The Cover Wars


In this action-packed companion to Mechanica that’s perfect for fans of The Lunar Chronicles and The Red Queen series, an indomitable inventor and her loyal (and royal) friends cross the ocean to the lush world of Faerie, where they join a rising rebellion. — [X]

Yash: I haven’t read Mechanica or The Red Queen and I still have two more books in The Lunar Chronicles to read, so that synopsis doesn’t tell me much? And anyway, what business do (presumably) humans have joining a fey rebellion? Still, I like the cover. The title sounds like a pun on “adventurous” and I dig that. The mechanical horse is interesting and knowing that the protagonist is an inventor, it makes the flying horse even more impressive. Still, I need a lot more from the synopsis for me to pick this up.

Jane: Yeah, that’s not really much of a synopsis. I haven’t read any of the titles mentioned, so there’s nothing there to draw me in. Still, the cover looks fascinating – I like the mechanical flying horse, I like that the indomitable, rebellion-joining inventor is a female, and “happily ever after is just the beginning” is an intriguing tagline that suggests a fractured fairytale or reimagined legend.


There is a monster in the forest …

Everyone in Hana’s remote village on the mountain knows that straying too far into the woods is a death sentence. When Hana’s father goes missing, she is the only one who dares try to save him. Taking up her hunting gear, she goes in search of the beast, determined to kill it – or be killed herself.

But the forest contains more secrets, more magic and more darkness than Hana could ever have imagined. And the beast is not at all what she expects … — [X]

Yash: I still haven’t read anything by Zoë Marriott and I like the title and the cover and the synopsis, so maybe this is where I will start with Marriott’s writing! (Those red butterflies, man. I see them even after scrolling down!)

Jane: Hmmm….I don’t know. Sounds all too familiar. I get that it’s a twist on a classic fairytale, but it just sounds all to familiar. I could be wrong, but I’m just not sucked in, and the cover just looks a bit cheesy to me.


Three dragons. One unavoidable, unpredictable destiny. This is the beginning … of the end.

In the SeaWing kingdom, a young prince learns he is an animus–capable of wonderful magic that comes with a terrible price.

In the mind of a NightWing dragonet, a thousand futures unfold–and almost all of them, she knows, lead to disaster and destruction.

And under three full moons and the watchful eyes of his NightWing mother and IceWing father, the most powerful dragon Pyrhhia will ever know is clawing his way out of his egg. Darkstalker, the dragon who will change the world forever.

Long before the SandWing war, lifetimes before the Dragonet Prophecy … darkness is born. — [X]

Yash: The cover is kind of bland and doesn’t feel … original? I guess it makes sense; I’m probably thinking of the other books in the series. Anyway, this is clearly for people who are already into this world and these characters. Not for me, I think.

Jane: Oh boy, this is going to fly off the shelves. FLY OFF THE SHELVES. The Wings of Fire series is like the Warriors series in that it inspires incredible devotion in its young readers, and has a vast cast of characters. The cover is actually kind of boring for a Wings of Fire title – some of the previous books had much more exciting and engaging covers. If I didn’t know anything about this series I wouldn’t have a clue what on earth this synopsis was all about, it’s all just a bunch of gibberish. But it’s clearly written for existing fans who will delight in each made-up word and fantastic name.


Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya a poison maiden is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose. — [X]

Yash: Eh. Even though it checks a lot of prerequisites, I don’t know. Maybe I’ll wait for reviews from other (Indian/desi/brown) readers before I pick this one up.

Jane: Meh. “The assassin falls in love with the mark” storyline has been done and done and done. Maybe the new setting will add some intrigue, but otherwise I’m not too inspired.


Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever. — [X]

Yash: It’s an interesting cover, for sure, but I don’t think it made Kelly Jensen happy and I trust her when it comes to YA contemporary fiction. She said something on her twitter about how people (and maybe even the author) would perceive the story to be feminist, but she didn’t think it was? Either way, not for me, I think. UPDATE: Kelly tweeted a link to this (somewhat spoiler-y) review, and yeah, I’m not into it.

Jane: Wait, what? I saw the cover and was like, “yeah, this is pretty cool, I can see this catching teens’ eyes and intriguing potential readers”, but that synopsis! For one thing – woah, way too long and drawn out. The idea of a girl trying to cope with the death of her sister could be very powerful, but I’m just not really feeling that synopsis. Still, I can see this being intriguing to some teenagers, especially fans of realistic fiction and harder-hitting stories.

Also – a female cat is called a Queen? I can’t think of an animal more deserving of the title.


Thirteen-year-old Jack Buckles is great at finding things. Not just a missing glove or the other sock, but things normal people have long given up on ever seeing again. If only he could find his father, who has disappeared in London without a trace.

But Jack’s father was not who he claimed to be. It turns out that he was a member of a secret society of detectives that has served the crown for centuries—and membership into the Lost Property Office is Jack’s inheritance.

Now the only way Jack will ever see his father again is if he finds what the nefarious Clockmaker is after: the Ember, which holds a secret that has been kept since the Great Fire of London. Will Jack be able to find the Ember and save his father, or will his talent for finding things fall short? — [X]

Yash: Okay, this cover is something! And the title is so great! It should sound mundane, but in combination with the rest of the elements of the cover–the black and gold, the shiny beetle–it points to something magical. The synopsis is pretty interesting too. I think I’d pick this up at a store. I do want to read about Jack and his missing father.

Jane: Now this looks good! I love the title, I love the premise, I can see this being very popular with young readers. It reminds me of The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands, which I really enjoyed, so I’ve got high hopes for this one!

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