Never Judge a Book by its Cover

Yesterday marked the ebook release of Hidden Huntress (yay!), the sequel to Stolen Songbird (you can find that review here.)
Stolen songbirdHidden huntress

Maybe you don’t agree with me here, but I find the first cover completely unattractive. It’s green, and the girl is wearing a frumpy dress. A mess, in my honest opinion. I begrudgingly read this book last week, and was floored by how good it was. The world was cool, the legends were as well, and the politics of the trolls were fascinating. The romance was sweet, and the characters were all multifaceted and interestingly complex. All in all, it was a great read. The second cover, on the other hand, looks great. Given, it’s my favorite color and has a fan on it, but I’d sooner pick up that book than the first one.

Kate White, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, writes in her book I Shouldn’t be Telling You This, about bits of knowledge she’s accrued over the years. In it she shares the tidbit of wisdom “never do a green cover”, and I never realized how true that was until now.

But that’s just it! I don’t have to like the cover to like the book, I just be to like the book itself. A pretty cover makes a book stand out from the thousands of others, but if you’ve toiled away writing your masterpiece, who has the right to tell you that you can’t make the cover green?

I’ve been thinking a lot about how many good books I could be missing because their covers are a little different, and that scares me. Let me know if you re read anything that’s pretty amazing, and has a pretty awful cover. I’m going to branch out. I might even read more books with green covers.

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Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1), by Danielle L. Jensen

Stolen songbird

5/5 stars

Reccomended for: fans of French culture, Tolkien-esque creatures, and political maneuvering

Review:

This was so good. Sooo good. I had been seeking a fairytale retelling when I found this, and it has been on my to read shelf forever. I finally got to it, because it was available right away, and I was surprisingly pleased with the story. Cécile is a surprisingly realistic narrator for such fantasy, and she defies most cliches. She definitely has major butt-kicking moments, like when Lessa is being beaten, but she’s not exactly your average, kick-butt heroine. She’s also by no means wimpy, but she has realistic moments when she throws tantrums. Like when Luc kidnaps her. It’s understandable that that would bother her. I found the troll politics fascinating, the way the full-bloods interacted with each other and how they were stuck in each other’s webs. There was never a dull moment in this book, whether it be parties, rebellions, politics, prophecies, eavesdropping, maniacal younger brothers, or the ominous Sluag (man-eating beasts that live in the labyrinth. There’s even a labyrinth! How cool is that?!) This book accurately portrayed the complexities of every decision you make, especially when the characters have to make decisions regarding the half-bloods, or breaking the curse. You’re never sure which decision is actually the wisest, and sometimes there isn’t a wise decision to make.

There was one major downside of this book, though

The love interest was named Tristan.

That’s one of my least favorite names used in YA.

Otherwise, this was a great read and I highly recommend it.