Hello bookworms! It’s Monday again. It feels like it’s been only a few days since it was last Monday, not an entire week! (That just proves how busy this week has been.) I am here on this fabulous Monday afternoon to present to you a fun little tag that Erika @ Erika in Bookventureland tagged me to do.
» Pick a few books you’re not familiar with (preferably well-known/popular books)
» Guess what they are about, based on the cover and title
» Compare it with the actual blurb on Goodreads, see how you went!
Alright, now that I’m fairly familiar with the rules, let’s do this awesome tag, shall we?
Okay, so there’s something you should know about me; Yes this book is well-known, and you’re probably thinking: Josie, you’ve probably heard about this book so much lately that you know what it’s about off by heart! But here’s the thing: no matter how many reviews, or how many times people talk about this book, I always forget what it’s about! So let’s see…
I get the feeling this is a story about a crew of ordinary people, in a world full of extraordinary, or special people. I suppose it is probably going to be a story about how even those who are simply ordinary people, with no crazy calling upon their lives, can be special in their own way.
The actual blurb:
What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?
What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.
Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.
Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.
I must say, I think I was rather on point with that interpretation. But I mean, look at that cover, and that title: it’s quite obvious, but I think that’s the point.
Okay, I’ve seen this book floating around the blogosphere lately, but to be honest, I have no idea what it is about! I suppose it’s about a boy, who travels around the world on his bike. The boy is travelling around the world on his bike, because he is running away from someone, because he possibly did something wrong and now these people, the “wolf” is after him.
The actual blurb:
The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.
Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?
Damn, well I was no where near to the proper blurb! The main character isn’t even a male, it’s a female! (hides in shame). However, I did almost get the “riding around the world” thing right. Now that I’ve read this blurb, I am so interested in this book! It’s no secret that I have a weird obsession with the World War Two time period. The idea of a book showing Hitler winning the war is so interesting! (fangirls).
I remember seeing this all over the blogosphere a couple of months ago, and of course, now I’ve forgotten all about it (no surprise there). There’s a contrast in the cover between the title and the image in the cover – the word “deep” and the frame of the ocean could suggest maybe this is a story about a girl out in the ocean. She’s wearing a fancy dress, so maybe she is on a fancy boat – like the Titanic? – and the red in the picture could probably suggest that something goes wrong on this ship, and has something to do with this girl. (What a weak interpretation, but let’s roll with it)
The actual blurb:
In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process.
Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose.
Okay wow, the story was more intense than I thought. I got one thing right though: that the girl is on a boat and something bad goes wrong. However, I didn’t pick up the revenge plot of this story line, but gosh this definitely sounds like a compelling read!
The first thing that comes to mind: A red riding hood retelling. I mean, it’s reasonable, with the girl dressed in red, following a path. Also there must be a slight twist to this story, with the words “protect him, defend him but never love him”. Maybe one day as this girl is travelling into the forest, she comes across someone who she somehow gets tied to and must serve him, but he’s evil, so she must never fall in love with him. However, there is a possibility that this could be a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but I’ll stick with Red Riding Hood.
The actual blurb:
When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.
Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?
Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.
YES I GOT IT RIGHT. It’s a Red Riding Hood inspired novel! And I got the story line relatively right! Dang, I’m pretty impressed with myself (good job, me!).
And there we have it! That was the Book Cover Guessing Challenge! I hope you all enjoyed reading this short and sweet post on your Monday, I hope it was relaxing and a great post to wind down to after a busy Monday day (saying day twice sounds very weird indeed…)