I read the new Ilona Andrews book (first in a new series) Burn for Me.
I had a couple problems with the story, but overall, I found it quite enjoyable.
What I did not enjoy was the cover.
Here is the cover of the book.
I don’t like it. I just don’t. The female character is weak, and looks needy and defenseless, and I JUST CAN’T EVEN with men wearing their shirts like that.
But, you know, bad book covers happen to good people.
Then I discovered they had another cover, that was rejected.
I. LOVE. THAT. COVER.
It is AWESOME. She is powerful and taking action. In fact, he’s the one standing there clutching her hand and looking handsome while she is taking action.
THAT IS AWESOME.
But instead, someone decided they had to go with the bare chested man, with the woman all but swooning in the man’s arms cover.
WHAT THE HELL?
And even though the female character didn’t actually hold balled lightening when fighting, she was smart and able to care for herself and others. She had no need to clutch needily at a man. A man who doesn’t even know how to wear a shirt for gods’ sake.
The woman on the cover that went to print is NOT the woman I read about in the book.
WHY did they need to show her as weak? WHY?!
Let me be clear: Avon? You SUCK at covers.
ADDENDUM the First:
Another salient point. I purchased the book solely because it was written by Ilona Andrews. If I was browsing, I would have immediately skipped right over that as a book of no interest to me. And in fact Despite the fact I had pre-ordered the book, I put off reading it because I found the cover so unappealing, I presumed it wasn’t the kind of book I typically enjoy.
But I did get around to reading it, because I love Ilona Andrews and the books they write. But if I was a reading, looking for a new author? No way in hell would I have picked that up.