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Top 10 of 2014 – Best Book Covers of 2014

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We all know we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but sometimes it’s hard because book covers are so pretty!!! Today’s Top 10 of 2014 is all about those books that snatch your eye and hypnotize you into bringing them home, the sneaky little things.

I had to start with this one. I think this cover is probably the prettiest one I’ve ever seen in my life, it is just cool and pretty, and just the type of cover that makes you buy a book without even needing it to know it’s about (although the book was amazing, see here). The watercolour is soft and gentle and soothing. The contrast of the steely grays and blues above and the rich, passionate pinks and purples below is breathtaking. Did you notice the inverse city? On first glance, I didn’t, but it’s there, and it’s genius.

What I love about the Jackaby cover is the photo inception. The burst of red of the woman’s dress and the red door alongside the row of houses inside the blue faded silhouette is amazing.

I preferred this book’s cover to the alternate one. I think the scene is just so classically Christmas-y! The trees with lights strung to illuminate the couples skating against the mountainous backdrop…it all just makes me want to sing falalala, lala, la la!

Here’s another book that sold me nearly simply by its cover. Everything here is just so cold and crisp and winter. I love the bit of wind blowing that catching bits of her hair but she’s got her fierce gaze on like, The cold never bothered me, anyway. The gate behind her is beautiful, I’m loving her shawl and the abstract design near the top almost goes unnoticed – almost.

I just purchased this book, and it is stunning! The eye with blooming and scrolling flowers for eyelashes and bird for an iris (look close, it’s there!) is so pretty and unique. A gorgeous cover design that really draws your eye.

This is another favorite (both in cover design and plot, see here)! First, let me say that this book is even prettier in person. I know, I know, seems impossible, but it’s true. When I finally got my grabby hands on this book, I was slack-jawed and in awe. It’s a stunner. There’s so much detail you don’t see at first. I’m still seeing things, like the chakram symbol (Meira’s weapon of choice) has these engravings alongside it, matching each seasonal side. Wow! This is one of those books that you just stare at and caress for hours on end.

Even though I DNF’ed this book, the cover still remains gorgeous as ever. I love the scrolling frame around the title. I especially like the trees bending overhead to form an enclosed walkway perfect for doing exactly what our cover models are doing.

 

 

 

Beauty and the Beast, anyone? One reason I love her cover is because her dress, sweet sugar. It’s the kind that I daydream about wearing to school, to the grocery store, to the dentist because I must wear it, and there’s really no appropriate place for it, so what the hell. I love the rose intertwined with the staircase and the rich red against the coal gray emphasizes the rose and her dress to perfection.

Here’s another dress that won the cover. This dress that belongs in my closet; perhaps once Eleanor’s finished wearing it, I can borrow it? I love the swatches of her dress, the flow to it, and (even though I know she doesn’t,) coupled with the band on her arm, the heavy makeup and the set determination in her eyes and that cheekbone, I can’t help but imagine her kicking some serious Dead ass in that dress. And wouldn’t that just be awesome?

I am spellbound by this cover. It’s just, yes. Yes to everything. I love the font of this cover; I love how the writing is sideways; I love love love her dress (like seriously, can I be clothed and styled by book cover designers?). I love the look of pain on her face, like, Damn this skirt is heavy, or maybe What have I done? Either way, it’s brilliant. And my favourite part: look at her hand. It’s actually holding the ‘R’ and more than that, the ‘R’ is shaped like a piano, which she plays. Can you get more awesome than that? 

Visit me again tomorrow for another top 10 list – this one, a surprise!

 

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New Additions

Today I bought two more books from Chapters to add to my growing bookshelf! I’ve always loved reading, but buying books is something relatively new to me, now that I can afford to buy books more frequently. I can’t wait to see my summer purchases combined with my fall purchases when I go back to my house in Ottawa!

Joining the stacks are OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu and Icons by Margaret Stohl!

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Currently Reading…Brazen

I bought Brazen by Katherine Longshore a few days ago, and even though I’ve barely made a dent in the 512 page book I am loving it already!

Where history so often seems boring and staid, it’s leaping off the page through Katherine Longshore’s expert writing. Court seems full of sexual tension and promise, witty jokes, and bold characters. I’m interested in seeing how the seemingly short plot summary on the back of the book – There’s only one man Mary Howard wants – the one she’s forbidden from having. Her husband. – is going to transform and flourish into this thick book. This is my favourite bit so far:

“And when he looks at her – have you seen it?”

“It’s like his gaze is a nod. As if he agrees not only with everything she says but with everything she is.

“We could all aspire to have someone love us that much,”

“That kind of love can change your life.” – 20

Today’s Buys!

Unfortunately, I don’t have the financial ability to do regular and substantial hauls (a fact that brings me to the edge of tears, at times), but I do occasionally grab books from Chapters and more often than not leave with more than I planned.

Today I actually had planned on picking up Mary Pearson’s new release Kiss of Deception, which has had good reviews, but the bookstore was all sold out! So instead, I grabbed these beauties:

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, and Brazen by Katherine Longshore

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 Your mission: Remove the tin woodman’s heart. Steal the Scarecrow’s brain. Take the lion’s courage. And then – Dorothy must die. Only you can make Oz a free land again. 

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.

I picked up this book because I love the idea that perhaps the hero of the traditional Wizard of Oz story wasn’t so heroic after all. I’m hoping it lives up to all my expectations.


Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

I actually read none of that description because I’m so excited to read it! I don’t want any spoilers. I thought Shadow and Bone was a great book, and based on how things were left, the story is going to get a lot more intriguing from now on.


Mary Howard has always lived in the shadow of her powerful family. But when she’s married off to Henry Fitzroy, King Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, she rockets into the Tudor court’s inner circle. Mary and “Fitz” join a tight clique of rebels who test the boundaries of court’s strict rules with their games, dares, and flirtations. The more Mary gets to know Fitz, the harder she falls for him, but is forbidden from seeing him alone. The rules of court were made to be pushed…but pushing them too far means certain death. Is true love worth dying for?

This is a book I picked up based off a recommendation from Novel Novice. I didn’t read too much, just a general skim because again, I didn’t want to ruin the book! The general vibe seemed to be positive and I’m a fan of historical fiction, so this book seems like a solid buy.


Reviews soon to come!

Prisoner of Night and Fog – Review

Nothing is more enjoyable than educating a young thing – a girl of eighteen or twenty, as pliable as wax. -Adolf Hitler

Our tale opens with this chilling quote from one of the most infamous political leaders ever to win the hearts of a people with dangerously velvet words and a devious and murderous intent. Prisoner of Night and Fog  has been a book that I was waiting for anxiously. After reading Danielle Steele’s Echoes (and blubbering like a child), I fell in love with historical fiction, especially those set in World War II. What I thought was particularly unique about this book was that our protagonist, Gretchen, starts off as a supporter of the Nazi party. So often stories involving World War II in Germany and the countries it affected are taken from the perspective of the Jews.This was one of the first that really intrigued me about this book, and I think it really sets this book after from other World War II fiction. Continue reading Prisoner of Night and Fog – Review

The Winner’s Curse – Review

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.  One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.  But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.  Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart

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