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Beautiful YA Book Covers that Grace My Shelves

You know the old adage–don’t judge a book by its cover. However, I would be lying (and I’m sure many people are in the same boat as me) if I said that I have never based my reading choices off of a cover. A cover can produce an immediate negative or positive judgement–it goes both way. There have been times where I won’t even look into a book because its cover is just horrendous. I have probably missed some great stories because of this, but it is really hard to control.

A cover is the first thing you see that is associated with the story in most cases. Just like there have been times I have not bought a book because of the cover, there have also been times where the cover absolutely drew me in. When a cover catches my eye, I will read the description, and if the book sounds good I will buy it. So of course, the cover does play a big part in getting a reader to read a particular book! Here are some of my all-time favorite YA book covers–some of them are just beautiful covers in a series and others attracted me to read the book in the first place!

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Update + Things I Have Missed…

It’s sort of sad how unfamiliar sitting at my computer and typing a post feels. I haven’t done this in over a month. Honestly, time flies by, and I am very happy to be back. Between life, studying, and holiday activities, Ā time has been limited. Christmas is in 3 days! After the holiday, things we will go back to normal and I will be back on track.

Since I have been gone for quite some time, I figured I would do a little update on what has been going on lately. (I went MIA after November 9th, that’s why some of these announcements/reactions are a bit late!)

  • I READ WINTER AND FINISHED THE LUNAR CHRONICLES šŸ˜„ Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely Ā loved the ending with all my heart, but I am still sad this wonderful series has ended. Don’t worry, I have a ton to say about this book, so I will start my review after Christmas!
  • I saw MOCKINGJAY PART 2Ā and I absolutely loved it. Again, another one of my beloved series (in this case a movie series) has come to an end! This too has a review coming up.
  • I watched the season finale of ONCE UPON A TIME. IT WAS SO SAD GUYS! šŸ˜„
  • I was going to watch theĀ FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEMĀ trailer, but decided that I wanted to read the story first (I know, I have no idea how I haven’t read it yet!)
  • I got completely behind onĀ DOCTOR WHO, but am totally prepared to catch up this Christmas break.
  • I saw the preview forĀ STARS ABOVE and realized that I still had some more time in Marissa Meyer’s world.
    • I then saw that one of the Lunar short stories was called “Something Old, Something New” and got extremely excited!
  • I decided that I am done with theĀ DIVERGENTĀ movies, because all of these Allegiant promos looks horrific.
  • THE 100Ā released the trailer for season 3, and it looks pretty awesome.
  • I rereadĀ FANGIRLĀ because I couldn’t read a new book during finals week.
  • I binge watchedĀ JANE THE VIRGINĀ on Netflix during the first few days of break.

Yeah, so there is a recap of everything I would have been posting about had I not taken a break from blogging. I will say that I am feeling more inspired to blog and seem to be getting out of my horrible reading slump. Having all of this free time and the new years coming up will probably push me to blog more. You know the saying, “new year, new me,” and I am very excited to be back!

 

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WINTER COMES OUT TOMORROW

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

TOMoRROW. IT COMES OUT TOMORROW. Just think, there is only one more sleep before I am holding this thing in my hands. It’s been a long year and a half and I am so ready to read this book.

All 832 glorious pages. (Thank you Marissa for making it a big one šŸ™‚ Ā )

This is the last book. I’m pretty sad this wonderful series is over, but it sure has been a great journey. I have grown to love these characters and I can’t wait to see their last hurrah.

Not only are we getting all the characters, but we are also getting Winter. we have seen glimpses of her in the past and her childhood in Fairest, so I’m pretty interested to see how her character plays a role in all of this.

This post was very incoherent. I just needed to write something down before I read it tomorrow. I’m so excited, I’m jumping up and down on the inside! There will be a review of this glorious book up one day, but there is a large possibility that there will be a lengthy, ramble post where I talk about everything…which I’m okay with.

