BOOK REPORT for The Leaf Reader by Emily Arsenault
Drink MeBFF Charm:
Straight Up With A TwistBonus Factor:
Not Seeing A Future
Cover Story: Drink Me
I like this cover well enough—the shattered teacup is a little on the nose, but the painting-like quality and dark tones scream “mystery.” I might have chosen to play up the mysticism element, personally (like the original Diviners cover), but ...
BOOK REPORT for Deacon Locke Went to Prom by Brian Katcher
Puttin’ On The RitzBFF Charm:
Let Me Love YouSwoonworthy Scale:
I Came, I Danced, I Went ViralBonus Factors:
Kick-Ass Gram, Internet FameRelationship Status:
Cover Story: Puttin’ On The Ritz
This cover is great: it screams “prom,” but in a fun, stylized way that’s much more appealing than a Fancy Dress cover. Well done, cover designers!
The Deal ...
BOOK REPORT for The Pearl Thief (Code Name Verity #0.5) by Elizabeth Wein
Go On, Take The Money and RunBFF Charm:
I Capture the CastleBonus Factors:
Crumbling Aristocracy, Sweet Ride, History’s MysteriesRelationship Status:
It’s Like Being In Love, Discovering Your Best Friend
Cover Story: Go On, Take The Money and Run
I neither love nor hate this cover, which, at least, has the sporty red MG that Julie ...
BOOK REPORT for Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
On the WaterfrontBFF Charm:
Some Like It HotBonus Factors:
Santa Cruz, Classic Movies, Vintage FashionRelationship Status:
From Here To Eternity
Cover Story: On the Waterfront
Much like Jenn Bennett’s first YA book, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, I find the US cover okay, and the UK cover to be fantastic. The US cover evokes summertime, movies, and romance—which is good ...
BOOK REPORT for Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) (ISBN13: 978-0-316-34168-4) by Laini Taylor
Sparklemoth SplitBFF Charm:
Yay x2Swoonworthy Scale:
Dreams of Libraries and GodspawnBonus Factors:
Librarians, Tasty BusinessRelationship Status:
Missing My Other Half
Cover Story: Sparklemoth Split
Although I’m not crazy about the font, this is such a pretty cover in person—it’s very shiny and metallic. It’s not quite as gorgeous as the UK covers, but the simplicity and ...
BOOK REPORT for Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham
Cover Story: Big Face Split Screen
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 1
Talky Talk: She Said, He Said
Bonus Factors: Awesome Grownups
Relationship Status: So This Is Love
Cover Story: Big Face Split Screen
As a rule, I generally don’t like Big Face covers, and as with all rules, there are exceptions. I think this one is elegantly done, especially because it features a WOC on the cover, alongside her 1920s counterpart ...
BOOK REPORT for That Burning Summer by Lydia Syson
Bucolic BattlefieldBFF Charm:
Annoying Little BrotherRelationship Status:
Keep Calm and Carry On
Cover Story: Bucolic Battlefield
This cover manages to make war seem like something that happens at a distance. It’s lovely, but it’s also a Standard Historical Fiction Cover: soft, sepia-toned people caught in a specific moment.
It’s 1940 in England. Peggy and her ...
BOOK REPORT for Freeks by Amanda Hocking
Big Top, Big SkirtBFF Charm:
Cheap Thrill Seekers, Vendors and the DealersBonus Factors:
Traveling Carnival, Mysterious Loner Dude, DiversityRelationship Status:
Lurking in the Shadows
Cover Story: Big Top, Big Skirt
Aside from the literal “under her skirt” commentary this cover elicits, I like it—the mysterious tattooed girl, a full moon, a carnival, and a lone wolf are all elements that ...