Today’s Question: Have you ever looked at a book’s cover and thought “This is going to be horrible” but were instead pleasantly surprised? Show us the cover and tell us about the book.
I don’t know that I’ve ever thought that before reading a book, but there are a lot of books that I think deserve more accurate covers. I feel like so many YA novels have such teeny bopper covers (maybe that’s not exactly the right word, but you know what I mean), and it really sells the actual content of the book short.
The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols is just one example. You guys, I am IN LOVE with this book. For real. And I don’t hate the design, I just think the cartoonish cover makes the book look fluffier than it is. It doesn’t fully describe the awesomeness that is inside.
There are many other examples but I’ll stop for now. (And yes, I am aware that the cover design for the bind-up of The Boys Next Door and its sequel was changed partly because of this reason. Yay!)
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Promote an Author: Is there a particular author you wish got more recognition? Pick on author and tell us why we should read their work.
Vivian Vande Velde! I feel like nobody has ever heard of her, which is RIDICULOUS because I adore her books and she definitely deserves more recognition. Her books are usually all-out fantasy or have some element of fantasy to them, and they’re funny, which I love.
One of my favorites is Heir Apparent (which apparently is aimed at slightly younger readers but I totally DO NOT CARE because you guys, this book is AWESOME). It’s about a girl who gets stuck inside a virtual reality game and the only way to get out (and save her life) is to win the game, but she keeps dying and the game keeps starting over and over and over. Very clever writing and lots and lots of laughs.
My other favorite is Companions of the Night which is actually one of my favorite books of all time. It’s about vampires, but it’s not the same tired vampire story that I see so much of these days. It’s beautiful. I always recommend it when someone says they’re looking for a good vampire novel.
One of my best friends has been lucky enough to meet Vivian several times, and she’s been kind enough to get me signed copies of a few of her books (the two mentioned above, among others), which I will treasure for ever and ever.
Go check this author out, everyone! You won’t regret it, I promise. :) (Also, does she not have the coolest name ever??)
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