I have hyped this book up so much that it makes me nervous, but really, who could it disappoint! As long as Marissa doesn’t pull a Veronica Roth, I’m fine!

Hope everyone has a great time reading this book!

AHHHH IT COMES OUT TOMoRROW. AS IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS FROM NOW.

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Why These Books would be Great Movies/Shows

I have a real passion for book to movie adaptations. They are always a real toss-up, and it is hard to tell how the movie will turn out. One of the best things is reading a book and finding the differences in the movie and trying to figure out why something was changed. When a book is in the prospects for becoming a movie, I always try to read that book just so I can experience it in two different forms. Of course there are always the epic-fail movies (cough cough Percy Jackson) but then there are gems such as Catching Fire and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2.

There are many great movies based on books, but I believe there are a few books missing on the list of adaptations. I know not all books can be movies or rather shouldn’t be movies, but there are some that would be absolutely phenomenal.

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)FangirlThe Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel; Clockwork Prince; Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #1-3)

1. The Lunar Chronicles

I have said this time and time again. This series would be so amazing translated on-screen. Movies would be great, but I really think these books could shine as a tv show. There are four main books as well as the Fairest Novella. By being a tv show, they could really delve into the story line more and give us more backstories. I know Once Upon a Time is already a fairy tale show, but I don’t care. Either a movie or a tv show for this series would make me incredibly happy.

2. Fangirl

Every time I think of Fangirl as a movie I get so excited. I can just see how it could be translated on-screen. The movie Speak is kind of how I would like Fangirl to be translated as a movie. Ā It wouldn’t be made by the huge franchises and it would have a different feel to it rather than other ya contemporary movies out there. This is a possibility guys, I mean they picked up Eleanor and Park. If that movie does well, they will probably adapt more Rainbow Rowell books.

3. The Darkest Minds

This actually may be in the process of being picked up as a movie, but I haven’t seen much of anything about it. I believe these books would be so great as movies. It would be great to see the powers shown on screen and all of the kids. This apocalyptic book has the action, science fiction and romance aspects that could add up to a great movie.

4. Heist Society

I read these books long ago, but I really enjoyed them. They are different from other ya books and that is something I really appreciate. These books are very unique and show the perspective of the “bad guys.” I think the mystery and tone of this book would be shown great as a movie.

5. Infernal Devices

I know they are making the Shadowhunter tv show, but I’m not sure how far they are going to stretch it. I am one of those people who didn’t really like Mortal Instruments, but really loved The Infernal Devices. I love the time period it’s set in and I think it would be awesome to see that on a screen. This would be an awesome TV show, even if it wasn’t by itself. I think they could do The Mortal Instruments and this together, since they are tied together.

 

Looking back on this list, all five of these books areĀ completely different. I think movie makes need to branch out from the romances and hardcore dystopians. Yes, I love those movies, but I would love to see the day where there was more variety. That being said, here are some dystopians and contemporaries I believe would be *beautiful*

– To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

– Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

– Legend by Marie Lu

 

So what you do you guys think? Agree or disagree? What movies would you add to this list?

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Reasons Fairest is the Best Novella

A few months ago, Marissa Meyer released Fairest, a novella to her Lunar Chronicles series. This series is one of my favorites, so I was very excited to read the companion. I have read a few novellas before, and I guess they were okay. I went into Fairest with low expectations, because I knew novellas weren’t always the best. A few pages in I was able to tell that this wasn’t going to be an ordinary companion novel. There are reasons upon reasons as to why Fairest is an extraordinary novella.

1. The Length of the Novella

This isn’t just a 50 page story that is only sold as ebooks. No, Fairest is the size of a normal (yet small) book with its 230 pages. The story is more than an extra scene the author had to clip out like most other novellas. Fairest actually provides the reader with a lot of information.


