Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover – Issue Three: Paranormal

“Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover” is a semi-regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader inspired by Katie’s feature Cover Love on her blog One Page At A Time. The idea is being used with her gracious permission.

I think we’re all familiar with the age-old adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. And you know what I have to say about that? Rubbish! Covers are an invaluable part of a book’s package. A truly great cover can tell you a lot about the novel contained within its pages. Book covers can also catch your attention and attract you to a novel you might otherwise ignore. So go ahead, judge a book by its cover – We all do it!

For the third instalment of Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover, I’ve decided to take a look at the covers of the paranormal genre, which I actually found a little difficult as I’m less familiar with this particular genre and there seems to be quite a lot of crossover between the paranormal/fantasy/science fiction genres. Please forgive me if you feel I’ve mis-catagorized a book as paranormal!

Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite paranormal covers? Did I list one of your favourites here or is there one I forgot that just has to be included? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. I’m seriously falling in love with this feature, Jen! I love paranormal covers, but I think this particular genre is the one at fault for the “girls in pretty dresses” deal. However, I see that you’ve got some totally different but jaw-dropping covers at the same time! I love The House of Ivy and Sorrow, and Sisters Red. Lovely post, Jen!! <3
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    1. I’m so glad you’re enjoying it, Jen! I really love putting this feature together each week 😀

      I completely agree with you! Apart from historical fiction, paranormal is definitely the genre most plagued by the ‘girl in pretty dress’ cover style, which I absolutely hate. I tried to be as creative with my choices as possible this week 🙂
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  2. SO MANY good covers! I still haven’t done a paranormal cover-love post because there’s just too many books to choose from. lol But you definitely highlighted some of the best ones. I’m IN LOVE with all the Mara Dyer covers, especially the first one, and I’m always partial to underwater covers, so mermaid book covers always seem to strike my fancy. 🙂
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    1. This was by far the most difficult edition of Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover to put together! There were just so many choices and it was really hard differentiating from the paranormal/fantasy, etc. genres.

      The funny thing is: For the most part I absolutely hate books about mermaids and sirens, and yet they’re almost always my favourite covers. I love covers that are set underwater, particularly Imaginary Girls. It looks so delicate and is absolutely stunning.
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  3. I love, love, love all these covers. Especially Splintered, Paper Valentine (An Awesome Book!), Dance of Shadows (yay Ballet!) and Halo.

    I agree what covers are part of the whole package. I always love a book that has a great cover, and I’m more likely to pick it up. So yay covers. I do try not to be turned off books with bad covers, though.
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  4. Ahh yay! I love reading these features they make my week, you clearly work so hard on the features as they’re absolutely beautiful!

    Now, I am one who loves a bit of paranormal and i do own or have a lot of these on my TBR list but there are some that I haven’t heard of so i’ll be scoping them out as soon a possible…

    Only thing though, Night School is not a paranormal, sci-fi or fantasy :(. The American cover is a lot different from the UK and i suppose it actually makes it look like it belongs to the category.

    Saying that, you should definitely read it if you haven’t already it’s actually one of my favourite series. Oh and it’s kind of like a murder mystery which involves a secret political group… and yes it all takes place in a British boarding school 😀
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  5. Anyone who says they never judge a book by it’s cover is probably lying lol! A cover is a books first impression so of course it’s important!

    I love the cover of Paper Valentine! I read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer just because of the cover. The Evolution cover is ok, but I love The Retribution cover.

    I haven’t read the first book in the series yet but I love the cover of Of Triton. Sooooo pretty!
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  6. I’m not big on silhouette covers, but I loooove me some pretty illustrations (a la Sisters Red & Paper Valentine). Font is also HUGE for me and definitely a big factor when it comes to picking up a new book.

    Off the top of my head I, Lucifer came to mind. The cover is SUPER simple, but the shadow is what makes it fantastic.

    Yesterday I finished The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic and while it’s more fantasy than paranormal, the cover is gorgeous. The title is nice and bold and the background has wonderful details like the dragon’s claw & the Alice-in-Wonderland-esque dress (absolutely perfect since the main character finds herself in a strange land).
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