May 29, 2024

Let's Discuss: Similar Covers

 

So I was reading another post that talked about similar covers and it got me thinking about a few covers I could recall being very similar! I know that sometimes it's due to cover stock images getting pulled by different publishers and maybe doing some tweaking here and there. Not entirely sure how it all works and what not but feel like that could be part of the answer! 


Similar Covers


On the left we have Alyssa Rose Ivy's First that was a novella she wrote (2014) from her hero, Levi's point of view when her novel Flight was from the heroine's point of view. Then at book 3 in Jennifer L. Armentrout's Origin series they decided to change the gorgeous covers they had to ones with people...go figure as to why. I loved those OGs! But behold! In 2018, The Darkest Star was reprinted with this image to represent Luc. Ironically, both guys had an "L" name. 



Then ironically, the next set that I remembered also involved another JLA title! Abbi Glines' Existence not released in 2004 and I can't remember when I read it. Probably a good time later when my blog was up and running! Then while not the same cover and the first edition was even different from this one too, Obsidian clearly came from the same photo shoot here! I feel like all of us bloggers who were reading the Lux books at the time quickly became familiar with Pepe! Lol. I just remember thinking it was cool to have these two books and the majority of the Lux books looking like they came from the same photo shoot!



The next one I found were these two covers Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach and Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale by Christine Warren. These you have to look closely on. They aren't 100% the same, but I feel like they could be the same photo shoot. As the left cover the guy's arms are more down and on the right they are up. Plus we're dealing with half their faces on the right and he's ghostly on the left. But when I did a closeup look when I had them both in my hand awhile ago...before they went into storage, I was convinced they were the same couple! What's funny is the left is YA and the right is adult, but they seem to pull it off for both age ranges.



So my next problem was as I scrolled through my Goodreads list as again, my books are all in storage so posts like these are hard. They are based on my spotty memory or my Goodreads usage, is that when I pulled up one cover, I was convinced I saw one cover on another book but I only own one of the books. The "other" book is likely one from my spotty memory in the blogging days where I saw someone with said book and I was like OH! THAT LOOKS LIKE THE COVER FOR X TITLE! Problem is that other book was likely one not in my genre or scope of reading, so I cannot remember what it is! Lol. But I figure 3 is good enough! Lol!

Have you ever came across the same cover--or what looks like the same cover but could be from the same photo shoot or the same picture with a little skillful editing--on two different books? Which book did you see first and how long was it when you saw the second book? Looking at these examples, it really wasn't all that long for me! Lol.








Can't Wait Wednesday

 

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

 

From the author of The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy comes a heartwarming fantasy with a best friends-to-lovers rom com twist--When Harry Met Sally, but with dragons!—set in the delightful demigod and donut-filled world of Tanria.

The entire town of Eternity was shocked when widowed, middle-aged Twyla Banneker partnered up with her neighbor and best friend, Frank Ellis, to join the Tanrian Marshals. Eight years later, Twyla and Frank are still patrolling the dangerous land of Tanria, the former prison of the Old Gods.

Twyla might look like a small town mom who brings cheesy potatoes to funerals and whips up a batch of cookies for the school bake sale, but her rewarding career in law enforcement has been a welcome change from the domestic grind of mom life, despite the misgivings of her grown children.

Fortunately (or unfortunately) a recent decrease in on-the-job peril has made Twyla and Frank's job a lot safer ... and a lot less exciting. So when they discover the body of one of their fellow marshals covered in liquid glitter--and Frank finds himself the inadvertent foster dad to a baby dragon--they are more than happy to be back on the beat.

Soon, the friends wind up ensnared in a nefarious plot that goes far deeper than any lucrative Tanrian mineshaft. But as the danger closes in and Twyla and Frank's investigation becomes more complicated, so does their easy friendship. And Twyla starts to realize that her true soul mate might just be the person who has lived next door all along...

 

I did not expect to love The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy as much as I did two years ago, but omg, it was so cute! I am just loving these sort of cozy paranormal reads! It's a nice break from some of my other paranormal reads that can get a little intense! But don't get me wrong, I love those too! It's just a nice change of pace without having to leave the genre!

 

TITLE: The Undermining of Twyla and Frank
AUTHOR: Megan Bannen

PUBLISHER: Orbit
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
RELEASE DATE: July 2, 2024

 

 

Nothing sucks more than fake dating a vampire in this paranormal romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of My Roommate Is a Vampire.

Amelia Collins is by definition successful. She would even go so far as to say successfully single. But not according to her family, and she’s tired of the constant questions about her nonexistent dating life. When an invitation to yet another family wedding arrives, she decides to get everyone off her back once and for all by finding someone–anyone–to pose as her date.

After a chance encounter with Reginald Cleaves, Amelia decides he’s perfect for her purposes. He’s a bit strange, but that’s fine; it’ll discourage tough questions from her family. (And it certainly doesn’t hurt that he’s very handsome.) For centuries-old vampire Reggie, posing as her plus-one sounds like the ultimate fun. And if it helps his ruse of pretending to be human, so much the better.

