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Book Stole My Look {8} Books With the Blues

Mermaids
Fairies

Necklaces

My Picks: Lost Voices – Love the color of the water and how it looks. I like that the mermaid has more definition to it, even though the silhouettes on In Great Waters leaves an air of mystery. Like the font better as well. | Wicked Lovely – I bought this one because of the cover. It’s always been one of my favorite – it’s so beautiful! | Immortal – it has a vintage, eerie feel to it. I love the layout and how the necklace chain “flows” with the water.

 which are your favorites?

Book Info (From Goodreads)
The Iron King (The Iron Fey #1) – Julie Kagawa
Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely #1) – Melissa Marr
Immortal (Immortal #1) – Gillian Shields
The Awakening (Darkest Powers Trilogy #2) – Kelley Armstrong
Lost Voices (Lost Voices #1) – Sarah Porter
In Great Waters – Kit Whitfield

Happy Reading!

Book Stole My Look {8} Brenna Yovanoff Edition

So I wanted to change the scope of my Book Stole My Look posts to include more cover-related posts than just ones that look alike – without having to create an entirely new meme. So for today, I am doing a post that is all about one author’s book covers.

Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Books: The Replacement | The Space Between | Paper Valentine

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in a crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps to find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

Everything is made of steel, even the flowers. How can you love anything in a place like this? Daphne is the half-demon, half-fallen angel daughter of Lucifer and Lilith. Life for her is an endless expanse of time, until her brother Obie is kidnapped – and Daphne realizes she may be partially responsible. Determined to find him, Daphne travels from her home in Pandemonium to the vast streets of Earth, where everything is colder and more terrifying. With the help of the human boy she believes was the last person to see her brother alive, Daphne glimpses into his dreams, discovering clues to Obie’s whereabouts. As she delves deeper into her demonic powers, she must navigate the jealousies and alliances of the violent archangels who stand in her way. But she also discovers, unexpectedly, what it means to love and be human in a world where human is the hardest thing to be.
For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.
With the entire city in panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able to move on with her life – and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.
My Thoughts: I bought The Replacement based on the cover alone – and then I read the back and realized that I would most likely end up falling in love with the story. Of course it’s still on my TBR list, as is The Space Between, but I’ve never heard anything but awesome things about Yovanoff’s books. I recently saw the cover for Paper Valentine and fell immediately in cover lust with it. How absolutely gorgeous and detailed is that?! I don’t know why, but it to me has a Tim Burton-esque vibe to it. They all have such a creepy, mysterious vibe to them that I would love to just blow up the images and hang them on my wall!! I love, love, love how they all use a very limited array of colors which I think adds an air of eeriness – keeping it limited to blacks, whites, and grays and then using red as the main “color” I find is ingenious! 
What do you think?
Happy Reading!

Book Stole My Look {7}

Watch Me
(Originally titled: Reality Chick)
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Edition: Paperback; 304 pages
Publication Information: July 6th 2010 by Simon Pulse
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She thinks she has nothing to hide… 

Ally has everything under control. She’s about to move into a house full of strangers and have her life broadcast to the world, but as long as she still has her long-distance boyfriend, Corey, nothing can go wrong. Nothing, that is, until Ally starts spending time with her housemate Drew, the hot and sensitive guy who always seems to be around when she needs someone the most. 

As suspicions and lies start pulling Ally and Corey apart, she’s not sure if she can trust anyone, not even herself. Ally is about to learn the hard way that life is what happens when everyone is looking, and it doesn’t always capture her good side….

The Insiders
Author: J. Minter
Edition: Paperback; 200 pages
Publication Information: May 10th 2004 by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
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A captivating, scandalous look into the privileged and turbulent world of five fabulous guys living in Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods. Jonathan is the leader of the pack-but what will happen if the pack falls apart? Arno’s way with the girls makes you wonder, can boys be sluts? David is known as the nice guy, but will he stay that way? Mickey is always in trouble, and Patch is just MIA. They’ve got rich parents, go to top schools, and have hip friends. With so many parties to go to, colleges to impress, girls to win over, and so much money to spend, who can keep track of it all? And can true friendship really shine through in the end? J. Minter’s keen eye for urban teens, their dialogue, and the details of New York City’s high life make this a guilty pleasure for readers of the Gossip Girl series and other glitterati novels.

My Thoughts: I own Watch Me, so I was familiar with the cover. When I saw The Insiders on Goodreads I thought that the covers were very similar – however the cover I saw must have been a different edition than this one because it didn’t have the blue/green tint to it that makes it appear more different from  Watch Me than I originally believed. They are still very similar though; and so I am using them for this edition of Book Stole My Look.

It’s pretty obvious what the similarities are – people on a couch, one barefoot, one still in shoes. I prefer the cover for Watch Me. I think it’s cleaner looking, and I really like the font and title placement. The cover for The Insiders is over-edited to me. The tint makes it really unpleasing to the eyes, and the pink of the bar behind the title doesn’t seem to really fit with the rest of the colors on the cover. I think it splits the cover too, and I just don’t really like anything about it.

My Pick: Watch Me

What do you think?





