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Which Cover Wednesday 26

Hello, everyone! Welcome back to another Which Cover Wednesday! For those of you who don’t know, Which Cover Wednesday is a meme I host where I compare two different covers of the same book and suggest which one is more appropriate for the book. And you can join in on the fun as well, by commenting about these covers in the Comments Section below. Well, this week’s titles are:

1. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

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I love the second cover! Where to begin? There’s the font, which looks gorgeous, as well as the intricate background design and the two metal scorpions front and centre!

 

2. Sunset Rising by S.M. McEachern

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In this case, I’d go with the first cover. It’s just that the first cover is a bit more connected to context, when compared with the second cover… I have to admit that the second cover has more of a dystopian feel to it, though! 😉

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

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While I like both of these covers, I think I’d choose the first cover because it’s simplistic yet elegant. The second one, on the other hand, feels like there is too much going on in the cover, from the text on the side, to the birds, to the girl sitting on a rock outside of civilization.

4. The Young Elites by Marie Lu (English and Serbian)

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Second cover all the way! Look at that font; it’s so pretty! Then there’s the way the sword is positioned in the design, so it can be used as an integral part of the cover, rather than just a small detail. And even though I can’t place the significance of the background (if there is one), I still acknowledge that it looks amazing! 😀

That’s all for today! See any covers that caught your eye? I’d love to hear about what you think about them in the comments below! Thanks for reading and have a nice day! 😉

-Sumaya

 

 

Review: The Crown by Kiera Cass

My rating: purple4

Hey, everyone! Hope you’re all doing well. This is my first review since returning to my blog and for that, I’m covering The Crown by Kiera Cass! 😀

This book is the final one in the series and the second book in Eadlyn’s perspective. Now, while The Selection books are pretty popular, I’ve got to say that the last book didn’t match the standards of the other four books, even The Heir, in which we meet a bratty Eadlyn. Maybe because the pacing in that book is more slower than The Crown. The last book of the Selection series is attempting to tie any loose ends, but in doing so, it felt too fast paced without any room for actual development. The book tried to do too much in so little pages (288 pages compared to The Heir‘s 368 pages). I’m not saying that The Crown wasn’t good; it just wasn’t great enough to give the book five stars.

Another problem with the plot was the ending. Before The Crown came out, I thought,” Wouldn’t it be funny if Eadlyn ended up with him?” only to find out that she actually does end up with him. And I was kind of worried about how easy it was for her to end up with him. Maybe because her declaration of love wasn’t strategically placed. Eadlyn realizes she loves him near the end of the book, which makes their relationship seem less developed. Sure, she comes up with a few instances that explains her feelings. I just wish they had more of a developed story at the end, instead of seeing only the beginning of their relationship.

Then there was Eadlyn herself. Compared to The Heir, she has grown into a strong and capable leader who is sensitive to other people’s needs. Without the crisis that happened in the end of The Heir, I wouldn’t have believed it to be possible in such a short amount of time. But Eadlyn stepped up to the point where she almost was a Mary Sue. Luckily, there were a few moments that brought back her realness. But there was a drawback; Eadlyn started to care so much about other people’s thoughts that she became obsessed with serving others, even if it meant her own happiness is diminished. I think the main lesson she learns from the last book is that she should balance her duties to others and herself. The Heir shows her lacking empathy for others outside her station, while in The Crown, Eadlyn deals with the concerns of her people and takes on so much. But in the end, she decides to be careful and not take on all her people’s problems at once, without any help. I think, at least character-wise, it was a good way to finish.

That’s all I have to say about The Crown for now. What do you think? Do you believe that Kiera Cass ended The Selection on a good note? What will she write next? I’d love to hear your thoughts about it. For those of you wanting to read more Kiera Cass after the Selection series, I think you should read The Siren, because it is just amazing! 😉 Thanks for reading!

-Sumaya

 

Review: The Scorpian Rules by Erin Bow

My rating: green4
Hi everyone! It’s me again with another review but this time, it’s on Saturday. I can’t believe that so many of my reviews were published on a Tuesday, making it seem like a weekly event of its own. Anyways, I’m here with a review for The Scorpian Rules by Erin Bow. It’s my first Dystopian book in a while, and I’ve got to say, I’m quite pleased with it. There were some places where I just couldn’t back it up, but its writing style and intense plot held it together when the characters wouldn’t.

Greta was a really interesting character to read about. At first, I read on mostly  because of the premise, but as I got to know her, I started to sympathize and begin to understand her. From the get go, you could see  that she’s a leader, even in the smallest things. And I don’t think she realizes that until it’s made apparent. I grew invested in her well being to the point where I couldn’t stand some of the plot, just because it’s rough for her. But I guess that has to do with her becoming someone who willingly fights for others. Still, it was painful, and has made me realize that also has to do with great writing. If you’re able to feel emotions while reading a book, I think that’s a testament to the author’s ability.

Even though there are some moments where I couldn’t get behind the plot, I found that it had a pretty good story line and decent structure. I really wanted to know what happened to the characters, the main and supporting ones, and couldn’t put the book down until I found out. Which is probably why I’m writing this post on a Saturday. 😉 Mainly, I was curious about the fate of the Precepture and still am. I wonder what the second book will be like, compared to the first. Especially when so many things have happened, changing people irrevocably. 

Well, those are my thoughts on The Scorpian Rules. If you have any questions or have read it and would like to share your thoughts, I’d love to hear them. Thanks for reading!

-Sumaya

 

Which Cover Wednesday 2

Hello! It’s that time of week again: Which Cover Wednesday! Pick your favourite cover out of the two choices based on whether you like the art, how it compliments the book, etc.

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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To be honest, I find the first cover more fitting, even though the model for the second cover is now the acceptable art for the rest of the series (at least in English). The model of the first cover actually looks like Calaena, who has golden blonde hair and turquoise eyes (with gold rings in them), rather than the one in the second.

2. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

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Again, it’s first cover for me. Even though the second cover has both protagonists on the main cover (which I like), the background has barely anything going on. And the models look kind of odd. Why are they floating?

3. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

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First cover again! The second cover seems to be targeted towards children, with the cartoonish drawings (that are cute, btw). Also, the first one also looks like a diary, which suits it more.

4. The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J Smith

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Obviously, the second one gets my vote! I mean, seriously; look at those models! But I’ll admit, when I first read it, I was quite confused and thought that Stefan was Damon and vice versa. And to be fair, it’s these actors going against 90s cover art, which isn’t that much of a contest.  

5. Emerald Green by Kristen Gier

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Yes to the second one! While I admit that the first one looks pretty with its intricate design, I find that the second one is more appealing to me, as it reveals the whole picture that isn’t shown on the first cover.

Have any thoughts on these covers? I would love to hear them in the comments below!

-Sumaya

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