U.S. Versus U.K. Book Covers!

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This is a type of post so many other book bloggers do so I decided to weigh in with my own opinions! There are surprisingly a TON of differing covers between the UK and the US so I just picked a couple of books I love or ones with covers I love!

These are also in no particular order!

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Winner: U.S. Cover

This one was actually really hard for me to pick between because both covers are so gorgeous! I especially love the naked covers for the UK edition but something about the blue and black coloring and typography on the US cover draws my attention more. It’s darker and a little more mysterious looking which I like more. I don’t own a copy yet but I tell ya it’s going to be hard deciding what edition I really want still……


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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Winner: U.K. Cover

I like both covers and I hate both covers, let me explain: they’re both gorgeous in their own ways but I have Lepidopterophobia which is a fear of the butterfly family which includes moths. That’s right I’m a big baby who is terrified of butterflies and moths! So these covers both creep me out but are still pretty, I’m a mess. Pretty much the ONLY reason I’m picking the UK cover over the US cover is because the UK edition has blue pages!


And I Darken by Kiersten White

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Winner: U.K. Cover

I REALLY LOVE BOTH OF THESE, THEY’RE BOTH SO BEAUTIFUL! However, as much as I loved the pretty purple flower being impaled I just have to say I love the UK cover a bit more. I usually don’t like cover models but this one is amazing because it shows Lada’s character perfectly.


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Winner: U.S. Cover

I actually like the original cover for “An Ember in the Ashes” more than this current US edition but that’s a topic for another post….

I like the sand, typography, and the character’s billowing cloaks a lot more than the more simplistic UK cover that doesn’t have much except some sparkly looking embers.


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Winner: U.S. Cover

As I’ve said before I don’t really like cover models and/or faces on my book covers, they just aren’t as appealing to me. I much prefer the US cover that has a more minimalist approach to it.


And The Trees Crept In/ The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich

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Winner: U.S. Cover

As much as I like how creepy “The Creeper Man” cover is and how the shadow of the creeper man is over her face, I just like the much prettier US cover better. The US cover is not only very pretty but also still very eerie at the same time.


Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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Winner: U.K. Cover

Once again I’ll say I don’t much care for people/faces on my book covers so of course I’m going to go with the UK cover that has a very pretty, simple white background with some blue!


Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

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Winner: U.K. Cover

These book covers are virtually the same thing except I really LOVE the white background with the blue on the UK Cover….very similar to the Mistborn ones….


Heartless by Marissa Meyer

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Winner: U.S. Cover

That UK Cover……honey no. I like the crown, sword, and vines against the black background much better than the face on the white background.


My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

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Winner: U.S. Cover

I’m sorry but the UK cover for this one is super ugly, I honestly don’t know why they wouldn’t just use the US cover for both because it’s so much better. I love the cover model more and the typography covering everything as well!


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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Winner: U.S. Cover

Once again this one was really close because I really like both covers but I have to say I like the US one more only because I love the title’s font, otherwise I’d pick the UK one since that raven is gorgeous and I love the book quote.


Alice by Christina Henry

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Winner: U.K. Cover

While I do enjoy the US cover and love how creepy it is I think I like the UK cover better because of the swirling design and clocks!


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Tayor

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Winner: U.K. Cover

I really do like the pop of color on the US covers but it doesn’t really have anything to do with the story itself which is why I like the UK cover more. The UK cover is actually more relevant to the story and ties in better.


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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Winner: U.S.  Cover

I do really like both of these covers as well but I don’t really like how the entire series of UK covers all look exactly the same just with different character silhouettes. I like the differing covers with the US series and I really enjoy how minimalistic they are.

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Which covers are your favorite?

Do you prefer any of these US or UK covers over the other?

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Book Review: Red Rising (Red Rising #1) by Pierce Brown

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Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

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“You’re used to knowing what’s what. You think like the rest of them. Things are set in stone. Things are well ordered. Reds at the bottom, everyone else standing on our backs. Now you’re looking at me and you’re realizing that we don’t bloodydamn like it down there. Red is rising.”

