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Sunday, November 30, 2008

You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover...Or Can You?

Parties and Potions by Sarah Mlynowski
I've read these books since they first came out and I absolutely love them. When book three, Spells and Sleeping Bags, came out last year I thought that it was the final book in the Magic in Manhattan series. Imagine my surprise when I saw that Mlynowski was writing a fourth. I can't wait to read the latest installment and see what new wild antics Rachel is up to.

Synopsis (courtesy of
Perfect hair, cute clothes, healthy tans—life’s a breeze when you’re a witch! Even special witchcraft classes Rachel agrees to attend with Miri turn out to be fun. The sisters meet other teen witches just like them—who knew? Everyone’s preparing for a magical party called a Samsorta—a debutante ball for witches. And it wouldn’t be a ball without warlocks. Cute ones. Like Adam, who wants to slow dance with Rachel, and ski with her in the Rockies—on a school night! Of course, Rachel is madly in love with her boyfriend, Raf. So why can’t she bring herself to tell Adam—funny, charming Adam—that Raf exists?Rachel knows Raf likes her. Maybe even, gulp, loves her. But Raf doesn’t know her secret. Unlike Adam, Raf doesn’t know who she really is. And she can never tell him. Or can she?

These covers are always so fun. The bright colors and animations capture the spirit of the books fantastically.

Envy by Anna Godbersen
Okay confession, I don't actually read the Luxe series. When the original book came out I was ecstatic. Historical fiction is my favorite genre, followed shortly by mystery. The series seemed to have both, it seemed to be a perfect fit. When I read the first book though, I found it a little too Gossip Girl for my taste. But now, a year later, I'm considering giving the series another try.

Synopsis (courtesy of
Jealous whispers.
Old rivalries.
New betrayals.
Two months after Elizabeth Holland's dramatic homecoming, Manhattan eagerly awaits her return to the pinnacle of society. When Elizabeth refuses to rejoin her sister Diana's side, however, those watching New York's favorite family begin to suspect that all is not as it seems behind the stately doors of No. 17 Gramercy Park South.
Farther uptown, Henry and Penelope Schoonmaker are the city's most celebrated couple. But despite the glittering diamond ring on Penelope's finger, the newlyweds share little more than scorn for each other. And while the newspapers call Penelope's social-climbing best friend, Carolina Broad, an heiress, her fortune—and her fame—are anything but secure, especially now that one of society's darlings is slipping tales to the eager press.
In this next thrilling installment of Anna Godbersen's bestselling Luxe series, Manhattan's most envied residents appear to have everything they desire: Wealth. Beauty. Happiness. But sometimes the most practiced smiles hide the most scandalous secrets. . . .

The real reason behind this cover choice? The dress! Every book in this series has such a magnificent dress on the cover. Whoever the designer is is absolutely amazing. They are works of art. If I could only own one dress in my life I'd want it to be one of the dresses on the cover of these books.


  1. Love the dress (: Ahh, I wish it was acceptable to wear that to parties nowadays!

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  3. I'm with you on THE LUXE. I finally read it a few weeks back, and was disapointed. I'm not into the revolving 6 character point of view thing, and I dont like the episodic feel of the books-- that they are always open ended, waiting for the next installment.


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