There was something so classy about it. The model looked elegant; the bird wing was very subtly done; the background was interesting but didn't distract from the focus of the cover. The font choices were spot-on and the colors fantastic.
And then Bloodborn came out, and I made a strangled sound because they couldn't have chosen a more stereotypical cover.
It's like they're trying to blend in with the crowd! There's too much focus on the models - why are there two!? - and not enough background; there's a weird facial expression on the male model; there's no explanation as to why the entire right side of the male model's head is blurred.
And then they made it dark blue with a sad girl on the cover.
WHY DID THEY HAVE TO MAKE IT DARK BLUE WITH A SAD GIRL ON THE COVER!? I understand it's a werewolf novel, but could you be more stereotypical!?
And now Foxfire. And I want to cry, because I had hoped that they would redeem themselves after Bloodborn, but nope.
The photoshop on the ear is blatantly obvious - it's not properly sized to what it would be shaping into! - and it just isn't at all elegant. The background is blindingly bright and in focus and takes away from the model on the cover; it distracts from everything else in a terrible way. (It's not even that pretty of a background.) The placement of the title is okay, but the added fire stuff on top of everything else that's going on in the image is okay.
What happened, cover designers? Did you get bored after making such a pretty cover with Other!? Tell me! Because I am disappointed.