So, we’ve all heard the phrase “judge a book by it’s cover”. Well, what does that mean, exactly? We tend to pick up books with covers that draw our eye, but that’s not really “judging” exactly. So, I enlisted Ari @ Beautifully Flawed Photo (who’s pictures you should totally check out, by the way) to help me.
I texted her five book covers, and asked her to tell me what she thought they were about, based off of their covers. She did pretty well.
Ari: “It’s about a person that is half bad an might have some dark, deep secret or has a super power and there’s some romantic chemistry thing going on, too.”
Actual Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Ari: “It’s about a girl who is cold to the touch or maybe her touch is deadly, or even a girl who has some sort of spirit connection and can interact with them, in a small town with a chance to be in a relationship with a guy.”
Actual synopsis: Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.
One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.
Talon by Julie Kagawa
Ari: “It’s about a warrior that kills dragons and eventually falls for one and so on and so forth (!). Or a guy who transforms into a dragon and tries to help out in a way but gets caught and falls for a girl…ends up being a good ending.”
Aine (Me): I wish.
Actual synopsis: Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.
Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.
Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Ari: “About boys who can transform into ravens or communicate with them. Some sort of supernatural business and some challenge crosses their path but they get past it.”
Actual synopsis:“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Ari: “A chick and another person too, perhaps, can hurt themselves and maybe even die but not really because they can’t and are to figure it all out and are doing the unbelievable.”
Actual synopsis: It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.
The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.
But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?
What about you guys? Have you ever judged a book purely by it’s cover? Was your guess similar to what the book was actually about or was it crazily wrong?