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Thursday, April 30, 2009

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

Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

YAY! I'm super excited for this book to be released. Evermore was fantastic and I'm excitedly anticipating the reast of Ever and Damen's adventures. Plus the plot of this novel sounds awesome, I have a feeling this one will be a page turner.

Release: July 7, 2009

Synopsis: Eager to learn everything she can about her new abilities as an Immortal, Ever turns to her beloved Damen to show her the way. But just as her powers are increasing, Damen’s are waning.

In an attempt to save him, Ever travels to the magical dimension of Summerland, where she learns the secrets of Damen’s tortured past; a past which he has always kept hidden from her. But in her quest to cure Damen, Ever discovers an ancient text that details the workings of time. Now Ever must chose between turning back the past and saving her family from the accident that claimed their lives—or staying in the present and saving Damen, who grows sicker every day...

Cover: I'm glad to see a more unique cover for Blue Moon. It was disappointing (and strange) to see that the cover of Evermore was the same as that of North of Beautiful, minus the coloring and some added pictures. Luckily, this cover is unique. I really like the blue/black color scheme and, especially, the orb in the center. The first time I saw it I didn't notice that the orb held a field of daises. This cover is a much better improvement from the previous.

A Sweet Disorder by Jacqueline Kolosov

I'm really looking forward to this one. I really like Kolosov's previous novel, The Red Queen's Daughter (below), and was excited to hear she was writing another Tudor-era novel. If it's anything like her last novel, A Sweet Disorder will be great.

Release: June 9, 2009

Synopsis: Sixteen-year old Miranda has no idea how much her life is going to change upon hearing the news of her father's death. Left with little dowry to offer, Miranda faces a broken engagement, and is sent to live with her father's cousin, the Count John Hardwood, and his wife whose primary goal is to take her to Court and marry her off to the insufferable Lord Seagrave for their own profit.

At Queen Elizabeth's court, Miranda soon learns that a large part of her survival will depend on her knowing who to trust. All the maidens at Court dream of being one of the Queen's ladies in waiting. When Miranda distinguishes herself from the rest with her exquisite sewing and embroidery skills, she gets the attention of the Queen, much to the anger and jealousy of the courtiers, ladies in waiting, and even a trusted "friend."

As Miranda begins to win the Queen's favor, she is given the ultimate test-to recreate Elizabeth's mother's (Ann Boleyn) coronation gown. Miranda knows this is her opportunity to escape the shackles of convention and get out of a marriage to Lord Seagrave and instead establish an independent life at Court as the Queen's seamstress. But how will she reunite with Henry Raleigh, the man to whom she was once promised, and has always loved?

Cover: Normally subdued blacks and grays are not great choices for a cover in my eyes. But it actually works for this book. The drab backdrop accents the beautiful dress perfectly, making it look even more striking and rich. If I hadn't already recognized Kolosov's name, the dress on the front would've caught my eye right away.

The Red Queen's Daughter by Jacqueline Kolsov

I read The Red Queen's Daughter a few months ago and enjoyed it immensely. The story was incredibly rich in detail and beautifully written.

Paperback Release: April 28, 2009

Synopsis: Orphaned as a young girl because of the imprudent marriage of her mother, Queen Katherine Parr, Mary Seymour vows never to fall in love-and under no circumstances will she marry. Lady Strange, her mysterious guardian, offers the young woman an extraordinary alternative to marriage: Mary is to become a white magician who will join Queen Elizabeth's court and ensure the success of the Virgin Queen's reign.

Accompanied by her magical hound, Perseus, Mary sets out to learn the properties of different stones and the art and precision of natural spells. Soon after her sixteenth birthday, she joins Elizabeth's court as a lady-in-waiting. Upon her arrival, Mary realizes that Elizabeth's court is rife with men and women who are vying for power. The most dangerous of all is Edmund Seymour, Mary's disturbingly handsome cousin. From the moment she meets Edmund, Mary has to fight her growing attraction, especially once she discovers that he is a black magician, the dark mirror of her own self. But, despite the threat Edmund poses to Mary, he seems to be the only one who truly understands her. When Edmund becomes involved in a plot against the Queen, Mary finds her beliefs tested in ways she never could have imagined.

Cover: When I originally read the book it was the cover that caught my attention. The red cover and pale but striking woman on the cover caught my eye and led me to pick up the book at the Stanford bookstore. When I got home and went to order the book, it was the cover that I remembered most and looked for. However, had it's new cover been the original, I'm not so sure I would've red it. While the new style may work well for A Sweet Disorder, it certaintly does not for The Red Queen's Daughter. The model's pale dress and skin are completely washed out by the bland gray backdrop and her averted eyes take away all of the strength that characterizes Mary. A change in cover was not a good choice for this book.


  1. I totally judge books initially by their covers. I can't help it. ;)

  2. "Austenland" is one of your favourites... I want iiiiit *O*!!!

    Happy great readings ;)!!

    And yeah, covers are veeery very important :D But not every publishers know that TT-TT (one of my favourites has an awful cover...)

    Kisses from Spain :)!


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