Cover vs Cover (#1)

They say to never judge a book by its cover. But I say, why not? To start things off, I’m going to look at Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone.

US COVER

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This was the cover I was first introduced to. Personally, I think it makes it look like a lot of other (mediocre) YA novels and sadly it’s what put me off from reading this for so long. To me, the font looks like someone made a graphic in Photoshop and used a font you’d find for free on a website. I do like the burst of color surrounded by all the black and white — which also makes me think of Karou’s hair.

UK COVER

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And then….I saw this one. I absolutely fell in love with this cover. I also think it fits the book better because if I remember correctly, there was a passage in the book about wings/feathers like this. The font on this one fits perfectly with the feathers. It still has a bit of the cursive writing like the US cover, but it’s more elegant. The color of the feathers makes it look like raven feathers, the way they change color under a light.

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Is there a book you’d like me to compare covers with? Let me know in the comments!

Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor

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Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Page Count: 432
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Source: Library
Rating: Four-stars

Book Summary: Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

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Teaser Tuesday (2)

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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It is a condition of monsters that they do not perceive themselves as such. The dragon, you know, hunkered in the village devouring maidens, heard the townsfolk cry ‘Monster’! and looked behind him.

– Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Have you read Daughter of Smoke & Bone? If so, what were your thoughts?

If you take part in TT, feel free to share your link in the comments below!

Stacking The Shelves (1)

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme created and hosted by Tynga @ Tynga’s Reviews. It gives bloggers the chance to show their readers books they’ve bought, borrowed or received during the week.

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BOUGHT

The Ocean at the End of the Lane – There were three things that pulled me towards this: It’s Neil Gaiman! The cover. Everyone I know who’s read this, has loved it. Did I mention it’s Neil Gaiman…?

BORROWED

Daughter of Smoke & Bone – Laini Taylor keeps popping up when I would search for new YA books to read, so I figured I’d finally check her out. I’m not normally a big fan of angels, but I was intrigued by the description and the amazing reviews it got on Goodreads.

Before I Fall – I picked this one up because I was interested in another book by Lauren Oliver (Panic) and decided I wanted to check out her writing while I wait. I was momentarily put off by the beginning of the description (about a girl with a charmed life…I’ve heard that before) but there’s a twist to it and that’s what drew me in.

What book(s) have you picked up this week?