Cover Snark (72): The One Where I’m Trying to Figure Out WordPress

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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 pardon any dust or difficulties this week, as I’m still trying to get my bearings in WP. I’ll do my best, but keep in mind that I could have just canceled this week’s edition to get settled.

Shiny and New:

1. Divided (Dualed #2) – Elsie Chapman
Divided - Elsie Chapman
Thoughts: Hmmmm, I see what they’re going for, as this has a more comic book-y sort of vibe, but the font really kills any promise the really shiny sword brings to this concept. Does the font think this is Buffy or something? It doesn’t fit in at all.

2. Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths #3) – K. A. Tucker
Four Seconds to Love (Ten Tiny Breaths #3) - K. A. Tucker
Thoughts: Are they going to drown themselves in the ocean? That’s the only thing that makes sense because who wears shoes to walk on the beach? Especially the girl with slip-ons. I mean, come on! Let the sand between your toes. However, I don’t think one can drown in four seconds, so they probably have a bit more time than that.

3. Selling Scarlett (Love Inc. #1) – Ella James
Selling Scarlett - Ella James
Thoughts: Hahahaha. It’s Pretty Woman for the new adult set, apparently. The tagline really makes me wonder: is EVERYTHING else for sale? Like, could I order up her spleen or her left lung?

4. Jack in the Green – Charles De Lint
Jack in the Green - Charles De Lint
Thoughts: It is indeed quite green. I also think Jack needs to stop creeping on that girl who might have come to the stream for a wash.

5. The Violent Century – Lavie Tidhar
The Violent Century - Lavie Tidhar
Thoughts: The Twilight 20th? Is that a thing? Should I know what that means or is James Ellroy making shit up? That aside, I am loving that barbed wire and the architecture and spotlights.

6. When Shadows Fall (The Small Gods #1) – Bruce Blake
When Shadows Fall (Small Gods #1) - Bruce Blake
Thoughts: Great job on the sky and the water. The sea monster could use a bit more work. I mean, I would be more terrified if it looked like it’s face wasn’t a tree branch or something.

7. Renegade (Mila 2.0 #2) – Debra Driza
Renegade (Mila 2.0 #2) - Debra Driza
Thoughts: Her collar bone looks so weird. I cannot see anything else. Oh wait, I can also see the series title, which is 8 million times larger than the book title. AND the font placement sort of makes it look like it says Renegade 2.0. Lame.

8. Flame Caller (World Aflame #2) – Jon Messenger
Flame Caller (World Aflame #2) - Jon Messenger
Thoughts: Any moment now the dragons come.

9. My Sweetest Escape (My Favorite Mistake #2) – Chelsea M. Cameron
My Sweetest Escape - Chelsea M. Cameron
Thoughts: *cues Gwen Stefani and stares at the pretty man who might be a POC*

10. Undertow – Amber Lynn Natusch
Undertow by Amber Lynn Natusch
Thoughts: Wearing a dress like that underwater is a good way to drown. She should give the couple from earlier some tips. It’s eye-catching, though. However, I question the logic of the title being reflected, since the whole cover appears to be underwater. What is it reflecting off of?

11. Resistance – Samit Basu
Resistance - Samit Basu
Thoughts: This hurts my brain.

12. Dancer of the Nile – Veronica Scott
Dancer of the Nile - Veronica Scott
Thoughts: Wow! She looks so Egyptian!

13. Holding on to Love (Holdin on to Love #1) – A.E. Neal
Holding on to Love - A.E. Nea
Thoughts: That girl is about to get an ice skate to the face. But, then, he will comfort her at her bedside, and love her despite the giant scar across her face. Romances, I should write them.

14. Positive/Negativity -D.D. Lorenzo
Positive Negativity by D.D. Lorenzo
Thoughts: This is what I’ve been trying to say about snarky reviews. They may be negative, but they’re positive because it’s buzz and attention. So positive negativity, yeah? No need to cry so much your mascara runs or to stick a tiny starfish to your face. It’ll all be alright in the end.

15. The Sandman: Overture #2 – Neil Gaiman
Sandman Overture #2
Thoughts: THAT HOUSE HAS ARMS. I feel like Dali would approve.