Book Stole My Look {6}



The Book of Tomorrow
Cecelia Ahern
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Bestselling author Cecelia Ahern follows The Gift and P.S. I Love You with the mesmerizing story of a teenaged girl coming face-to-face with grief, growth, and magic in the Irish countryside, after a mysterious book begins to reveal her own memories from one day in the future. Perfect for long-time fans of Ahern, as well as for younger readers coming to her for the first time, The Book of Tomorrow’s strong voice and sophisticated storytelling mark an instant new classic from this already beloved author.



Tantalize
Tantalize #1
Cynthia Leitich-Smith
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Are you predator or prey?

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Quincie Morris has never felt more alone. Her parents are dead, and her hybrid-werewolf first love is threatening to embark on a rite of passage that will separate them forever. Then, as she and her uncle are about to unveil their hot vampire-themed restaurant, a brutal murder leaves them scrambling for a chef. Can Quincie transform their new hire into a culinary Dark Lord before opening night? Can he wow the crowd in his fake fangs, cheap cape, and red contact lenses — or is there more to this earnest face than meets the eye? As human and preternatural forces clash, a deadly love triangle forms, and the line between predator and prey begins to blur. Who’s playing whom? And how long can Quincie play along before she loses everything? TANTALIZE marks Cynthia Leitich Smith’s delicious debut as a preeminent author of dark fantasy.



MY THOUGHTS

It’s amazing how the same model can be used for two completely different genres and how the colors used can make or break the cover.

For Tantalize, a vampire-werewolf YA Paranormal, the black background with custom script-font and darker shadows applied to the model it conveys the theme.

The Book of Tomorrow is a YA Contemporary with a touch of Irish magic. Clearly the pale skinned red-headed model works wonderfully to convey the Irish part of the book. Removed are the dark, mysterious colors, lightened up with a more vivid airiness to it. Tantalize leaves the entire cover blank with just the model but The Book of Tomorrow adds a book page for the title and author creds, but I feel that it’s too cluttered.

My Pick: Tantalize.

Happy Reading,
Laura

Book Stole My Look {5}



Everblue
Mer Tales #1
Brenda Pandos
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She wanted her life to change… he wanted his to stay the same.

Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana’s twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them. 

Ashlyn is about to discover what she’d thought to be true her whole life, wasn’t, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn’s life forever.




Brightly Woven
Alexandra Bracken
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The day the rains came was like any other, blistering air coating the canyon in a heavy stillness….

Just as the rains come after ten long, dry years, a young wizard, Wayland North, appears, to whisk Sydelle Mirabil away from her desert village. North needs an assistant, and Sydelle is eager to see the country – and to join him on his quest to stop the war that surely will destroy her home. But North has secrets – about himself, about why he chose Sydelle, about his real reasons for the journey. What does he want from her? And why does North’s sworn enemy seem fascinated by Sydelle himself?

Through a journey that spans a country, magic and hard-won romance are woven together with precision and brilliant design by a first-time novelist.

MY THOUGHTS

The similarities between these two covers are very noticeable. Both have a watery-blurry effects applied, and both show a pale-skinned red-haired girl on both. White fonts spell out the cover on both; but Everblue‘s font is nicer than the plain one on Brightly Woven. Also, the author’s name in blue stands out more than the author’s name on Brightly Woven. I do like the single lightning bolt on the Brightly Woven cover; but the blue starfish in the model’s hair on Everblue‘s cover is very appealing. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite here; but I think this week’s winner is… Everblue.

Happy Reading!
Laura

Book Stole My Look {4}

Hi! Thanks for checking out Book Stole My Look! If you come across any similar covers, feel free to Email Me! You’ll get the cred in the post as well!
This Weeks Books Are:



Need 
By: Carrie Jones
Series: Need #1 


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Zara White suspects there’s a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She’s also obsessed with phobias. And it’s true, she hasn’t exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane…but Zara’s pretty sure her mom just can’t deal with her right now.

She couldn’t be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara’s overactive imagination. In fact, he’s still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There’s something not right – not human – in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.


In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you’d have to fear.





Bitter Frost
By: Kailin Gow
Series: Frost #1 


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All her life, Breena had always dreamed about fairies as though she lived among them…beautiful fairies living among mortals and living in Feyland. In her dreams, he was always there the breathtakingly handsome but dangerous Winter Prince, Kian, who is her intended. When Breena turns sixteen, she begins seeing fairies and other creatures mortals don’t see. Her best friend Logan suddenly acts very protective. Then she sees Kian, who seems intent on finding her and carrying her off to Feyland. That’s fine and all, but for the fact that humans rarely survive a trip to Feyland, a kiss from a fairy generally means death to the human unless that human has fairy blood in them or is very strong, and although Kian seemed to be her intended, he seems to hate her and wants her dead.



My Thoughts

Pale skin and colored lips dominate the similarities between these two fairy-based book covers. I love the deep blue  shade of the model’s lips on the Bitter Frost cover, paired with matching title and super-pale skin. I love the shimmery-bronze shade of the lips on the Need cover, paired with the pale skin, metallic gold title, and the black shadowy tree branches creeping across the model’s neck. While I enjoy both covers, I do prefer the colors of the Need cover over Bitter Frost. The dark colors of the cover of Bitter Frost do represent the Winter Court of the Fey, so I feel the book’s content is fairly represented. However the overall layout of Need‘s cover is more appealing.