2. Getting Inside the Antagonist’s Head

Oh my goodness. Queen Levana is the craziest psychopath I have ever read. Yeah, there are dark and twisted villains, and then there is this chick. Being able to see Levana’s thoughts adds so much more depth to the series. This novella’s purpose wasn’t to show you how she is a misunderstood villain who has good motives, but rather it increases your hate for the antagonist even more. I seen people complaining how they didn’t sympathize with her, but I honestly think we weren’t supposed to (unless we were sympathizing with her craziness maybe). This story really just shows us what goes through her mind when she makes decisions that affect our main characters.


3. Learning the Background and Motives

I love to read a good back story. Something that give us a glimpse of the past that explains why someone does something later in their life is always exciting to read. It’s like connecting the dots between one point to another. When Levana was little, her (evil) sister Channary pushed her into the fire, causing major distortions to her body and face. Because of this incident, the rest of her life she makes she is hidden behind a beautiful glamour. She even goes as far as breaking all the mirrors on Luna. I thought it was very interesting to see this as well her “relationship” with Evret, because it connects in some ways to the Lunar Chronicles.


4. Connection with the Original Series

This is the point that really excites me. Fairest connectsĀ so wellĀ to The Lunar Chronicles. There were so many moments in this book that I was gasping. Ā For example, one moment was when they say that Channary baby’s name is Selene. I’m not sure if Channary’s name was ever mentioned in The Lunar Chronicles, so when I saw the name Selene I kind of freaked out because Ā it’s Cinder.Ā I don’t know, the thought just didn’t register when I started reading this that we would get Cinder’s back story. Also, when we found out Evret’s baby was Winter, I was happy then too. These weren’t the only moments though, because there were so many other connections. There was a line talking about Luna doctors disappearing, so that had to be the doctor that works at the palace. Another line said how Selene would be paired with Kai, which just made me very giddy. I also think there was a line referencing Cress as well. These are all connections that add to the book, so the novella wasn’t a pointless story.


Sorry for a bit of rambling, but Fairest was seriously great. I was so excited that Marissa Meyer put so much effort into this so we could see more of Levana, who is a very complex character with many layers. For those of you who love The Lunar Chronicles, this is perfect for you. There’s even a excerpt from Winter, which I haven’t read yet. I didn’t want to get even more excited for it, because I would probably burst, and NOVEMBER IS SO FAR AWAY I CAN’T TAKE IT.

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Winter by Marissa Meyer Cover Reveal

I don’t get on the internet for one deay, and I miss something as big asĀ this! Some of you might have seen that the cover for Winter was finally released the other day, and let me just tell you, it’s gorgeous.

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)

I was really excited for this one, because I knew it would feature an apple because it’s Snow White, but I was wondering how they would do it. The apple is a lot brighter than I expected, but I love the way it has this glowing and shining effect. I had always loved the covers for The Lunar Chronicles, because they really symbolize the story. I’m thinking the white sparks around the apple has something to do with Winter’s powers. I’m not sure, I just know I really love the cover. I honestly don’t know if I could pick an all time favorite of the four, because I love them all, but I think this one and Cress are just breathtakingly beautiful.

So what are your thoughts on the cover? Does it make you even more excited like it does for me? I finished Fairest the other day (review to come) and I just need this book! Fall is so far away!!!

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Exploring My Bookshelf #1

About a week ago, I saw that Addlepates and Book Nerds made a new feature called Exploring My Bookshelves. Each week, she gives something a topic and you have to pick a book and give a short synopsis. This seemed super fun, so after I organized my bookshelf, I decided I would go ahead and start doing this meme. I don’t have many physical books, so there might be times I pull from my Kindle library. Also funny story about this picture. At the top I have these letters that say READ. However, that just happended when I reorganised. They used to say DREAM and I was like “I wish it could say read,” then I realized it could and I felt like a genius. Okay, tangent over, let’s get started!

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This week’s topic: What is the prettiest book you’ve read?