16. Unnatural – J.A. Belfield
Unnatural - J.A. Belfield
Thoughts: At first I was all “PRETTY KITTY!” but then I saw the half-naked, ghosty couple in the background. NOPE.

17. Recklessly Royal (Suddenly #2) – Nichole Chase
Recklessly Royal - Nichole Chase
Thoughts: “Sleeping beauty is tired of sleeping alone.” Hahahaha, omg. So, we’re not actually going to wake her up; we’re just going to put the dude into a coma next to her. Maybe I SHOULD be writing the romances, because at least the couple meets if they’re not both in magically-induced comas.

18. The City Stained Red – Sam Sykes
The City Stained Red - Sam Sykes
Thoughts: It’s time for the weekly edition of “Christina doesn’t know what that thing is!” My guess is a crown…of snakes? Anyway, I love the simplicity and that title font is awesome.

19. Silver Mirrors (Apparatus Infernum #2) – Ann Aguirrus
Silver Mirrors - Ann Aguirre
Thoughts: I feel like her weapons are in really weird positions. And the dude looks like Frankenstein or something. And just no. Steampunk covers used to be so fun. What happened?

Cover Battles:

1. Dualed (Dualed #1) – Elsie Chapman

Dualed - Elsie Chapman, hardback cover
Dualed - Elsie Chapman

Hardback vs. Paperback: Nooooooooo. That font must die. I also don’t like the tagline change, though I know why they did it.

2. Love and Lattes (Meadow Ridge #1) – Heather Thurmeier

Love and Lattes
Love and Lattes - Heather Thurmeier

Original vs. Redesign: I WANT THAT CAKE. *coughs* Oh yeah, covers. Umm, I prefer the redesign for integrating the two concepts together rather than taking a picture of a couple and a picture of a coffee cup, and giving them each half of the cover.

3. Love on Landing (Meadow Ridge #2) – Heather Thurmeier

Love on Landing
Love on Landing - Heather Thurmeier

Original vs. Redesign: All I have to say to the original is: ON THE WINGS OF LOVE! The redesign is one I might actually be tempted to pick up, because the guy actually looks sort of nerdy cute, and, again, it’s way better integrated. Floating people always lose.

4. Love or Luxury (Meadow Ridge #3) – Heather Thurmeier

Love or Luxury
Love or Luxury - Heather Thurmeier

Original vs. Redesign: Realization: I do not care for covers with motorcycles. I guess the new one because the kissy couple doesn’t have a person riding through them, but I do not care for the way the eye is inexorably drawn to her white pants. Or the colors. They are not working out.

5. Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) – Patricia Briggs

Night Broken
Night Broken - Patricia Briggs

UK vs. US: Oooh, some of the US covers for this series don’t work for me at all, but I’m loving this one. That fierce look in her eyes and the background color. Way better than another floating person. At least I’m consistent.

WTF of the Week:

WTF of the Week began as a special category for one cover I saw, but was so popular it became a recurring feature. Here, I highlight covers, both new and old, that I’ve found, which, upon viewing, made me either snort or say something along the lines of “Dear God, what is that thing?” If you would like to be part of the fun and have spotted a truly hilarious or horrifying cover, submit it and your snark to cynicalsapphire@gmail.com and you might be included, though I will filter through submissions and limit the number of entries per week.

1. Gargoyle Addiction (Otherworlds Summons #1) – Livia Olteano
Gargoyle Addiction - Livia Olteano
Thoughts: She’s got, she’s got it bad when she’s on the wall. Climbs down and climbs right back. She’s got, she’s got it bad. If she doesn’t see her gargoyle, her whole life’s off track. You know she’s got it bad when she’s stuck on the wall kissing stone for fun. It’s all she thinks about. She’s got it bad when she’s out with humans but keeps on think bout a gargoyle. She’s got it bad.

2. Kitty, Kitty Bang, Bang – Harlowe Wilde
Kitty, Kitty Bang, Bang - Harlowe Wilde
Thoughts: I see the title and that gun’s location, and all I can think is that her lady parts are in danger. Also, no no no to that tagline.