Where do I even start with this book? It was absolute perfection and simply amazing! Basically I could sit and fangirl over it all day instead of actually writing a coherent review! It’s super hard to write a review for a book that I found to be so utterly brilliant but I’ll try.

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PLOT

First of all I’d like to say this book is very much a blend of genres, it’s not JUST sci-fi and it’s not JUST a dystopian either. “Red Rising” has a little bit of everything because it’s got both sci-fi, dystopian, and even a little bit of high fantasy elements as well. Now being the big lover of both sci-fi and fantasy that I am, I was completely blown away by having these all combined into the “perfect book” for me! I think the blend of genres would make it a book that’s easy for every type of book lover to enjoy!

I absolutely loved the world building as well, Pierce Brown did a magnificent job of being original in my opinion. There is a caste system where people are placed according to Color and do jobs according to that Color, it’s also set on Mars (which we learn more about that as well!), and there’s a lot of Roman mythology in it as well! There’s also just so much unique slang and culture in the world too. It blew me away honestly, I just thought everything was so creative and compelling.

The plot was just overall amazing I love stories about rebellion, rising above oppressors, and rooting for the underdog! This story is all of those things! I was hooked immediately and could NOT put this book down to save my life once I started it. There’s constant action, plot twists, and is very complex overall. While the pacing could be considered more on the slow side I still felt there was enough going on not to be bored. It’s so VICIOUS! There is a lot of violence but it’s awesome (I’m horribly like that), I thought it helped this book break the mold of the usual YA.

Also, the writing? Just as amazing as everything else, of course! I loved how the writing made me FEEL what the characters were feeling and honestly I cried more than once. For me, crying because of a book is always a sign of it’s perfection. I love when a book’s writing is so wonderful it actually brings out emotions in the reader.

This book is VERY reminiscent  of “The Hunger Games”. It bothered me only a little bit that it was so similar but I got over it easily because it’s still a very different book. The arena the Golds compete in is similar to THG as well as the factions since they’re very reminiscent of the Districts in THG. But like I said it’s different too, for example “Red Rising” is by far more violent and gory and I LOVED it for that. There’s also a lot more strategy to it as well, which once again I loved.

characters

Let’s see here……hm…..the characters? Were as freaking awesome as everything else in this book! They’re ruthless, savage, and will do ANYTHING to further their own agendas. I love characters that are this complex and developed, seriously, ALL of them! I was amazed with Brown’s skill to take so many secondary characters and develop them in a few sentences!

Darrow is a great narrator, I loved how fiery he is but yet he knows he has flaws and weaknesses. He has his moments where he’d have his moral lines blur but overall he never forgot his purpose in doing all of this. I’ve seen people complain that Darrow is a “Gary Stu” because he’s chosen and perfect which I can understand but overall I saw that Darrow did have his flaws and I adored him.

The secondary characters were all fantastic as well, honestly it was like having a bunch of other main characters alongside Darrow. I loved how Pierce Brown could make you go from hating a character to loving one in a matter of sentences and vice versa! Everyone was so full of surprises.

I’d also like to take a moment and share my love for both Pax and Sevro who were both the most vicious and adorable characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. That is all.

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romance

The romance definitely isn’t the central focus of the plot but it is important as Darrow’s love for his wife, Eo, is his main driving force. I thought those two were very adorable and Darrow is just so sweet and loves his wife so much, ugh, feels!

There is a bit of another romance in the story that I also was  a big fan of but I won’t get into details because….spoilers!

in conclusion

I am concluding that “Red Rising” is an amazingly perfect book and I, personally, found nothing wrong with it. I just had so many emotions and so much FUN reading this book!

Hopefully this review was at least moderately helpful….and not just me gushing too much!

What I Loved:

  • The unique setting
  • The world building
  • The writing
  • The characters, who were wonderfully complex
  • Literally, everything

What I Didn’t Love:

  • Nothing!

