Month: August 2019

5 Book Covers that Intrigued me

Hello there!

Today I came across a few book covers when I was scrolling through my Instagram and I thought “WOW!” I am ready to read this book based 100% on the book cover. Has anyone else judged a book by its cover? I think it’s kind of hard not to… as humans we are interested in things that are visually appealing to us.

Anyways, I looked into the books to see if they would be something I would like to read and found that, YES I would like to read them! Maybe I can just sense the story through the cover? Maybe its a special power of mine? Maybe not… but I did hit the head on the nail with these particular books.

Thought I’d share the books with you all! I know someone will enjoy them just as much as I do!!


1. The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter – Theodora Goss

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

** This is the first book of a series!

2. The Sound of Stars – Alechia Dow

Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world’s population.

Seventeen-year-old Janelle “Ellie” Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. Deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, humanity’s emotional transgressions are now grounds for execution. All art, books and creative expression are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. When a book goes missing, Ellie is terrified that the Ilori will track it back to her and kill her.

Born in a lab, M0Rr1S (Morris) was raised to be emotionless. When he finds Ellie’s illegal library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more. They’re both breaking the rules for love of art—and Ellie inspires the same feelings in him that music does.

Ellie’s—and humanity’s—fate rests in the hands of an alien she should fear. M0Rr1S has a lot of secrets, but also a potential solution—thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous road trip with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while making a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.

** I am so interested in this book and I absolutely loved the cover… I liked the different colors, it really popped out to me. I also found in the background – the factories with all the smoke – it seemed to me like behind the bright and fun colors that there was something wrong or bad happening… I liked the mystery aspect to it.

3. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

4. Glass Shatters – Michelle Meyers

A man wakes up in a living room he doesn’t recognize, unable to remember anything about himself. All he has are the few remnants of his identity scattered throughout the house clues to his past. He soon learns that he is Charles Lang, a brilliant scientist whose wife, Julie, and daughter, Jess, mysteriously disappeared several years ago. Soon, he begins to recover memories memories that may or may not be his own and as he does, he realizes that only by uncovering the details of his former life will he have any hope of being reunited with Julie and Jess. A haunting tale of love and longing, fate and free will, and the easily blurred lines between fiction and reality, Glass Shatters explores the risks of trying to reinvent oneself, and the dangers of pushing science to its limits.”

5. The Lantern’s Ember – Colleen Houck

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.

Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.

** As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I became quite excited and I added it to my reading list right away! I hope I can grab a copy of this and read it ASAP. Something about “nightmarish creatures” really intrigued me and I love that one of the main characters is a witch!


Well that’s it for now! I hope you all find something you like from this short list and maybe even added a book to your TBR list.

To see more books I’m interested in – check out my Goodreads account…

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/101899358-deanna

School for Psychics – K.C. Archer

Synopsis:

An entrancing new series starring a funny, impulsive, and sometimes self-congratulatory young woman who discovers she has psychic abilities—and then must decide whether she will use her skills for good or…not.

Teddy Cannon isn’t your typical twenty-something woman. Yes she’s resourceful, bright, and scrappy. But she can also read people with uncanny precision. What she doesn’t realize: she’s actually psychic.

When a series of bad decisions leads Teddy to a run-in with the police, a mysterious stranger intervenes. He invites her to apply to the School for Psychics, a facility hidden off the coast of San Francisco where students are trained like Delta Force operatives: it’s competitive, cutthroat, and highly secretive. They’ll learn telepathy, telekinesis, investigative skills, and SWAT tactics. And if students survive their training, they go on to serve at the highest levels of government, using their skills to protect America, and the world.

In class, Teddy befriends Lucas, a rebel without a cause who can start and manipulate fire; Jillian, a hipster who can mediate communication between animals and humans; and Molly, a hacker who can apprehend the emotional state of another individual. But just as Teddy feels like she’s found where she might belong, strange things begin to happen: break-ins, missing students, and more. It leads Teddy to accept a dangerous mission that will ultimately cause her to question everything—her teachers, her friends, her family, and even herself.

My Thoughts:

This book was quite the read! I found Teddy to be a very interesting character right from the start. I loved her “I don’t care” attitude and the overall impulsivity of her actions. The story starts off following Teddy through her troubling lifestyle and her large debt. She finds herself in trouble with some of the wrong people which ultimately leads her to the school for psychics. Teddy has a knack for gambling and claims she can feel when people are lying which helps her win at the casino. She says it’s her gift. She finds out when meeting some helpful strangers from the psychic school that maybe that feeling she gets when she gambles isn’t just a feeling, but instead a special psychic ability. Teddy really struggles with this idea of being psychic and doesn’t really believe it at first. Of course, she decides to attend the school to find out what it’s all about. The story then follows a typical YA plot line. Teddy attempts to learn to control her “power” and in the meantime she makes friends, romantic relationships, and experiences heartbreak and betrayal. I will say – this book had a few twists and turns I did not fully expect. A few characters do surprise you and I felt the betrayal along with Teddy at times.

The story was not only about a special school for people with special abilities. The author tied in secret government plots and rouge FBI agents. There was action and mystery. Teddy finds out a lot about her life before her adoptive parents got her. She learns about her biological parents and how they are connected to the school and the government. She realizes that things might not be so “perfect” like the teachers are saying.

Over all – I really enjoyed the book. It might not be the best story ever or the best writing ever. However, it was entertaining and kept me on my toes throughout. I enjoyed the characters and the romantic tensions. It was a good read and I can’t wait for the next one!!

MY RATING

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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