When Covers Lie
I recently started a new bedside book. I’m planning on reading lots of romance in February, so I thought I’d get a jump start because my bedside book is one I only read a few pages at a time until it grabs ahold of me.
Okay, that’s a lie. It’s not my bedside book.
It’s the book I keep under the bathroom sink in a plastic drawer. I’m a bathroom reader. Seriously, it’s sometimes the only place I have true privacy… when one of our furbabies isn’t scratching at the door to get in.
But I digress.
Here’s the cover of the book:
The Best Kind of Trouble by Laura Dane
Sexy cover, right? Sexy synopsis too, plus it’s been on my shelves since I attended BEA 2014.
Here’s the problem I have with the cover: the main character is supposed to have a pixie hair cut.
When I think of a pixie hair cut, this is what I picture:
It’s short, people. Not shoulder length or longer. The cover LIES!
I can’t stand when the description of the character doesn’t match the cover. It’d be like if the Harry Potter movies made a huge deal about Harry having his mother’s eyes and then going ahead and casting a young actress with super brown eyes.
Oh, wait. THEY DID.
Oh, the betrayal. The rage.
Also, damn, is it always going to hurt so much to see my beloved Alan Rickman? Sigh.
Now, does the model looking differently ruin the book for me? Nope, because even just a few pages in, I’m enjoying the book.
But other times I’ve been mislead by a cover. I bought the next book from Audible:
Tall, Dark & Deadly (Garnet Lacey #1) by Tate Hallaway
I thought this was going to be a cute, cozy Paranormal Romance.
It’s narrated by one of my favorite narrators, so how could I go wrong?
Well, there is nothing cozy about this book. There’s mass murder in the first few pages, the main character is possessed by the blood thirsty and often horny demon Lilith, and she and the love interest (whom she suspects at first is a zombie) hookup the day they meet. I actually dnfed it. And I returned the audiobook. I would normally never do that, but that’s how much I hated what I read. And I read much more than I should have, because I kept thinking it was bound to get better.
I also bought this next book, in which I was fooled by both the title and the cover:
The Hazards of Hunting While Heartbroken by Mari Passananti
I thought I was getting a cute romance, possibly paranormal… but it wasn’t paranormal at all. And it was just an okay read. The main reason I stuck with it and finished the book was because I had chosen it for one of my first TBR reads of 2015, and I was determined to cross a book off my Kindle Books To Read list. What a difference a year makes though, because I probably would have dnfed it if I read it today.
In defense of the book, it’s my own fault that I fell for the cover and the title without reading the synopsis. It was several years ago when I bought it, and I’m sure it was on sale on Amazon. At the time, it seemed important to fill my Kindle up with books on the off chance I’d get marooned on an island (with a power source for recharging but no wifi).
I still think it’s a gorgeous cover and title.
Have you been swindled by a cover? Has a main character’s appearance been so startlingly different then the cover art depicts that you had to wonder what the hell they were thinking?