3. Single Use Only – Pender Mackie
Single Use Only - Pender Mackie
Thoughts: Here’s a M/M romance novel for those who like men who can only go for one and then they’re done. And the sexualization of the throat in that pose. Omg, I can’t.

4. Giddy Up (Branded #3) – Tilly Greene
Giddy Up by Tilly Greene
Thoughts: The Asian lady is mostly naked, wearing a collar, and two men are watching her on horseback. Nope.

5. The Undisciplined Bride – Ginger Voight
The Undisciplined Bride - Ginger Voight
Thoughts: What is undisciplined about getting some on your wedding day? I mean, come on. Unless the poor groom’s bride is a whore.

Outstanding Cover of the Week:

The Outstanding Cover of the Week is chosen by a Cover Snark reader. They are free to pick any of the week’s covers, whether they’re to my personal tastes or not. If you’d like to choose the cover for a week, either email or tweet me. You will need to be available Wednesday evening to consult.

The Violent Century - Lavie Tidhar

Today, Welcome Judith (Paper Riot), who has selected The Violent Century by Lavie Tidhar. Here’s why:

“Black, white and red is not really a unique combination, but it’s always one of my favorites. I think what I like most about this cover is the font treatment (aka the first thing I notice on every cover). It’s a pretty simple font, but in bright red and in combination with the barbed wire, it does stand out. I also like that the background is foggy and mysterious, but still imposing. I can imagine this would be VERY pretty in hardback!”

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38 responses to “Cover Snark (72): The One Where I’m Trying to Figure Out WordPress”

  1. Kayla Beck says:

    8. DEFINITE GoT ripoff.

    15. Kayla approves.

    16. If is PNR, there’s going to be a naked man or animal somewhere on the cover. It’s law.

    18. I’m intrigued.

    CB5. I love the Mercy Thompson series, so the covers don’t bother me. They just help me recognize the books.

    WTF 1-5. *shudders*

    • Christina Franke says:

      15. You are such a weirdo. :-p

      16. Preferably BOTH. PNR likes to imply bestiality.

      CB5: I’ve not read it. Just sometimes she’s too animated/human-looking in a way that freaks me out. I don’t know. Illustrations that ALMOST look human but not creep me right out. I don’t know why.

      • Kayla Beck says:

        15. I admit it and embrace it. My house would be nothing but Dali-ish things if I could do all of the designing. I like the abstract fantastical oddities. 🙂

        16. PNR IS bestiality is a lot of cases! Or necrophilia. *shudders*

        CB5. Yeah, I don’t like to watch a lot of realistic CGI movies. I love Final Fantasy, but I won’t watch the movies because I don’t like realistic cartoons. What if they walked out of the television and ate us?!
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        • Christina Franke says:

          1. I enjoy Dali, and I like that cover too, tbh.

          16. Ewwwwww. I assume you mean shifters and vampires and zombies, but still blehhhhh.

          CB5: The creepiest thing ever was the into for the show Everwood. It had these drawings of the people that terrified me. It was also a horrible show, but my parents really liked it for some reason. I always had to hide from the credits.

          • Kayla Beck says:

            15. I guess that means that you’re weird, too!

            16. Oh, don’t even get me started on Anne Rice’s wolf book that came out last year. That one went too far, even for me, and I used to read the occasional PNR!

            CB5. I don’t even know if I ever heard of that one. *ponders* I think I’ll have to see if it’s at the library.

  2. Anya says:

    I <3 the new Mercy Thompson cover, especially since the illustrator made a realistic pose still sexy and tough!

    • Christina Franke says:

      Very true. She’s not TRYING to be sexy by posing in a stupid way. She’s just confident that she can kick your ass, which is pretty hot in its own way. Also, she’s gorgeous, which doesn’t hurt.

  3. Lynn K. says:

    1. Divided – I like this font for Divided, but not on the new pb of Dualed. xD

    2. Four Seconds to Lose – Pretty soft colors but the lack of contrast makes it boring.

    4. Jack in the Green – Peeping Tom, er, Jack. o__o

    5. The Violent Century – I would so pick this up just for the cover! xD (Although that blurb makes no sense..)

    7. Renegade – I never noticed the collarbone..cannot unsee!! I love the colors on this one though. The pilled up words at the bottom needs work.