RECOMMEND

I highly recommend this book, seriously, especially for those of you who enjoy dystopians, sci-fi, or fantasy! I pretty much just recommend it anyways though…it’s perfection!

Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Things On My YA Reading Wishlist

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

So as the title suggest these are all things on my YA reading wishlist so basically things I want more of in YA! These are in no particular order and I will provide links to my reviews to the example books if I have them!

Also if you guys have read or heard of any books with these themes then PLEASE let me know about them in the comments below, I’d really appreciate it!

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10.) Diversity!

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Examples: The Hate U Give, Labyrinth Lost, & The Seafarer’s Kiss

Of course diversity is definitely an easy thing to pick since it’s very important to have in books, obviously! Unfortunately there really aren’t as many out there as you would think and definitely not as many that are problem free. However, these are some books that are very enjoyable and have diverse main characters!


9.) More Morally Ambiguous/Grey Characters

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Examples: Vicious, I Hunt Killers, & This Savage Song

I love reading about characters like this so, so much! I love when they aren’t truly good or evil but a bit of both instead. It just adds a lot of complexity and development to the story this way, in my opinion.


8.) Dark, Grungy Mystery/Thrillers

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Examples: The Darkest Corners, I Hunt Killers, & With Malice

This one is a little more self explanatory but I LOVE YA mystery/thrillers that really toe the line between what is considered too dark for YA and what’s not. Maybe it’s just me but I like dark, twisted mystery books! Plus it’s always an upside when you don’t see any of the plot twists coming!


7.) Terrifying YA Horror

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Examples: Daughters Unto Devils, Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, & The Girl From The Well

I feel like there aren’t that many YA Horror books out there in the first place and there definitely aren’t as many of them that are truely terrifying. Or, you know, fun to read at the very least. These ones that I used for examples were magnificent though if you’re looking for some good chills!


6.) Ancient Civilization Setting (Not Fantasy)

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Examples: And I Darken & My Lady Jane (sort of…..)

Mostly what I’m talking about with this one is any ancient themed historical fiction, if that makes sense. Such as Medieval England, Ancient Egypt, or really any other ancient civilization because I feel like these really aren’t done in YA that often. Sure there are many YA fantasies that have these themes but I’m talking based off of REAL history or a retelling of real history.


5.) Contemporaries Featuring Royalty

I don’t read contemporary all that much but what would definitely get me reading it would be tales of modern royalty! This may have to do with my love for movies such as The Princess Diaries (no I have not read the books, sorry!), The Prince and Me, and What A Girl Wants. I’m not talking about dystopians or fantasies or any of that either because there definitely are plenty of those!


4.) Peter Pan Retellings

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Examples: Tiger Lily

There are a few of these out there and I do have most of the good ones on my TBR already but I feel like we should just have a TON of Peter Pan retellings because I just adore Peter Pan! “Tiger Lily” is an amazing retelling of the story and I have read “Unhooked” and was not a fan of it at all.


3.) Vicious and Badass Female Characters

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Examples: And I Darken & The Diabolic

I LOVE heroines who are cold, calculating, fierce, and actually badass! Two of the best examples I’ve seen in YA are Lada Dracul from “And I Darken” and Nemesis from “The Diabolic, both these women are all of those things! There’s no “damsel syndrome” with these two at all and it’s nice to have heroines who don’t get all distracted with ball gowns and love triangles.


2.) Sympathetic Villains

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Examples: Illuminae & Heartless

This kind of goes with “Morally Ambiguous Characters” a lot because I really love when villains in books are in a grey area, you find yourself hating them and loving them all at once. So of course that usually means the villains are more sympathetic, and for some reason I love this I think it makes the story ten times more complex!


1.) Westerns

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Examples: Vengeance Road

There are actually quite a few YA westerns popping up and while I do own a couple I also have yet to read them. I will say though “Vengeance Road” was pretty fun to read through and I just really love the “wild west” setting!

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What are some things on your reading wishlist?

Do you agree with any of the ones I listed?

Have you read any of the books I used for examples? If so what did you think?

