Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Bloom

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent (don’t lie, you totally do!) I created this feature to showcase and admire the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t make so many wonderful editions!

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Book Review

Book Review: The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker
By Jen Wang

My Edition:
Paperback, 283 pages
2018, First Second
ISBN: 9781626723634

Prince Sebastian has a secret – he enjoys wearing dresses and moonlighting as a fashion maven called Lady Crystallia. When he discovers talented seamstress, Frances, Lady Crystallia gains even more renown for her bold looks. But Frances yearns for her talent to be recognized and Sebastian’s parents are putting pressure on him to marry. Sebastian can’t hide his secret and his designer forever…

I received this as a Christmas present from Chelsea and I had to read it the same night it arrived. I’ve heard good things about this graphic novel and it didn’t disappoint! I love Wang’s art style and the story was both moving and funny!

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Book Review: 5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior

5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior
By Mark & Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller and Boya Sun

My Edition:
Paperback, 250 pages
2017, Random House
ISBN: 9781101935880

In the city of Chrysalis, Oona Lee is training to become a sand dancer, though she’s clumsy and doesn’t have a way with her magic the way her older sister does. Her older sister who ran off without a trace and only recently contacted Oona once more. When the city falls under attack, Oona finds herself teamed up with An Tzu, a poor boy with some amazing friends and Jax Amboy, celebrity athlete. The kids soon find themselves wrapped up in a plot that spans the five worlds of their galaxy and Oona must delay her reunion with her sister if she wants to save her friends and her home.

I purchased this on a whim and I’m so pleased I did! I absolutely loved the mix of sci-fi and fantasy elements, the protagonists and the art style!

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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Tea Dragon Society

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: Pride and Prejudice (graphic novel)

Pride and Prejudice
By Jane Austen
Adapted By Ian Edginton
Illustrated By Robert Deas

Not My Edition:
Paperback, 144 pages
2011, SelfMadeHero
ISBN: 9781906838300

Pride and Prejudice is the love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy and if you haven’t read the novel, or a comic adaptation, or even seen a movie, you should probably check it out. 

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Book Review: Paris

Paris
By Andi Watson
Illustrated by Simon Gane

Not My Edition:
Paperback, 144 pages
2007, SLG Publishing
ISBN: 978593620813

From the back of the book: Juliet is a penniless American art student in early 1950s Paris, painting portraits of socialites and sharing a flat with a revolutionary bohemian to make ends meet. She’s not expecting romance, but this is Paris after all, where both inspiration and love abound. When she’s commissioned to paint Deborah’s portrait, Juliet thinks the young British woman is just another rich girl. But Juliet and Deborah’s love for art bring them together, even as their friends and family try to drive them apart.

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Book Review: C.O.W.L.

C.O.W.L. volume 1: Principles of Power
By Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel

My Edition:
ARC e-book, 128 pages (paperback)
2014, Image Comics
ISBN: 9781632151117

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

From NetGalley: Welcome to the “Chicago Organized Workers League”- the world’s first Super-Hero Labor Union! While C.O.W.L. once stood as a beacon of hope against an epidemic of organized crime and an unbeatable “brotherhood” of Super-Villains, the union now faces its fiercest foe yet-a disillusioned public. In targeting the last of the great villains, C.O.W.L. attempts to prove its value to the world and to each other, while staving off villainy from both outside and inside its offices.

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