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Top Ten Deceiving Book Covers:
1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling – I didn’t actually start to read the series until two books in. Shocker. I know. I thought it was going to be a silly kids’ book, so I ignored it (and often made fun of my little sister for reading it). Then, I decided to give it a go and, well, the rest is history.
2. Redwall by Brian Jacques – Come on now…the covers have mice, and shrews, and otters and badgers in armour with swords! I thought they looked ridiculous, to be honest, but I started reading them so I could carry around big books like the pretentious little reader I was. They’re actually beautiful and deep, and I adore the series to this day.
3. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto - Gorgeous cover. Absolutely, positively stunning cover. Seriously, I was obsessed for months before I finally got the book. Unfortunately, the story was FAR overshadowed by the amazing cover.
4. The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher – This is, quite possibly, the most beautiful cover I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I thought it was stunning, and the premise was just incredible. The story, however, was riddled with searing political agendas that completely shrouded whatever plot might have otherwise succeeded.
5. Blood Red Road by Moira Young – The cover is adequate. It’s certainly not special in the realm of incredibly covers, but it’s poignant. The story within the pages, however, is one of the most clever, original takes on dystopian that I’ve read in a while, and the dialect truly sets it apart.
6. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – Ok, you all know me. I hate vampires…with a passion. I was finally convinced to try the series even though I was pretty sure the girl on the first book was Angelina Jolie from Lara Croft, and I was just blown away. This is right up there with my favourite series of all time. Do not be fooled by this cover!
7. Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar – I think the cover looks a bit amateur, to be honest, so when I saw all the great reviews, I couldn’t understand them. Let me just say that this is one of the best books I’ve ever read, and it’s possibly the best contemporary I’ve ever tried. It’s stunning.
8. Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison – Holy gorgeous cover. I was blown away from the first second I received it. The content, however? Fluff. Ludicrous, absurd fluff. I rarely give 1 star reviews, but this was very nearly a DNF. I highly recommend steering clear of this one.
9. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler – This one is more deceiving due to the title, to be honest, though the cover is still rather weak. When I picked it up, I thought it sounded, well, slutty…if we’re being honest. It’s actually incredibly powerful and sincere though and just happened to have a bit of a lackluster title.
10. Witch & Wizard by James Patterson – I remember when this one first came out and was touted as the “next Harry Potter.” Well, my withdrawals had me sufficiently weak, so I bought it. It’s horrible, guys. Absolutely horrible. There is no plot, there are no real characters and, frankly, it’s an utter waste of space.