Cover Buys I Loved!

I know “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is an age old saying, but I will be the first to admit that I do judge books by their covers. Honestly, this hasn’t turned out too badly for me! As I browse Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, Wordpress, ect. all the time, I am pretty up to date with popular books. Even if I don’t really know what they are about, I’ve at least seen them around. This makes it super exciting when I go to the bookstore and pick up a book that I have never seen before.

I know “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is an age old saying, but I will be the first to admit that I do judge books by their covers. Honestly, this hasn’t turned out too badly for me! As I browse Instagram, Twitter, Goodreads, WordPress, ect. all the time, I am pretty up to date with popular books. Even if I don’t really know what they are about, I’ve at least seen them around. This makes it super exciting when I go to the bookstore and pick up a book that I have never seen before.

It can be a little scary for me to go into a book without having looked up the Goodreads rating or heard a review, but honestly, the few books I have picked up knowing nothing have ended up being some of my favorite books!

BRING ME THEIR HEARTS by Sara Wolf

This cover caught my attention because you don’t often see artwork like this on young adult books. I was immediately intrigued by it, so I picked it up, read the flap, and bought it right away. I ended up reading it all in one sitting! It was such an unique premise and I thought the world building was really cool. The sequel comes out next month, and I can’t wait to give this book a reread before diving in!

Mini-synopsis: Immortal Zera must bring the crown prince’s heart to the witch who controls her.

HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS by Erin A. Craig

I probably knew the most about this book going in out of the three I am talking about today. All I knew is that it had to do with the Twelve Dancing Princess fairytale, which I didn’t really know much about anyway. The cover has a dark ocean vibe, which I absolutely love! This book ended up scaring me, but it was such a fun book!

Mini-synopsis: Twelve sisters live on an island and then they start mysteriously dying one by one.

HOW WE BECAME WICKED by Alexander Yates

I was immediately drawn to this book because purple is my favorite color. It was as simple as that! The description sounded cool and the cover was pretty, so I guess that’s all it takes for me to be interested in a book. I ended up absolutely loving this book! It was a little creepy, but overall, a super fun and entertaining read.

Mini-synopsis: A virus is going around that makes people want to kill others once they’ve been infected.

What books have you bought based on the cover and ended up loving?

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Best Books of Summer 2019!

Summer is officially coming to a close! Summer doesn’t really mean the same thing to me anymore since finishing school, but it was still quite a good reading season for me! I would say that in general, my favorite books this summer ended up being cute debuts with a little bit of magic.

Summer is officially coming to a close! Summer doesn’t really mean the same thing to me anymore since finishing school, but it was still quite a good reading season for me! I would say that in general, my favorite books this summer ended up being cute debuts with a little bit of magic.

A SKY PAINTED GOLD BY LAURA WOOD

I haven’t posted my review for this one yet, but spoiler, I LOVED it! It was gentle and soft, and the atmosphere was so captivating. I saw a lot of myself in the main character. This kind of historical fiction, where it isn’t set specifically in a certain historical event, is what I like from the genre.

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE BY CASEY MCQUISTON

This new adult romance took the internet by storm this year and I could not agree more with the hype! It was cute and diverse and left me feeling hopeful about what could happen in the future.

HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS BY ERIN. A CRAIG

I definitely think this book is more fitting for fall or winter, since it is spooky and dark, but it was so fun! I was so scared but I could not put it down. It is definitely creepier than your typical YA fantasy.

WICKED FOX BY KAT CHO

Another super fun YA fantasy debut! I truly felt like I was reading a KDrama while making my way through this one and I loved every second! The relationships between friends and parents are really what stands out to me.

SORCERY OF THORNS BY MARGARET ROGERSON

What could be bad about magical books, demons, and sorcerers? Nothing, that’s why I loved this book! It was fun, magical, and cute, and I couldn’t put it down.

HEARTSTOPPER BY ALICE OSEMAN

This romantic graphic novel is probably one of the cutest things I’ve ever read! The main characters are so soft and their relationship is so good.

THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY & AQUICORN COVE BY KATIE O’NEILL

I think these graphic novels are intended more for a younger audience, but I really loved them! The art style is absolutely the cutest and the stories are soft, but still important and full of diversity.

What were the best books you read this summer?

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House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Synopsis: After her mother and four of her older sisters have died, Annaleigh begins to think that her family and their island home is cursed. Trying to forget about their grief, Annaleigh and the rest of her sister find a magic door that leads them to a new magical ball every night.

Fantasy, 416 pages, published in 2019

Synopsis: After her mother and four of her older sisters have died, Annaleigh begins to think that her family and their island home is cursed. Trying to forget about their grief, Annaleigh and the rest of her sisters find a magic door that leads them to a new magical ball every night.

Spoiler Free Review:

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This is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, a fairy tale that I am not familiar with. I also didn’t know too much about the book, other than the fact that I liked the cover and I’ve seen it around on social media a lot. I have to say, this book completely surprised me! Not only did I enjoy it way more than I was anticipating, but I didn’t expect it to be so scary!

Full disclosure, I scare so easily, and listening to the audiobook while laying in bed in the dark certainly did not help. There were frightening scenes, but there was also the fact that as a reader, you don’t know what is real and what isn’t. It is in first person, so you just have to trust that Annaleigh is seeing things as they are. As much as it scared me, I absolutely loved the spooky vibes of this book! It definitely had me leaving on my fairy lights at night so I wouldn’t be in complete darkness 😨

A lot of reviews I saw prior to reading this book said that the pacing was really slow in the beginning, but honestly, it didn’t feel that way to me. I think the beginning portion really builds up the atmosphere that I loved so much about this book. It felt dark and briny, but at the same time, magical and dreamlike.

I have to say, I had such hard time keeping track of the sisters, even though four of them are already dead at the beginning of the book. Camille is the only one older than Annaleigh and Verity is important to the plot, so they were the only two that I had a good grasp on. The rest of them really blended together for me. I don’t necessarily think that was a bad thing, because I much preferred getting more plot, as opposed to seeing eight different sisters be fleshed out characters.

I also think that some of the mystical elements that play a large role in the ending of the book could have been woven throughout the story better. I think the ending just would have been more satisfying if I knew what was unrealistic within the world.

That being said, I still rated this book 5 stars. It was just such a good time! My enjoyment of it overshadows the things I didn’t love about it. I am super curious to see what else Erin A. Craig writes in the future!