Cover Changes

Cover changes happen. I’ve come to terms with that. Sometimes I don’t always understand them but I assume that the publishing industry knows a lot more than me. That doesn’t mean I can’t have an opinion and a preference. So I want to point out some of the cover changes I adore…and the ones I do not. Whether it be repackaging or new covers for paperback. Feel free to state your opinion as well. This is Part 10 of what is turning out to be a very ongoing post. (There’s just so many changes) Click for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and the Omnibus editionPart 7Part 8,  Part 9 Part 10, Part 11Part 12, and Part 13.

Unspoken by Sarah Reese BrennanUnspoken by Sarah Reese Brennan

Unspoken by Sarah Reese Brennan

I like the new cover! I haven’t read the book, though. So I don’t know how informed my opinion is. I don’t love the cartoony-ness of the original cover.

Choker by Elizabeth WoodsChoker by Elizabeth Woods

Choker by Elizabeth Woods

I didn’t like this book, but I did like the cover. The new one is fine, too. It might be more eye catching but it isn’t very unique. I do like the font used on the new one.

Forever by Judy BlumeForever by Judy Blume

Forever by Judy Blume

I haven’t read this…I know, I need to. Anyway, I adore that new cover. It’s gorgeous and caught my eye so quick in the bookstore.

How to Love by Katie CotugnoHow to Love

How to Love by Katie Catugno

I loooove this original cover! So pretty! So different. The new one is nice but it kinda looks like every other YA contemp out there.

Out of the Easy by Ruta SepetysOut of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

I’m okay with both of these. They’re both pretty. They both fit the book. The new one looks more like an adult cover, don’t you think?

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles Rules of Attraction by Simone ElkelesChain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry by Simone ElkelesRules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles  Chain Reaction by Simone Elkeles

Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles

I’m a pretty big fan of this series. I’ve never had a problem with the original covers. They aren’t my favorite but they fit the books well. I ADORE these new cover! Adore! They are sweeter looking and I think that will get the series a whole new group of fans.

So what do you guys think of all these changes?

Saturday Situation: Link up your reviews & giveaways

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Excerpt: Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke

I’m so excited to bring you an excerpt of Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke today. The book sounds so great and this excerpt has me very intrigued. Here’s the blurb to make sure you’re up to speed.

Dissonance by Erica O'Rourke

Delancy Sullivan has always known there’s more to reality than what people see. Every time someone makes a choice, a new, parallel world branches off from the existing one. Eating breakfast or skipping it, turning left instead of right, sneaking out instead of staying in bed ~ all of these choices create an alternate universe in which an echo self takes the road not travelled and makes the opposite decision. As a Walker, someone who can navigate between these worlds, Del’s job is to keep all of the dimensions in harmony.

Normally, Del can hear the dissonant frequency that each world emits as clear as a bell. But when a training session in an off-key world goes horribly wrong, she is forbidden from Walking by the Council. But Del’s not big on following the rules and she secretly starts to investigate these other worlds. Something strange is connecting them and it’s not just her random encounters with echo versions of the guy she likes, Simon Lane.

But Del’s decisions have unimaginable consequences and, as she begins to fall for the Echo Simons in each world, she draws closer to a truth that the Council of Walkers is trying to hide ~ a secret that threatens the fate of the entire multiverse.

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The Excerpt:

Addie tapped her watch, her face drawn. The noise was already getting to her. Iggy must have heard it too, pressing damply against my leg and whining.

“Chill, boy,” Simon said, scratching the dog’s ears. “Let me make this up to you? There’s a kickass band playing at Grundy’s tonight, and we just got new IDs. You should come with.”

“Absolutely not. Tell him no,” Addie said.

The real Simon would never go to a bar during basketball season. He had too much to lose. I must have frowned, because his eyebrows lifted, dark lines over dark blue eyes. “Okay, not Grundy’s. What about the Depot?”

In the Key World, the Depot was a coffee shop on the south side of town, in the old train station. After a huge crash decades ago, the city built a new station a few miles north, and the Depot became a landmark and a place for locals to get lattes.

Walkers believed every accident came from a choice. Nearly forty people had died that morning; another hundred were injured, all because the engineer picked the wrong time to throw the brake. Countless worlds had sprung up in the aftermath, a lesson in the way a single decision could transform the fabric of the multiverse.

I wondered what choices had shaped this version of Simon, who cut class and used a fake ID. Despite his dissonance, I was tempted to find out. He was definitely the break, and it was just my luck that the one time Simon noticed me, there was something fundamentally wrong with him.

