Friday, May 31, 2013

The Great Gatsby (Movie Review)

Friday, May 31, 2013 12:07 PM with 12 comments
The Great Gatsby

Director: Baz Luhrmann
Writer(s): Baz Luhrmann, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Starring: , , , and Carey Mulligan
Release Date: May 10, 2013
Rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language

My Rating 3.5 out of 5

Synopsis from IMDB: 

An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however, Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby's nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await.


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MY THOUGHTS:
I remember being amazed by Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of Romeo + Juliet. I was obsessed with My So-Called Life during its way-too-brief run (seriously, Jordan Catalano and the way he leans) and so obviously loved Claire Danes and was already absolutely enamored with Leonardo di Caprio based on his early career on the show Growing Pains and movies like What's Eating Gilbert Grape and The Basketball Diaries. What Baz did with the adaptation of one of Shakespeare's most famous works certainly wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, but I absolutely adored the way he made the story modern, while keeping the antiquated language. The bright colors, the elaborate sets, the beautiful costumes. I loved it all.

So I was thrilled when I heard that Leo and Baz were teaming up again for one of my favorite classics: The Great Gatsby. I'm sure most of you know the basic premise of the story line, but for those who don't The Great Gatsby follows Nick Carraway, a young Yale graduate who fought in WWI and has recently moved to New York to learn about the bond business. He is renting a small cottage nestled in between the newly built mansions in West Egg, Long Island. His new digs are next to the uber-mansion of a mysterious man named Jay Gatsby. Nick is enthralled by the lavish parties that are constantly raging next door and is eventually personally invited to one by the host. He soon finds out that nobody at the party seems to know who Gatsby is. In fact, they weren't even invited and never are. Everybody just shows up at Gatsby's house knowing that they will be welcomed and entertained.

Across the bay/harbor/some strip of water is what is known as East Egg. East Egg also has elaborate mansions lining its shores, but the residents are mostly "old money" who scoff at those with "new money" (like Gatsby)...This isn't really touched on in the movie, but the distinction of new and old money is important in the novel. Over on East Egg lives Nick's cousin, Daisy Buchanan and her husband, the formidable Tom Buchanan. It is because of Nick's connection with Daisy that he was invited to Gatsby's house. You see Gatsby has been in love with Daisy for years (the two were together before Gatsby was shipped off to war) and Gatsby wants Nick to arrange a meeting between the two.

Her husband, Tom, is portrayed as mean and careless. He has a mistress, Myrtle, who lives in the desolate part of Long Island in between the Eggs and the city known as Valley of Ashes. Myrtle's husband owns a gas station in the Valley. Because Tom is such a vile character, the audience feels justified in rooting for Gatsby to be reunited with his long-lost love.

I really enjoyed this adaptation of The Great Gatsby. I didn't see it in 3D as I didn't find that necessary. The cinematography is amazing. The colors, the costumes, the houses! Seriously, both Gatsby's house and the Buchanan's house are absolutely stunning. Stunning. While I've heard complaints from others, I wasn't bothered by the anachronistic soundtrack. After seeing both Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge it was what I was expecting from the director.

As far as the cast is concerned, I found it to be a bit of a mixed bag. Leo was the perfect Gatsby and absolutely nailed it. Joel Edgerton was wonderful as Tom and while Isla Fisher was a surprising choice for Myrtle, I think she did a great job. While I like Tobey Maguire and think he did a good job, frankly I feel like he was just plain too old for the role. Nick is 30 in Fitzgerald's novel and is awed by the city and by Gatsby. Maguire has to be in his late 30s, early 40s by now which makes his wide-eyed wonder unconvincing. A younger actor would have been a better choice. As far as Carey Mulligan, I'm sorry to say I think she is just too plain for this role. Daisy is a tough character because she is so vapid and silly (she's the fool she hopes her daughter grows up to be). In both the book and the movie it is hard to understand why Gatsby is so infatuated with her. For this reason, the actor portraying her has to have a beauty and charisma that Mulligan just doesn't have, in my opinion.

Overall, I would definitely recommend seeing The Great Gatsby and because of the cinematography and spectacle, I would recommend seeing it in theaters if you get the chance. Baz really stayed very faithful to the novel with only a few small changes that were necessary in converting the novel to the screen. The Great Gatsby has long been one of my favorite classics. It isn't the easiest book to read, as many a high school student will attest, but I still love it and am happy to see it has finally received the big screen treatment it deserves.