As Amelia and Reggie practice their fauxmance, it becomes clear that Reggie is as loyal to her as the day is long, and that Amelia’s first impressions could not have been more wrong. Suddenly, being in a real relationship with Reggie sounds pretty fang-tastic.

 

Okay, I still need to read My Roommate is a Vampire, but it sounds so darn cute and paranormally that I feel like it's one I will enjoy. So I am tentatively putting this one on my list too! Though I am definitely going to read MRIAV first before buying this one just to be safe since it is that extra fuzzy kind of paranormal romance! But yeah, I will most likely be adding it to my TBR! Lol.

 

TITLE: My Vampire Plus-One
AUTHOR: Jenna Levine

PUBLISHER: Berkley
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
RELEASE DATE: September 17, 2024

 

 

 

 


 
 


May 28, 2024

Review--Revelations by Bella Higgin

 

Truth comes at a cost.

Ever since Renie Mayfield survived the merciless attack on Belle Morte that killed donors and vampires alike, she is forever changed. Now a vampire, the agonizing transformation of her body and mind is rivaled only by uncovering the horrific truth about her sister, June, who has escaped the mansion in her rabid form, adding even more chaos to Renie’s reality.

As the vampire responsible for Renie’s change, and now her distress, Edmond Dantes remains in his own desperate place. He’s confined in the secret cells of Belle Morte, awaiting the arrival of the council and the subsequent punishment for his actions. Edmond questions if what he did was right and deeply regrets what has become of his home.

Desperate to free Edmond, find June, and bring justice to whoever is behind the recent violence, Renie is out for blood in more ways than one. The smell of corruption is embedded in the walls of Belle Morte, but behind the walls are even more secrets that may lead to the truth and to justice.

 

 

Bella Higgin's Revelations was an exciting and thrilling installment in the Belle Morte series and picks up right where we left off in Belle Morte! It's always interesting to see when a series continues if they'll pickup right where you left off or have some time roll by and I have to say I much prefer the former as it makes you feel like you haven't missed out on anything.

Picking up where we left off, Renie is a newly turned vampire and after a harrowing few days of transitioning, she has made it through the worst of it. Only to wake up and learn that Edmond has been imprisoned for turning her, as it's consider a crime in the vampire world to do so without getting permission first. Ysanne had given Edmond the okay to help Renie through the first few days but now must follow the rules she had helped established.

Meanwhile, Etienne and her rabid sister, June are MIA. No one knows where they have went and that will be another issue to be addressed by the Council. When the council arrives to discuss what had happened when June attacked the house and what led to Renie's change, things take a drastic turn. In that, Etienne makes an appearance with a very different story to tell, one that the Council members believed as the truth. Naturally, Renie is outraged! As I was I! Nothing makes me madder when people believe the liar and their lies and take it as truth! So I was raging right alongside Renie but Etienne masterful wove his lies into a believable truth, one that painted Ysanne as the villain.

It's not long before chaos ensues, one that makes Renie, Edmond, Ysanne, Ludovic, and Renie's friends Roux and Jason run for their lives. There are traitors among Ysanne's vampires and they are set to believe in Etienne's lies and turn everyone against the motley crew and paint Ysanne as the ultimate villain. Naturally, the group of vampires and human feeders will have to work together and come up with a way to get Ysanne her House back and expose the truth so that the world at large knows what really happened.

This was definitely an entertaining read for sure! Although, I was fully enraged when everyone just seemed to believe Etienne's lies. Nothing makes me madder when everyone willing believes a liar and won't listen to any other side of the story. I can't explain it, but I feel full on Hulk anger! Lol.

I also enjoyed watching Renie adjust to her new life as a vampire. It's always interesting to see how authors write their vampires as they are all different. Renie has a tough road ahead of her, but adapts fairly well to her new circumstances. The pacing was done very well too as we move seamlessly from one problem to another and all the continuing conflicts that roll along with it.

Renie and Edmond's romance continues to develop. I guess the problem with binge reading is that things seem to move along at a rapid pace relationship wise. While it took a little time to develop in the first book, the attraction was running rampant between them. Now the fire's even hotter and since Renie is running at vampire stamina, well you can imagine hot and heavy things get between them!

I was also really surprised by how this one ended! Things seem like they are at a nice pause and I really ought to not read onto the next book and have to wait another year for the conclusion, but who am I kidding? I'm going to pick it up to discover what the next conflict is and end with a killer cliffhanger! I can feel it! Lol. Things are relatively resolved for now, the main conflicts at least. There are lingering results that will need to be addressed and life as Renie knew it even after becoming a vampire have been irrevocably changed. So yeah, I am definitely looking forward to seeing where things will go from here!

If you're looking for a classic YA Vampire love story rife with action and mystery then I would strongly recommend picking up the Belle Morte series! It's been a delight so far and has such a great vampire storyline going on that I can't help but breeze through the pages.



Overall Rating 4/5 stars






Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays

 

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker



Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc.

 

"Ysanne's eyes burned fiery red and her fangs were fully extended. She stalked across the floor and kicked ipen the doors with a stilettoed foot." p 117



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITLE: Revelations
AUTHOR: Bella Higgin

PUBLISHER: Wattpad Books
GENRE: YA Paranormal
RELEASE DATE: May 9, 2023



Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and The Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. 


