Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Book Covers

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic for a list of ten is a book cover freebie. “Choose what kind(s) of covers you want to talk about: prettiest, most unique, most misleading, weirdest, most memorable, creepiest, ugliest, etc.”

This week I’m going to split my post into two categories and do five of each.

Top Five Books I Loved But Didn’t Like the Covers

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

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The Lost Duke of Wyndham by Julia Quinn

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The Martian by Andy Weir

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Top Five Covers I Loved But was Disappointed by the Book

 

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

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Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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That’s my TTT this week, I’d love to hear what you think in the comments. Thanks for reading!

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Book Covers

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Book Cover Freebie (choose what kind(s) of covers you want to talk about: prettiest, most unique, most misleading, weirdest, most memorable, creepiest, ugliest, etc.)

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Today I will be sharing books I bought or read because of the covers and ended up loving the story inside. These are the books I bought or read because the cover drew me in first before knowing anything else about the book, but thankfully the inside was as stunning as the outside.

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

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The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

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The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes

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Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

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The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)

The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician, #1)

Kaijimax Season One: Terror and Respect by Zander Cannon

Kaijumax Season One: Terror and Respect

The Disasters by M.K. England

The Disasters

What books did you buy or read because the cover caught your attention?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Barnes & Nobel Book Haul!

Hi, lovelies! I’m just stopping by this evening to share with you all the things I got this weekend at the Barnes & Nobel Book Haul Blowout! I have been looking forward to this all weekend! I think I picked up quite a few books that I’m really excited about. So, expect to see them in any of my TBR’s in the near future.

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I picked up a few that I was missing from the always wonderful Rick Riordan. I was very excited to see these on sale because I never see his books on sale!

The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

I also grabbed a few that I’ve seen so many others talking about. I wanted to get them so I could understand why everyone is talking about them!

Furyborn Kingsbane by Claire Legrand

White Stag by Kara Barbieri

Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young

There were a few that I’ve seen before but I haven’t really heard anything about them aside from what they’re about.

Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc by David Elliott

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by Ally Condie

Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody

And finally, I picked up two books by the same author that I’ve never heard of but the synopsis sounded pretty interesting for both of them.

H2O by Virginia Bergin

The XY by Virginia Bergin

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The next book is the one full-price book I bought and I’m blaming entirely on Heathur from Aphrodite Reads because she does nothing but sing its praises. It’s going to be a buddy read for the upcoming round of ZodiacAThon.

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

 

 

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The graphic novel was an impulse buy. I went over to the graphic novel section to look for the next volume of a series I started recently but instead, I found something I never knew I needed. I don’t play video games pretty much ever, but a friend of mine got me into Life is Strange and I’m so glad.

Life is Strange: Dust by Emma Vieceli, Claudia Leonardi, & Andrea Izzo

 

 

So, there you have it. These are all of the books I picked up today on my trip to Barnes and Nobel. I have to thank my dad because this haul was a belated birthday gift from him. I cannot wait to dive into these new books, but for now, they have found a new home on my TBR bookshelves.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Cover Redesigns

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Cover redesigns I loved/hated

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I hate covers with people on them (usually) so I totally loved the redesign.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
I adored the original covers for this series, but I also really adore the new covers.

Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn
I have the original cover of this one, with the faces. So I much prefer the new one.

Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins
While I didn’t hate the original, it was a little juvenile. I completely love the new one with the illustrated characters.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Another cover with faces, the new one isn’t as nostalgic as the old but I still like it better.

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
I don’t know why on earth they did this to Zentner’s wonderful book. The new cover is literally just a quote and I hate it.

Jane Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
I love the purple reflective cover, and I do like the redesign. I think the new cover reflects the story a bit better but I still prefer the original.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
WHY DID THEY DO THIS TO THIS POOR BOOK.

Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima
I like the original and the redesign. I think the original was a bit too similar to the covers of its sister series, so I understand the change.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
The original cover was nothing to write home about, but the redesign is everything I never knew I needed in a book cover.

Tell me about your favorite or least favorite book cover redesigns in the comments below!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Book Tag – Dreamy Book Covers

Happy Saturday! We’re back with another book tag. We’ve found this one from our friends Teagan and Jess over at Fiction No Chaser. I love their reviews and other bookish posts! They have an excellent taste in books so head over there and check them out.

