Pirate Cover | Friday Face Off

This is a weekly thing created by Books by Proxy, but currently run by Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme: “I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request.” – A cover featuring Pirates

My pick: Demons of the Ocean (Vampirates #1) by Justin Somper

Yeah you heard right – vampirates – vampire pirates!!!

Ebook (2008) Little, Brown Books – Ebook (2010) by Simon & Schuster UK  – Italian (2006) by Arnoldo Mondadori

Hardcover (2006) by Litte Brown and Company – Swedish (2010) by B Wahlströms – Slovak (2008) by Slovart

My favourite

The italian one looks extremely italian somehow. The one I read once upon a time was the first one, so it has a place in my heart as the ultimate pirate book cover. But the winner is truly this detailed one –

Historic Cover | Friday Face Off

This is a weekly thing created by Books by Proxy, but currently run by Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme: “The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe… has been answered” –  a cover featuring something/somebody historic 

My pick: The Diary of Frida Kahlo

Paperback (1998) by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC | Hardcover (1995) by Norma | Hardcover (1998) by Harry N. Abrams

Arabic (2011) by دار نينوى للدراسات والنشر والتوزيع  | Hardcover (2001) by La vaca independiente | Czech (2003) by Labyrint

Italian (2014) by Electa | Serbian (2002) by Clio

My favourite

I’ve loved Frida Kahlo’s work for a long time. People know her for her feminism, but the most important thing she’s shown me is how she conveyed the physical pain she felt. I think the 1998 cover is the only one I’ve found that really shows that part of her art.

Striped Cover | Friday Face Off

This is a weekly thing created by Books by Proxy, but currently run by Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme: “And who decided which people wore the striped pyjamas” – A cover that is striped

My pick: I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Ok, I read this book once and it wasn’t for me, but the book cover is cool.

Hardcover (2014) by Dial Books, Paperback (2015) by Walker Books, Portuguese (2015) by Editorial Presença

Paperback (2015) by Speak, Swedish (2014) by Gilla Böcker, Icelandic (2018) by Bókabeitan

Vietnamese (2017) by Nhã Nam, NXB Lao Động, Georgian (2017) by პალიტრა, Chinese (2015) by 木馬文化

My favourite

This is a difficult choice this time?? I like the colourful droplets of the Portuguese edition and how it’s similar, but not the same to the original english one. But the font is so horrible. Actually I think the minimalism, but also obvious sun, of the last Chinese edition is the one I prefer.

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling | Review #PrideLibrary19 🌈

I’ve already made a post of queer girls YA book recommendations, if you’re looking for a list of f/f romances. So today, let’s give a review of a new release with more than one f/f romance, that I read and enjoyed very much this month.

The Pride Library 2019 Challenge is hosted by Library Looter, Anniek’s Library and Michelle Likes Things. Join in on it anytime or link your post in the comments so I see it! Also all reviews I’ve written will be linked.

Genre: YA urban fantasy, with lesbian witch protagonist and at least three other lesbian/bi girls, trans minor character.

Pages: 336

Synopsis

Hannah’s a witch, but not the kind you’re thinking of. She’s the real deal, an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself. If she’s ever caught using it in front of a Reg (read: non-witch), she could lose it. For good. So, Hannah spends most of her time avoiding her ex-girlfriend (and fellow Elemental Witch) Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly by Night Cauldron selling candles and crystals to tourists, goths, and local Wiccans. 

But dealing with her ex is the least of Hannah’s concerns when a terrifying blood ritual interrupts the end-of-school-year bonfire. Evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem, and Hannah’s sure it’s the work of a deadly Blood Witch. The issue is, her coven is less than convinced, forcing Hannah to team up with the last person she wants to see: Veronica.

While the pair attempt to smoke out the Blood Witch at a house party, Hannah meets Morgan, a cute new ballerina in town. But trying to date amid a supernatural crisis is easier said than done, and Hannah will have to test the limits of her power if she’s going to save her coven and get the girl, especially when the attacks on Salem’s witches become deadlier by the day.

My thoughts

Four out of five stars

Rating: I’ve never had a book be more of a 3.5 out of five stars. I’m giving it a four star because it made me smile so much and was filled with small relatable moments for its queer girls.

I went into this book expecting fun, dramatic moments, a city of witches, covens arguing and lots of lesbians. I got it all. I really liked the protagonist and the voice and writing of this book. The title is so awesome and I was so excited to find out how literal it was, the magic in this book started interesting enough, but then the limits of it was never explored much or explained.

The way the main character’s witch family was incorporated isn’t something you see a lot in YA fantasy and I really liked it. It also annoyed me how the author made them very much go out of their way at the beginning to not see the signs of trouble their daughter did, so that it led to the typical scenario of the main character having to – on her own – investigate if new witches that meant harm had arrived.

My fav thing: Hannah and Veronica’s relationship/friendship, having grown up together and then become a couple and now exes. How they know each other very well and constantly edged the line between it being suspensful & teasing and manipulating. Also how Hannah resolves this in the end, while there also being a love for each other that comes up throughout the whole book. Don’t expect a cute f/f romance book, but it has those moments as well. Friendships in general are a really strong influence in this book and I love that.

It was towards the last half this book dropped to a three stars with the predictable plot and suddenly having to tie everything together to set up for a sequel. But I have my hopes up that it’s going to be great as well, if a bit nervous that the ball is going to be dropped again on the character development and special moments in favour of following a strict plot.

Fav quotes *spoilers below at own risk*

“You and I are going to scry for the Blood Witch.” I pour the water into the bowl and set it on my desk. “That’s why I had you bring your grimoire.” “This is ridiculous.” Veronica reaches into her bag and pulls out her personal Book of Shadows. “Why can’t you be a normal ex and post angry poetry online?”

