Cover Snark (174): A Snark to Take the World Apart

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 in the comments, but please do not @ an author on Twitter because of anything you’ve seen here. Let’s keep it kind.

Um yeah, so Cover Snark has been gone for a while. The covers are going to be old for several weeks, but I’d feel bad just skipping a whole bunch, so I’m rolling with it.

Shiny and New:

1. The Memory Wall – Lev AC Rosen
The Memory Wall - Lev AC Rosen
Thoughts: Prepare yourself for the latest in gaming, the Playstation Nest!

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Size Doesn’t Matter (29): Mini Reviews from a Lazy Blogger

Size Doesn’t Matter (29): Mini Reviews from a Lazy BloggerNinth Key by Meg Cabot
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell, Paul Boehmer
Series: The Mediator #2
Published by Avon on December 28, 2004
Genres: Paranormal, Humor, Romance
Pages: 287
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

Ghosts ruin everything. Especially your love life.

Everything is going great for Suze. Her new life in California is a whirlwind of parties and excellent hair days. Tad Beaumont, the hottest boy in town, has even asked Suze out on her very first date. Suze is so excited that she's willing to ignore her misgivings about Tad... particularly the fact that he's not Jesse, whose ghostly status - not to mention apparent disinterest in her - make him unattainable.

What Suze can't ignore, however, is the ghost of a murdered woman whose death seems directly connected to dark secrets hidden in none other than Tad Beaumont's past.

While my second reread of Shadowland upped my rating, Ninth Key remained the same. This one suffers heavily from a series problem: too much recapping. You could read Ninth Key without having read Shadowland and not be remotely lost. That’s a good thing if that’s what you’ve done, but, if you’re binging the series, you get to sit through a lot of information you just read. There’s actually even re-recapping of things that had already been recapped.

The story itself is pretty fun, but, honestly, it’s also not that strong. It’s just kind of eh whatever plot. I mean, there’s some melodrama inherent in the series, but this one just felt kinda random. Also, the sexy dude of the book is named Tad, and I just can’t with that because my dad’s name is Tadd and just ew nope bye.

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Review: These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas

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.

Review: These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly ZekasThese Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker
Series: These Vicious Masks #1
Published by Swoon Reads on February 9, 2016
Genres: Historical, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
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four-half-stars

Jane Austen meets X-­Men in this gripping and adventure-­filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London.

England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

Remember back in like 2008 when paranormal romance was THE thing. Twilight launched a whole wave of vampire (or vampyre if they were feelings fancy) books, which then spawned every single PNR creature ever. And, though at the time I enjoyed them, a lot of them were not excellent. PNR in general tends to be home to basically all the romance tropes that make me groan, rage, and want to throw books at the wall. The magical exception to this seems to be historical paranormal, which I hope is the new trend. Okay, maybe The Dark Days Club and These Vicious Masks alone do not a trend make, but I want many more books like this, okay?

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Review: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

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.

Review: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff GarvinSymptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 2, 2016
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 352
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four-stars

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

Symptoms of Being Human was a book I always knew I was going to read, and one I knew I would love after Dahlia (author of one of my favorite books Just Visiting) told me it was totally a Christina book. Still, I didn’t expect it to grab me the way that it did. I’d been in a full-on Mediator binge that nothing had been able to pull me away from and then suddenly I can’t put Symptoms of Being Human down. Fair warning, this book makes a terrible plane read. There I was, stuck on the plane trying to keep my emotions from my face. Symptoms of Being Human is voicey, emotional, a bit sad and a lot beautiful.

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Where Have All the Blog Posts Gone?

Heeeeeeyyyyy guys, I’m alive, though you wouldn’t really know it from this blog or my Twitter or my Goodreads. I’ve mentioned why I’d be going MIA on Twitter but I, optimistically and unrealistically, hoped I’d manage to get a blog post out every couple days, which lol that went well. I am currently in New Jersey on a business trip, working on average 13 hour days. In the morning before breakfast, I manage to read a couple chapters a day, but, when I get back from the customer site, I don’t have the energy to really think about much of anything. I’ve finished one book since I got here (though I did finish one on the plane ride here too). I have yet to write reviews for the last three books I read, because that takes a mental energy I’ve not had at my disposal at the end of the workday.

So yeah. I’m here and stuff, and I wish I could be blogging but I can’t finish books or write posts.

What I do have the energy to do is binge sort of mindless television. There is nothing better at the end of a day like that than something high drama. On past business trips, I’ve watched many seasons of ANTM and the first season of The Royals, both of which were perfection for getting my brain out of work mode, but didn’t require it to work too hard.

My current TV obsession that’s getting me through my all-too-short free time in the evenings is Dance Academy. I’d seen it on Netflix but not paid it too much attention until Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) raved about it. Then, recently, after Miss Fisher’s, I looked up Australian TV shows because I need so many more of those in my life, and I say it on the list. All of a sudden Dance Academy became a top priority, and, as the fluffiest thing on my shortlist of stuff to watch, I started it when I got here.

Now, it’s not Miss Fisher’s, okay, and it took me a couple of episodes to really get into the characters, but I’m towards the end of season one now and a MESS OF EMOTIONS. It’s high melodrama and a lot of dancing and also some vaguely creepy feels because of how attractive the one guy is even though he’s waaaaaay too young for me to feel so intensely about that.

jordan rodrigues dance academy

BUT I MEAN SERIOUSLY LOOK AT HIM.

pas de deux

There are way too few gifs of this show and basically none of it is from the part I’ve already watched so whatever. Just know that I am SO emotionally invested in Tara/Christian, that Kat is my favorite hot mess and looks like she should be on Australia’s Next Top Model, that I also ship Abigail and Sam, and that I only like Ethan when he and Christian are being best friends. Otherwise, he is a sad waste of cheekbones. Oh, and Frannie from Simply Ballroom is their ballet teacher and I looooove it.

Like, the best thing I can say about this show is that last night I was groaning and yelling at my screen (and then remembering my coworker was in a neighboring B&B room and might worry I was dying) and then trying to be quiet. I also stayed up way too late because GODDAMN IT KISS. Join me in my flaily feels is what I’m saying. Then watch Miss Fisher’s and Please Like Me if you haven’t already. You will thank me, I promise.

I’ve just spoiled myself on a bunch of romancey scenes while looking for images and OH MY FUCKING GOD I WISH I WERE AT THE B&B WATCHING DANCE ACADEMY.

BYEEEEEEE from New Jersey. Hopefully I’ll get a couple posts up next week but I might just keep watching Dance Academy.