Despite everything I've been told growing up, I always judge a book by its cover. Not only is it natural but it's where publishers put all the fancy quotes from people who like it. Hey, if they didn't want you to judge a book on its cover, those quotes would be hidden away somewhere else.
That was fine when I was simply a reader deciding what to buy, but now, on the other side of the fence as an author, it's altogether trickier. The people who create these covers are real-life designers, with real-life feelings, so to say 'I hate it', that you feel as if a tiny piece of your soul has been stamped upon repeatedly - even when that's the truth - is hard.
And I have been shown covers that I've really hated.
Maryom's review of Reckoning can be found here