This post is mostly about covers and a bit about the books behind them.
Beautiful covers, amazing stories
These are just two examples of many. I've read Under the Never Sky recently and I loved it. His Dark Materials I read a while ago, like two years, but I mostly choose this book for it's cover. In The Netherlands this isn't a book every child has read, so I didn't discover it until the movie The Golden Compass came out and I didn't really like it, but when I saw this cover I just couldn't stop thinking about it. So I bought it, read it and now it's one of my all-time favorites.
Unappealing covers, beautiful stories
Another one of my all-time favorites: The Time Traveler's Wife, what an amazing story. I have cried for hours after finishing this book. It's so beautiful, complex and well written. But I never really liked the cover. The same with Finding Sky. The story is good, but that cover is just a bit weird. But luckily that didn't stop me from really loving these books, so hopefully I'm not that shallow after all.
Beautiful covers, disappointing stories
And there's the other way around. I couldn't wait to read these books, especially Switched. I had only seen the cover and I just wanted to read that book! With The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove I already knew the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, but I loved this cover as well. And the stories were so disappointing. I had high hopes for the latter, and it just wasn't as great as Fallen. But Switched was so bad. When I started reading I liked it, but when I finished the first part it just got worse and worse. Beautiful covers can definitely be misleading!
Let me know in the comments what covers you love/like/dislike!