I decided to do one contemporary and one fantasy, since the covers are so much different. For my contemporary, I used something I’ve never really talked about on here, and that is…

Ā  Ā WE WERE LIARS

This was definitely the big book this past summer. I’m not even going to try and give you a summary about it, and Displaying photo.JPGwill tell you what everyone told me; read it without knowing anything. We Were Liars was a strange book for me, because I couldn’t decide what I felt about it. For the most part, people love it or hate it, so I suggest you read it and see what you feel about it.

Anyways, I picked this cover because it was the first thing that drew me to the book at first. It has the mysterious feel to it which perfectly matches the book. Normally, I would have picked some cutsy and pretty contemporary with fancy letters, but this time I wanted to be different. This is a very simple cover, but really catches the eye in my opinion.

 

 

 

 

For my fantasy cover, I chose…

CRESS

Displaying photo.JPGI just love this cover so much. Cinder and Scarlet have nice covers as well, but this one is beautiful. I love how the cover means something, because it has the hair of Rapunzel, or in this case Cress. Also I just really love the blue/purple ombre around it. Also I’m super excited fr the Winter cover, because it has to have an apple on it somewhere.

This is the third book in The Lunar Chronicles, and now it has Cinder, Thorne, Scarlet and Wolf all journeying together. They greatest hope is Cress, the girl living in outerspace, secretly helping them out. After they rescue her, everyone is split up and has their own adventures. Each book in this series adds new perspectives each time. If you are a fan of Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus and the multiple perspectives, you might want to try this out because theys tyle is the same.

 

 

 

Ahh, that was fun! I’m looking forward to future topics!

 

 

 

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January Book Haul

January Book Haul

In the month of January, I actually required a couple of books. This is abnormal for me, because I will rarely get so many physical book copies in a month, as I buy books on my kindle as well. However, since this month was my Ā birthday month and I have a much bigger shelf, I got more physical books. I will give you more information about each book below, and it will be from left to right.

All the Bright PlacesĀ by Jennifer Niven
All Violet wants is to graduate and move away from her small town. Theodore just wants to die. As Goodreads describes it, All the Bright places is a perfect mix of two bestsellers The Fault in our Stars and Eleanor & Park.

When I first read about this book when writing my January Releases Post, I was intrigued by it. I feel like I will either really love it or it’ll be a complete flop. We’ll see!


I Was HereĀ by Gayle Forman

Cody thought she knew everything about her best friend Meg. However, after Meg commits suicide in a hotel room, Cody is left to find the answers. Everything she thought she knew about her is gone and she discovers many things her ā€˜best friendā€™ never told her about.

Of course I picked this book up, it’s from Gayle Forman!


Fairest by Marissa Meyer

This is a bridge story between Cress and Winter by Marissa Meyer. So far, all we know about Queen Levana is how she uses her ā€˜glamourā€™ to gain power over people. That is, until now. Meyer has finally written the story of Queen Levana and it is definitely a must-read for fans of the series.

I am absolutely obsessed with the Lunar Chronicles, and this makes me even more excited for Winter!


Since You’ve Been GoneĀ by Morgan MatsonĀ 

Before Sloane came into her life, Emily didn’t do anything. She wasn’t the one for partying and adventures. Just when she was preparing for a great summer, her best friend Sloane just disappears without a trace. The only thing she left was a list of crazy random things from picking apples at night to dancing until daybreak that Emily needed to complete that summer.

After I read the synopsis, this was another book I was intrigued with. It looks like a really fun summer contemporary, but i don’t know if I can wait that long to read it!


Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Samantha was just done celebrating Cupid Day, a day for partying that guaranteed you to be popular, when she died in a terrible crash. However, she didn’t die. Well technically she did, but she relieves that day 7 times, noticing many different things.

I honestly haven’t heard anyone talk about this book. I knew it existed and knew the overall story, but I can’t remember if people liked it or not. Guess I’ll be the judge of that.


