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Top Ten Tuesday-Books That Deceived Me

Have you ever been tricked by a book? Maybe the cover was wrong or the summary was deceptive. Maybe you were expecting light and fun but got heavy and serious. This trickery isn’t always a bad thing; I have discovered some gems this way. But doesn’t it stink when a book tricks you into believing it’s the best thing since____________(fill in the blank with things like Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Twilight) and it just doesn’t live up to your expectations? Yeah, it happens. Well, this week The Broke and The Bookish want to know which books tricked us. Pay attention and don’t let yourself be fooled!

1. Shine by Lauren Myracle
Why: Don’t be fooled by that gorgeous cover. This is one tough book. It’s amazing, but there is nothing flowery about it.

2. The Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan
Why: The covers. I mean seriously? This is a book that I would pass over without a second thought. Add in the summaries and it’s a done deal. Not for me…except I decided to pick up the first book because I was worried that I wasn’t reading enough books with strong guy appeal. Oh, man am I glad I did! I cannot gush enough about how amazing these books are. There is action and battles and all that good stuff guys like, but there is also humor and a teeny tiny bit of romance and characters that grow and develop and make you proud. See? Gushing.

3. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Why: It’s historical fiction. This is not my go-to genre, so imagine my surprise to discover that it’s so much more. It’s the past, it’s the present, it’s….oh, I can’t spoil the surprise!

4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.
Why: Because it was supposed to be the next big thing after Twilight. This book elicited very strong, negative emotions. I was also lured in by the pretty, pretty cover. Blah. Not for me.

5. Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer.
Why: Again, I always think historical fiction isn’t my thing. Also, the covers aren’t that enticing. Well, Jacky Faber is my hero! I love these books (especially the audio) so very much. I want everyone to listen to them. Really, you should.

6. Pop by Gordon Korman.
Why: It’s about football. That’s what you would think if you looked at the cover and read the summary. But really, it’s so much more. It’s sad and funny and heartwarming and heartbreaking. I was so surprised to discover that I had to read this book in one sitting.

7. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Why: It’s not all cutesy summer time romance. There is some serious stuff going on in this one. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of sweet, kissy, romance, but it’s not fluff. Personally, that’s how I like my sweet, kissy, romances. Fluff free.

8.  Born Wicked by Julie Spotswood
Why: The summary sounds super awesome and the cover is gorgeous. I was so sad to discover I couldn’t even finish it. Slow-paced and flat characters caused me to give up about 50 pages in.

9. All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Why: See above. Seriously. Maybe Holly Black set the bar too high for mobster books. I love, love, love her Curse Workers series, which is like The Sopranos with magic. I guess I was hoping for a bit of the same with All These Things I’ve Done. I was so bored I couldn’t be bothered to finish.

10. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Why: The blurb on the back of the ARC is super cheesy. Also, the dialect was difficult to get used to. You know what? This book is fabulous. I think it got lost in the Hunger Games/Divergent shuffle, which is a shame. I can’t wait for the sequel, Rebel Heart.

So, mostly I have had good surprises. How about you?

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday-Favorite Covers

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, my favorite weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is all about what’s on the outside-covers! I am pleased to report that all of my favorite covers have amazing stories behind them as well. It was impossible to pick just ten, so I will throw some extras in today. Surprise, surprise. I know. In no particular order, here are a bunch of YA covers that I love. Oh wait, an observation: I am not particularly draw to covers with flowy, flowy gowns and flowy, flowy hair. Give me something original to look at, please. Ok, now the covers.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Totally Bada**. Love.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. You really need to hold it in your hands to truly appreciate the intricate details. It’s gorgeous. I should own it.

The Replacement by Brenna Yanoff. Again, a good close-up look is needed to appreciate this one. Super creepy cover for a strange and creepy book.

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern.  This charming and adorable cover is perfect. The new one, not so much.

Divergent by Veronica Roth.  I love a great gender-neutral cover. The cover brings to mind the mockingjay on The Hunger Games cover, and this is a perfect readalike. So it’s win-win-win!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I thing the cover says it all!

Shine by Lauren Myracle.  This gorgeous cover hides a whole bunch of ugly. The story is heart-wrenching, but amazing.

Hourglass by Myra McEntire. Ok, you caught me. Flowy hair, flowy dress. It’s lovely and the book is a heck of a lot of fun.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce.  Just look at this one! It’s like one of those visual trick things. What are they called? Do you see an old woman or a chalice? You know what I mean, right? So anyway. The sisters in red and black or the wolf with the red eyes? There is so much to look at!

Ruby Red by Kerstin Geir. I didn’t mean to put my “Reds” together, but oh well. I love this gorgeous cover.

That’s my official ten, but here are some runners-up:



No rhyme or reason here. I like gears. And pretty pretty pink things. Interesting.

Happy Reading!




Top Ten Tuesday: Judging Books by Their Covers and Titles

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week we are talking about the covers that were too amazing to ignore and the titles that were clever enough to make us dive right in. I’ve talked about the covers I didn’t like, now here are the ones that I love:


The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare has awesome covers! I like both the covers and the story even better than her Mortal Instruments series (and I totally love that series).




The cover for Beauty Queens by Libba Bray is absolutely perfect. It’s certainly eye-catching and it totally fits the story.





I like the cover of Divergent by Veronica Roth because it is eye-catching, appropriate for the story, and gender neutral! As a teen librarian, I love a gender neutral cover on a book that both girls and guys will love. I will give this one to all fans of The Hunger Games!



Historical fiction is not usually my thing, but I could not resist the gorgeous cover of The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelley. And thank goodness I was drawn to the cover because the story is absolutely wonderful!



The cover of Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern is pretty darn cute, but it was the title that made this one a must read for me. It did not disappoint!




