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5 International Covers that are Better than US Covers

11 Sep

It’s not a fact that I am proud of, but it is definitely a fact:

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I honestly can’t help it. I mean, I have a shelf on my Goodreads account called “Cover Porn” because I am obsessed with shiny sparkly pretty bold colored things. So I get kind of snarky when a book I REALLY like comes out with a not-so-great cover *cough* through the ever night *cough*. And it makes me even more upset when the US covers are decent but the international covers are GORGEOUS and I can’t have them because they aren’t sold in the US. And it’s terribly hard to find non-US published books (even on the internet) while you are in the US.

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And even  more depressing is when that gorgeous cover is in a different language and even if you DID buy it you wouldn’t understand a thing! So frustrating. So below are my top five favorite international covers that I wish I could have on my US books.

5 International Covers that are Better than their US Covers

1.) Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles #1) by Lauren DeStefano

US Cover vs UK Cover

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Umm… is this really even a competition?!?!?! I want to be besties with that redhead. That cover is basically just aching for the book to be read. I went so far as to Tweet Lauren DeStefano and the UK publishing company to ask them how I could get my greedy little hands on a UK version because it’s so damn gorgeous *drool*

2.) The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns #2) by Rae Carson

US Cover vs French Cover

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Uh, once again. No challenge. As much as I adore The Crown of Embers book (Fire and Thorns is one of my favorite series EVER), the US cover is boring and blase and nothing to write home about. The French cover however,  what a beaut! I mean its a rainbow of colors and a serious head nod to Elisa’s badassry in the book. While I do agree with a few other bloggers that she’s a bit too skinny to be a realistic Elisa, I still think her expression entices me to read this waaaay more than the US cover does.

3.) Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) by Kiersten White

US Cover vs Italian Cover

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As much as I am anti-this book series because it’s a blast back to my middle-school teeny bopper language time, I don’t hate the US cover. It’s very pretty. Not interesting, but pretty. Bland pretty, like the color pale yellow. But the Italian cover? *sighs wistfully* Now that is an interesting and pretty cover. We’ve still got our pretty little blonde on it with the wind blown hair, but the colors, the body language, and the facial expression completely change the feel of the book. And the lighting on that girl’s face, hot damn.

4.) Fire (Graceling #2) by Kristin Cashore

US Cover vs UK Cover

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Once again, I lurve this series and everything Kristin Cashore related. The US Cover is not ugly by any means but you don’t really grasp the concept of the book with it. It’s just a bow and arrow and for all you know could be about a damn forest fire. But the UK cover gives you much more insight into the story. She obvi has red hair (very important) and with the shading and gorgi girl it makes you think she’s a fierce badass (which she is). It’s just… a lot better. As are ALL the UK covers for the Graceling series. That are all bomb-diggidy and I want them to be blown up into posters, signed, and hung in my room.

5.) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

US Cover vs UK Cover

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Yes, yes I know, these cover are very similar. But they are also very different and the differences between them are obvious once you read the book. You’ll understand why I am enamored with the UK Cover. First of all, I don’t really understand the hand in the US Cover. I mean it kind of makes sense if you stretch it, but it’s way too much symbolism for a cover. Second of all, the red is so much more RED in the UK and makes the cover much more tastey. And finally, it shows that there will be a romance in the book. In the UK cover, with the two figures and the stars on the I’s, everything is just much more complex. It’s much more dynamic and visually pleasing.

New Book Alert: Rooms by Lauren Oliver

15 Aug

As per Goodreads:

Lauren Oliver, bestselling author of the young adultDelirium” series, will publish a book for adults in the fall of 2014.

“As instantly gripping as it was elegantly written,”
the book’s editor, Lee Boudreaux,
told the New York Times of reading “Rooms” for the first time.

Release Date: 2014

 

My Reaction:

So my first though was:

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Because this is a big deal!