Iggy bumped my legs, and I fell heavily into Simon again. His arms came around me, and for an instant, I let mine circle him. Then I took a quick, unsteady step back. “I’ll think about it.”

Now it was his turn to frown. Most girls would have been falling all over him for that kind of invitation, but I wasn’t most girls.

“Playtime’s over,” Addie said, her expression like a storm front. “Wrap this up.”

I gave Iggy one last pat. “See you around.”

“Count on it,” he said, scooping up the Frisbee and tossing it toward the pond. Iggy raced away, Simon followed, and I turned, awaiting the wrath of Addie.

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About Erica:

Photo credit: Anja Photography

Photo credit: Anja Photography

 

I writes books about girls who make their own fate and fall for boys they shouldn’t.

I live outside Chicago. I like to travel but I’ll never really leave this city.

I prefer cookies to cake (even cupcakes), television to movies, and autumn to all the other seasons.

I like sushi, naps, coffee, and driving stick shift.

I hate fish, emoticons, bridges, and talking about myself.

Click here for more about Erica.

 

Be sure to check out the Twitter chat with Erica (@Erica_ORourke) on July 23rd at 8pm ET using #DissonanceChat moderated by Heidi at YA Bibliophile (@hmz1505)

Saturday Situation: Link up your reviews & giveaways

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Saturday Situation: Link up your reviews & giveaways

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Happy Saturday everyone! It’s time for a new Saturday Situation, hosted by Candace at Candace’s Book Blog  and myself. So, here’s the scoop: I’m going to set up two Mister Linky’s. One for Giveaways that you want to promote and one for Posts that you want to promote. The posts can be reviews, discussions, rants, events you are planning, anything that you want people to read! I know there’s so many great posts out there that often go unread. Here’s your chance to tell the world! Feel free to link up to other bloggers posts as well! Let’s spread the love!

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Waiting on Wednesday (134)

The Distance Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes

February 17, 2015

Ever since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher’s son, sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun has been silent. When the rumors swirled around school, she was silent. When her parents grounded her, she was silent. When her friends abandoned her…silent.

Now, six months later, on a youth group retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallie still can’t find a voice to answer the taunting. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her. Not even meeting Rachel, an outgoing newcomer who isn’t aware of her past, can pull Hallie out of her shell. Being on the defensive for so long has left her raw, and she doesn’t know who to trust.

On a group hike, the incessant bullying pushes Hallie to her limit. When Hallie, Rachel, and Hallie’s former friend Jonah get separated from the rest of the group, the situation quickly turns dire. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to band together.

With past betrayals and harrowing obstacles in their way, Hallie fears they’ll never reach safety. Could speaking up about the night that changed everything close the distance between being lost and found? Or has she traveled too far to come back?

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I usually shy away from books that might have a religious theme, and this one sounds like it might, but I can’t pass up a book that takes place in the Smokey Mountains. I’m from Tennessee so they are close to my heart. Plus, I’m very intrigued, what happened with Luke? Andplusalso, that cover!

 

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Review: Winger by Andrew Smith

Winger by Andrew Smith

 

Release Date: May 14, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Kindle Store
IBSN: 9781442444928
Blurb:

Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy.

With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart.

Filled with hand-drawn info-graphics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen’s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking.

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I don’t have the words it’s going to take to convey my love for Winger by Andrew Smith. I just don’t. So take whatever I say and multiple it by 1000 and you’ll see how I feel.

Winger had been on my tbr pile for well over a year. So many of my favorite bloggers loved it, I knew I would too. I finally picked it up and quickly fell in love with Ryan Dean. He’s pretty awesome. He’s hilarious, honest, and just plain likable. Even when he’s objectifying every girl he sees you just want to pat him on the head (he’d HATE that). He’s girl obsessed, smart, and good-hearted. Really, he’s one of the best characters I’ve ever read.

Winger is a coming of age story. I never read the blurb before starting the book. I went into it a little blind and anything I had about it in reviews I had forgotten, besides all the love. The story is pretty much Ryan Dean and his friends day to day lives. That doesn’t sound like it would be super compelling but Ryan Dean’s voice makes it that way.

Since I didn’t know a lot about the book going into it the twist at the end struck me hard. There was lots of foreshadowing but I kept thinking (hoping) that something else would happen, something not so tragic. I’ve been seeing some complaints about the twist, how it comes out of left field. Isn’t that how tragedy strikes, though? You never see it coming. It felt very true to life for me.

So yeah, I loooooved Winger. It was one of those books that I thought about long after I finished. I’m beyond thrilled that there’s going to be a sequel. I need more Ryan Dean in my life. I really can’t recommend the book enough. If you’re a fan of coming of age stories, this is one at its best.

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