The Cover Wars


Soledad has always been able to escape into the stories she creates. Just like her mother always could. And Soledad has needed that escape more than ever in the five years since her mother and sister died and her father moved Sol and her youngest sister from the Philippines to Louisiana. Then he left, and all Sol and Ming have now is their evil stepmother, Vea. Sol has protected Ming all this time, but then Ming begins to believe that Auntie Jove—their mythical, world-traveling aunt—is really going to come rescue them. Have Sol’s stories done more harm than good? Can she protect Ming from this impossible hope? Erin Entrada Kelly writes with grace, imagination, and deepest heart about the meaning of family and about finding hope in the hardest circumstances.

Yash: *paws at screen* Gimme it. *paws* Please. *puppy eyes*

Steph: I love the cover and I actually love the one paragraph (yes!) awesome plot synopsis. I’m so hooked! There are so many good things promised!

Nafiza: Oh. My. Gosh. I want this book right now. Who do I have to bribe?

Janet: What they said. *gapes longingly*


Aberdeen is drowning.

Keeley Hewitt always has a joke to crack. Except there is nothing funny about her life right now. Her hometown of Aberdeen has always been known for flooding, but after one last terrible storm, the entire town has been told they must evacuate by the end of the summer–for good.

How will she say goodbye to everything and everyone she has ever known?

Most of the Aberdeen residents happily take the generous payout and look forward to starting over someplace new. But Keeley’s dad isn’t swayed by the overtures of officials or the sheriff’s threats. He refuses to evacuate their family, and Keeley goes from being the funny girl in school to the last girl in Aberdeen.

As the town empties out, two boys compete for her heart. One is a boy she’s had a crush on forever and the other is one she thinks she could fall in love with. But the water is rising higher and higher, and Keeley is faced with losing everything she’s ever known, and the promise of things she’s only ever wished for.

Yash: I do want to read Siobhan Vivian, and even though I think this cover is beautiful (for an end-of-the-world/flooding story, this is pretty and soothing okay? love those geometric blues and the small figures on boats!), maybe this one isn’t for me? I will probably end up reading the series she co-wrote with Jenny Han instead.

Steph: Yep, I want to read this. I love that cover–and though I’m not a fan of love triangles I do love end-of-the-world stories, particularly when the story features nature taking the world back. I’ll be reading this for it’s environment and setting and it’s affect/effects on humanity and the characters.

Nafiza: Okay…so her world is ending and there’s still a love triangle? Come on. I’m sure she has more things to worry about than whether boy A or boy B is the one for her. I don’t like the love triangle but I do like the  premise. The cover looks like a middlegrade novel and I got all happy about it until I read the synopsis. I don’t know. I think I’ll see what Stephie says about this before I make up my mind.

Janet: I’m not crazy about the cover, although it is cute in a sort of geometric paper-cut-out way. I like that the end of the world has a limited scope, that this is the end of her world; and I have hope that the love triangle is more a way to show that the biggest questions of Keeley’s former life are… still there but kinda irrelevant, or at least put on the back burner as she and her family fracture in the face of the end of life. Also, I’m hoping this is Aberdeen, Scotland, because that would be awesome!


Eighteen kids,
one year of poems,
one school set to close.
Two yellow bulldozers
crouched outside,
ready to eat the building
in one greedy gulp.

But look out, bulldozers.
Ms. Hill’s fifth-grade class
has plans for you.
They’re going to speak up
and work together
to save their school.

Laura Shovan’s engaging novel is a time capsule of one class’s poems during a transformative school year. The students grow up and move on in this big-hearted debut about finding your voice and making sure others hear it.

Yash: This is one of those covers that feels like they put two different cover ideas together on one page. Still. It isn’t bad. I like all the kids (the way they are positioned reminds me of that prom stories books) and how much their outfits and stance says about them. I also like the school below, I like that it’s a ghostly sort of blue, while the kids are vibrant and solid. I also love that this is a verse novel? I think? Anyway, I’m in!

Steph: If I read this I’ll constantly be looking at the cover to get a visual of the kids I’m reading about. Not terrible, but very distracting. Still, this hints at how important the characters are going to be in the story and that is appealing, so is a book about poetry (is the whole story in poetry? I assume not since the back doesn’t say so). I think this’ll be a quick and interesting read so I may just go for it.

Nafiza: I do agree that the cover seems like it’s trying to do two different things but I don’t really mind it. I’d try this one.

Janet: I like both halves of the cover, even though they don’t quite fit together. (The kids aren’t ghosts, right?) I also like poetry and middle grade stories about the students in one class (think Sideways Stories from Wayside School and Seven Spiders Spinning), and I think I will like this.


Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

Yash: This looks kind of fun– I mean, fun for me, anyway. I’d pick The title, though, made me giggle. It’s such a Dumbledore sort of line. ^___^ But, I mean, that’s not to say I don’t like it. The cover is okay. The image of a falling girl will always remind me of illustration of Alice going down the rabbit hole and it does kind of suit this book. The title though is what would have got me to read the summary. It’s a maybe for me. Depends on how overwhelmed by my immediate TBR I’m feeling.

Steph: This looks fun and like there might just be a bit of magic in the air (and not just that twitterpated stuff but actual uncanny fun). I like the cover’s colours and I like how the time after high school is the story, that makes this book stand out as a little more interesting than your usual summer story. Still, I don’t put too many love centric books on my TBR pile because after I read a couple I’m just sick of them and roll my eyes at everything (the quickening breath, the twisting stomachs and those dreamy eyes just get old quick). So I’m not sure I’ll ever read it, but I think it might be good.

Nafiza: The romance-centric story is not for me. Like Stephie, I’m not too keen on them but I can see how the title and the cover will appeal to a lot of people. The title’s getting a lot of buzz around the blogosphere too. I do like the Grandmother figure but I really don’t like how nothing else matters apart from the romance and just…no.

Janet: The cover has elements that I like (landscape! sunset! stars/cosmos! colours!) but somehow this one fails to please. I require humour/social commentary and/or absurd characters and/or murder to swallow a romance-centred story, and while this might have any (or all), there are no hints of this in the synopsis. I’ll pass.


All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It’s the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist, she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when she was a baby, a woman who was always possessed by a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to as troubled waters.

When Imogene is seventeen, her father, now a famous author of medical mysteries, strikes out in the middle of the night and doesn’t come back. Neither Imogene’s stepmother nor the police know where he could’ve gone, but Imogene is convinced he’s looking for her mother. She decides to put to use the skills she’s gleaned from a lifetime of her father’s books to track down a woman she’s never known, in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she’s carried with her for her entire life.

Yash: Okay, so that cover is not my favourite but it is a lovely title IMO! And the summary looks interesting too! Yeah, I think I’d like this one.

Steph: I’ll leave this one to Yash. The cover is pretty boring and for a book so set in places the cover doesn’t highlight that at all (and it’s kind of dull, right? and where are the books?) Also the title promises a mystery but . . . I’m not sure how mystery heavy this is really going to be. Anyway, as I said before, I’m out.

Nafiza: The title is so lovely I feel like the cover should reflect that and it doesn’t. Not to me anyway. I may give this a try to see if the book lives up to its name. We’ll see.

Janet: Bewitching title. I don’t quite understand the left side of the cover (is that snow crystals on rock? water? frozen lichen?) and I’m not enamoured of the description of the mother. But. Imogene’s family and search sound interesting. Also – stepmother! How does Imogene’s decision to set off affect that relationship? I might be in.

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