Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly social blog hop between book bloggers. There are two regular hosts: Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read, and two special guest hosts every week. If you want to join in, click on either of their blogs to get the details. The FF question of the day is:
Q: Have you ever looked at book’s cover and thought, This is going to horrible? But, was instead pleasantly surprised? Show us the cover and tell us about the book.
While I generally am far too influenced by book covers to pick up a book that doesn't appeal visually, I've had different reactions to two different covers of the same book. Although I started with the cover that appealed, it's fascinating to look at the less attractive cover and measure my reaction against the actual book.
Brenna Yovanoff's THE REPLACEMENT is the perfect example of a book which shaped my expectations entirely because of its cover. I did not encounter the U.K. version, at right, until after I read it, but if I had, I would never have read the novel. It's horribly cheesy, and somehow reminiscent of the not soapy enough to be interesting TV adaptation of L.J. Smith's THE SECRET CIRCLE.