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Cover Lover: The Golem and the Jinni

Welcome to Cover Lover, where I share my favourite covers! Hannah  of Once Upon a Time is the inventor of this particular “meme”, so head over there to see the covers she’s already shared.

My current read is The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker. I wish I was reading a real copy of it instead of the e-book – the cover is just beautiful!

At first I wondered, what on earth does the Arc de Triomph in Paris have to do with a story that alternates between New York and the Syrian desert? It took me a long while (and a wikipedia search) to realise that the arch in the image is actually the Washington Arch, in New York City! Obviously I need to brush up on my NYC geography (or take a holiday).

Both the US and UK (paperback?) covers are beautiful, wouldn’t you agree? I wonder why they’ve ended up with different title spellings.

The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker
US Hardback
The Golem and the Jinni UK
UK – tbr in August 2013

Title: The Golem and the Jinni (Goodreads)
Author: Helene Wecker (website)

Series: Stand alone
Genre: Historical/paranormal/mythology
Published: HarperCollins, April 23, 2013

Goodreads Blurb for The Golem and the Jinni (abridged):

An immigrant tale that combines elements of Jewish and Arab folk mythology, Helene Wecker’s dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who arrive separately in New York in 1899.

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master-the husband who commissioned her-dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free-an unbreakable band of iron around his wrist binds him to the physical world.

Marvelous and compulsively readable, The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.

Cover Lover: Terra

Welcome to Cover Lover, where I share my favourite covers! Hannah  of Once Upon a Time is the inventor of this particular “meme”, so head over there to see the covers she’s already shared.

My to-read pile just grows and grows – I can’t help it. Even though I have a load of books on my bookshelf unread, I continue to covet new ones. Someone send help!

This book is one that recently made its way into my to-read shelf on goodreads – purely because the cover attracted me! I’m not sure if it’s the colours or the way the white burst makes the title stand out so boldly, but I’d be picking it up if I saw it on a shelf.

 

Terra, Gretchen Powell

Title: Terra (Goodreads)
Author: Gretchen Powell (website)

Series: Terrestrials #1
Genre: YA post-apocalyptic sci-fi
Published: Hopewell Media, December 2012

Goodreads Blurb for Terra: In the distant wake of a plague that has decimated the Earth’s population, humanity is split in two: The rich and powerful live in skycities that float overhead, while those who remain on the ground have gathered in settlements strewn across a dying planet. Eighteen-year-old Terra Rhodon is a terrestrial–a denizen of the barren groundworld–who makes her living as a scav. Long abandoned by her father, her caregivers gone, Terra supports herself and her younger brother, Mica, by scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit.

One day, while on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genesis X-16. When the value of her discovery is revealed, Terra’s world is turned upside down. Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer. Her search for the truth leads her to Adam–a beguiling skydweller unlike any she has ever met. But Adam has secrets and a quest of his own, and with him by her side, the world Terra thought she knew begins to unravel. Soon her discoveries unearth a terrifying conspiracy that has the potential to shatter everything–a revelation that will test the bonds of loyalty, family, and love.

Cover Lover: Ship of Destiny

Welcome to Cover Lover, where I share my favourite covers! Hannah  of Once Upon a Time is the inventor of this particular “meme”, so head over there to see the covers she’s already shared.

Robin Hobb has been one of my favourite authors for a long time now – pretty much from when I discovered the fantasy shelves in my high school library (wow, that’s a long time ago now). I bought these Liveship trilogy as each was released, and I remember this final volume making me cry, even though it’s probably a good ten years since I read it. Must be time to put them on the re-read pile!

This beautiful cover caught my eye this afternoon as I was reorganising my shelves a little. Sea serpents, dragons and liveships, oh my!

Ship of Destiny

 

Title: Ship of Destiny (Goodreads)
Author: Robin Hobb (website)

Series: The Liveship Traders #3 of 3, Realms of the Elderlings #6 of 6
Genre: High Fantasy
Published: Voyager, 2001 (first published 2000)

Goodreads Blurb for Ship of Destiny:

Robin Hobb concludes her nautical fantasy epic with Ship of Destiny, set in the world of her Farseer series. It lives up to its predecessors, Ship of Magic and Mad Ship in every way: the characters continue to develop, the plot moves swiftly, and the setting is vividly realized.

