Colorful Covers | Blue

Hi everyone!

Today we are on to the next color in the Colorful Covers series! If you are new here, this is a series where I recommend you books completely based on the colors of their covers! I originally saw the Owlcrate team do this on their YouTube channel and thought it was a fun idea!

This month’s color is BLUE! 💙

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Fall in love, break the curse. Break the curse, save the kingdom.

This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but with a twist. I absolutely loved A Curse So Dark and Lonely. The world, characters, representation and writing were perfection. I read this almost a year ago and I STILL find myself thinking about it all the time! Read my full review here!

Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Okay so this is actually the second book in a series. I included the first book, Illuminae, in the Colorful Covers: Orange post. Gemina is my favorite book in the Illuminae Files. I don’t want to spoil anything, but if you are looking for a fast paced, action packed and thrilling science fiction…pick this entire series up! You will not regret it!

Reverie by Ryan La Sala

All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different…

This book came out at the end of last year and I truly believe that people are sleeping on it. Reveries are people’s dreams made into a reality. How cool does that sound? We follow Kane as he is trying to regain his memories and save his home state of Connecticut. Reverie is twisty, fun and so creative. Highly recommend picking this one up.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.
It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

I have read this twice now and my heart is just so happy when I finish it. Stella and Michael are the cutest and oh my gosh the chemistry between them is literal fire! The Kiss Quotient was a heartwarming, sweet and super steamy debut. Read it. Read it. Read it!

Other blue books you should DEFINITELY check out:

-Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
-Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
-The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
-The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
-The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
-Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

What are some of your favorite books with blue covers? Have you read any of these?

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Colorful Covers | Green

Hi everyone!

Today we are on to the next color in the Colorful Covers series! If you are new here, this is a series where I recommend you books completely based on the colors of their covers! I originally saw the Owlcrate team do this on their YouTube channel and thought it was a fun idea!

This month’s color is GREEN!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan. But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life?

Starting off with the most popular title! When I first read this book it was everything to me. I related so much to the struggles Cath was having while at college. I remember reading certain scenes and just thinking *this is literally me!* I also loved the fandom storyline. It was a lot of fun to see Cath thrive in her element. And the romance…OMG my heart. It was totally swoon worthy! If you haven’t read this book yet, please do! You won’t regret it.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.” …

I’m cheating a little bit with this one. The actual cover for this book is black, but the Owlcrate cover is green so I am counting it. The Hazel Wood is a dark and creepy fantasy about fairytale stories that come to life. I highly recommend going the audiobook route!

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

This book is absolutely fantastic! The main character Audrey Rose is such an amazing character. She goes after what she wants & she doesn’t let anyone or anything hold her back. Her relationship with Thomas Cresswell is also 10/10! I actually need to do a reread of this soon so I can continue with the rest of the series.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try. Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

It has been over two years since I read this book and I STILL think about it all the time. These characters and their story will definitely stick with you for a long time. If you are into fandoms, then this is definitely the book for you. Eliza and Her Monsters celebrates the power of online friends and community.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career. She listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

We are ending on one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life. I say that but it’s still so hard for me to explain why I love Evelyn Hugo so much. This book is about being who you want to be regardless of who you are expected to be. It’s about finding your own definition of family. It’s about loving whoever the hell you want to love. Evelyn Hugo is perfection and I beg you to read it!

What are some of your favorite books with green covers??

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Colorful Covers | Orange

Hi everyone!

Today we are on to the next color in the Colorful Covers series! If you are new here, this is a series where I recommend you books completely based on the colors of their covers! I originally saw the Owlcrate team do this on their YouTube channel and thought it was a fun idea!

The color for this month is ORANGE! I’m not going to lie, this was a tough one. There aren’t many books (that I’ve read) with orange on the cover!

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit…

If you are looking for a fast paced & action packed science fiction…this is your book! Told through files, emails and messages, Illumiinae is an emotional roller coaster full of twists and turns that will leave you on the edge of your seat. I seriously can’t recommend this book enough. You can read my full review here!

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Being the middle child has its ups and downs. But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family

I don’t know about you, but I love a good emotional, hard hitting contemporary! Far From the Tree will definitely pull at your heart strings. This book is absolutely beautiful. Reading about siblings finding each other & forming a relationship…it is so special. This is the type of book that will stay on your mind for months after finishing it.

The Elite by Kiera Cass

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

This is actually the second book in The Selection series, so the snip it of the synopsis is from book one. No spoilers here! This series is just so much fun. It’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea though. If you are in search of quick & mindless reads…look no further!

What are some of your favorite books with orange on the cover??

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Colorful Covers | Red

I have been watching the Owlcrate team do this series on their YouTube channel and I think it is such a fun idea! So basically what’s going to happen is every moth I will pick a color and then recommend you a few books that have that specific color on it’s cover.

This month we are starting with RED!

As always, if you’d like to know more about any of these books, I have linked their Goodreads pages!

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

We all knew this was going to make this list, right?! I’ve gushed about Simon to the point that you are probably tired of hearing about it! It’s one of my all time favorite books. It’s funny, intense and hopeful! I also highly recommend the movie Love, Simon! It is one of the best adaptations I have ever seen!

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos. Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn…

This book was a total surprise for me. I got it in an Owlcrate box last year and I hadn’t really heard anything about it before then. I decided just to pick it up one day and I am so glad that I did. I absolutely loved it! If you are looking for a book that is full of danger, demons, action and adventure…then you NEED to give this a try!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

For real though, if you don’t read any of the other books on this list…PLEASE read this one! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I adore this book. It is action packed and will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Sabaa Tahir’s writing, characters and world is stunning beyond belief! I’m actually planning to reread this very soon and I cannot wait!

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

This Savage Song is dark, creepy and so unique! From the very beginning to the very end I was invested in the story. Schwab’s way of writing will make you completely lose track of time. You will be SO into the story that you blink and you have been reading for three hours. It’s amazing. I fell head over heels in love with the characters. August is precious and Kate is a baddass. This would be a perfect read for the upcoming fall season!

What are some of your favrotie books with red on the cover? Have you read any of the books I mentioned?

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