But say I find a cover that is really cool, and get the book from the library, I'll not finish it if I don't like it. And again, move on and forget it.
And hence the difficulty. Trying to dredge up the memory of books I thought looked cool based on cover art but have purposely forgot.
But I did find a couple of examples:
I'm not sure exactly what drew me to this. Maybe the desolate look on her face? The colors? It was one of the first "pretty girl in flowy dress" covers I saw before they started showing up freaking everywhere and I got completely sick of seeing them?
Whatever it is, this cover totally grabbed me. But the book did not. I simply didn't buy the concept--the whole virus that kills you at a certain age. Nah. And I was totally turned off by the whole twenty-something impregnating a 13 yr old thing. Seriously? The author couldn't have at least made her a little older so it doesn't fall into the category of child molestation?
And why didn't Rhine ask what's-his-face to just bring her brother? He's not making her sleep with him, and they have the room, and he seems to want to make her happy. I bet anything he'd have sent his goons off to pick up her brother. They could all live happily ever after (well, you know, for another four years before they all die of the virus) in the rich guy's mansion.
Anyway, the cover actually captures the mood of the book quite well. The whole bird in a gilded cage thing is very appropriate. But the book itself--bleh.
I got this book through Amazon vine. The way the newsletters come, I do happen to go by book cover image when choosing. There is such a long list, I scan through looking for "intriguing."
This one captured me because of its simplicity. The butterfly looks so fragile, and the blood splattered across it made me assume it must be something dark.
But as simple as the cover is, the book inside is equally cluttered. Too many things going on, confusing prose, and a story that meandered. You can read my whole review here if you'd like. Suffice it to say, I got maybe half-way through.
Oh, and when I'd quit reading, I still had no clue what the significance of the butterfly even was.
Honestly, other than that I can't think of anything specific. Maybe the Twilight series? As much as I HATED Twilight--didn't get past page 150 in the first book, never read the rest--I actually thought the book covers were striking. Not terribly representative of the story itself, but definitely eye-catching. And Ted Dekker's books usually have some nifty dark and creepy covers, but I've discovered his endings makes me want to scream and throw the books across the room.
Next time, I think I'll do books I loved for both cover art and story to even this all out.