Archive for May, 2015

 

May 22, 2015 • 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 The Simple Tales for creating the beautiful feature banner you see before you.)

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US versus UK: Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

What do I think about the cover design? *laughs*

“Is this a joke?” was the question that entered my mind when the US cover of Extraordinary Means was unveiled. I don’t understand why this was deemed the official cover because—well, look at it. It’s so ugly—from the font choices to whatever scene it’s trying to portray. Sure, this cover isn’t like any I’ve seen before, but it’s so uninspiring. I don’t see what it has anything to do with the story.

Would I buy this book based on the cover? Hell no.

What do I think about the cover design? THE BEST.

This is how Extraordinary Means should look like. This UK cover is superior than the US one. I love the illustration. The book deals with a strain of Tuberculosis, which is a bacterial disease that affects the lungs, so it makes sense the illustration is in the shape of a lung! But it’s also a tree! How clever is that?

Would I buy this book based on the cover? Yes, yes, yes!

Final Verdict: UK! I don’t think we have to dwell much on which is better. The UK cover puts the US one to shame. (I prefer to ignore the US cover’s existence.) 

Which cover design do you prefer? Would you buy the US or UK cover? 





May 20, 2015 • Cee • Letters

Dear Stephanie Kuehn and Delicate Monsters,

Oh boy, oh boy. Delicate Monsters sounds amazingly messed up.

From the Morris-Award winning author of Charm & Strange, comes a twisted and haunting tale about three teens uncovering dark secrets and even darker truths about themselves.

When nearly killing a classmate gets seventeen-year-old Sadie Su kicked out of her third boarding school in four years, she returns to her family’s California vineyard estate. Here, she’s meant to stay out of trouble. Here, she’s meant to do a lot of things. But it’s hard. She’s bored. And when Sadie’s bored, the only thing she likes is trouble.

Emerson Tate’s a poor boy living in a rich town, with his widowed mother and strange, haunted little brother. All he wants his senior year is to play basketball and make something happen with the girl of his dreams. That’s why Emerson’s not happy Sadie’s back. An old childhood friend, she knows his worst secrets. The things he longs to forget. The things she won’t ever let him.

Haunted is a good word for fifteen-year-old Miles Tate. Miles can see the future, after all. And he knows his vision of tragic violence at his school will come true, because his visions always do. That’s what he tells the new girl in town. The one who listens to him. The one who recognizes the darkness in his past.

But can Miles stop the violence? Or has the future already been written? Maybe tragedy is his destiny. Maybe it’s all of theirs.Goodreads

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May 18, 2015 • Cee • Blog News

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TODAY, MAY 18, IS MY GLORIOUS BIRTHDAY. *pops the confetti and dances around*

I’m not much of a birthday celebrator tbh—I’m a bit apathetic about it because I’ve spent childhoods not doing anything particularly special and I’m turning a year older which is frickin’ scary—but that doesn’t mean it won’t be an awesome day! I will make it one with my friends and loved ones!

In honor of my birthday (and upcoming Summer), Charlotte and I gave The Novel Hermit a much-needed revamp—a semi-facelift, keeping with the general design look! Do you see anything different? ;D

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May 15, 2015 • 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 Friday! It’s Friday! Good ole Cee has found some awesome new fonts that she thinks you’d love!

So go forth and add these fonts to your font book!

(Remember, when you download the fonts, look at the license to see what you can and cannot do with it. Majority of these will have Dropbox download links, so if it doesn’t download at first click, click it again.)

XPLOR

XPLOR font

XPLOR is designed by Jimmy Kalman.

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May 13, 2015 • Cee • Reviews

a sense of infiniteA Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith
May 19, 2015
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* E-ARC courtesy of Edelweiss + HarperCollins

By the author of the critically acclaimed Wild Awake, a beautiful coming-of-age story about deep friendship, the weight of secrets, and the healing power of nature.

It’s senior year of high school, and Annabeth is ready—ready for everything she and her best friend, Noe, have been planning and dreaming. But there are some things Annabeth isn’t prepared for, like the constant presence of Noe’s new boyfriend. Like how her relationship with her mom is wearing and fraying. And like the way the secret she’s been keeping hidden deep inside her for years has started clawing at her insides, making it hard to eat or even breathe.

But most especially, she isn’t prepared to lose Noe.

For years, Noe has anchored Annabeth and set their joint path. Now Noe is drifting in another direction, making new plans and dreams that don’t involve Annabeth. Without Noe’s constant companionship, Annabeth’s world begins to crumble. But as a chain of events pulls Annabeth further and further away from Noe, she finds herself closer and closer to discovering who she’s really meant to be—with her best friend or without.

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I received this book for free from Edelweiss + HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

First sentence: “On the first day of Noe, the raspberries are aways ripe.”

Have you ever felt like you and your best friend are drifting away like two logs bounded for opposite directions? It’s a feeling that everybody will encounter in their life.

A Sense of the Infinite explores what happens when a friendship begins to fracture—problems come bubbling to the surface, plans made about the future are but a distant dream and the thought of losing one’s best friend makes it hard to function. That is what Annabeth, the main character, experiences. It’s senior year of high school, and Annabeth has to deal with a best friend who’s never around anymore, a mom who constantly worries about her, and a secret that is tearing her apart. These problems will teach Annabeth about herself and the people around her, and encourages her to be who she wants to be.

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May 12, 2015 • Cee • Lists

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Do you ever wonder about what books shaped the lives of the characters you read about? What were Kami Glass from The Lynburn Legacy, Seth from More Than This, or Taylor Markham from Jellicoe Road reading? What books did they love?

In Essential Reading, readers and authors share five to seven books (children’s, YA, general fiction, romances, nonfiction, and all) that they or their characters love, or has impacted their lives or their characters’s lives.

Guess what comes out today? Making Perfect by Corey Ann Haydu!

And you know what’s the best way to celebrate this book’s birthday (other than buying the book, which you should do!)? Check out the books on the main character Montana’s essential reading list!

Corey Ann Haydu put together this great list of books that lets you see what type of person Montana is. You’ll see books that are set in New York City (which is where Making Pretty is based in)—books that Montana would closely identify with because it has themes and issues she’d go through like sibling relationships, friendships, and finding oneself. You will want to know more about her!

Get to know Montana through the books she would read! (Don’t forget to wish Corey a happy book birthday!)

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