I love everything about Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John. The shiny cover, the great title, and the awesome, feel-good story.




I love this cover for Matched by Ally Condie. It’s simple, elegant, and fits the story. The cover to the sequel is just as lovely.




Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is on the top of my TBR pile because of both the clever title and super creepy cover!





The cover of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride is creepy enough, but the awesome title is what makes this a must -read for me (I’ve heard it’s really good!)




Since I appear to be wandering off to the dark side with my cover loving, let’s finish the list with another amazingly creepy cover-The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff. Tis the season for changeling story!



Happy Reading!


Son of Neptune Cover Revealed

I am sad to report I still don’t have a review ready, but I do have another exciting cover to share with you. The next book in the Heroes of Olympus series, Son of Neptune, by Rick Riordan, has a cover! I am so excited for this book. October 4th can’t come soon enough. I am a little nervous though; look how ominous the cover is. I recommend popping on over to the book’s official site to see a ginormous version of the cover in all it’s glory. You can also get a sneak peek at the book. I haven’t read it yet and I am not sure I want to-a peek won’t be enough and will make the wait more painful. BUT I will confess to a small squeal of joy upon discover that chapter one starts with PERCY! ARG! I am torn. To read or not to read…I think I will go eat some dinner and think on it.

Meanwhile, enjoy the view:

If you are not familiar with the wonderfulness that is ALL THINGS Rick Riordan, I really must insist that you head to the nearest library and find yourself a copy of The Lightning Thief. Do not be tricked by the movie. Ignore it. I mean it, head straight to the books (or audiobooks). While you are there you may as well grab Sea of Monsters so that it is handy. You’ll thank me later for being so pushy. You are welcome in advance, now scoot!

Happy Reading!


Clockwork Prince Cover Reveal

I thought I would have a review for you today, but I woke up on the wrong side of the bed today and my crankiness is preventing me from finishing the review I was struggling with yesterday. So while I put myself in a time out, please enjoy this prettiness:

With only 194 days left until we can read it, Clockwork Prince has a cover! Book two features Jem, who I prefer to Will. Everyone is raving about how amazing the cover it, but I think I like Clockwork Angel cover better. I love the storyline so much that I really don’t care what the cover looks like as long as what’s inside is as wonderful as the first book!

Happy Reading!


Judging Books by Their Covers

We all do it, and I for one, think it’s ok to do. I am talking about judging a book by its cover. Of course, as a professional I also rely on reviews, but I certainly enjoy a gorgeous cover. Today two awesome covers were revealed and in case you haven’t already seen them…ta da! Cover Love.

Here is the cover for Supernaturally by Kiersten White! Check out Evie in that smokin’ dress! In addition to being a totally bada** demon hunter, she is quite the fashionista. I can’t wait to find out what is in store for Evie and her hottie, Lend. I can’t believe we have to wait until August!! On the bright side, there is plenty of time for you to read Paranormalcy. Hmm, I just discovered that I don’t have a review to link to. Time to remedy that!

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

When you work for the International Paranormal Containment Agency the idea of normal is all relative. For Evie it’s perfectly normal to see through glamours, have a mermaid best friend, and a faerie ex-boyfriend. It’s after a hot, young shape-shifter breaks into IPCA headquarters that things really start to get weird. Paranormals around the world are dying, and Evie is having nightmares about a frightening prophecy that seems to link her and her special ability to the deaths. Oh, and she is totally crushing on the new guy. 

Paranormalcy is start-to-finish fun. Evie is tough, yet girlie, and hilarious. I loved the action, intrigue, romance, and laugh-out-loud moments (love the locker scene so much!). Plot twists and turns left me guess until the end and I loved that the paranormals when beyond the usual fare of werewolves and vampires. Hello mermaids and hags! I did not want this book to end. Fortunately there is more to Evies story.

If you loved this one, you will want to read Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey, and the Maggie Quinn series by Rosemary Clement-Moore. I would also recommend Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series. There’s no paranormals, but these girls, like Evie totally kick butt!

Next cover. I find this reveal to be especially cruel since I have to wait until 2012 for this book! That may as well be forever, I swear. Anyway, here it is:

Jessica Rules the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey is the sequel to Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. I imagine in picks up where her internet story leaves off. If you do not want any spoilers, DO NOT click here. If you have already Jessica’s Guide, you will want to click on the above link and get yourself all caught up for book 2. I know I need to do that!

Again, I realized that I have no review for Jessica’s Guide, so here goes.

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Jessica Packwood’s quiet world gets turned upside down with the arrival of Lucius Vladescu, a Romanian foreign exchange student. It turns out that no one is who they appear to be. Lucius is not a student. He is a vampire claiming to be Jessica’s long-lost fiance. And if that isn’t crazy enough, he is telling that she is actually a Romanian princess named Anastasia Dragomir. This is all a lot to handle, so it’s only natural that Jessica is a bit overwhelmed by her on-again, off-again romance with Lucius. Just when things start to heat up a perky cheerleader weasels her way into Lucius’ favor. Can Jessica win back her undead man and prevent an all-out vampire war all before graduation day? Life would be so much simpler if she found herself a mortal guy.

In the era of Twilight, it’s sometimes hard to find a unique vampire romance story. This one is a winner. Lucius is polite, patient, and kind and sparks that fly between the two is guaranteed to satisfy romance lover. I am particularly fond of the book that Lucius gives to Jessica: Growing Up Undead: A Teen’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions. Hilarious. So, if you are looking for a charming story with dreamy vampire romance, insecure teens, and an obnoxious cheerleader, this is the book for you. I loved it and can’t wait for more of Jessica and Lucius.

Pair this with any of the books mentioned above. Ok, that’s all for me today. Have a great weekend!

Happy Reading!