My pick is: Need


Happy Reading,
Laura

Book Stole My Look {3}

Hi! Thanks for checking out Book Stole My Look! If you come across any similar covers, feel free to Email Me. You’ll get the credit in the post as well!

This Weeks Books Are:

The Vespertine (The Vespertine #1) by Saundra Mitchell
Forgiven (Faithful #2) by Janet Fox

It’s easy to pick out the main similarity between the two covers; girls running. The dresses appear to be alike, just different colors. I haven’t read either of these books, even though I own Forgiven (I didn’t know it was book two in a series; it is a companion novel to Faithful) so it’s difficult for me to truly analyze the covers based on more than a visual sense.
The earthy, neutral tones of the cover for The Vespertine lead me to believe that the main character is trying to blend in after having run away; hence the girl running on the cover, looking over her shoulder. Being an historical novel and the fact that the model’s hair is loose and flowing makes me feel that she is unconventional, which makes her run, whether out of fear or in an attempt to escape from her unconventionality.
The bold red of the model’s dress on the Forgiven cover gives a sense of love, loyalty and lust. Again, the model’s loose locks leave the impression that she is not a typical girl living in pre-turn-of-the-century times. Red gives a sense of boldness and strength, and the playful turn of the model’s head while holding up her dress makes it seem as though she’s not running away from something, but maybe running with someone, as if she is never standing still.
Both covers place the title around the middle of the cover; Forgiven’s just a bit offset closer to the bottom. Both give a blurb/review at the bottom of the cover and both use a Caps-lock-On font for the author’s name. Overall, I prefer the cover for Forgiven. I prefer the bold red against the down-toned background to the neutral too-much-brown of The Vespertine.
What do you think?

Happy Reading!
Laura

Book Stole My Look {2}

Hi! Thanks for checking out Book Stole My Look! If you come across any similar covers, feel free to Email Me. You’ll get the credit in the post as well!

This Weeks Books Are

The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams
Sweetly (Fairytale Retellings #2) by Jackson Pearce

Purple and black with white titles are the main similarities to these two covers. The way that the title on The Space Between Trees is literally just that – between the cut out branches on the cover is very unique, and it’s a very unique font as well. I like the shade of purple used, and how you can see a silhouette between the branches as well that is just a tiny bit darker than the background. It’s nice how the font used for the author’s name is that same shade; however it causes it to fade into the rest of the photo and doesn’t initially jump out to the viewer.
Sweetly greets us with a bolder purple and the branches form a face over a tiny lit-up house. Another unique font is used for the title here as well, and the author’s name is the same shade of gray found in the graphics making the space between the trees. It’s easier to see the author’s credits on Sweetly than The Space Between Trees. Overall I enjoy both covers, and I know in person that the physical cover for The Space Between Trees is cut out and lays over the title page which is the purple page with the writing on that page not the actual cover, which is really cool! But I think my pick for this round is Sweetly.
What do you think?
Happy Reading!
Laura

Book Stole My Look {1}

Hi! Thanks for checking out Book Stole My Look. If you come across any similar covers feel free to email me at Thelittlepinkbookboutique@gmail.com. You’ll get the cred in the post as well!!
This Weeks Books Are:
Angelfire (Angelfire #1) by Courtney Allison Moulton and Defiance (Defiance #1) by C.J. Redwine. 

I own Angelfire but have yet to read it. (I really need to work on my TBR Pile) The first impression that I get from both covers is that they appear to be fiery, redheaded, kick-ass heroines who don’t take any sass from anyone!

If you followed me over at My Enchanted Bookshelf, and if you’ve read a few posts I’ve got up here, then you’ll probably already know that I love covers that have very limited palettes, using just a few colors and working off of those for shading and lighting; and that more gothic-style covers really appeal to me. So it is most likely of no shock that I adore both of these covers. 


What I love about Angelfire is the background. What I get from it is ‘Tumultuous’. And from reading they synopsis on Goodreads, I definitely find that fitting since it deals with …an ancient battle of the angels and the Fallen… yep, I think it shows that. I also like the color and font used for the title. The softer color of the font shows that there is a subtle, softer side to Ellie, the main character. I think the placement is great as well for the title/author credit; leaving the top of the cover for the imagery. 

When it comes to Defiance‘s cover, I enjoy that a darker palette is used for all of the colors. There is no true white anywhere, even though a portion is lighter in color than most of the rest. I also love how if you look closely at the portion just above the title, you can see the fortress, or the walls of Baalboden lurking in the shadows. I believe the main character to be stealthy, light on her feet, maybe almost like a sniper or assassin. The font used is perfect as well. The trees in the background really pull me in for some reason. They are very realistic and beautifully done. They aren’t perky, happy branched trees. They hold an air of foreboding, mystery to them. Unfortunately Defiance doesn’t release until August 28th 2012 – but you can enter to win a copy on Goodreads.

Happy Reading,
Laura