On a side note, it is rumored that Baz and Leo are tackling Hamlet next!!!

Have you seen this movie? What did you think? Have you read the book?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Parallel (Book Review)

Thursday, May 30, 2013 11:15 AM with 8 comments
ParallelParallel

Author: Lauren Miller
Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 419
Release Date: May 14, 2013

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Abby Barnes had a plan. The Plan. She'd go to Northwestern, major in journalism, and land a job at a national newspaper, all before she turned twenty-two. But one tiny choice—taking a drama class her senior year of high school—changed all that. Now, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Abby is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, miles from where she wants to be, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she's in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it's as if her past has been rewritten.

With the help of Caitlin, her science-savvy BFF, Abby discovers that this new reality is the result of a cosmic collision of parallel universes that has Abby living an alternate version of her life. And not only that: Abby's life changes every time her parallel self makes a new choice. Meanwhile, her parallel is living out Abby's senior year of high school and falling for someone Abby's never even met.

As she struggles to navigate her ever-shifting existence, forced to live out the consequences of a path she didn't choose, Abby must let go of the Plan and learn to focus on the present, without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that's finally within reach.


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MY THOUGHTS:
I've always been fascinated by the idea of parallel worlds/lives. I can't even tell you how many times I've seen the 1998 movie Sliding Doors, but I know it would take at least both hands (and possibly a foot) to count. The idea that one small decision can have vast effects on our lives is both exhilarating and terrifying. I love that parallel worlds/lives/multiverses are having its YA moment and like how most of these stories are really more contemporary than paranormal or dystopian.

Abby wants nothing more than to get into Northwestern and major in journalism. She has her entire senior year mapped out to help charter the course to a Northwestern acceptance when her plans get way-laid. On the first day of school she finds out that one of the courses she is signed up for has been cancelled and she must chose between Drama Methods and Principles of Astronomy. She chooses Drama knowing it will be a cake walk compared to Astronomy. From there, she ends up trying out for the school play and getting the lead. A prominent casting director sees her performance and casts her in a big budget action flick with movie star, Bret Woodward. Shooting for the movie is behind schedule and keeps getting pushed further and further back which is how Abby finds herself alone in Hollywood on her 18th birthday instead of at Northwestern as she's always dreamed. On the night of her birthday she notices that the sky looks crazy and then an earthquake hits.

The day after her birthday she wakes up...at Yale. Confused and terrified she immediately tracks down her best friend, Caitlin, who she knows is thankfully attending Yale, too. It turns out in this new world Abby didn't take Drama Methods she took Principles of Astronomy and this simple change of fate has changed her whole life.

The twist of this parallel worlds story isn't that it goes back and forth between life at Yale and life in Hollywood like I was expecting it to after reading the first couple of chapters, but instead follows Abby's life at Yale and Abby's life as a senior in high school. You see the earthquake wasn't actually an earthquake at all, but instead a parallel world running into ours. This parallel world has enveloped our world and everybody, but Abby it seems, has absorbed their parallel's memories as their own and have gone about their daily lives none the wiser. Abby, however, remembers her "correct" life as the one that led her to Los Angles. The parallel world took over a year prior and so now Abby is imprisoned by the decisions her parallel is making during "their" senior year. (That is super convoluted, I know, I tried to make the explanation as simple as possible--the book goes way more in depth about the philosphy of parallel worlds and the specifics of how this happened.)

Of course, there is romance in both worlds. At Yale, there is the gorgeous Michael who Abby wakes up hoping she is still dating every morning (she's just hoping she'll wake up in the same room every morning), while back in high school Parallel Abby has met a boy in her astronomy class. Because they aren't even in the same plane of existence it isn't really a love triangle and I was anxious to find out how it would all end up.

I really enjoyed this book. This take on parallel worlds was original and well done. While I'm not especially science-minded I enjoyed reading the philosphy behind how this could have happened and thought the idea seemed well researched and thought out. I loved her friendship with the science-savy Caitlin and her sometimes on/sometimes off relationship with their mutual friend Tyler (Parallel Abby's actions keep changing their relationship, too).