I am always interested to see how a YA author can transition into the adult genre. Honestly, there are very few who can do it fluidly. But Lauren is a great author and I think she might actually do better as an adult fiction write than a YA author because she’s amazing at creating relatable characters and adults tend to appreciate that art more.

Plus, I am REALLY happy Lauren has so many books in the works right now. Cannot wait to read them allllll

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As this as a To-Read Here

 

 

 

How I feel about Book Giveaways

1 Aug

I think book giveaways are the greatest thing that has ever been invented. Like ever. And ARC and signed copy giveaways are even more fantabolous than regular book giveaways. I mean, free+awesome+one of a kind with a signature = i’mdyingeventhinkingaboutit.

I am a BIG fan of Twitter (@StarsBeRattling if you don’t already follow me) and I love when I hear about raffles and contest and all that jazz through Tweets. I literally enter every single one I ever see, multiple times, and retweet it so all my Twitter lovies can join the fun too. I’ve entered well over 100 raffles through Twitter, Goodreads, blogs, author sites, publishing sites, yadda yadda yadda.

I have never. ever. EVER won.

Not once. Zip, Zero. Nadda. And it’s a heart wrenching experience. I get so excited and than all my little dreams of reading that particular book are thrown brutally to the ground and stomped on.

The Roller Coaster of Giveaway Emotions:

When I first see the giveaway:

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After I calm down and actually read all the rules and find out what I have to do

 

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After I am done entering and have to wait but constantly check back to see if they’ve announced the winner yet

 

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When they say they have a winner and I haven’t gotten any email communication but I still check just in case

 

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When I see I haven’t won

 

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But find out it’s someone I know did win

 

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But really

 

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So to defuse my bitterness, I am ranting to you all.

Someday guys… someday it will happen to me. *sigh*

 

New Book Alert: The Goldscryer Saga by Rae Carson

31 Jul

As per Goodreads:

Martha Mihalick at HarperCollins’s Greenwillow Books bought North American rights to a new fantasy trilogy from Rae Carson, who is currently writing the Fire and Thorns series for the children’s imprint. […]

Agent Holly Root at Waxman Leavell closed this deal, and said the new trilogy is “a sweeping and romantic fantasy” that follows a teenage girl whose magical ability to find gold puts her in a dangerous position during the American Gold Rush.

 

Release Date: 2014

 

My Reaction:
Rae…Rae Carson… has another trilogy.

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New Book Alert – Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

25 Jul

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As per Goodreads:

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Release Date: January 28, 2014

My Reaction:

HOW AM I JUST LEARNING ABOUT THIS BOOK?!?!

It just fits me and my books loves so perfectly…

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How I hope I feel when I’m done reading this…

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Mark it as a To-Read Here!

New Book Alert – The Young Elites by Marie Lu

25 Jun

As per Goodreads:

The new series, set in what Putnam described as a “Renaissance-like world,” is called The Young Elites. It follows three rival societies with supernatural powers battling for supremacy.

And a girl transforms from an unwanted daughter into a fearsome leader, igniting panic and sparking war between seven nations.

The first book in the series is set for fall 2014.

 

My Reaction:

ANOTHER MARIE LU SERIES!!!

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This book does sound a lot like Legend…

BUT WHO GIVES A SHIT LEGEND WAS AMAZING.

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And the fact that it will be coming out in 2014 just makes my life.

Mark it as a To-Read here.

 

New Book Alert- The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

18 Jun

As per Goodreads:

The first in a new two-book series about an orphaned princess fighting to reclaim her kingdom while hiding her power from the masked vigilante hunting her, set in a world where magic is not just forbidden, but will soon destroy everything…

A reviewer also said: Game of Thrones meets Batman = epic Jodi Meadows.

Release date is 2015

My reaction:

I’m intrigued with this book. I have a mixed vibe on Meadow’s book but with that kind of descriptions?

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I love it

 

Mark it at a To Read here

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