This week's topic is: Top Ten Books I was Super Excited to Get My Hands On, but Still Haven't Read



*in no particular order
**pleases don't ask why I have yet to pick any of these up! I honestly do not know!


10. CRUEL ILLUSIONS by Margie Fuston--it pretty much had me at Caraval meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer!
9. THE MASKED TRUTH by Kelley Armstrong--
I used to always be caught up on Kelley's books then something happened and I am now forever behind!
8. CURSED CRUISE by Victoria Fulton & Faith McClaren--
was SUPER excited for this one then my copy was lost and then I had to wait again for the replacement and then I had moved onto other books.



7. FOXGLOVE by Adalyn Grace--was so ready for this book at one point but then obviously something happened and it kept getting pushed further down the queue!
6. THRONE OF THE FALLEN by Kerri Maniscalco--
was super excited for this one but then when I saw its sheer size I knew I didn't have time for it once I got it as I am super slow reader! Hopefully I can squeeze in sometime this year!
5. SORCERY OF THORNS by Margaret Rogerson--
really need to read this one asap! Hopefully can make it my next next read since the series I thought I was binging isn't actually over yet! Oops!



4. TRULY DEVIOUS by Maureen Johnson--how have I not started this series yet?!
3. THE LIBRARY OF SHADOWS by Rachel Moore--
any book with a ghost as an actual character vs nemesis to be defeated grabs my attention!
2. THE FOREST GRIMM by Kathryn Purdie--
the cover...and the title say it all! Why haven't I read it yet?!



1. THE RETURN by Jennifer L. Armentrout--every year I say I'll read this but every year I somehow fail to do so! That I haven't read it sickens me to my core! I need to fix that!








May 27, 2024

Let's Discuss: Mid-Binge Reading

Have you ever set out to binge read a series you thought was completed, but then midway through, find out you were wrong about the book count? That's the situation I found myself in this week and I was distraught!


 

Mid-Binge Reading

 

I wasn't even sure what I should title this one, but figure this is close enough! For some reason, I was nearly positive that the Belle Morte series I was picking up was a trilogy! Don't ask me why or how, I just thought it was a trilogy as I thought I may have even heard that for weird reasons the latest book of the series...what I thought was the finale...was going to be published in paperback instead of hardcover. So no matchy sets which also saddens me but what can you do! This is something I know there's no control over so I can't be too upset. What's done is done. Now when it comes to cover art changes, that is something I do get upset over because that was done deliberately! Lol.

But anyway, it was as I was reading the second book of the series I saw that there was a fourth title listed in the front and I was like...that's odd. Didn't the author say the "last" book was being printed in paperback because apparently B&N is limiting their hardcover count on the shelves? 

So after a while I hopped back onto her Instagram account and started sifting through her older posts looking for information. Apparently, I was "remembering" things wrong as she never said "last" book. I think she just said "this" book. Then I think I saw her posts about Bookish Signs and More's stained edges editions and saw the "the rest can be sprayed either way" sort of post when it came to this third book. So that to me was reading as 2 more books as well.

Then here I was starting book 2 in what I thought was a trilogy and learning that there's actually 2 more books to go! I was like ohhhh noooooo! I thought I was happily binging a series and now I learned it's not done and I am already knee deep into it! The first book had a cliffhanger and I'm like I can't stop, thank goodness I've the rest to read and then as I opened book 2 I saw the list of 4 titles and was like...what?!

So now I find myself in a dilemma. Do I go ahead and read book 3 and then subject myself to a long wait for the fourth book? Or do I stop here after the second book and then binge the rest? But then I remind myself, I didn't take my detailed notes for "ongoing" series as I started this second book as I thought I was in binge mode, so I almost have to read the third book! Needless to say I feel like I am in a tailspin as this did not go at all as I planned! I am still thrilled to hear that there's one book to come, but omg, I wish I somehow grasped that earlier! Lol.

Have you ever found yourself in this kind of predicament? Did you ever plan to binge read a series back to back, only to find out the series isn't complete yet and you likely have another year until it is? What did you do? Did you continue on with what you had or did you put a hard stop to it all? Like I said, the first book had some cliffhangers and I was like I CANNOT STOP! Then diving into the second book I realized my mistake after 200 pages or so, so a lot has happened and I only wrote vague reminders for review purposes, not at all for remembering purposes in a year or so! 

I feel like I am at the point where I ought to just read all three books but I know come book 4 that I will be sorely forgetting info since I did just binge so much! This is what happens when don't double check before starting what you thought was a recently completed series! Have you ever been in this kind of pickle? What did you do?







Memorial Day

 








It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It's a fun meme where we gather to share what we've read last week and our reading plans for this week.

 

 

Last Week I Read:

Belle Morte by Bella Higgin (4 stars)

 

 

Currently Reading:

Revelations by Bella Higgin



What I Plan to Read Next:

Hunted by Bella Higgin



Other Posts of Interest:

My Name in Books
Teaser & Top Ten Tuesdays
Can't Wait Wednesday
Books from the Backlog #84
Book Blogger Hop #307
Stacking the Shelves