Again, three generations of Vestrit women are at the heart of the story. Ronica, the matriarch, stands alone against accusations that her family is responsible for the chaos that has overtaken Bingtown. She fights to uncover treachery and maintain the Trader’s Council. Her daughter, Althea, sails on the disturbed liveship Paragon, hunting for Vivacia, the Vestrit’s liveship, now the flagship of a pirate fleet under Kennit, who is both ruthless and compassionate. Her granddaughter, Malta, has disappeared following an earthquake in the ancient treasure city by the Rain Wild River. Her fiancé, Reyn, and her brother, Selden, are trapped while seeking her. They are rescued by the dragon Tintaglia, whom they helped liberate. Reyn asks Tintaglia’s aid in finding Malta, but Tintaglia has her own urgent mission to accomplish, one which will change everything.

 

Cover Lover: Bitter Greens

Welcome to Cover Lover, where I share my favourite covers! Hannah  of Once Upon a Time is the inventor of this particular “meme”, so head over there to see the covers she’s already shared.

I read and reviewed Bitter Greens just a few days ago, but I’ve just seen the cover for the upcoming UK release. Even though the Aussie cover is beautiful, the UK cover is really stunning!

You can read my review for Bitter Greens here!

Bitter Greens
Vintage Australia
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Allison & Busby (UK)

Title: Bitter Greens

Author: Kate Forsyth

Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Fantasy/historical romantic fairy tale
Published: Vintage Australia, March 2012, tbp Allison & Busby in the UK, 25 February 2013.

Goodreads Blurb for Bitter Greens:

Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from court by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. She is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of Bitter Greens …

After Margherita’s father steals a handful of greens—parsley, wintercress and rapunzel—from the walled garden of the courtesan, Selena Leonelli, they give up their daughter to save him from having both hands cut off.

Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1513 and still inspiring him at the time of his death, sixty-one years later. Called La Strega Bella, Selena is at the centre of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition.

Locked away in a tower, growing to womanhood, Margherita sings in the hope someone will hear her. One day, a young man does…

Three women, three lives, three stories, braided together to create a compelling story of desire, obsession, black magic, and the redemptive power of love.

 

Cover Lover: Black Swan Rising

Welcome to Cover Lover, where I share my favourite covers! Hannah  of Once Upon a Time is the inventor of this particular “meme”, so head over there to see the covers she’s already shared.

I was given access to read and review Black Swan Rising on Netgalley recently, but it wasn’t until I looked into it a bit further for this post that I realised it was actually originally published in 2011 – the upcoming release in May 2013 will be a paperback re-release with the new cover. But all the three books in this series have gorgeous covers, old and new!

 

The Bantam (Random House) covers

Black Swan Rising The Watch Tower

The Tor covers

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Title: Black Swan Rising, The Watchtower and The Shape Stealer
Author: Lee Carroll

Series: Black Swan Rising
Published: Tor and Bantam Dell (Random House), 2010, 2011 and to be released March 2013 respectively.

Goodreads Blurb for Black Swan Rising:

When New York City jewellery designer Garet James stumbles into a strange antiques shop in her neighborhood, her life is about to be turned upside down. John Dee, the enigmatic shopkeeper, commissions her to open a vintage silver box for a generous sum of money. Oddly, the symbol of a swan on the box exactly matches the ring given to her by her deceased mother. Garet can’t believe her luck and this eerie coincidence until she opens the box and otherworldly things start happening. . . .

That evening, the precious silver box is stolen. When Garet begins to investigate, she learns that she has been pulled into a prophecy that is hundreds of years old, and opening the box has unleashed an evil force onto the streets of Manhattan and the world at large. Gradually, Garet pieces together her true identity—one that her deceased mother desperately tried to protect her from. Generations of women in Garet’s family, including her beloved mother, suffered and died at the hands of this prevailing evil. Does Garet possess the power to reclaim the box and defeat this devastating force?

 

My thoughts:

I think I like the original Tor covers better. There just seems to be so many girls in pretty dresses on covers these days. I think it’s actually the font of the titles that draws me to the Tor covers.