I have a couple of small complaints. I thought the couple of people she told about parallel worlds swallowed the whole concept a little too easy. If somebody tried to explain their behavior using a parallel worlds story I would be like: alright, put the crack pipe down and slowly back away. But whatever, maybe that's just me. I thought one of the "leading men" was vastly under-developed, which made the other the clear favorite.

Overall, I found Parallel to be fresh and fun. I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for a quick summer read.

* I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. *

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (8) The Infinite Moment of Us

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 10:13 AM with 37 comments
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. Click the link to see the original post plus a whole slew of links to other blogs. After you read this one, of course.

The Infinite Moment of UsTitle: The Infinite Moment of Us
Author: Lauen Myracle
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: August 20, 2013

Synopsis from Goodreads:
For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now . . . not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?

Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.

And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them . . .

Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, this is an unforgettable look at first love from one of young adult fiction’s greatest writers.

Why I'm excited:
I'm such a sucker for contemporary YA romance. Sometimes I just want a sweet, swoony story and this one looks like the perfect summer read. And that cover is seriously gorgeous.
What about you? What are you waiting for on this last day in May? Link me up!
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013



Top Ten Tuesday is a is is a weekly meme/original feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Click the link to go to their site to see the original list for today plus links to a whole slew of other blogs. After you read mine, of course.






Today's Topic is: Freebie Week
My choice: Top Ten (Ahem, Twelve) Upcoming 2013 Covers

The first couple of topic ideas I thought of (Top of my Summer TBR pile, Top movie adaptations) are already scheduled to be upcoming topics. Then I thought about how much fun I had looking at pretty covers last week and how many great covers I've seen on books coming out this year that I couldn't put on my list because I hadn't read them yet. So here's my list of the top 2013 upcoming covers.

Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #2)The Dollhouse AsylumTandem (Many-Worlds, #1) 
The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy, #1)These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)Teardrop (Teardrop, #1)  
The Chaos of StarsTumble & FallThe Distance Between Us 
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)Marie Antoinette, Serial KillerDance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #2) 

Across a Star-Swept Sea  by Diane Petterfreund
A re-telling of The Scarlet Pimpernel.
The Dollhouse Asylum  by Mary Gray
It sounds like the next Stepford Wives.
Tandem  by Anna Jarzab
I'm so excited for this one. I love multi-verse (parallel worlds) novels.
The Burning Sky  by Sherry Thomas
About an elemental mage. I don't know what that is, but it sounds cool. 
These Broken Stars  by Amie Kaufman
I honestly don't even care what this is about. That is the prettiest cover ever.
Teardrop by Lauren Kate
I never got into the Fallen series, but that cover is so pretty.
The Chaos of Stars  by Kiersten White
I loved Mind Games and this one is based on Egyptian mythology, which is a nice change of pace.
Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts
An asteroid is headed towards Earth and will hit in a week. Reminds me of the movie Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
The Distance Between Us  by Kasie West 
A rich boy/poor girl romance. The synopsis reminds me of Pretty in Pink
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
A YA Gothic horror story. With an amazing cover.
I think that title says it all.
Dance of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
The sequel, and finale, of the Red Death Series.

So what did you do for your freebie Top Ten Week? Link me up!

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (7)

Saturday, May 25, 2013 1:00 PM with 22 comments

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly feature hosted by Tyngas Reviews. This meme allows us to share the books we've recently added to our shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! *Clicking the link of a book's title will take you to Goodreads.




 E-Book ARCs

Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X, #1) Over You The Engagements The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls: A Novel 

The Shining Girls You Look Different in Real Life Outcast 

The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse, #2)  Faking It (Losing It, #2)  Antonia Lively Breaks The Silence