Gone GirlĀ by Gillian Flynn

It’s Nick and Amy’s anniversary, when suddenly Amy goes missing. Nick isn’t helping himself out as he keeps on imaging her there. However, after reading into Amy’s diary, a whole new perspective is given. Everyone thinks that Nick killed her, but he still pleads innocent. But if it wasn’t him, who else could it be?

I’m kind of excited, yet kind of nervous for this one. I haven’t read any thrillers/mysteries in a while and I just hope this one is good!

Well those are the 6 books I got this month! I don’t expect to do this every month obviously, but I may start doing something like this after I buy a few books. Maybe something like every two months, and include kindle books? I’m not sure yet…

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Top Ten Tuesday: Sequels I Can’t Wait to Get

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. They create all kinds of super awesome list ideas that we all get to participate in. Check out their website:Ā http://www.brokeandbookish.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html

 

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I have actually finished up a lot of my favorite series in the past year. Divergent ended last year, Anna and the French Kiss, and Heroes of Olympus. This took some more thinking, but there are definitely some books that I can’t wait for!

 

 

 

1. Winter by Marissa Meyer

Right now we don’t know much about this book except that they are on the moon, and we have a new main character named Winter and she is supposed to show the Snow White fairy tale. Now if you haven’t noticed, I love the Lunar Chronicles, and I can not wait to read this book! If you haven’t read the first 3 yet, don’t worry, we still have a year of waiting. šŸ˜„

 

2. The Heir by Kiera Cass

Awhile ago, Kiera announced that she wasn’t quite done with Maxon and American just yet. This story follows their twins and the new selection. (Also the cover of this book is my favorite of the whole series!)

 

3. P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) by Jenny Han

I read the first book last month, and thought it was super adorable. I thought it had just ended the way it did, but then I found out there was a sequel coming!

 

 

4. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

This is the second book of My Life Next Door. I know this is story follows TIm more, and I am excited to see where it goes!

 

5. Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Yep, I managed to put the Lunar Chronicles on here twice! I really am excited for this short story, and it tells more about Levana! It comes out in 2-3 months and I can’t wait for more Marissa Meyer writing!

 

That’s all I could really think of right now. Now that I’m starting into more fantasy series, I’ll probably find more books I am excited for. I know already that the 4th Throne of Glass books is coming out next year and I’ve seen some stuff on a 3rd Fifth Wave book. So, what are you looking forward to in the book world?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I would like to Reread

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. They create all kinds of super awesome list ideas that we all get to participate in. Check out their website: http://www.brokeandbookish.com/p/top-ten-tuesday-other-features.html

November 4: Top Ten Books I want to Reread (or would like to)

  1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling: I have not actually went through and reread all of the books of the Harry Potter series. This is not acceptable. My goal is to dedicate a time to do this, but there are so many other books I want to read too!

 

  1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: I read this books a few months ago and it probably made it into my top 10 favorite books ever. It is such a powerful and dark book and I would love to go back and reread it again.

 

  1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: I really want to reread this and I definitely will before the next book comes out, which I am so excited for. I never would have thought I would have loved a sci-fi fairy tale remake, but it is seriously one of the greatest things ever, and I have to re-experience it.

 

  1. The Giver by Lois Lowry: It’s been awhile since I read this for the first time, and I still haven’t seen the movie. Before I see it though, I would love to reread it so I can do a movie adaptation comparison to the book.

 

  1. The One by Kiera Cass: I read this in May thinking that it was the last book, but suddenly Kiera is adding on some more!

 

  1. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan: This is my absolute favorite book in the Percy Jackson series and I would love to read the perfect example of how to tie things up at the end of a series.

 

  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: This is an amazing book that is very short, and I would love to go back and reread it.

 

That’s really all I could think of. I didn’t add books like Divergent or Hunger Games because I actually have reread those, and I don’t see myself doing that anytime soon. I normally don’t reread books a lot unless they were just super good or the next book/movie was coming out.