Do you have any recommendations for books that match these themes?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your TTT as well!

The Sassy

May TBR

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So I was going to get this up last week and didn’t because I chose to do other posts instead, but hey better late than never! I’m going to be a little ambitious this month since I hate when my Goodreads reading challenge says I’m 5 books behind…..

I will link each title to their Goodreads page as well!

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In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

In Real Life

This is a graphic novel about a MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) and a girl, Anda,  who loves and plays it to escape reality. She then meets a poor Chinese boy who uses the game to earn money, which is also illegal in the game. Anda then must learn to understand that right and wrong isn’t as straightforward as she once believed.

I really love short, standalone graphic novels such as this and I need some quick reads to get my Goodreads reading challenge back on track so this was an easy pick!


The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King

The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen, #1)

An eighteen year old girl, Kalinda, lives life in  the Sisterhoods’ orphanage and is destine for nothing more than living in seclusion and prayer. However, one day the Rajah shows up and takes her away so she must fight to the death for a place among his ninety nine wives and many courtesans. Kalinda must awaken her power in order to escape her fate.

I received an ARC of this book and since it comes out June 1st I will be reading it this month and letting you all know if it’s worth checking out. I love all of the Middle Eastern YA Fantasy lately so hopefully this is just as good!


Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams

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Ruth Carver wakes up concussed in the bed of a moving truck and is taken out to a remote cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She then comes face to face with a serial killer who believes it’s his job to punish bad girls like her and she escapes into the wilderness.

This is another really short book (only 256) that I hope is thrilling enough to read quickly, I think it sounds very suspenseful and intense.


Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)

Another very short book about a Home for children except these children are the ones you read about in stories, The Chosen Ones, after their fantasy worlds have used them all up.

Loads of people have loved this book and I think the concept sounds fascinating so I’m excited to finally read it!


The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

A middle aged man returns home to attend a funeral and finds himself drawn to a house at the end of the lane he used to live on. He finds himself remembering people and thins he hadn’t thought of in years. He remembers the girl, Lettie, and the suicide that occurred that also unleashed something dark that Lettie promises to protect him from.

That’s a terrible description on my part but how does one even explain a Neil Gaiman book? I absolutely ADORE his works so I’m excited to finish this one up since it’s also a very short book!


You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

You Will Know Me

Katie has dedicated her life to her 15 year old daughter’s gymnastics career and when there’s a death in the group she feels threatened especially since it’s weeks before an important competition. There are secrets, allegiances, and the murder itself  that all draw Katie in.

I have yet to read a book by Megan Abbott but they all sound super dramatic in the way that keeps your attention so I’m excited to give her a try! Also I’ve been on a gymnastics kick since I watched one of my teenage favorites “Stick It”which is a great movie by the way…. I’ve also been waiting forever to read this since I’ve had it on hold at the library for over a month but I’ll FINALLY  get it this month sometime!


The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova

The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga, #1)

This is a steampunk, fantasy novel where the Five Guilds’ resistance falls under the power of the Dragon King and the main character, Ari, uses her mechanical and magical skills to steal and rebel against their oppressors. Cvareh, will do anything to put his sister on the throne and the Alchemists of Loom may be able to do just that so he enlists the help of Ari.

I have yet to read any books by Elisa Kova but they’re pretty hyped and I’m excited to give them a try, especially since I love YA Fantasy.

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Are any of these books on your TBR?

Have you read any of these, what did you think?

What are you planning on reading this month?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

ARC Review: The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

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Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.

Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.

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**** Big thank you to Duet Books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!****

**** Potential Trigger Warning: Abuse/Violence in a Relationship****

This was a very unique and enjoyable book that is a retelling of The Little Mermaid with an F/F romance as well as some Norse mythology! How does that NOT grab your attention immediately?

PLOT

So as I already mentioned I thought the plot for this story is extremely creative because not only do we see a lot of unique twists on The Little Mermaid tale but we also see a world based off of Norse mythology. I loved how this was it’s own story but we still got to see some plot points similar to the original tale!

