Judging A Book By Its Cover: Hello, Universe

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent – I created this feature to highlight and appreciate the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many wonderful editions!

Hello, Universe was published in 2017 by Greenwillow, illustrated by Isabel Roxas and designed by Sylvie Le Floc’h, ISBN: 9780062414151. This book looks super cute and I hope I enjoy it…whenever it is that I actually get around to reading it.

Book Review: Medusa Uploaded

Medusa Uploaded
By Emily Devenport

My Edition:
Paperback, 316 pages
2018, Tor
ISBN: 9781250169341

Thank you to Tor for sending me this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Oichi lives aboard the generation ship, The Olympia, as a servant to the Executives. As one of the working class, or worms, her life is run by the ruling families…until she discovers a powerful secret some of the Executives have been keeping. Officially declared dead, Oichi uses this technology to begin taking power from the Executives and murdering those who no longer serve a purpose in her revolution. In doing so, she discovers the truth about the ship and the origins of her people.

Unfortunately, I’ve fallen into a slump this month and while I enjoyed this book, it wasn’t the right time for me to tackle it. There’s a lot going on – political plotting, origin stories, advanced technology – and I wasn’t in the right mindset to take it all in. I think I should probably re-read this one, but I’m not sure when (or if) I’ll make time to do so.

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Book Review: The Next Together

The Next Together
By Lauren James

My Edition:
Hardcover, 356 pages
2017, Sky Pony Press
ISBN: 9781510710214

Thank you to Sky Pony Press for sending me this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Katherine and Matthew find themselves drawn together, unexpectedly in sync with each other…each and every time they meet. Across history, they’ve been born over and over, always meeting, always falling in love, always doomed. Now it’s the year 2039 and they’ve met once more. As vague memories begin to resurface, the two try to figure out what’s been happening to themselves across the centuries.

This is a hard book to blurb, because there’s a lot going on. I’m feeling a rant coming on, so if you’re looking for the short version: I enjoyed the concept of K&M’s constant reincarnations and their connections across time. There’s a dash of sci-fi thrown in that had me intrigued, but ultimately wanting more. I think the details were lacking and the characters were so similarly boring that I didn’t care for any iteration of the couple. The ending was especially disappointing and if a sequel exists, I won’t read on.

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Book Review: King of Thorns

King of Thorns
By Mark Lawrence

My Edition:
Paperback, 419 pages
2013, Ace
ISBN: 9780425256237

Having conquered his uncle’s lands, Jorg must now keep them from others who seek to gain territories and become emperor. Eighteen now, Jorg is a king, but he is still plagued by dreams of his dark past. If he wants to keep his kingdom, he needs to fight his inner demons and come up with a plan to defy the odds of the battle before him.

If it’s not already apparent, this is the sequel to Prince of Thorns. Amidst the main storyline, once more we have flashbacks from Jorg, so the story is also about what took place after he begins ruling his uncle’s lands and before the battle he finds himself fighting four years later. This is a solid sequel, but the timeline did trip me up a bit in this one. On top of the two periods of Jorg’s life, there are also diary entries from Katherine that span a good part of the four years of Jorg’s flashbacks.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Edge Chronicles – Beyond the Deepwoods

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent – I created this feature to highlight and appreciate the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many wonderful editions!

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Book Review: Killing Gravity

Killing Gravity
By Corey J. White

My Edition:
Paperback, 171 pages
2017, Tor
ISBN: 9780765396310

Mars is a voidwitch on the run from MEPHISTO, the corporation that made her what she is. After a tough encounter with a bounty hunter, she is rescued by a trio of strangers. She’s desperate to be on her own once more, but MEPHISTO has caught up with her. Not willing to risk the lives of the people that saved her, Mars must confront everything she’s been running from.

Novellas are getting harder for me to talk about. They’re so short, I feel restricted in what I can discuss for fear of giving away the entire story. And I always say “they’re too short!” about ones I enjoy. Killing Gravity is no different. It was over too soon and I wanted more!

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Book Review: Prince of Thorns

Prince of Thorns
By Mark Lawrence

My Edition:
Paperback, 319 pages
2012, Ace
ISBN: 9781937007683

After watching his mother and brother murdered, young Jorg leaves his father’s castle and finds himself among a band of bloodthirsty bandits. By age thirteen he’s their leader and hell-bent on seeking revenge and claiming his role as heir to the throne of Ancrath. But to do that, he must once again face his father and survive the trickery of the court mage.

Yo, this book was really good. Real talk, I bought it last July and left it on my shelves to collect dust (“Like you do to all of us!” my books moan at me) until Mark Lawrence commented on the IG picture I posted when I hauled it. I immediately felt guilty and added it to my April TBR and I’m so glad I did.

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