Sweet Cover | Friday Face Off

This is a weekly thing created by Books by Proxy, but currently run by Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme: “Coraline opened the box of chocolates. The dog looked at them longingly.” – A cover featuring something sweet

My pick: Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

Paperback (1992) by Farrar, Straus and Giroux | Paperback (2007) by Commemorative Edition | Kindle (2017) by Open Road Media Teen & Tween 

Hardcover (1982) | Paperback by Farrar Straus Giroux (1998) | Spanish (2019) by Kakao Books

My favourite

First published in 1982, this book got a lot of varied covers through the years! I found several sources where the author talks about how much she hated the first cover arts, presumably the 1982 one because they talk about how masculine the characters were made to seem. It’s a YA with two girls falling in love, and until recently I regularly heard the misconception of two ‘feminine’ or ‘girly’ girls wouldn’t choose to be together, the whole ‘one guy and one girl’ thing. I’ve not yet read this book, but based on what I know of it the retro, but wholesome romantic vibes of the 1992 cover is my fav. The spanish one is like taken out of Frozen animators (aka too much), and the 1998 one is cute, but doesn’t make it explicit that they’re more than friends.

Summer Vibes Cover| Friday Face Off

This is a weekly thing created by Books by Proxy, but currently run by Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme: “One swallow does not make a summer” – A cover that makes you think of Summer 

My pick: Since you’ve been gone by Morgan Matson

Hardcover, Simon & Schuster (2014)

French version, Milan Editions (2018)

Thai version, Jamsai (2018) (ISBN13: 9786160623082)

Hungarian version, Álomgyár Kiadó (2018) (ISBN13: 9786155763397)

Which is your favourite? Also link your Friday Face Off!

Fantasy Cover | Friday Face Off

This is a weekly thing created by Books by Proxy, but currently run by Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme: “simples” – A favourite fantasy cover 

My pick: Nothern Lights/The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

Hardcover (1996) Alfred A. Knopf | (1998) Scholastic | Paperback (2003) Laurel Leaf (ISBN: 0440238137)

Serbian (2018) (ISBN13: 9788652131075) | Russian (2016) ACT | Italian (2015) Salani

Bulgarian version (2004) ИК “Бард” (ISBN: 9545855304) | Kindle edition (2015) RHCP Digital | (2007) Scholastic UK

Hardcover (2008) Folio Society | (2002) Turtleback books | Italian (2013) TEA

Portuguese (2001) Editorial Presença (ISBN: 9722328263) | Portuguese Brazilian (2017) Suma de Letras| Paperback (2017) Scholastic

Honary mention: The Book of Dust cover is stunning

Hardcover (2017) Alfred A. Knopf

My favourites:

There’s so many different and good covers that match the story inside! I really like the retro feeling of the Hardcover (1996) Alfred A. Knopf and the Russian (2016) ACT cover is unmatched in being the best overall and foreign cover. Look at that majestetic cover with Pan and the compass!

Magical Cover | Friday Face Off

This is a weekly thing created by Books by Proxy, but currently run by Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme: bibbity, bobbity, boo” A cover that features ‘magical things’.

My pick: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Hardcover (2015) Macmillan | French (2017) Flammarion Québec | Romanian (2017) Nemira (ISBN13: 978606758903)

Hungarian (2016) by Gabo (ISBN13: 9789634062233) | Chinese (2018) by 臉譜出版 (ISBN: 9862356596) | Hardcover (2015) Del Rey

Czech (2019) Host | Hebrew (2016) by נובה | Portuguese (2018) Saida de Emergência

My favourites:

I don’t feel the chinese edition says much about the story, but I really like the magical feeling of the cover. And the simplicity of the hebrew cover is amazing, I really love the original blue cover, but as it’s the first time I’ve seen this I really liked the fresh minimal version.

Festival Cover | Friday Face Off

This is a weekly thing created by Books by Proxy, but currently run by Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme: “As full of spirit as the month of May” – A cover featuring a festival/party/celebration. More book covers should have people having fun on the covers, when I went looking it was weirdly rare to find.

My pick: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

A fictional magical festival where people die works within the prompt right? The red covers make sense because of the blood and violence in the book. I’m guessing the focus on horses is because that’s popular, but it doesn’t really give off the magical island feeling this book has. The first three covers kind of put me off this book because I’m not a big fan of horses, but it was just such a different and deeper book than expected.

Paperback (2013) Scholastic Press | Hardcover (2011) Scholastic Press | Paperback (2011) Scholastic

German (2012) Script5 | Spanish (2013) Destino | Italian (2012) Rizzoli

Persian (2013) Behdad (ISBN13: 9786008939078) | Chinese (2015) 长江文艺出版社 | Traditional chinese (2013) 大智通文化行銷 (ISBN: 9866364968) 

My favourite:

The Chinese (2015) 长江文艺出版社 edition is so different and I don’t know if it would be the one to attract the most readers here, but I really liked the concept and how it shows the magical realism part of this book. Something like this mixed with the persian more violent version would be perfect.

Blue Cover | Friday Face Off

This is a weekly thing created by Books by Proxy, but currently run by Lynn’s Book Blog.

Weeks theme: “How sweet to be a cloud, floating in the blue” – A cover that is predominantly blue

My pick: Bitterblue (Graceling #3) by Kristin Cashore

Hardcover, Dial (2012)

Paperback (2012), Gollancz

German version, Carlsen (2012)

Bulgarian version, Емас (2014) (ISBN13: 9789543572861)

My favourite

I’d never seen the foreign editions, they’re so different! I really don’t have a favourite. Do you?

Honorary mention

Taiwan version of Graceling, the first book in the series. LOOK AT THIS BEAUTY!