I also really loved the setting with the various sea creatures and the mermaids themselves. It was fun to have the story told from the perspective of someone that lives underwater, just something different!

Overall though I found the story to be very engaging and fast paced, it’s also a very short book so it’s definitely a quick read! My favorite part was easily when Ersel makes a deal with Loki, the God of Lies, and must be very clever in order to outwit the trickster god. Something about characters outwitting powerful gods is always fun to read about!

The world building was also very interesting, while it wasn’t expanded upon a whole lot we do know it’s based off of Norse mythology since the Norse gods are present. I also really enjoyed the bits where we learned about the mermaids’ world and Ragna’s very viking-esque world too. I wish there would have been a little more depth with the last two but I’m content enough.

Overall the reason I rated this 3.5 stars instead of 4 or 5 is because I felt that the story was a little rushed and could have used a little more complexity in my opinion.

characters

The characters were fun enough and I really loved both Ersel and Ragna on their own and together. Ersel is very brave, clever, and learns to overcome her flaws and Ragna is straight up fierce but I’d expect nothing less from a shield maiden.

I’d also just like to add that I loved Loki too but then again when do I ever not love Loki’s characters?

However, I do wish there was more development with the characters. Yes, we get to see some of them overcome their flaws and that always adds some complexity but I would have liked to have gotten some more insight into the characters somehow.

romance

I REALLY loved the romance in this story, plain and simple! As I mentioned above this is an F/F romance mainly but Ersel, the main character, is bisexual. I personally thought it was portrayed well but I can’t say truthfully since I am neither. Still I thought the author did a good job! I shipped Ersel and Ragna a lot I thought they were both great characters on their own and together they were even better.

The only real problem I had with the relationship is that at one point they both hit each other, which IS abuse I don’t care if it’s heat of the moment it’s never okay. So I’d say there’s a trigger warning for abuse in this story. I also didn’t really like how it was glossed over as being alright and they’re 100% fine afterward.

in conclusion

I really enjoyed this story and found it to be a wonderfully imaginative retelling. It was a fun, quick read! I also think the cover is gorgeous, FYI!

What I Loved:

  • Fast pacing
  • Creative world building and story
  • Great F/F romance
  • Diversity with F/F romance and bisexual character
  • Inclusion of Norse mythology
  • Good characters

What I Didn’t Love:

  • I thought the story could have been a little more complex
  • Plot felt rushed at times
  • One instance of abuse with the main relationship

RECOMMEND

I do recommend reading this book since I thought it was fun and something very unique! Really my only real big complaint is that one instance of abuse/violence in the main relationship.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

The Sassy

Top Ten Tuesday: Creepiest YA Covers

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jamie @ The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is covers, anything to do with covers! It’ll definitely be interesting to see everyone’s take on this and I decided to go with the creepiest book covers, because I looooove horror books. Of course there are actually quite a few creepy covers out there and these are just a couple of my favorites, some I have read and some are just on my TBR.

I will link up a review if I have one! These are also in no particular order.

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10.) And The Trees Crept In (or The Creeper Man) by Dawn Kurtagich

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For this book I just HAD to have both the US cover and the UK cover since they’re both creepy as hell! I do love the US cover more because it’s more beautiful than it is creepy but I can’t deny that the UK cover is probably the creepiest book cover I’ve ever seen.

Also the story is creepy and amazing so you can judge this book by its covers! It’s about two girls living in a mansion with their aunt and they notice that the trees are creeping closer to the house and that the entity known as the Creeper Man that watches them from the woods is getting closer too.

You can read my full review here.


9.) The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

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Two Dawn Kurtagich books? Yes! She’s becoming a queen of YA horror in my book and her covers match the stories perfectly too. This is a very creepy psychological thriller about a girl with a split personality disorder or maybe….it’s something more sinister than that.

You can read my full review here.