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you. (We were tagged by thanks Teagan and Jess for sharing this fun book tag!)
  2. Mention Tiana at The Book Raven as the creator of the book tag.
  3. Use the original tag image in your post.
  4. Tag at least one fellow blogger to play next!
  5. List the rules.

No Ideas but in Things”

A book cover that perfectly expresses the novel inside it.

Amanda- The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert. The cover is a little creepy, mysterious and leaves you to wonder what’s going to happen inside. The story is also a little creepy, mysterious and you can’t help but wonder what’s going to happen inside the Hazel Wood.

Antonia- I think all the covers for Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan fit the tone of the books really well.

“Sugary Sweet”

A cute cover that is so fluffy you want to give it a hug.

Amanda- The covers of The Selection series by Kiera Cass. The dresses are just so poofy and fluffy and I’d love to wear them and twirl like a princess.

Antonia- The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts. The all have gorgeous wedding dresses on the covers with bouquets or wedding cakes but I can’t stop loving them.

“The Simple Aesthetic”

A book cover that stuns with the most minimalistic of designs.

Amanda- All four of the book covers in the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. I love these simple covers with the varying colors and the interesting crowns on each book.

Antonia- I love the cover for Turtles All the Way Down by John Green.

“Cover Envy”

A book cover you wish you had on your shelves but don’t yet. 

Amanda- Gemina by Amie Kristoff & Jay Kristoff. I love this space-ish blue cover.

Antonia- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Not only do I want these books because they sound amazing but because I love the covers.

“Traveling Abroad”

A book cover featuring a country outside your own.

Amanda- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. Set in the UK, I love every single cover of all the books in this series. I love all of the different editions and various covers there are.

Antonia- The Revenant series by Amy Plum has gorgeous covers and since the books take place in Paris, you can see the Eiffel Tower on each of the covers.

“The Color Wheel”

A cover that showcases one of your favorite colors.

Amanda- The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. Such a pretty purple and white cover.

Antonia- Graceling by Kristin Cashore has a beautiful green cover. I think it’s why I picked this book up for the first time.

“Switching Gears”

A cover change you absolutely adore.

Amanda- The 10-year anniversary edition of Looking for Alaska by John Green. The cover is a bit different from the original and I adore both covers, but the anniversary edition holds a special place in my heart (and on my shelf.)

Antonia- I can’t even describe how much more I prefer the new covers for the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi.

“And the Winner is…”

Which book cover mentioned above is your favorite?

Amanda- This is hard. Looking for Alaska is one of my favorite books of all time, but I love the cover of The Bone Witch and also The Hazel Wood. I think The Bone Witch is going to win.

Antonia- I think out of all of these, I’m most drawn to the covers for Throne of Glass.

