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Which Cover Wednesday 34

Good evening! Well, it’s Which Cover Wednesday again! For those of you who do not know, Which Cover Wednesday is a weekly meme I host. What happens is that I compare two different covers of a book and give my opinion of which cover looks better. Feel free to give your opinion of these covers as well! Here are today’s contenders:

1.  Withering Tights by Louise Rennison

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I love the first cover! It has a simple layout and yet something extra with the knit design on the top and bottom of the cover! The second one is okay, but I think it has nothing on the first cover! 😉

2. Evermore by Alyson Noël (English and German)

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OMG! That second cover? It looks amazing! And it gives off more of a haunting vibe than the romantic first cover, tapping into a different aspect of the novel… 😉

3. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

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First cover, first cover! I love how much detail was given into this one compared to the other cover! I think that the layout is artistic and sophisticated.

4. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

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First cover forever! I like how the spine mimics the model’s kilt as well as the typography and placement of the words! 😉

What do you think of this week’s covers? Are they all awesome or are some just more awesome than others? If you have any thoughts or questions, I’d love to hear about them in the Comments Section below! Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

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

 

 

Which Cover Wednesday 21

Hello, fellow bloggers and readers! It’s already the middle of the week, which means two things: the weekend’s coming soon and Which Cover Wednesday is upon us! Which Cover Wednesday is a meme that I host in which I compare two covers of the same book and give my opinion on which cover is better. And I’m not the only one who can participate! You can, too! Just leave your comments in the Comments Section below, if you have any thoughts about these covers! Well, without further ado:

1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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For this first title, I’d go with the second cover. Both covers are pretty amazing, but the second one seems to create mystery, with the old crumbling house opening its door slightly, all the books lying around and that handprint! Oh, the architecture! 🙂

2. I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

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In this case, I’d go with the first cover, because I like its typography as well as the main image of the book compared to the second one. Cover number two’s main image is a flower, and doesn’t appear to be appropriate for its genre…

3. Beastly by Alex Flinn

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First cover again! This cover of Beastly is a classic, so simple and elegant with the flower coming out of the Y like its own stem! While the second cover builds on the first (in matters of typography), and is an amazing cover in its own right, I think that the model on the cover diminishes its power, since it isn’t the protagonist and our main focus, Kyle Kingsbury, who is on the cover.

4. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

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So far, so many gorgeous covers! I’m really impressed with the covers of Across the Universe because. each one has the potential to bring in a variety of readers.  If they like romance, then readers are more likely to go for the first cover, with its fairytale-esque cover. But if readers are searching for a Sci-Fi adventure, then using the second cover would be the better choice to entice the target audience. I honestly have no major issue with either cover, only that I personally like the first cover with the colours and space background! 😉  Other than that, I believe that both covers are great within their own right.

Well, that’s all for this week’s Which Cover Wednesday! Have any thoughts on these covers? I’d love to hear them! Also, if you have any suggestions for next week’s Which Cover Wednesday (theme, covers to discuss, etc.), then feel free to leave them in the Comments Section below! Have a wonderful day, everyone! 🙂

-Sumaya

 

Review: Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

My rating: green4

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Hello, everybody! I’m here with another review and this time, it’s on Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally. This book is part of the Hundred Oaks series, focusing on high school students who attend the school, Hundred Oaks High School. Defending Taylor is the seventh book in the series and about Taylor, our protagonist, a senator’s daughter who recently wrecked her public image.

I really enjoyed the book because of the protagonist’s voice as well as the writing style of the author. She’s written for characters that aren’t too similar in my opinion (except for some character traits like sass 😉 ), so you get the feeling that she’s not writing the same story. But she does recycle characters from previous and I’m all for that! 😁 I love seeing the continuity of older characters, like Savannah or Maya, and how they interact with newer characters in this book.

Also, I love how the time set in the book is more obvious than not. It seems to be set in really recent times, since I notice that Taylor’s opinions are similar to what is filtering in the media today, especially gender rights. It’s not explicitly stated as a political stance, but an offhand opinion, which shows exactly how these ideas filter into an individual’s values.

As for the plot, I thought it was interesting since I was always invested in the story, wanting to know what happened. Even though from a technical standpoint, it was a painful experience to read on my phone compared to my computer, I just bared through it because the book was just that good. The thing about this book is that it covers concerns such as second chances, especially when being exposed to the media. Taylor handled it way better than most people could have (way better than I would have handled it 😉). However, she did put a lot of the drama on herself, like giving herself extra responsibilities that she doesn’t really need to worry about. Whether she learns anything in the course of this novel, I’m not sure. She understands the chance she has been given but there were certain things that remained unresolved by the end. Maybe the loose ends will be tied up in the next book (if there is one)? This was my only problem reading the book; other than that, it was a pretty enjoyable read. 

That’s all I have to say about Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Contemporary YA. It’s a really good example of the genre, with its themes and length (page-wise as well as standalone in a series). For those of you who are interested, Defending Taylor comes out on July 5th, 2016. Thank you for reading this post. If you have any more questions or comments, I would love to answer them. Have a nice day!

-Sumaya

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