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.
US vs UK: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Dear Victoria Schwab and This Savage Song,
This book = ultimate heart eyes!
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.
In This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab creates a gritty, seething metropolis, one worthy of being compared to Gotham and to the four versions of London in her critically acclaimed fantasy for adults, A Darker Shade of Magic. Her heroes will face monsters intent on destroying them from every side—including the monsters within.Goodreads
Dear Victoria Schwab and A Darker Shade of Magic,
I am in need of this book. How am I gonna express my excitement for A Darker Shade of Magic?
Basically read the synopsis. It’s everything awesome.
Before he came to Near…
Before he met Lexi…
Before they faced the witch…
Who was the boy named Cole?
Follow us to Dale, a city on a hill, where in a matter of days fire will devour everything. Meet the Lord and Lady, and their son, the boy destined to inherit all…until everything turns to ash.
It’s time to learn the truth behind the stranger’s story.
Guess who’s even more giddy to read The Near Witch? (Me! I mean me!)
The novella is beautiful written, and I’m just in awe. (Not surprised because Victoria Schwab is awesome!). This follows William Hart (aka Master Dale), who is the heir and part of the ruling family in the town of Dale dad. Will is seen as a callous teenager, which he really isn’t. He just wants to be a normal kid, but he can’t because his father is Robert (aka Lord Dale) and because he has powers that he has to keep under wraps (which acts up when he gets angry). He’s constantly punished and blamed for things he had no control over. This life—being the heir to Dale—isn’t what he wants. He has a very tragic life—one that breaks my heart.
As someone who has yet to read The Near Witch, I have these questions about Will:
- This novella tells of the backstory of Cole (who was originally William Hart)? (I’m sure the answer will be yes.)
- Who is Will’s real father?
- Where does his powers come from?
- What is the backstory of his ancestors? Of witches?
- Why do people hate witches?
- What else can Will do with his powers?
- Where did the pendant come from? What kind of power does it hold?
I’m really excited to learn more about him and about witches in this world and to see him in action.
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she’s struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn’t easy — not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she’s really safe.
Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She’s sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she’ll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?
With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.
In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.
First sentence: “The narrows remind me of August nights in the South.”
The Archived is a book I have a hard time talking about because I’m forever in awe of everything that Victoria Schwab had created and managed to make me feel. I find The Archived to be utterly profound. I am impressed by how beautiful and suspenseful it is. It totally obliterates my feelings and thoughts because of the sheer awesomeness of the prose. Let me tell you that this book is dark, a bit creepy, and extremely mysterious. It’s slow paced, but it fits with the pensive tone of the story. The idea of everything in The Archived is an extremely inventive and frickin’ amazing. I want to applaud Victoria Schwab because of this beautifully awesome story.