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S4S – Books Covers

Happy Sunday and welcome to the last Six for Sunday before returning to the scheduled prompts by Steph from A Little but a Lot! This week I decided to head back to the bookish prompts and picked an older prompt that I hadn’t done before, this one is Book Covers! Although I do agree with the age old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” I’m insanely guilty of doing just this. A cover is often the first thing we see and even if not on purpose we tend to form an opinion at that moment even if it isn’t always a deciding factor. For me personally, a cover will usually draw me in, I’ll then check out the synopsis and if I’m still interested I tend to read the first page where possible or if online I check out spoiler-free reviews. Although no the be all and end all sign of a good book I do love a good cover and now you can check out six of my all time favourites.

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
This cover is one of the most gorgeous things I’ve ever seen, Laurens books have such beautiful covers and for me, this is the book that started it all.

Vicious (Special collectors edition) by V.E Schwab
I held up from starting this series because I wanted this version so badly. It’s beautiful, features a built-in fabric bookmark, foiling under the dust jacket and is that perfect smaller hardback size that I adore. Not to mention that the art on the cover itself is a reference to Victor and his habit of defacing books, I love that if you look at it one way its just lines made with marker pens but at the right angle they are bones.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I don’t think I know anyone out there who doesn’t love this cover or the sought after blue sprayed edges. The gold foiling and detail on the moth are astounding but for me, it’s the gorgeous galaxy like blue with what looks like stars and constellations running through them, it looks truly magical.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay by J.K Rowling
I adore a lot of Mina Lima’s graphic design work for the Harry Potter films and the artwork for the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Screenplay is no exception. There are so many little hidden details and flourishes over this cover it really draws you in while also capturing the style of the era well at the same time.

Lady Midnight (Waterstones special edition) by Cassandra Clare
Another harder to find one and although Waterstones have done special edition covers like this one for the rest of the Dark Artifices series and now the Red scrolls of Magic series too this first one will always be my favourite. The colour is a lovely shade of blue and the gold foil angelic runes are perfection.

Caraval by Stephanie Meyer
I love so many different aspects of Caraval. The shiny gold foiling (this seems to be a running theme with my favourites I’ve noticed) of the starburst kind of effect around the book title is eye-catching all on its own but pair it with the spine spilt into half black and half white and then the different hidden cover editions we got in the UK where under the dust jacket you would find one of a few different gold illustrations was just the icing on the top of the cake.

Do you have any particular book covers you like? Do you have anything that endears a cover to you like my (apparent) obsession with gold foiling? Tell me all about it!

 

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Vengeful – Spoiler Free Review

40139338Vengeful by V.E Schwab

Rating: XXXXX

Published September 25th 2018 by Titan Books

“How many men would she have to turn to dust before one took her seriously?”

Eli Ever and Victor Vale were only medical students when their mutual discovery that near-death experiences can, under the right conditions, manifest extraordinary abilities.

They were best friends, and rivals, and then enemies. They were dead, then alive, and then—Eli killed Victor, once and for all.

Or so he thought—but Sydney Clarke felt otherwise, and used her own superpower to tip the scales. Now, a trio hides in the shadows, while another takes advantages of post-death life to take over the city of Merit.

If there can be life after death—will there be calm after vengeance, or will chaos rule?

It feels amazing to have finally held this book in my hands that has been in the making for five years and like both Eli and Victor has been made and remade. The taster in the form of the first chapter at the end of the special edition version of Vicious that was out this year was wonderfully tantalising and it’s fantastic to have finally dug into Marcellas story and the continuation of Victor and Eli’s world.

This book is pretty huge, at almost 600 pages compared to the 360 odd of Vicious I felt a bit daunted when I sat down to read it. I needn’t have feared though as the story moves so well and so quickly the pages fly by and when you finally look up you realise it’s dark out and you’ve not moved for a good few hours. This book is an absolute work of art that feels beautifully polished and perfected, you can almost feel all the immense hard work that’s gone into it and the result it fantastic.

We get multiple points of view including that of a couple of new characters and the return of some from Vicious, including Dominic who we had only recently met previously and is, like all of the characters in Vengeful extremely intriguing and in-depth but not uncomfortably so. We delve into the lives of these characters and the goings on of the past five years between the two books and although I enjoyed the way these were presented I did have trouble keeping track on where we were in the timeline a few times and found it easier to refer to these parts as then and now instead of trying to fit them in precisely.

