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August 31, 2014 • Cee • Monthly Recap

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August was filled with splurges and farewells.

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August 30, 2014 • Cee • Letters

Dear The Here and Now,

I’m not joking when I say, “You give me a massive headache.” Every time I try to read you, my brain just flips a switch where everything slooooooooooowwwwwsss dooooowwwwnnnnn even though I want to breeze through you. I’ve forced myself, determined to trudge through the thick mud, but I just sunk in, flailing my arms around for help.

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August 29, 2014 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover

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Inspired by What She ReadsPure Imagination Blog, and Stacked.

I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?

Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe), and discuss cover changes.

(A big special thanks to Georgie at What She Reads for bestowing me this fabulous name and to Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews for creating the beautiful feature banner you see before you.)

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COVER CHANGE: The Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

What do I think about the cover design? Boring. So much white space.

I just don’t understand what this cover is trying to portray. The coloring and the overall design made me think it’s set in a futuristic society (which it is, so go me!). However, nothing is going on with this cover. A flock of birds and a face of a woman covered by blue smoke-like effect? It doesn’t evoke any excitement or desire to want to read it. It’s just so boring, and it definitely wouldn’t catch my attention if I saw it on a shelf at a bookstore. What else is there to say about this cover?

Would I buy this book based on the cover? No way.

What do I think about the cover design? Soooo into this.

Sure, this is a cover you see for this genre, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t badass. It totally is. The coloring and texture of the background is soo pretty; I feel a sense of warmth and fierceness. I love that it looks like the model is conjuring the effect, and that her stance says “I’m badass. I’m here to save the city.”

I have two issues with the cover though. The first is the placement of the blurb and the “#1 New York Times Bestselling Author.” The space is being used awkwardly because of the lack of one. And the second is the gray-ish green outline around the white fill in Richelle Mead’s name. It doesn’t do anything like make the name pop.

Would I buy this book based on the cover? Sure.

I will definitely choose the paperback cover over the hardcover one. At least that cover has personality and badassery.

Which cover design do you prefer? Would you buy the hardcover or paperback cover? 





August 28, 2014 • Cee • Reviews

Robin Benway - Also Known AsAlso Known As by Robin Benway
February 26, 2012
Walker Books for Young Readers
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Which is more dangerous: being an international spy… or surviving high school?

Maggie Silver has never minded her unusual life. Cracking safes for the world’s premier spy organization and traveling the world with her insanely cool parents definitely beat high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. (If it’s three digits, why bother locking it at all?)

But when Maggie and her parents are sent to New York City for her first solo assignment, her world is transformed. Suddenly, she’s attending a private school with hundreds of “mean girl” wannabes, trying to avoid the temptation to hack the school’s elementary security system, and working to befriend the aggravatingly cute son of a potential national security threat… all while trying not to blow her cover.

From the hilarious and poignant author of Audrey, Wait! comes a fast-paced caper that proves that even the world’s greatest spies don’t have a mission plan for love.

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First sentence: “I cracked my first lock when I was three.”

What a funny and delightful book! I love spy books, but recently, I’ve been apprehensive about picking one up because I’ve been burned by one that angered me sooo much. However, I absolutely adored Also Known As. It is about a girl, Maggie, on her first solo-spy assignment, adjusting to life as a regular teenage girl in New York City while making sure her cover and the Collective’s cover aren’t blown. Two things I loved: the humor and the friendships! I frequently found myself grinning at all the characters’s sass and squealing at how adorable the friendships happened. There wasn’t a lot of heavy dose of spy stuff that forced you to suspend your disbelief, which I appreciated.

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August 26, 2014 • Cee • Typography

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I love fonts. You can say I’m obsessed with collecting them all. It’s no secret to those who know me. You’re Just My Type is a new feature where I showcase the fonts I absolutely adore and use. And hopefully, you will love the fonts I pick. Add all of them to your font collection! Let it grow!

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve done a font post! I had been in love with the Top Ten topics the past two weeks, so I opted to do those instead. But now, font posts are back! It’s like I never left at all!

Go on, go look at the beautiful fonts!

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Raw is designed by Noe Araujo.

Fun fact: This font has a very chalky feel to it, which I like. Most of the vowels (except ‘a’ and ‘e’) are elevated and have that line under it, which I also like.

Canter is designed by Christopher J. Lee.

Fun fact: I don’t think I’ve seen a horse in person before. 

Prociono is designed by Barry Schwartz.

Fun fact: On the site, it says that,

“Prociono” (pro-tsee-O-no) is an Esperanto word meaning either the star Procyon or the animal species known as the raccoon. It is a roman serif with blackletter elements.

Old Figaro Cursive is designed by Galdino Otten.

Fun fact: This makes me thing of the Figaro opera. I wanted to put a silhouette from it, but it was kind of hard since there wasn’t a recognizable image that would work. 

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*Just a note: I don’t create the images. I just put them together.

Which font is your favorite? How do you like the mini-posters? Should I do more of those? If you missed previous font post, voila!





August 21, 2014 • Cee • Holy Mother Cover

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Inspired by What She ReadsPure Imagination Blog, and Stacked.

I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?

Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe) and discuss cover changes.

(A big special thanks to Georgie at What She Reads for bestowing me this fabulous name and to Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews for creating the beautiful feature banner you see before you.)

I love maps on book covers, mainly because I daydream of road tripping across the country. (Though, in this day and age, maps aren’t needed when you have GPS, which is a bit sad.)

I weirdly had a hard time finding covers that had maps on it? I thought there would be tons because hello, maps! But I guess not? I think I’m looking in all the wrong places, but that’s okay! That means there can be a part two of the maps theme when I do find those covers.

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