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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Top 10 Favorite Book Covers of 2012 (so far)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the ladies at The Broke and the Bookish

This week's Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Top Ten Book Covers. I love highlighting new covers, so I'm going to focus on book covers for 2012 releases. 
1. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Released January 2, 2012
 Reason: The couple on the cover fit the descriptions of Hadley and Oliver quite perfectly, and I LOVE the color palette and font that they used. I'm listening to this one on audio right now. So cute!

2. Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
Released January 3, 2012
Reason: The cover is so pretty and sparkly in person, although I don't understand why they put a cookie on the cover instead of a cupcake. Is it just meant to be dough? Curious.

3. Fever by Lauren Destefano
Released February 22, 2012
Reason: The cover of Fever received some harsh criticism when it was revealed, but it completely matches the plot of the book. There is a reason that Rhine looks so drugged out, guys! A+ for matching the design to the actual story

4. Starters by Lissa Price
Will be released on March 13, 2012
Reason: This cover is just so unique and creepy. I must find out what's going on inside. I wonder if there's a reason they made the girl's eyes stand out? Hm.

5. The Selection by Kiera Cass
Will be released on April 24, 2012
Reason: I love the color of the dresses, and the typography matches the royal setting

6. Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Will be released on April 24, 2012
Reason: I'm reading Unraveling right now, and I can't wait to find out why there are multiple copies of the couple on the cover!

7. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Will be released on May 8, 2012
Reason: I love the color palette, font, and the way the lake is reflected in the background. As a fan of Morgan Matson, I am ridiculously excited for this book to come out!

8. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Will be released on June 12, 2012
Reason: This cover is just gorgeous, and I love the night sky in the background

9. The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long
Will be released on August 16, 2012
 Reason: I love the girl's dress and am curious to see how much of an impact the forest in the background has on the story.
10. The Diviners by Libba Bray
Will be released on September 18, 2012
 Reason: Umm, it's Libba Bray!!! I can't wait to find out more about the meaning behind this cover.

So, those are my favorite covers of 2012 so far. What are yours? Please share!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

by Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date:January 31, 2012
Source: Received from publisher in exchange for honest review
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge

New soul
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.
No soul
Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies--human and creature alike--let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all? 

- Goodreads 

My Thoughts

I've been fascinated by the concept of reincarnation since I was young, so I flipped when I first heard about Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. This debut novel did not disappoint.

Ana, our main character - My heart ached for Ana throughout most of the story. She was raised by an abusive, unloving mother, and as a result of that she possesses very little self worth at the beginning of the novel. The poor girl literally believes that her existence is a gigantic mistake. Luckily, Ana comes into her own as the story goes on. I loved seeing her turn into a strong young woman.

Sam - Sam was very sweet and obviously cared about Ana, but I didn't connect with him as a character. I still didn't feel like I knew him very well by the end of the book. Hopefully we'll find out more about Sam in the sequel

Romance - I seem to be one of the few, but the relationship between Ana and Sam didn't feel realistic to me. I didn't understand what connected them to each other so quickly. I know this book is considered a YA romance, but that aspect was my least favorite of the book.

Plot - The plot revolved around Ana discovering who she is and why she was incarnated. That is such a relatable concept. I think we have all sat down at one point and thought "hm, why was I really put on this world? What should I be doing with this?". The plot moved quickly and many adventures were had. Villains and mystical creatures popped out left and right. I loved it.

World Building - I felt that the ins and outs of reincarnation were covered quite well. I don't want to go into this on detail, because I feel that readers should discover the world bit by bit throughout the book.

Mystical Creatures - There were DRAGONS guys, DRAGONS! They were amazing. That is all.

While some aspects of Incarnate fell flat for me, I greatly enjoyed the novel as a whole. I can't wait to read the follow up next year!

I'd recommend Incarnate to fans of:

- Romance with NO love triangle
- utopian societies (different from dystopian)
- fantastic world building
- complex characters

I enjoyed the book and may read it again.
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