Mar 22, 2012

Don’t cover it!!!

Posted by Kirsten at 3/22/2012 04:19:00 PM

I think I’ve mentioned before that I think book covers can be beautiful pieces of artwork. If I haven’t, well now you know how I feel on the topic. Here are a few of my current favorites. Also, I’m doing something new. I always imagine what I think a book is about just from the cover. Sometimes I’m correct and sometimes I’m ridiculously wrong, but always entertained.


Blood Ninja by Nick Lake

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What I think this book is about: This is one that I was pretty much right on the money about.  Blood Ninja is a prime example of the cover representing the book accurately. I couldn’t come up with anything funny about this cover. I just love it though. I see this cover and immediately think “OOOH! Nick Lake wrote a book about vampires and ninjas! I bet they fight! Wait! Wait! I bet there are vampire ninjas in the book!” And of course I was correct!

If you want the actual review, go look it up on Goodreads. I should have to say anything other than  VAMPIRE NINJAS!!!!

1st impression: I Love the simplicity of this cover. I don’t know who designed it but it speaks to me. So many of todays book covers are just overdone and cluttered. I love it when I come across a captivating cover that’s not trying too hard.


Just Your Average Princess

by Kristina Springer

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What I think this book is about: I think this book is about a girl who’s favorite thing to do is get dressed up and sit on top of giant bales of hay. She probably has a guy best friend who follows her around like a lost puppy and takes pictures of her and the hay bales so that one day, she can publish a coffee table book called “Me and my Bales” or “Not Yo Mama’s Hay”. Of course, like every good teen novel she’ll eventually find out that there’s more to life than bales of hay and pretty dresses and realize that she desperately loves her lost puppy guy. It will of course be too late because he’ll have given up. She will finally win him back after some sort of selfish act and rename her future coffee table book “A Girl, A Guy and Their Awesome Bale of Hay”

1st Impression: I love this cover. She just looks so happy and comfortable with herself. I mean, you’ve got to love a girl who wears rubber boots with a super girly dress right? This cover reminds me of the quote from Shrek

What it’s really about according to Goodreads: Jamie Edwards has loved everything about growing up on a pumpkin patch, but ever since her cousin Milan Woods arrived, things have really stunk. Jamie can’t imagine it was easy for Milan to leave her life back in Los Angeles and move to Average, Illinois, population one thousand. But it’s kind of hard to feel sorry for her since (a) Milan’s drop-dead gorgeous; (b) she’s the daughter of two of Hollywood’s hottest film stars; (c) she’s captured the attention of everyone in town, including Danny, Jamie’s crush since forever; and (d) she’s about to steal the title of Pumpkin Princess right out from underneath Jamie!


Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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What I think this book is about: I think this book is about a girl who always wanted to wear super high heels but due to a strangely weird and freaky spaghetti incident (gotta love my stream of consciousness) which destroyed her ankle bones was never able to wear them. But wait! There’s more!!! Prom is coming up and our main character, who I’ll assume is named Cinder, not covered in them, finds out about a nifty new ankle replacement surgery which not only will allow her to walk without braces and assistance, but will allow her to wear the lovely and supremely awesome pair of red high heels that her grandmother bought her when she was seven. I don’t know why she gave them to her when she was seven but hey, there’s a reason I read books and don’t write them! Anyway, Cinder and her cyborg ankle go to prom in the awesome heels and everyone lives happily ever after.

1st Impression: This is another of those covers I love. Again, the simplicity of it gets me every time. The red shoe draws the eye right away before you ever think to look at the title and by the time you really look at it and notice the cybernetic ankle and foot bones, you just know that this is going to be an interesting read.

What it’s really about according to Goodreads: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl...
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction.
Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future

 

Straw House, Wood House,
Brick House, Blow

by Daniel Nayeri

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What I think this book is about: I think that this book is about the aftermath of the Three Little Pigs story. It’s obvious from the cover that the story follows the Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf as they suffer through the court trial and the necessary therapy required after  the incidents from the original story. Pig number one gets grilled (pun intended) about his bad decision to make his house out of straw. I can hear it now “but your honor, it seemed perfectly logical at the time!” Pig number two will be shaking in his little piggy boots as his therapist questions his use of sticks and whether or not his relationship with his mother had anything to do with his choice of building materials. Pig number three is being questioned about the paranoia that caused him to build in the forest using bricks. “It’s not really paranoid if there really IS someone out to get you right?” AS for B.B.Wolf? He’ll be led from the courtroom screaming “It wasn’t me! I was framed! I was all the way across town  eating at the Vegan Palace! I’m a freakin’ vegetarian!!!” Of course no one will believe him any more than they believe in vegetarian sparkling vampires. Yup! That’s how I see it in my head.

1st Impression: Again the simplicity is wonderful. I love the use of the images from the Three Little Pigs and the lines on the cover all make it seem like there has to be more to this book than what it seems. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, It doesn’t seem to have much to do with the contents of the book. It will, however, get people to at least read the back cover and find out what it is about so it serves a purpose.

2nd Impression:The interesting thing I found about this book and what might get me to read it is the fact that it was written completely written on an iPhone! Seriously! Imagine how much time that took.. the crazy auto fix typos! It would’ve driven me nuts!!!

What it’s really about according to Goodreads: This bold collection of novellas by Another series author Daniel Nayeri features four riveting tales. These modern riffs on classic genres will introduce young adult readers to a broad range of writing styles that explore universally compelling themes such as identity and belonging, betrayal and friendship, love and mortality.


Straw House: A Western sizzling with suspense, set in a land where a rancher grows soulless humans and a farmer grows living toys.


Wood House: This science-fiction tale plunges the reader into a future where reality and technology blend imperceptibly, and a teenage girl must race to save the world from a nano-revolution that a corporation calls "ReCreation Day."


Brick House: This detective story set in modern NYC features a squad of "wish police" and a team of unlikely detectives.
Blow: A comedic love story told by none other than Death himself, portrayed here as a handsome and charismatic hero who may steal your heart in more ways than one. With humor, suspense, and relatable prose, this hip and cutting-edge collection dazzle

1 comments:

jakobhowie on March 22, 2012 at 5:47 PM said...

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