Gameboard of the Gods  by Michelle Mead
I never got into Mead's other series (I'm just over vampires for now), but I was excited when I heard she was coming out with a new series rooted in mythology.
Over You by Amy Reed
From the synopsis it sounds likes it will be about a somewhat toxic friendship.
The Engagements by J. Courtney Sullivan
I love this author and was so excited to be approved for her latest book. The novel looks not only at four marriages across a century, but also at the evolution of the engagements ring industry. 
Billed as: "A lush, sexy, evocative debut novel of family secrets and girls'-school rituals, set in the 1930s South." Which sounds pretty cool to me.
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
This book is about a time-traveling serial killer. A TIME-TRAVELING SERIAL KILLER!!! 
I love the premise of this: Documentarians (is that a word? I feel like it is, but spell check disagrees) make a movie of the same 5 children every 5 years.
Outcast by Adrienne Kress
About angels falling out of the sky or something. I'm not sure, but I love that charming cover.
The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Confession time. I have a serious problem where I constantly, constantly, request sequels (or sometimes even the third book) for series I haven't read the first book for. It's a serious problem. I've heard great things about the first book and have it checked out, but need to get on it ASAP.
Faking It by Cora Carmack 
Um, see comment above. I haven't read Losing It yet.  Although, it's my understanding that this isn't really a sequel, per se...
Antonia Lively Breaks the Silence by David Samuel Levinson
About a woman who is trying to find out the truth about her author husband's death.

Books I snagged from the library

The Beautiful and the Cursed Girl, Stolen School Spirits (School Spirits, #1) 

Going Vintage Bittersweet Who Could That Be At This Hour? (All The Wrong Questions, #1)

Um, this is a novel set in a creepy abbey in Paris about gargoyles. Gargoyles. Do you need to know anything more?
Girl, Stolen by April Henry
A man steals a car with a girl inside only to find out that her father is rich and powerful. 
School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
I've always meant to read the Hex Hall series, but just never had. I understand the world is the same with this new series, but the characters are fresh, so I'm gonna give this one a try.
Going Vintage by Lindsay Leavitt
This may be the most charming cover of all time.
Bittersweet  by Sarah Ockler
I've heard great things about this book, so I'm excited to read it. 
Those who follow my posts may remember from last week that I've recently discovered the wonderful world of playaways. This is one of those. 

So what about you? What books did you add to your shelves this week that you can't wait to dive into? Link me up!

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

The Moon and More (Early Book Review)

Thursday, May 23, 2013 10:12 AM with 29 comments

The Moon and More

The Moon and More

Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Number of Pages: 384
Release Date: June 4, 2013

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo's sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline's mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he's convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she's going?

Sarah Dessen's devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.


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MY THOUGHTS:

I may or may not have literally jumped up and down when I got approved for this book (I totally did). There's just something about a new Sarah Dessen book that just screams summertime to me. The Moon and More was no exception. This book transported me to back to Colby, the cozy beach town where Along for the Ride was set. I could feel the blazing sun and smell the ocean. I could feel the lightness in my chest that only occurs in the summer. I adore the beach town setting and Dessen really brings Colby to life.

The Moon and More follows Emaline, a teenage girl who has just graduated from high school and is spending the summer before she leaves for college exactly as she spends all of her summers--working for her family's rental business (they manage vacation/beach house rentals) and hanging out with her longtime boyfriend, Luke, and her two best friends, Morris and Daisy-who are dating each other. Emaline feels restless this year though. As she watches the tourists that flood the town she realizes that she never has the carefree feeling of vacation because Colby is her home. 

Things start to change when Theo and his boss, Ivy, come to town. The two are renting Emaline's family's newest rental property for the summer--a luxurious beach house that most people couldn't rent for a week, let alone the whole summer. Ivy is working on a documentary about Clyde, a Colby native who made a huge splash in NY with his sculptures, only to come back to Colby in an attempt to fade into obscurity. Emaline finds herself getting roped into helping Theo get interviews with the locals and taking him off-the-beaten-path to the parts of Colby the tourists never see. 

Her biological father has also swooped into town her half-brother, Benji, in order to clean up and sale his family home. Emaline is the product of a teenage summer romance between her mother and father. She considers her step-dad to be her real dad and her bio dad to be her father. The two were never close when she was growing up, but began connecting by email over academia. During her last couple of years of school, her father began pushing her to apply to Columbia, promising to pay if she got in...only to rescind the offer when she did. Relations between the two are obviously strained when he suddenly appears in her hometown.

I enjoyed The Moon and More, and wanted so badly to love it. I absolutely adored Emaline's family dynamic. So often in YA you get these absentee parents and troubled relationships, but her family was so realistic and fun and caring. It wasn't a "typical" family. Emaline lives with her mother, (step)dad, and two stepsisters, but both her mom and dad deeply care for her and love each other. Her sisters were great secondary characters. Amber, the youngest, is the spacey one who hangs out on Emaline's bed as often as she can, while Margo, the eldest, is a total type A who has just finished a hospitality program and is trying to reorganize the family business. I loved both of her sisters. I loved her dad. I loved her mom. I loved the fact that the title The Moon and More comes from something her mother says to her (I love you to the moon and more). I loved her two friends Morris and Daisy and both their separate friendships with her and their relationship with each other. I loved little Benji and watching the two grow closer. I loved Clyde and was curious about why he left NY just when his career as an artist was taking off. 