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Alana @ The Bookish Chick

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

GoodReads Summary:
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
Review:
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is a well-known book in a series that is loved by many readers. I am one of those readers that loves this series. I read this book for the first time years and years ago. Since then I have read all of Clare’s other books as well. I’ve also had to get rid of my books and recollected the entire series once again. Since completing my recollection, along with the upcoming release of the newest book (Queen of Air and Darkness), I knew I wanted to reread all of her books so that the stories are fresh in my mind but also so that I can finally take the time to review them all.
I’m really glad that I decided to do this reread because I found that I had forgotten more than I thought I had. I remembered the basic storyline. Shadowhunters (created by the angels) keep the downworlders (werewolves, vampires, fairies, etc.) accountable for their actions and make sure they’re following the laws. They also hunt demons that manage to find their way into our world. The story is set in a realistic world with the fictitious world belonging to the shadowhunters skillfully interwoven with our own. Clare builds an incredible world that is somehow hidden alongside the real world. The world is believable and almost makes me question whether or not something like that could really exist, hidden from most people.
The characters that make up this story are something else. Clary is our main character. A girl who finds out that her mother has been hiding her true heritage from her to keep her safe from her psychotic father. Clary will always have a special place in my heart, but during this reread she kind of annoyed me a few times. When she finds out that there’s this whole other world out there she doesn’t hesitate for a second before involving herself in as much crap as she can. I understand one of her loved ones disappears, but she does this even before that happens. She gets herself into situations that she’s completely unprepared for and with this, puts the other’s she’s with in danger to appease what she wants. Other than this, Clary is determined and strong. Being thrown into the insanity that is the shadowhunter world, she does pretty well for herself. She’s smart and clever with a tendency to find herself in ridiculous situations but also to get herself out of these situations. She’s fiercely loyal and just a little reckless. All of these things combine for a very interesting girl.
Our love interest, Jace Wayland. He’s everything you want from a book boyfriend. Attractive but also standoffish and a little bit of a jerk. Dangerous and full of secrets. Mysterious but also makes himself vulnerable to Clary with his horrible past that’s left him a little damaged. I liked learning about Jace and seeing him open up to Clary throughout these pages. I’m excited to reread the rest of the books and read more about him to see what else I’ve forgotten.
There are too many supporting characters for me to name them all but I want to point out that there here. They each have such distinct personalities that we see shine through the background. They all play their own parts and add so much fun and craziness to the story. I loved that they are all fully developed and each has their own dramas going on outside of the main storyline. We get to see these characters grow and overcome their own personal struggles and I loved that.
The plot twists in this story were crazy. I knew what they were because I’ve read this before but they still snuck up on me. There were a few minor ones I’d forgotten too. Cassandra Clare is an excellent writer. I’m excited to continue the series.
If you haven’t read any of The Mortal Instruments books you are truly missing out. I had the pleasure of reading the 10th-anniversary edition and the illustrations were beautiful. I liked having this special edition because it just added that much more to the story. Overall, everyone should read these books. They take place in an amazing world with wonderful main characters and even better supporting characters. I’d recommend to anyone for sure.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Goodreads summary:
Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?
It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.
In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

Review:
Okay, I totally loved this story. I borrowed this book as an audiobook from my library because I liked the look of the cover. Then I read the book summary and thought it could be something I would like. I had doubts at first because I was really annoyed listening to the narrator reading the email addresses over and over and I almost DNF’d the book about 20% in. But I didn’t and I’m glad I didn’t.
I LOVED Jessie. She’s a girl who’s trying to find herself. Her mom died and she’s trying to figure out how to continue living without the one woman that’s supposed to be there for her whole life. On top of all of this her dad has married a new woman, a complete stranger, and totally changed her life by making her move across the country. So this poor girl is still trying to figure out how to keep on living without her mother and also going to a new school where she doesn’t know anyone, living in a new house that doesn’t feel like her own, trying to figure out how to accept all these changes and be happy. I admire the crap out of Jessie for the strength she shows because I would have lost my freaking mind trying to deal with all of that at sixteen.
Enter “Somebody, Nobody.” This mysterious person who starts emailing Jessie with the advice of who to befriend, who to avoid, and how to survive at this crazy new school. I loved the idea of SN keeping an eye out for Jessie and helping her navigate this new school. Though about halfway through the story I just wanted to yell at him to TELL JESSIE WHO HE IS ALREADY. (We sadly don’t find out who SN is until Jessie does.) We are left guessing at the identity of SN for most of the book. I liked this a little because I spent most of the book arguing in my head with Jessie about whom she thinks SN is. That’s all I will say about SN except that I totally knew who it was and I’m SO HAPPY that SN is who I thought they were.
I think the family dynamic was written really well. I come from a pretty dysfunctional family. I have step parents and siblings and know how hard it is to adjust to having a new family living in one house and learning how all the different people work together and around one another. The family dynamic was written and portrayed accurately and I really liked that. I feel like there aren’t enough books that have stepfamilies and crazy broken, makeshift families that are outside of the norm of a mom and a dad or a single parent home.
I ended up really loving this book way more than I thought I was going to. I thought I would like it well enough, but I definitely loved it. There really is nothing negative to say about it aside from the annoyingness of reading the email addresses, but that’s only because it’s an audiobook. I adored the characters. They all played their own parts very well and each added something to the story. I loved the message that the story gave. Jessie learned so much about herself, but she also learned so much about how she treats others and what she deserves from life. I think this is an excellent young adult story and should be read by anyone and everyone.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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