nothing alike.

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, if I didn't know about them, I would have no idea they're from the same series. The sound "cr" in both titles is the only thing similar between them.


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I loved the marketing campaign for this one. We knew the letters of the title, ACOMAF. We had to guess, what the M and F stood for, and if we found it, we would win something. It was so much fun to read everyone's guess, we also did some ridiculous one, just to have a good laugh. I was so sure the M would stand for Monsters, but I FAILED. This campaign made the reader participate to the title reveal, it was a nice idea, because I felt involved.

 When the title was revealed, I was really happy, because it was similar enough to the first one: A Court of Thorns and Roses / A Court of Mist and Fury but at the same time showed the differences between the two, Spring Court and Night Court. The title felt logical, even though I hadn't guessed it.


Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I was so excited when I heard that Entertainment Weekly had revealed Heartless' covers, because the covers of The Lunar Chronicles are so beautiful, each with an important detail of the fairy tale. Of course, I expected it for Heartless. Then I saw the cover and was truly underwhelmed.

This cover feels incomplete, because there isn't a detail of the fairy tale. Actually, if I think about it, this cover reminds me more of A Court of Thorns and Roses, that I just talked about. When I first saw it, it felt wrong. Like the job wasn't finished. Moreover, the sword and crown are weirdly put, in my opinion.


The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

This book was supposed to come out last year, but now it is scheduled for April 26th. There wasn't a particular marketing campaign for this one, it was just a long wait. If you haven't read The Raven Boys yet, it's an amazing series and you should give it a go. For a long time, we just saw crows on the cover and the title, but it wasn't the final cover, just a placeholder. And then: the beauty came.

This cover is just magnificent and doesn't need a marketing campaign to renew the reader's interest. It's enough, because you want to own the book and look at it, and pet it.

I don't know about you, but even though I feel underwhelmed 70% of the time for cover and title reveals, they grew on me. Even if at some point I wasn't a big fan of the cover, I end up liking it, even if I won't think it's the best. For example, I had imagined the cover of Winter and I thought we would see Winter's hand when she's dropping the apple. At first, I wasn't a fan of the cover, but it's actually really good. It's just that I built expectations in my head and it was hard to see the final cover.

Do you feel underwhelmed by cover and/or title reveals? Did you feel the same way for my examples?


  1. I usually hate cover and title reveals - I find them to be so pointless! But the ACOMAF title reveal was actually so amazing and cool! Monsters is such a plausible guess...I don't know why that wasn't the actual "M" of ACOMAF :((

    1. I've been thinking about this subject for quite some time, because I always felt "meh" about it. But recently, some reveals pleased me (like the cover of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, which is creepy but amazing) so I'm more on the fence about it... Yes, I loved the way they did it. It's not a book that need promo *coughs* so it would be great if they did that kind of things for other books. Moreover, some book titles aren't really revealed, I just discover them on Goodreads and I'm like "okay cool". We'll have the answer in ACOMAF for that, but I still like the title! I had written A Court of Monsters and Feathers, because why not? XD

  2. Oh you put my thoughts into words! For some reason, I feel like Crooked Kingdom doesn't fit with Six of Crows, but I think if the cover is gorgeous, it'll make up for it. AND I didn't like the cover for Heartless either! like maybe the texture will be different in hardcover? Maybe? But my initial response was meh. And loooove the cover for The Raven King! Hopefully it will actually come out this year ;)

    1. The cover was just realized yesterday and I like it I think? I had no idea what it would look like, but it fits Six of Crows' cover so it's great! But I'm not really blown away. I think I'll get used to it and then love it. If it had golden-edged pages, I'll probably be in love, let's be real! I hope you're right for Heartless, it would had a little something! I so hope The Raven King will come out this year, because I'm so tired of waiting! But at the same time it could make me reread the first three books ;)