    10. Undertow – Pretty!

    11. Resistance – Bzzzhhhhhhzzzzzth

    15. The Sandman: Overture – Weirdly cool! Definitely eye catching.

    16. Unnatural – It looks unnatural alright..

    CB

    5. Night Broken (US) – Gorgeous! Wonder if the artist got a new model, she looks different from the previous ones.

    WTF

    1. Gargoyle Addiction – He looks a lot like Mathias Lauridsen! O.O (albeit badly photoshopped..)

    2. Kitty, Kitty Bang, Bang – ………………….

    • Christina Franke says:

      1. It doesn’t look AS bad on Divided as it does on Dualed, because this one does look a bit more like a comic book, but I’m still not a fan.

      2. True. It’s very beige.

      5. Okay, not just me then. James Ellroy, slow your roll.

      7. IT IS SO WEIRD. Yeah, I see what they were going on with the font arrangement, but it’s not working for me at all.

      11. *snorts* I see what you did there!

      15. Does she? Hmmmm.

      1. I have no idea who that is!

      2. … yeah.

  4. 1. I haven’t read Dualed but the redesign made me so mad because the font just looks weird.

    2. It looks nice but it’s not that well Photoshopped, the people don’t really blend in with the scene.

    8. Okay does she really have to be naked to summon fire?

    10. CACKLING AT THE TITLE TREATMENT.

    11. I feel like I need 3D glasses to read this properly.

    20. Wow that is some pretty shiny hair, I must know what hair products she use! Or her hair’s just really oily… Oops
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    • Christina Franke says:

      1. Why would they choose that font? This is one of these times where I do not understand what they were thinking. Is this going to appeal to anyone? And the background is pretty cool. Such a shame.

      8. Maybe her clothes get burned off her body anyway.

      10. WHY IS IT REFLECTED?

      11. Oooh, that might help.

      20. It might be because it’s a wig. Lol.

  5. Meg says:

    1. This font wishes it were as awesome as anything to do with Buffy.

    8. I actually kind like this, obvious GoT rip-offness aside. It reminds me of a fiery version of the chick from the animated Atlantis movie, something about white hair and tribal-like design things, and Disney makes me happy even if that movie wasn’t my favorite.

    11. My eyes are watering.

    WTF 2: *throws up everywhere*

    • Christina Franke says:

      1. Oh yeah, it’s not that good, but that’s what it reminds me of, because the letters that go down sort of look like stakes, and they’re blood colored. Lol.

      8. I do not remember that Atlantis movie, though I totally saw it once.

  6. I am so glad you did the feature and it looks awesome on WP 🙂 Thanks for making me giggle, and showcasing all of these covers.
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  7. 1. Ugh, yes, I totally agree. I like the cover picture, but the title font? No. Just–no.

    2. Is it just me, or do those two look pretty badly photoshopped, too? I liked the previous covers in the series — they were a bit cliche, sure, but at least they were colorful — but this one, for some reason, reminds me of REVELATION by J.A. Souders. I know, nothing in common at all. It just came to me.

    5. Ooh, who knew black and white covers could be so eye-catching? I love this, even though it’s not something I would read.

    6. “I mean, I would be more terrified if it looked like it’s face wasn’t a tree branch or something.” — It actually looked more of like a giant bird claw or crab pincer. 😛

    8. HOW DOES HER HAIR STILL STAY SO PERFECT?!

    15. I love illustrated covers so much! Why can’t all book covers be illustrated? D:

    18. This cover is pretty badass looking, though the crown-thingy could use some work, definitely.

    Oh, you know why they changed the tagline for DUALED? Tell meeee. I mean, the both don’t really make much of a difference as they’re both intriguing, but I’m still curious to know why they changed it.

    WTF.

    1. OMG. LOL. That dude is going to GIVE ME NIGHTMARES. What’s up with his beard, anyway?

    4. I think the men are more interested in the water, despite the naked lady prancing around behind them.

    5. Why is it that all erotica books have such stupid covers?
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    • Christina Franke says:

      1. Nope nope nope.

      2. Hahaha, you’re not the only one to say that. Maybe because he doesn’t have a footprint in the sand where he would have stepped before this step?

