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Similar Covers: Who Did it Best? 11/5/11

5 Nov

While surfing GoodReads I found the following covers. Their similarity is obvious, but one does it best. Do you agree?

Now this one looks good. The character on the cover looks petrified and I want to know why.

Not bad, but there is nothing about the woman's face that I find interesting. She doesn't look to be scared or in pain.

This one reminds me of the YA book covers from the 80s and early 90s.

Review: The Crown on Your Head by Nancy Tillman

29 Oct

The Crown on Your Head by Nancy Tillman
Feiwel and Friends (Sept. 2011)
Hardback: $16.99 (32 pages)
Available as nook book: $9.99
ISBN: 9780312645212

Favorite Lines: “YOU WERE BORN TO SHINE.”

Every child is born with a crown. The crown is everything that gives us unique value. Our crown will always be with us wherever we go, whatever we do.

The Crown on Your Head is a book which shouts to the world children are special. In it a parent tells a child from the moment she (he) saw the child she knew he was special and would accomplish wonderful things.

Aimed at smaller children, The Crown on Your Head makes statements and then backs them up with a simple explanation most children will understand. Every colorful page of the book portrays a child living life to the fullest. If you’re looking for a short picture book capable of expressing your love toward a child, this may be the book for you.

I ♥ Covers: Devil’s Punch

18 Oct

Books I Want: October 2011

24 Sep

Mirror Image Book Covers with a Twist

23 Jul

I just noticed a few new book covers that I like, but wonder if are part of a new book cover trend. They are semi-mirror images with major twists: Spellbound and The Vanishing Game. Have you noticed any other cover trends?

Review: The First Victim by J.B. Lynn

17 Jun

The First Victim by J.B. Lynn (Hate the cover. Love the story.)
Carina Press (June 2011)
e-book: $4.99
ISBN: 9781426891748
Excerpt: Click here.

Favorite Lines: “He couldn’t wait to play with them. But not yet. It wasn’t time. Soon though. Right now there was another girl he wanted to toy with. He was putting the finishing touches on their playroom right now. The walls had been soundproofed. No one would hear her scream. The tools were laid out. Waiting for when he was ready for them. The brand-new clothes he’d bought to dress her up i had been washed in rose water. Crushing them in his fist, he raised them to his nose. They smelled so good. Not as good as she’d smell though.” (p. 41 e-ARC) Continue reading

Review: My Dangerous Pleasure by Carolyn Jewel

15 Jun

My Dangerous Pleasure by Carolyn Jewel  (I like cover)
Grand Central Publishing (June 2011)
Mass Market: $7.99
ISBN: 9780446563871
Excerpt: Read chapter 1

Favorite Lines: ” She knew it in her soul. Rasmus Kessler had found out where she lived, and the very last part of her life that belonged to her was about to go to hell.” (p.27 -eArc) Continue reading

Review: Beyond Foo by Obert Skye

16 Apr

Beyond Foo by Obert Skye (Nice cover art by Mr. Ben Sowards!)
Shadow Mountain (May 9, 2011)
Hardback: $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60908-050-1

Favorite Line: “I hate evil’s intentions, its personality, and its slimy commitment to making life horrible for so many.” (p. 88)

Foo is the remarkable realm that allows us to hope, imagine, and dream. Geth a fearless Lithen, is one of the wisest and most respected beings of Foo. At the conclusion of the bestselling Leven Thumps series, the realm of Foo achieves balance–dreams can once again thrive and grow. With things in order, Geth and the beloved sycophant Clover set off to find a new adventure that leads beyond the hidden border of Foo and into an unknown land where dreams have been trapped and freedom has been crushed. Join Geth and Clover on a page-turning, mind-blowing, laugh-out-loud, and imagine-the-impossible quest. Your dreams will thank you!

Beyond Foo is the first book in a trilogy set in the imaginary world of Foo. It’s a spinoff from the Leven Thumps series which I have never read. The book attempts to catch readers up and knowledge of Leven Thumps unnecessary, but I had a hard time reading this book.

It felt like my brain was surrounded by cotton candy. I was slow to pick up on the events and I think there was humor, but it went right over my head. Sure the book is action packed, but it goes from being told in the third person to having a first person narrator speak.

Consider the old Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons. Often the narrator would introduce the characters and a little bit of the story, but the characters always took over the story. That is how Beyond Foo is written. For example, chapters one and two are told in third person. Chapter three begins with a paragraph told by a narrator who uses words like you and I. Then the second paragraph reverts to third person. When the narrator speaks he is giving a nugget of wisdom like don’t go through life with your eyes closed. Great information, but it took away from the story. Most of the remaining chapters had a narrator told paragraph before switching back to third person.

The actual story is interesting. I think I might be too old to enjoy the book though. The things that were supposed to be funny, weren’t funny to me. I was appalled at the actions the hero took to achieve whatever his goal was at the moment. For those who’ve read the book those scenes took place in a cave and later in a cage. I just couldn’t get into the story. Maybe a younger boy would have a better time connecting with the story.

Conclusion: I don’t see myself continuing this story. The hero is working to right a wrong, but his actions are those of an anti-hero at times. Kind of the like saying, “Do whatever it takes to reach the end you want to reach.” I also think not having read the Leven Thumps series was a detriment to me. Others will probably disagree, but this series is a no go for me.

I ♥ Covers: The Hour of Dust and Ashes

11 Apr

I found the cover for Kelly Gay’s The Hour of  Dust and Ashes (book 3 in the Charlie Madigan series) on her blog. According to Gay, “There might be a few minor changes (blurbs, quotes, that sort of thing) but the artwork is done, so sharing is okay.” The book will be released on August 30.

I ♥ Covers: One Salt Sea & Giveaway Winner

10 Apr

I was updating my wishlist and noticed the cover for Seanan McGuire’s September release. What do you think about it? I think Toby looks vulnerable in ways that she never did on any of the other covers.

And the winner of Jacquelyn Frank’s Seduce Me in Dreams is d bean!