It was brilliant to see more from my favourite dysfunctional family although I’m a little gutted we didn’t see more done with them, especially as a group but found Sydney really coming into her own and I hope if we get a third book that perhaps this one will focus on her a lot more. Also Mitch. I love Mitch to pieces and he was kind of relegated to just the tech guy here but I still enjoyed whenever he was around and that he’s still breaking stereotypes, no chocolate milk mentioned this time though sadly. I found Eli A LOT more interesting this time around and he actually became one of the characters voices I enjoyed the most. He really developed and getting into his back story really explained and gave a new depth to him that I think we were missing before, he was absolutely perfect and as obsessed with Victor as always. Victor himself I found more interesting but he’s even more one track that Eli and although I did enjoy the journey he went on I’ll admit I was too preoccupied with Eli and everyone else to obsess over him much.

As for the new characters, wow. We meet Marcella Riggins who is an amazing character, she’s just such a powerful, badass breath of fresh air. She’s an EO who doesn’t try to run or hide herself away, who is comfortable in her power and embraces it and the authority to demands with it and her presence. Villain or not she is was an absolute joy to read and I just couldn’t help enjoying it when she took down all the men who continued to underestimate her again and again. We also meet June the shapeshifter who is still a bit of a mystery and I’m desperate to know more. She’s a prominent voice in the book who we hear from quite a bit but we still know so little about her, just the snippets she chooses to share here and there, we get enough to know what she’s up to mostly and how some things make her feel but we don’t really know anything about her past or her real goals and I need to know more!

I could honestly go on about this book for a lot longer but it’s definitely one that needs to be checked out, much like the first book which if you enjoyed obviously you need to read this but also if you enjoy x-men and the like, especially the relationship between Charles and Erik which is echoed in a new and different way in these books. The writing in incredible, the characters are alluring and the book is addictive, you need to read this.

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TBR Thursday

It might just be me but even when I’m reading a book that’s really great I’m almost always thinking about what I want to read next. In some cases it’s a book I already own but quite often it’s a book I don’t own so it also addresses my need to always buy more books. I figured ibe Thursday a month I would go through some of the books I’ve decided I want to read next and my reasons for picking them, in turn hopefully helping me decide what I actually want to read next and what is just a passing fancy. Let’s roll out this week’s contenders!

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1. Illuminae by  Amie Kaufman and  Jay Kristoff
I have picked up this book and thought about buying it SO many times I’ve honestly lost count and now that Obsido is coming out I’m feeling the itch to try out this book! I had originally been put off by all the strange pages of blacked out text and other things but the more I see it the more that is starting to feel like a selling point to me. This is very high on the want to buy list and is so far one of the most likely. I’m honestly resisting the urge to just order it right now.

 
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2. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Ever since I started becoming super interested in Victoria’s tweets about Vengeful and looked further into it realising the book she was currently writing would be a follow up to Vicious, a book about a pair of villains I knew I needed in. I’ve been tempted a few times but it’s never quite felt like the right time but I’ve been on such a Star Wars kick the past month or so that I feel this could help bring me out of it.

 

 

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3. State of Sorrow by
This one I actually own! Melinda is another author I love and ever since I’d read the sampler I’ve been excited to read this book! It’s literally on my shelf staring at me but I can’t help thinking of buying a new book! This is the book I should read next.

 

 

 

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4. The Unmumsy Diaries by Sarah Turner/The Unmumsy Mum
Another strong contender as this is a book I already own. I loved the first one and my little one is not feeling so little anymore and I feel like I could do with some “not all parents are perfect” right now before I pull my remaining hair out. I can always count on Sarah to make me laugh when I want to cry as I slowly drown in a pile of clothes that need washing and food shopping that needs doing while my preschooler tries to drag me to the food cupboard for a snack. This one is looking like a really good choice right now too.

 

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5. Big Bones 
by  Laura Dockrill
My rating on Netgalley is starting to look horrendous because I requested a load thinking I wouldn’t get approved for many but instead got approved for all of them. I started reading Big Bones but put it on hold for some Star Wars books and mostly because I’ve been having trouble reading it, the writing itself is okay but I hate the main character with a passion and just reading from her point of view makes me angry so I decided to take a break from it. Looking at other reviews it’s scored fairly okay but I’m honestly not sure if I can finish it. I feel like I either need to give this one more go or just move on and start making my way through my other Netgalley titles.

I’m still only about half way through The Last Jedi Novelisation at the moment and six hours off from listening to Rouge One: Catalyst at the moment so it’ll be at least a good few days until I make it to any of these but I will be in the vicinity of a bookstore on Sunday so that may sway my decision. I think a big factor will be when I finish my current read, if it’s before Sunday I think I might have one more go at Big Bones and if I don’t get on with it dive straight into State of Sorrow or The Unmumsy Mum diaries depending how caught up on the housework I am. If it’s Sunday morning or even Saturday night though I think Illuminae is a very strong contender. We shall have to wait and see. This TBR thing is harder than I thought.