Usually, a book makes it to my wishlist after I've heard of it, heard other people's opinions on it, and I've read a couple of reviews about it. UNDER A PAINTED SKY made it just with the cover and blurb to form my opinion. Honestly, I don't understand why some people are so adamant that reader's should not judge books by their covers. Yes, to an extent, we should take other factors into account as well - but that's effectively trying to say that books could just have completely blank covers.
Book covers are there for a reason. They are a marketing device, they make books stand out, and if created well, they give readers a small and beautiful snippet into what the story might be about. In my opinion, every part of a book can be and should be taken into consideration when deciding whether to read a book. the crux of the decision should not be made entirely based on whether you feel partial towards the cover because that would be shallow - but if you've never heard of a book before, what makes your hand reach out to pick it up? The title, and the cover. Under a Painted Sky has it all: an intriguing and beautiful title, and a visually pleasing cover, coupled with a blurb that makes you so, so interested in the novel because it sounds unique, and heck, I need some originality in the YA world please and thank you. Now let's just hope the words inside live up to the charm of the outsides. DO YOU LIKE THIS COVER? AND HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? IF SO, WERE THE INSIDES PRETTY TOO?