      5. Not sure if I would read it either, but it’s definitely eye-catching.

      6. Not the most terrifying. It needs some teeth.

      15. Because we decided that’s for middle grades and comic books?

      18. Not a fan of the crown thingy, but I love everything else.

      They changed the tagline because no one knows what an alt is until they’ve read the book. It didn’t engage passers by, basically. You have to read the back of the book to understand what the tagline means.

      1. Scraggliness.

      4. I like to think they’re going to brokeback mountain and leave her posing there. lol

      5. NO clue.

  8. Gillian says:

    1. Yeah, I like the cover font from the original Dualed better.

    2. SHOEBIES!

    3. I was going to say. She’s either in sexual slavery or she’s an organ donor for the black market.

    5. Methinks the twilight 20th means the very end of the 20th century? It certainly SOUNDS nice.

    6. The sky and the water look good, but… there is some funky photoshopping on the ship. The ship is at a different angle than the sea, making it look like it’s rearing up out of the water, and there’s a glow around the rigging. Um. Sorry, my dad is a photographer. This is what he does all day long.

    7. It also kind of looks like a skin condition.

    8. SERIOUSLY DAENERYS MUCH

    10. Gorgeous, but the reflection is tres stupide.

    11. OUCH.

    13. Tell me you have seen Ice Castles. TELL ME. IT’S A MASTERPIECE.

    16. What’s unnatural is that you’re having sex in front of your puma, that’s unnatural.

    17. YOUR FAVORITE BOOK SERIES!! Also, ripoff much? http://mtv.mtvnimages.com/shared/media/images/acovers/standard/dra700/a758/a75867koyrt.jpg

    19. I LIKE!

    20. Dude looks totally Clockwork Orange. But as an executioner.

    CB3. Oooh, the guy is really nerdy cute. *ogles*

    WTF2. HE. IS. A. RAPIST. NO. NONONONONO. YOU DO NOT GET TO TAKE “WHATEVER” YOU WANT NO NO NO

    WTF4. *Hulk keyboard rage smash* ASDFGHJKJHGFGHJK
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    • Christina Franke says:

      1. Because you are a person of good taste obviously.

      2. Shoebies? Like newbies at shoes?

      5. But the rest of the cover looks very WWII, which isn’t exactly the end of the 20th century.

      6. Truth. I was eyeing the ship trying to figure out what’s wrong and that’s it. Doesn’t really look damaged, but it’s sinking anyway.

      7. That sunburn was vicious.

      13. I’m a Cutting Edge girl. I’ve not seen Ice Castles.

      16. Technically, they’re having sex BEHIND their puma. So, that’s legit, I guess.

      17. I don’t think it minds ripping that off tbh. Too bad Lili didn’t see this.

      20. OMG, YES. THAT IS IT EXACTLY. GET OUT OF MY BRAIN. (except not really bc you’re perfect just the way you are)

      3. Right? So rarely am I attracted to book cover boys, but yummay!

      2. NOPE. RUN AWAY, KITTY!

      4. This is not exactly the diversity I’ve been wanting on book covers.

  9. Bonnie says:

    5. Yeah I’m at a loss too. No idea what the hell Twilight 20th is supposed to be. Makes no sense.
    6. Uhhh… what the hell is that thing!? I actually thought his face was a crab arm. lol He has no eyes!
    8. hahahaha That’s exactly what I thought. Hey! Blond, naked, dirty chick hanging out in the flames. I’ve seen her before.
    20. Shucks. I liked the first cover so much more. Steampunk covers are getting rather silly these days.
    #5 Redesign is AWESOME. Really makes me wish I loved the first book more. The audio sucked… maybe I should give it another shot in print.
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  10. Whoop whoop!

    1. Ugly font, ugly image, ugly everything. No me gusta nada. The first book’s simple yet effective cover image was much better. If only they could have emulated it.

    2. This kind of reminds me of The Awakening, where she’s going into the sea to die. The best part is the Karina blurb on the front cover.

    5. Very dangerous and dark and weird, but I like it.

    7. Just as blah as it was when it leaked. Zzzzzz.

    10. Um… She was walking on a glass panel and it fell without breaking and that’s what the words are reflecting off of? I don’t even know with that choice.