What I didn't love was Theo. I found him annoying and thought the scenes with him completely dragged down the narrative. Whenever he showed up, I would plow through in order to get back to the other people in her life. Unfortunately my dislike dragged down my enjoyment of the book considerably, which is a shame because I truly loved everything else that was going on and all of the other characters. Please take this with a grain of salt. I may end up in the minority here. Others may love him. And I sincerely believe this book is very much worth reading.

Overall, I would definitely recommend The Moon and More. It is a great summer novel set in an idyllic beach town populated by wonderful characters. Sarah Dessen really is the queen of YA and I can't wait to read what she puts out next.  

*I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.*

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (7) Earthbound

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 9:24 AM with 40 comments

Waiting on Wednesday  is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. Click the link to see the original post plus a whole slew of links to other blogs. After you read this one, of course.



Earthbound
Title: Earthbound
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: July 30, 2013

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Love, fate, and power collide in this new series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike!

Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told. Tavia will soon discover that she’s an Earthbound—someone with the ability to create matter out of nothing—and that she alone holds the key to stopping the Reduciata, an evil society that manipulates global events for its own shadowy purposes. Tavia will ultimately have to make a choice: to come into her powers and save the world from the evil Reduciata or to choose free will and a love of her own.

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Why I'm excited:

I really enjoyed Pike's Life After Theft (find my review here), so I'm excited to read her next offering. This one sounds so cool, too. Being able to create matter out of nothing has the potential to be awesome. I'm kind of hesitant about any book where the heroine has "visions" of somebody she's never met, but I'm going to give this author the benefit of the doubt. Plus, I'm totally drawn to that cover. So pretty.


What about you? What book are you anxiously waiting for on this lovely May day? Link me up!

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Top Ten Tuesdays (7) Favorite covers

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 9:44 AM with 66 comments
Top Ten Tuesdays is a is is a weekly meme/original feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Click the link to go to their site to see the original list for today plus links to a whole slew of other blogs. After you read mine, of course.







Today's Topic: Top 10 favorite covers of books I've read
 
That Time I Joined the CircusThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)Splintered (Splintered, #1)The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers (The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers, #1)
I love the lighting of this book. The circus looks so warm and inviting. It's glowing. This isn't the best book, but I adore this cover.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Underwater covers have become quite popular of the last couple of years. I remember drooling over this cover for months before I read the book. Again, not my favorite story, but I do love this cover.
Splintered by A.G. Howard
Green is my favorite color and this shade is just so vibrant. I love the vines, flowers, and insects that are framing the girl. This cover really portrays the dark whimsey of Howard's Wonderland.
Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten
Just pretty. And the book was actually both better and different from what I was expecting.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
I'll be honest. I didn't love this one. I wanted it to be so much scarier than it was. And I find the idea of ghost-human love ridiculous, but I do love this cover.
Mind Games by Kiersten White
This book has been pretty polarizing on Goodreads and in the blogsphere, but I loved this twisty YA about sister assassins.
Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst
I love a cover with a sense of humor.
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
Another cover I obsessed over only to be disappointed by what was inside.
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
I'm currently reading this one. I really like it so far. I'm a sucker for cover that have stars or some other galactic focus.
The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood
This is easily one of my favorite books of all times. It is pure genius. And that cover is cool and creepy. I love everything about this novel.

Man, there are so many cool, pretty, crazy covers out there. As I was surfing my books on Goodreads, I found all kinds of pretty covers of books I've eyed up for forever, but have never picked up. So I'm going to cheat and add one more line of pretty covers. These are just a few of my favorite covers of books I still need to read.

Hereafter (Hereafter, #1)Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)The Peculiar (The Peculiar, #1)The Selection (The Selection, #1)

I could do this all day, but I'm going to stop now. So much cover love. I can't wait to see what you all have chosen this week.

So what are your favorite covers? Link me up!

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