Archive for August, 2017
Dear McKelle George & Speak Easy, Speak Love,
After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement—one that might not survive the summer.
Along with Prince, a poor young man determined to prove his worth; his brother, John, a dark and dangerous agent of the local mob; Benedick, a handsome trust-fund kid trying to become a writer; and Maggie, a beautiful and talented singer; Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air, and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.
Hilariously clever and utterly charming, McKelle George’s debut novel is full of intrigue and 1920s charm. For fans of Jenny Han, Stephanie Perkins, and Anna Godbersen.Goodreads
You don’t want to be on the bad side of these witches. They’re coming to snatch wigs, prayers, and government jobs.
Nobody can save Redlands now. Or maybe these witches will be doing the saving?
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.
Cover Change: Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs
If you had the pleasure of looking at Tales of the Peculiar in person, it is quite a beauty. I love the simplicity of the image, but yet it’s complex because of the detailing in the vines and the leaves. I love how birds, anchors, snakes, fish, etc are intertwined with the branches and vines. If you don’t look closely, you’ll miss the dragon-like claws and creepy eyes hiding in the image. It’s slightly unsettling because you find these creepy things in the cover. The gold looks beautiful against the forest green background. The cover already tells you a story.
The paperback cover is actually a great redesign. The art is very much in the same style of the art you find in the book, so yay for consistency. I love that you can see the lines and the strokes the artist made for this image. Like the hardcover design, this tells you everything you need to know about this book—there are creepy or off-putting stories that will be told. There’s a woman reading to these kids about invisible man and whatnot. There are animals. There are unexpected things that will surely happen in the book in the dead of night.
Final Verdict: What cover do I like better? Hardcover.
Which cover design do you prefer? Would you buy the the hardcover or paperback cover?
First sentence: “NASA stored the future in a hangar in Iowa.”
Their lives entire life as lead to this moment: being part of NASA’s mysterious Interworlds Agency.
But first, Rosa and Eddie must compete in a series of tests to determine which teens—among the hundreds—will be appointed to Team 3 and save the world from aliens planning to destroy Earth.
First sentence: “It’s Friday Morning and, as usual, I’m sitting cross-legged on my unmade bed, balancing a bowl of Lucky Charms on my knees and trying not to spill milk on my laptop.”
Plagued by severe anxiety, Mallory Sullivan has been unable to leave her house in sixty-seven days. Not since her dad left her family without a word. Every time she attempts to go outside, she has a panic attack. She’ll rather stay inside on the X-Files message boards—We Are Not Alone—chatting with other fans. How does a girl with a severe case of anxiety get out of the house? For Mallory, it’s when she’s nominated for homecoming queen.
In this special Too Much TBR post, which is really an ARC August post, my August pile is—excuse my language—a fuck ton. I don’t know how I’m gonna get everything read, but I’m gonna try my hardest. *crosses fingers*
Let’s discuss what books are on my ARC August TBR.