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It’s about that time again, boys and girls. Another Mead novel, another email from my lovely friend Shanna with this as her subject line:


Which basically translates to me demanding asking her to guest post again. Mark my words, one of these days I will read the Vampire Academy series, because I know she loves it so. But in the meantime, I’m enjoying this Mead fan’s out-lashing against all of its cover art. icon_wink-6631501 Take it away, Shanna!



Guys. I didn’t think the second book in Richelle Mead’s new series could possibly get any worse than the first cover. Boy, was I wrong. Upon seeing the cover for the first time, my reaction varied between the following:






Honestly, I don’t know why I was so shocked to see how embarrassing this cover is, considering Bloodlines was equally bad. But The Golden Lily stepped it up a notch on the fugly scale by featuring not one, but two – count ‘em TWO – faces. I just, I don’t even….Why? WHY?

I’ll tell you why. Because there are people out there who are giving these monstrosities positive feedback! Just look at a couple of the gems in the comments on Richelle Mead’s blog:

“The cover looks AMAZING!!”
“I just loved the cover for Bloodlines and now i think the cover for The Golden Lily is amazing.”
“WOW! Nice cover!”
“It is so beautiful.” 

No. JUST NO. STOP ENCOURAGING THEM. When I see comments like this, it makes me want to throw a chair across a room.

As long as these jackanapes are out singing the praises of ugly covers on the authors’ blogs, we’ll never see the end to these embarrassing covers. Should we make a PSA about the danger of using real faces on the cover? Send it to all the publishing houses and tell them to Just Say No? Would that help? Ah well. At least it makes for good blog fodder.

Yes, it definitely does. I’d like to give Shanna extra high fives for including Community and The Office GIFs – I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong expressing repulsion towards cover art via funny TV characters. Actually, I’m absolutely sure.

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