Cover Snark (221): Speak Easy, Speak 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.

Shiny and New:

1. Speak Easy, Speak Love – McKelle George

Thoughts: *keyboard smash of excitement commencing* [39qyt902yufg90ygh8923yclksd-vp[i0q9why

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Size Doesn’t Matter (134): Done Dirt Cheap; How (Not) to Fall in Love

I received this book for free from ALA 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 (134): Done Dirt Cheap; How (Not) to Fall in LoveDone Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon
Published by Amulet Books on March 7, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Mystery
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: ALA
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four-stars

Tourmaline Harris’s life hit pause at fifteen, when her mom went to prison because of Tourmaline’s unintentionally damning testimony. But at eighteen, her home life is stable, and she has a strong relationship with her father, the president of a local biker club known as the Wardens. Virginia Campbell’s life hit fast-forward at fifteen, when her mom “sold” her into the services of Hazard, a powerful attorney: a man for whom the law is merely a suggestion. When Hazard sets his sights on dismantling the Wardens, he sends in Virginia, who has every intention of selling out the club—and Tourmaline. But the two girls are stronger than the circumstances that brought them together, and their resilience defines the friendship at the heart of this powerful debut novel.

I took a chance on Done Dirt Cheap. Nothing about the book description sounds like a book I was liable to enjoy, but something (the cover, maybe, or okay that Lenore told me about a sex scene) made me want to give it a try. Done Dirt Cheap surprised me. It’s Daughters of Anarchy, and it’s awesome.

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Size Doesn’t Matter (133): Kitty and the Midnight Hour; The Ship Beyond Time

Size Doesn’t Matter (133): Kitty and the Midnight Hour; The Ship Beyond TimeKitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
Series: Kitty Norville #1
Published by Grand Central on January 9, 2007
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 259
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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two-half-stars

Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station - and a werewolf in the closet. Her new late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged is a raging success, but it's Kitty who can use some help. With one sexy werewolf-hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail, Kitty may have bitten off more than she can chew?

Several years ago, I loved Carrie Vaughn’s After the Golden Age, a superhero story with a ship, and I added this series to my to read list. She’s also had strong short stories in a couple of anthologies I’ve read. Her YA novel, Steel, wasn’t that great, but I had high hopes for her flagship series, Kitty Norville. I picked Kitty and the Midnight Hour up in a Kindle sale. Kitty and the Midnight Hour shows its age and also a little bit of promise, but it wasn’t enough to tempt me into continuing the series.

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Size Doesn’t Matter (132): Seven Days of You; City of Saints & Thieves

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 (132): Seven Days of You; City of Saints & ThievesSeven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
Published by Little Brown BFYR on March 7, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
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two-stars

Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the States. Seven days to say good-bye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she’s harbored a semi-secret crush on for years. Seven perfect days…until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything.

Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving thunder with his stupid arriving thunder. Yet as the week counts down, the relationships she thought were stable begin to explode around her. And Jamie is the one who helps her pick up the pieces. Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie, but can their seven short days of Tokyo adventures end in anything but good-bye?

It is a truth universally acknowledged (not that anyone cares) that Christina cannot resist a Jane Austen-inspired novel. Seven Days of You ostensibly was something to do with Persuasion, and I had to have it. Modernized Persuasion set in Tokyo? I mean HELLO. Based on the actual book, it’s at most loosely inspired by Persuasion. That’s not the real problem, though. Seven Days of You is boring and not romantic.

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Review: The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

Review: The Rose and the Dagger by Renée AhdiehThe Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #2
Published by Putnam Juvenile on April 26, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
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three-half-stars

The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

Finally, I’ve found time to read The Rose and the Dagger. The Wrath and the Dawn was one of my favorite reads of 2015. Rereading it now, though, I noticed writing quirks that I don’t love. That said, though I have more quibbles now, I love Ahdieh’s world and characters. The Rose and the Dagger left me with some mixed feelings, but I delight in this bantery cast.

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