Cover Snark (233): A Little Taste of Snark

Welcome to Cover Snark, where the people are snarky and the covers quiver in fear. Since I don’t write many snarky book reviews here on A Reader of Fictions, Cover Snark is my outlet. If you click on the title of the book, where possible, I’ve linked to Goodreads. Clicking on the cover itself will show you the cover in a larger size, in most cases. Feel free to love covers I hate and vice versa. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Please note that you should by no means contact the author if you do not like their cover; they likely have ZERO control. Feel free to express opinions of the covers in the comments, but please do not @ an author on Twitter because of anything you’ve seen here.

No WTF this week because I was so behind. Should be back next week!

Shiny and New:

1. Flower Moon – Gina Linko

Thoughts: Holy shit, I would not have believed this was Sky Pony. Congrats on finally stepping up in cover game! Keep it up!

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Size Doesn’t Matter (161): Decelerate Blue; That Thing We Call a Heart

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Size Doesn’t Matter (161): Decelerate Blue; That Thing We Call a HeartDecelerate Blue by Adam Rapp
Published by First Second on February 14, 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Pages: 199
Format: Paperback
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one-half-stars

The future waits for no one.

In this new world, speed and efficiency are everything, and the populace zooms along in a perpetually stimulated haze. Angela thinks she's the only person in her family—maybe the only person on the planet—who sees anything wrong with this picture. But the truth is she's not alone.

Angela finds herself recruited into a resistance movement where the key to rebellion is taking things slow. In their secret underground hideout, they create a life unplugged from the rapid-fire culture outside. Can they free the rest of the world before the powers that be shut down their utopian experiment?

From revolutionary and award-winning playwright Adam Rapp and veteran cartoonist and animator Mike Cavallaro comes a dark, breath-taking new vision of an all-too-plausible future for America.

Back in the day, I totally burned myself out on dystopian fiction. A handful continue to trickle out to my mystification. Occasionally I try one, because surely, since people are burned out, only great ones will be coming out. Or not. Decelerate Blue, which lured me in with that gorgeous f/f cover, successfully hits most of the worst dystopian cliches.

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Size Doesn’t Matter (160): Something Stinks in Hamlet; The Dark Prophecy; The Best Possible Answer

Size Doesn’t Matter (160): Something Stinks in Hamlet; The Dark Prophecy; The Best Possible AnswerSomething Stinks in Hamlet by M.E. Castle
Series: Fakespeare #1
Published by Imprint on May 23, 2017
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 192
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
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three-stars

Three kids get lost inside Shakespeare’s book and must help Hamlet finish his story in order to return home in this silly middle school series!

Dear Reader,

You are reading this because you expressed interest in the Get Lost Book Club.

Get ready to take a journey through time to a really smelly place known as Denmark. There, an evil uncle is trying to dethrone a prince who sees ghosts. Moat serpents will try to eat you. There may be a few sword fights, and a haunted graveyard. Your only allies are the world’s most reluctant reader, Kyle Word, his annoying neighbor, Halley, and his baby brother, Gross Gabe. Help them defeat Uncle Claudius and make it to the end of the story, or you’ll be trapped in Hamlet forever!

Intrigued? Worried? Downright terrified? You should be. But if you’re ready for an adventure, step right up and follow me. It’s time to get lost.

Sincerely,
The Narrator

When visiting Lenore (author of Level 2), her copies of both Fakespeare books had just arrived, and I read Something Stinks in Hamlet on a whim. Though unsurprisingly a bit juvenile for me, Something Stinks in Hamlet was a surprisingly clever reimagining of Hamlet for young readers.

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Size Doesn’t Matter (159): Tattoo Atlas; Friends with Boys; How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Size Doesn’t Matter (159): Tattoo Atlas; Friends with Boys; How to Keep a Boy from Kissing YouTattoo Atlas by Tim Floreen
Published by Simon Pulse on October 18, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
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three-half-stars

A year ago, Rem Braithwaite watched his classmate Franklin Kettle commit a horrific crime.

Now, apart from the nightmares, life has gone back to normal for Rem. Franklin was caught, convicted, and put away in juvenile detention for what he did. The ordeal seems to be over.

Until Rem’s mother selects Franklin as a test subject for an experimental brain procedure intended to “cure” him of his cruel and violent impulses. Suddenly Rem’s memories of that day start coming back to the surface. His nightmares become worse than ever. Plus he has serious doubts about whether his mother’s procedure will even work. Can evil really just be turned off?

Then, as part of Franklin’s follow-up testing, he and Rem are brought face to face, and Rem discovers…Franklin does seem different. Despite everything, Rem finds himself becoming friends with Franklin. Maybe even something more than friends.

But when another of their classmates turns up dead, Rem’s world turns upside-down yet again. Franklin insists that he’s innocent, that he’s cured, but Rem doesn’t know what to believe. Is someone else responsible for this new murder, or is Franklin fated to stay a monster forever? And can Rem find out the answer to this question before the killer, whoever it is, comes after him too?

Floreen’s debut Willful Machines was pleasant but pretty forgettable, with a predictable plot and shrug-inducing romance. I’m thrilled to report that with Floreen’s sophomore novel, I’m sold on reading on all his forthcoming books. Tattoo Atlas has a twisty, creeptastic plot and an uncomfortable but oddly compelling ship.

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Size Doesn’t Matter (158): Rebellion of Thieves; The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora; Antisocial

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Size Doesn’t Matter (158): Rebellion of Thieves; The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora; AntisocialRebellion of Thieves by Kekla Magoon
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on October 18, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Adventure
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
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two-half-stars

Twelve-year-old Robyn Loxley has learned how to fend for herself while also protecting her home, Nott City, against a harsh government ruled by Ignomus Crown. Aided by a band of misfit kids, each with their own special talent for evading the authorities, Robyn has helped right the wrongs of a city ruled by an evil hand.

But now that Crown knows about Robyn, she must figure out a new way to evade a corrupt society that is out to stop her and her friends . . . for good.

The second book in this new series with an unforgettable heroine and a diverse band of characters continues to treat readers to feats of courage and daring deeds.

Robyn Hoodlum continues to be a cute spin on Robin Hood, and I continue to wish it was young adult with romance.

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