8.) Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

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Creepy cover? Yes! Creepy story? Definitely yes! This one revolves around a family living out on the prairie, their secretly pregnant daughter, and well…..demons. This one is pretty insane but also scary, highly recommend!

You can read my full review here.


7.) The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

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I’m sorry! I’m done with the repeat authors now I swear! I really love the typography on this cover, it is super eerie. The story is about a girl whose aunt tragically goes missing and her cousin claims she can hear her dead mother’s voice inside the house’s walls…..

You can read my full review here.


6.) Alice by Christina Henry

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I don’t know it could just be me but I find the creepy rabbit head pasted over top a man’s body to be very creepy. This is a very, very graphic horror retelling of Alice in Wonderland and I found it to be absolutely amazing. This one definitely isn’t for the faint-hearted though.

You can read my full review here.


5.) The Girl From The Well by Rin Chupeco

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Quick story time: when I was 10 years old I made the mistake of watching “The Grudge” and am now forever terrified of Asian ghosts. Therefore this book’s cover (and the book itself) creeps the shit out of me! It’s a very interesting and scary book revolving around the spirit Okiku, who takes vengeance on wrong-doers.

You can read my full review here.


4.) Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

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Whatever that thing is on the cover it’s disturbing and it creeps me out, but I suppose it fits the stories in this YA anthology perfectly in that case. There are TONS of creeptastic (shhh that’s a word) stories in here and pretty much all of them are amazing with the exception of 1 or 2.

You can read my full review here.


3.) Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan

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Is it just me or are mirrors super creepy? So yeah, ghostly reflections in them = creepy. I have yet to read this one but it’s a take on the Bloody Mary urban legend.


2.) Asylum by Madeleine Roux

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Blurred/scratched out old timey photos are creepy, actually a lot of old photos are creepy but especially when they’re blurred or scratched out. This is a pretty popular book that I also have yet to read but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing if it’s any good.


1.) Shutter by Courtney Alameda

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Look at that black, gaping ghost and tell me it isn’t creepy! This is a book I have sitting on my shelf currently awaiting to be read and it’s about teenage ghost hunters basically.

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What do you think of these covers? Creepy or not so much?

What are some of your favorite creepy YA covers?

Have you read any of these books or anything similar?

What cover theme did you choose for you TTT this week?

Let me know in the comments and feel free to link up your TTT as well!

The Sassy

April Wrap-Up

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So this month was pretty great for me as far as both reading and posting! I’ve finally caught up with many old comments and posts since having a slump at the end of March, so I’m happy to be back! I also had a decent month for books as well I read 4 even though the average has been 5 for me per month I still read some great books!

I’m definitely looking forward to May because it’s going to be an AMAZING month for releases, I think I’ll be doing up a post about those this week too so keep an eye out!

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Books Read This Month: 4

The Roanoke Girls by Amy EngelLiving Dead Girl by Elizabeth ScottTiger Lily by Jodi Lynn AndersonRed Rising by Pierce Brown

The only book I really disliked out of the ones I read this month was “The Roanoke Girls” which I just found to be very disappointing. However, the rest of these books were really great! I still have to collect my thoughts on “Living Dead Girl” since it’s a very short book and one that’s also pretty disturbing. I also don’t know how in the world I am going to write a review for the AMAZING “Red Rising” yet either!


Reviews Finished This Month

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson


Tags & Memes Done This Month

The Makeup Book Tag

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique Books I’ve Read

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Turn Offs


Other Posts Done This Month

Not All Fun & Games: The Pressures of Book Blogging

March Wrap-Up

Discussion Post: Unwanted Review Requests

Book Recs: YA Standalones


What I’m Currently Reading:

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

So far this book is VERY good, I thought it was going to be another cookie-cutter YA Fantasy book but it’s actually pretty unique and I’m loving it!

Also as soon as I’m finished I’m going to start my ARC of “The Seafarer’s Kiss” which is a retelling of The Little Mermaid with a F/F romance!

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How was your reading and blogging month this April?

What were your best or worst reads?

What are you currently reading?

What books are you excited for this coming month, May?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy