Judging a Book By It’s Cover #2

Last week I did a thing I called “Judging a Book By It’s Cover”, and I enlisted a friend who told me what she thought the book was about based only on the title and cover alone. I did it again this week, with my friend Johana (she wrote a guest post once for me when I was on vacation.).

These are the five books I showed her and her answers.

indexThe Diviners by Libba Bray

Johana: An underground secret society called the Star People. They’re all actually aliens that are trying to live peacefully while coexisting with humans. Is that good?

Aine (me): Yeah, that’s good.

Actual Synopsis: Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.


The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Johana: A girl moves to a new town to live with her grandmother, and finds out the town is more than it seems.

Aine: That’s actually kind of it in a weird, abstract way. Just replace “grandmother” with “new, murdering husband”.

Actual synopsis: One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?


Panic by Lauren Oliver

Johana: They’re trapped on an island where the natives are odd and the jungle is not what it seems. A girl must find a way out.

Aine: Uh…okay.

Actual synopsis: anic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.


The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Johana: Ooo, I love this cover.

Aine: I know. It’s amazingly pretty.

Johana: It’s a big story of fairytales entwining together. Finn has lived next door to the local forest his whole life, and everyone knows never to venture into it. It’s forbidden. One day a situation forces Finn into the forest, and he never expects what he finds there.

Actual synopsis: Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?


The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.

Johana: It’s 1,000 years in the future. The Glowers have been coming in waves slowly over the last hundred years, ad they use teleportation to get around. A girl is part of a movement to overcome them, but she finds out something that changes everything she knew and believed about the Glowers.

Aine: Glowers? Are they aliens?

Johana: Yes

Aine: Well, you got the alien invasion part right.

Johana: Really?! Haha, I’m probably way off on the rest of them.

Aine: Yes. For both.

Actual synopsis: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker.

Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

So, Johana doesn’t have any specific social media thing she wants me to link back too, but I’ll add a link to her Pinterest just because.

So, there are two more weeks of this: next week will hopefully be one (or both) of my cousins if I can get them to agree to it, and the final week with be either just my brother or my brother and a couple of friends. Either way it should be interesting.

Happy Wednesday,



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