    11. I see 3D covers you need glasses for are starting to try and make themselves a thing. They’ll fail just like “fetch” did.

    15. I MUST BURN IT. BURN IT ALL TO THE GROUND.

    17. Based on how you felt about the first book, I can only see one message communicated in her facial expression and it’s directed right at you, Christina: “Sucker.”

    1. *steals West’s knife to stab new font dead*

    1. This cover made me start singing Ne-Yo. Therefore, it must perish.

    4. I don’t think you’ve ever featured such a horrifying cover before! Not even the piss fairy compares. Looking at this and seeing all the horrific implications makes me a little ill at my stomach.

    • Christina Franke says:

      1. Hmmm, I like parts of the image, but it’s not perfect. SHINY SWORD.

      2. Isn’t that how Virginia Woolf died? Also THE AWAKENING SPOILER. Yay for Karina!

      7. Pretty sure that actually was the final cover. But oh well.

      17. GRRRR. *punches her in her duck face*

      1. Thanks. That needed to be done.

      1. No idea what Ne-Yo is.

      4. Oh good. And I thought that couldn’t be topped.

      • Girl, there are no spoilers for classics over fifty years old. Quit your fussing! Also, Ne-Yo is an R&B singer dude-man. If you watched The Princess and the Frog, he sings the song that plays during the credits.

  11. 1. Ehhhh. Not a fan. Also, I didn’t know DUALED wasn’t a standalone. Go figure.

    2. What I have decided in these four seconds is that I don’t like her dress.

    4. Is this going to be a Bathsheba moment? Because we all know how that turned out.

    5. I have NO IDEA what he’s talking about. Maybe it’s a typo. A very, very bad and glaring typo.

    8. Is she naked? Because that would be extremely uncomfortable. All that grit and rubble…

    10. I usually avoid drowning-girl-cover books, because they inevitably involved severely dysfunctional codependent relationships. That said, ooooh pretty cover!

    12. Seriously, could it really be THAT HARD to find a proper model?

    14. I thought the title was “One Positive Negativity” for a while there. Font placement fail.

    15. Ohhhhh let’s not. *runs away and hides*

    18. It’s like a weird mashup of the crown of thorns and Medusa. ??

    CB1. Why did they change the tagline?
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    • Christina Franke says:

      1. Really? It was on GR even when I read it that it was a series, which was way early.

      2. Bahaha. I’m not a fan of the wrap dress in the back. And it’s loose in weird places.

      4. You seem to have located a whole in my classic tale knowledge…

      8. Sure looks naked to me. That might even be worse than sand at the beach.

      14. Agreed. I’m assuming it’s a series. Who knows, though.

      18. Strange, right?

      1. Tagline change because an idle passerby doesn’t know what that means. It’s confusing. You have to pick up the book and read the flap to understand what it means, and I’m guessing they don’t expect the average person to try that hard.

      • King David in the Bible looked out on to another rooftop and saw a girl named Bathsheba bathing. He called her to his palace, slept with her, and impregnated her. He then called her soldier husband from the battlefield (where David should have been himself) and got him drunk. The plan was to send the husband home to sleep with B so that he would think the baby was his when it was born. But the husband refused, saying his place was with his men on the battlefield. David then sent the husband back to the battle, telling his general to put dutiful hubby on the front lines and then have everyone else retreat so hubby would be killed. Once hubby was dead, D married B, but the baby died as punishment from God.

        So, in short, a Bathsheba moment includes lust, adultery, deceit, drunkenness, illegitimate pregnancy, murder, and the death of innocents. To which I say, “RUN, GREEN BOY, RUN!!”
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        • Christina Franke says:

          Whoaaaaa. Also, and this probably isn’t a discussion we should be having, but I think this is a REALLY interesting story in the context of abortion. I mean, god totally killed the unborn baby to punish the parents for their sins. And yet god doesn’t want us to do it. Not that that’s a definitive argument or anything, but I do find it fascinating.

          Those old testament stories are more brutal than Grimms tales. I also wonder what Bathsheba felt about all of this. Did she cheat on her husband? Was she raped? Did she want to marry this guy? Did she love her husband? Did she want the baby?

