Sunday, June 29, 2014

New Releases in YA! (July 1st-5th)

Every week I list all (or almost all) of the YA books that are coming out within that week!
Here's what you get to look forward to this week:
P.S. Click on the book's cover for the Goodreads page!

What books, if any, do you plan to buy?

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (June 28th 2014)

A meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where all the book nerds can post about the lovely (or not so lovely) books that they've got this week.

I'm leaving (left?) for Texas on Thursday, so this post isn't entirely updating, but it does show the books I've read/got from Sunday to Thursday.
P.S. Click on the book cover to go to the book's Goodreads page!

Books I've Read in the Last Week


For Review

Thanks to First to Read!

Book Won!

Thanks to Ensconced in Lit!

Thanks to Free Book Friday!

Books I Reviewed
(The covers are linked to my review)

Not a very eventful week for me, but...
What books did you haul in?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Cover Lust: Gravity by Melissa West

Cover Lust is something that I do every week where I feature a book cover that I absolutely love!

Gravity (The Taking, #1)In the future, only one rule will matter:
Don’t. Ever. Peek.
Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die.
Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war.

  Why did I pick this cover? 

I love pictures of space! I believe that pictures of space are absolutely gorgeous! So, since this cover basically features space, I find it beautiful!

What are your thoughts? Tell me in the comments!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Cover vs. Cover: Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

This week's pick is...

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)VS.   Poison Princess
Original                             Redesign
This is really weird, but I actually prefer the original cover. I think the models are creepy and posed awkwardly, but I just can't like the redesign. 1. It looks like a novella cover. 2. IT IS ORANGE. Now, I am perfectly fine with the color orange, but it is not appealing on a book cover, especially in that shade of orange.

Final Verdict: Original

Do you agree? Give me your thoughts on which cover is the best!

Bloomsbury Spark’s Six Month Sparkiversary

Bloomsbury // Amazon // Nook // Kobo // iTunes

Bloomsbury // Amazon // Nook // Kobo // iTunes

Bloomsbury // Amazon // Nook // Kobo // iTunes

Bloomsbury // Amazon // Nook // Kobo // iTunes

Bloomsbury // Amazon // Nook // Kobo // iTunes

Bloomsbury // Amazon // Nook // Kobo // iTunes

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, where you talk about whatever book you are IMPATIENTLY WAITING for!

This week I am waiting for...

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
Goodreads    Release Date: October 14th 2014

 Why am I waiting?

I've been on a fantasy kick lately and this sounds like an amazing fantasy!

What book are you waiting for this week?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Cover Trends I Like/Dislike

Hosted each week by The Broke and the Bookish, it's a meme for listing the top ten for everything bookish.
*Click on a book's cover for the Goodreads page*
I ashamed of this, but I actually do judge books by their covers. There are just certain factors that will cause me to either pick up the book or avoid the book all together.
P.S. This post is kind of a mess. I try to use examples for the cover trends, but I use different ways. Sometimes I use books I've read or want to read, at times I just use examples that help prove my point. Just please bear with me.

I Shall Avoid
A place for the type of covers that I tend to avoid. I will occasionally pick up books with these trends on the cover if either A. people are raving about it or B. It's part of a series I already started.

 1. Kissing
I feel embarrassed reading a book with kissing on the cover. I just feel that people will judge me for reading what is obviously a romance. And, call me a prude, but I don't really like seeing pictures of people kissing. I always feel that I'm seeing a private moment.
Some books that I picked/will pick up anyway:

2. Shirtless Dudes (or Partially Shirtless Dudes)
Same as the Kissing covers, I'm embarrassed by covers with shirtless dudes.
Some books that I picked anyway:

3. Half Naked People in General
This is why I avoid New Adult books. Practically every New Adult book has half naked people on them (oftentimes kissing). One reason as to why I avoid these is, again, that they embarrass me. Another is that when I see bookcover with these half naked people on them, I assume that the book is basically about the couple's sex life, which is something that I do not want to read.
I do not have any of these books on my list, since I avoid them like the plague, so just trust me on this one.

4. Badly Photoshopped
If it is obvious (And I mean really obvious. Awkward cutting and paste, strange lightning and shadows, just plain bad) that the cover was photoshopped, I will probably not read it.
I just feel that if someone didn't want to work hard enough on the cover for the book then what will the book be like.
I'm not putting any examples for this one. That would be rude.

5. Cover Clones
Cover clones are what I call different books with the same covers. Basically, covers that use stock photos. The reason why this bothers me is that this covers multiple books to look the same.
Don't believe me? Here's a very popular one;

And I bet there's other book covers with the same girl.
And to be honest, I will occasionally pick up books with cover clones, but I tend to start avoiding the books if I see that particular clone too often.

I Shall Pick Up
It's hard for me to say what cover trends I like. I like a lot of covers, but I oftentimes just think "that is pretty" and decide to read it.
6. Interesting Typography
I don't know why, but I like book covers that have a bigger focus on the typography and, of course, interesting typography.
Some books that I picked/will pick up:

7. Outer Space
To me, outer space is beautiful, and if a cover features outer space in any way, I am usually interested.
Some books that I picked up:

7. Cool Colors
When it comes to book covers, I prefer cool colors (Blues, greens. pinks, and purples) over warms colors (reds, oranges, and yellows). I'm not sure why, but I find books with cool colors more beautiful (most of the time).
Some books that I picked up (I already listed a bunch of cool colored covers, so this one is short):

8. Bright Colors
I don't know how else to explain this, but I like colors with bright splashes of color.
Some books that I picked/will pick up:

9. Pretty Dresses
I'm ashamed of this, but I  actually like the pretty dress trend...
Some books that I picked up:

10. Falling Apart
Covers that feature something (usually a person) falling apart.
This one is harder for me to find for some reason, but it is something that I love in a cover.
Some books that I picked up:

This was very hard! The first 5 very easy, but It's always hard for me to define the trends or styles of covers that I like. Like I said, I like beautiful, stunning, pretty covers. Since it was hard to define categories that the covers I like fall into, I missed a lot of my favorite covers.

What kind of covers do you Like/Dislike?