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Saturday, November 7, 2009

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

Cover Judge is a semi-weekly feature that spotlights some of the gorgeous covers of the books on my wish list.

Anxious Hearts by Tucker Shaw

Release: May 1, 2010

Synopsis: Evangeline,” he repeated, calling at a whisper. “Evangeline.” He was not calling that she may hear, he was calling that somehow her soul might know that he was devoted entirely to her, only to her. “Evangeline, I will find you.”

Eva and Gabe explore the golden forest of their seaside Maine town, unknowingly tracing the footsteps of two teens, Evangeline and Gabriel, who once lived in the idyllic wooded village of Acadia more than one hundred years ago. On the day that Evangeline and Gabriel were be wed, their village was attacked and the two were separated. And now in the present, Gabe has mysteriously disappeared from Eva.

A dreamlike, loose retelling of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous love poem “Evangeline,” Anxious Hearts tells an epic tale of unrequited love and the hope that true love can be reunited.

Cover: I first fell in love with this cover on The Story Siren's Books to Pine For post, then I read the synopsis and fell even in more in love with both the cover and the book. Maybe it has something to do with it being fall right now, but I just find the color scheme completely gorgeous. The orange and brown leaves against the model's dark hair and white dress is eye catching. And if that wasn't enough, the amber light filtering in from the top righthand corner is simply dazzling. The entire cover is airy and whimsical, but also mysterious.


Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Release: Fall 2010

Synopsis (from Maggie): "It's about after. What happens after you discover there are werewolves in the wood, after you've fallen in love for the first time, after you've lost what you think you can't live without, after you've become someone you can't live with."

Cover: I loved the cover Shiver and was a bit worried that the cover for Linger wouldn't live up to it. However, the cover designers at Scholastic have once again knocked the ball - or the cover- out of the park.

Like the first cover, this one is simplistic yet still beautiful. The stark white background and bright green trees is a throwback to the previous cover and still looks wonderful. I especially like how the covers progress through the seasons with the books, the first being winter and this one being spring. And once again, I love the cut outs of a wolf and, this time, a girl. In such a simplistic, yet stunning, way they were able to capture a snapshot of the story. Another cover to love!

As a special bonus for all of you Shiver fans, Maggie released the first paragraph on her website and blog earlier this week!


This is the story of a boy who used to be a wolf and a girl who was becoming one.

Just a few months ago, it was Sam who was the mythical creature. His was the disease we couldn't cure. His was the good-bye that meant the most. He had the body that was a mystery, too strange and wonderful and terrifying to comprehend.

But now it is spring. With the heat, the remaining wolves will soon be falling out of their wolf pelts and back into their human bodies. Sam stays Sam, and Cole stays Cole, and it's only me who's not firmly in my own skin.


  1. OMG! The Anxious Hearts characters have the exact same name as my MC from a novel I finished about three weeks ago: Eva and Gabe. Geez, haha. The cover is amazing!

  2. Both have great covers! Linger just looks cool and simple, and Anxious Hearts is beautiful. I love the lighting on that one!

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  4. Yeah i definitely LOVE the covers but I could read a Maggie Stiefvater book w/ just a plain old cover b/c she is an awesome writer.

  5. When I first read Shiver, I didn't even notice the wolf among the trees. At least with Linger I noticed right away. Yay for my skills of observation.

    I do prefer blue to green though....


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