          • *nods* 2 Samuel 11, if you’re interested in the full tale. Actually, it turns out to be a beautiful story. Since the book is about David, we only get to hear his side, but he repents of his sins, and Bathsheba’s next child with him is Solomon, the wisest man ever. And it’s from Solomon’s line that Jesus is born. So rather than be forever shamed, Bathsheba is the direct ancestor of Christ. (Along with a prostitute, a widow, and a teen girl, I might add.)
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          • Christina Franke says:

            Hmmm, I would look it up if I weren’t buried alive under BEA ARCs at the moment. I feel like some interesting fiction could be written about this. Well, I’m sure it has been written, but maybe not in a form that I would enjoy. Or maybe I just don’t know. Still can’t get over god killing the baby to punish David. Like, why not kill David or Bathsheba who actually did the sinning?

            This may be a stupid question, but: How does Christ have ancestors? He didn’t have any kids. Mary and Joseph’s other children’s children’s children, etc?

  12. Judith says:

    1. They could have worked with the mirror thing, made it a bit darker. The bright colors don’t really work.

    2. Girl, one does not wear shoes to the beach.

    3. It’s like all covers have Instagram filters.

    4. Jack, you’re a creeper. Your camouflage is no match to Peeta’s.

    6. I think the sky and the sea are very pretty. Also, bonus points for the pirate ship. Even if that’s not a pirate’s ship.

    7. Meh. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first either.

    15. DALI IS THE FIRST THING I THOUGHT WHEN I SAW IT. Unfortunately, I really hate Dali.

    16. I hadn’t even seen the transparent people. *stabs*

    CB 1. *sigh* Unnecessary cover changes.

    3. Single Use Only. Afterwards, Murder Other Person.
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    • Christina Franke says:

      2. I KNOW RIGHT. EXFOLIATE YOUR FEETSES WITH SAND.

      4. Bahaha, Peeta’s camouflage.

      7. I lurved the first one.

      15. Too bad. I actually like Dali. Because my brain is melty, obviously.

      1. I do not understand why they do this. There’s no appeal for a different market, so they’re spending money unnecessarily.

      3. Oh my. This took a deadly turn.

  13. Right, let’s see if I can reach the character limit on comments like I did on Blogger, heh.

    1) I wasn’t a huge fan of the first cover and this one is just too….blue. I like blue, but it’s a boring blue.

    2) In four seconds there will be a huge storm and you will get blown away mwhahaha.

    4) !! Jack has creepy face indeed !!

    5) War book = want. Coz I’m wierd like that.

    6) Yeah, you might have more than a shadow to worry about right now.

    7) Font crimes. I do like the idea though. And even the green.

    8) You’ll get more burnt being naked. Just sayin’.

    10) Why do underwater covers always scream ‘this will be a raving disappointment?!’. Oh, because they usually are 😐

    12) For a second there I confused her hair for underarm hair and kinda freaked out.

    14) Non-waterproof mascara has NO place in this world (yes, I had mascara issues today).

    16) Please eat the ghosts kitty. They deserve it.

    18) Oooo author with same last name as my bf. It’s the small things….

    WTF 2) Just no. No no and no.

    WTF 3) Holy shit @ the throat. Speechless.

    WTF4) Objectification, anyone?

    (Nothing beats Cuttlefish Erotica though)
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  14. Kathy L. says:

    1. It looks like the girl in front cut off her reflections arm.
    5. What is that on the roof? I wanna say it’s horses?
    7. I do NOT like that green color!
    14. Is it just me or does that guy look like Johnny Depp?
    17. I want that tiara!
    18. At first I thought that was a rope of barbed wire but I do see snake heads, so snake wire?
    CB1. I like the new placement but not the font or new tag line.

  15. Haha! I loved this, super fun. Some of those covers are beyond outrageous especially Kitty, Kitty Bang, Bang! Priceless.

    -Mari @ The Sirenic Codex

  16. I do like the cover for The Violent Century, but I’m with you-what the he’ll is James Ellroy talking about?
    I’m so turned off by floating people covers.
    I love the sky and sea on the cover if When Shadows Fall, but that monster is pretty weak.
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