Which set do you like better?

Cover Lover: The Raksura

Welcome to Cover Lover, where I share my favourite covers! Hannah  of Once Upon a Time is the inventor of this particular “meme”, so head over there to see the covers she’s already shared.

For my first Cover Lover of 2013, I had to feature the Raksura series by Martha Wells. I recently reviewed the first in the series, The Cloud Roads, and just picked up the second from the library – The Serpent Sea. I had to stop and admire this gorgeous cover for a while before I went to borrow it!

The Serpent Sea

The Cloud Roads The Siren Depths

Title: The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea and The Siren Depths
Author: Martha Wells

Series: Books of The Raksura
Published: Night Shade Books 2011, January 2012 and December 2012.

Read my review of The Cloud Roads here!

Goodreads Blurb for The Cloud Roads:

Moon has spent his life hiding what he is — a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success.

Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself… someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community.

What this stranger doesn’t tell Moon is that his presence will tip the balance of power… that his extraordinary lineage is crucial to the colony’s survival, and that his people face extinction at the hands of the dreaded Fell! Now Moon must overcome a lifetime of conditioning in order to save and himself and his newfound kin.

 

My thoughts:

The Raksura are shifters with a humanoid “groundling” form and a winged Raksura form. There are plenty of descriptions of the Raksura form in The Cloud Roads but these covers really bring these creatures to life. The world they live in is also glimpsed in the background of the images – and it draws me in and makes me want to pick up the book and start reading right away!

What do you think?

Cover Lover: Through the Ever Night

Welcome to Cover Lover, where I share my favourite covers! Hannah  of Once Upon a Time is the inventor of this particular “meme”, so head over there to see the covers she’s already shared. This week, I’m featuring a couple of books, the covers of which I’ve been admiring for a while now. The first in the series, Under the Never Sky, came out a while ago, but Through the Ever Night is due for release in early January, 2013.

Under the Never Sky throughevernight

Title: Under the Never Sky and Through the Ever Night
Author: Veronica Rossi

Series: Under the Never Sky
Published: First published Harper Collins January 2012 and the second in Jan 2013.

Goodreads Blurb for Under the Never Sky:

Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction.

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions.

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers abarbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love – one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY.

 

My thoughts:

I don’t usually like the look of covers with “hot” guys on them, but this one really catches my eye whenever I see it. I think it’s the colours, the swirly designs. I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of this second book in the series from Edelweiss this week, so I need to get my hands on a copy of Under the Never Sky first!

What do you think?

Cover Lover: Shatter Me

Welcome to Cover Lover, where I share my favourite covers! Hannah  of Once Upon a Time is the inventor of this particular “meme”, so head over there to see the covers she’s already shared.

This week’s cover is actually more than one – the newer covers for the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi.

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Title: Shatter Me (Goodreads)
Author: Tahereh Mafi

Series: Shatter Me (3 books and 1 novella)
Published: First published Harper Collins November 2011

Goodreads Blurb:

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war– and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Destroy Me Unravel Me

My thoughts:

When I first saw these striking covers I thought they were so eye-catching and beautiful. There have been mixed reviews of the actual story though – a lot of people say this is an amazing and exciting dystopia with a lovely romance, while others didn’t enjoy it as much. Judging by other YA romances I’ve read recently I may well be in the dislike camp, but I might be convinced otherwise.. anyone like to talk me into it? 🙂

Cover Lover: The Hobbit

Welcome to Cover Lover, where I share my favourite covers! Hannah  of Once Upon a Time is the inventor of this particular “meme”, so head over there to see the covers she’s already shared.

Firstly, please allow me to apologise for the quietness around here this week – I haven’t had a lot of time for reading or writing but hopefully things will ramp up again around here soon. Thanks for sticking around!

This week’s cover lover: One of my all-time favourites and recently reviewed: The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien.

 

Title: The Hobbit (or, There and Back Again) (Goodreads)
Author:  J.R.R. Tolkien

Series: Stand alone
Published: First published by Allen & Unwin, 1937. My edition by Unwin paperbacks, 1981.

Goodreads Blurb:

Bilbo Baggins is a reasonably typical hobbit: fond of sleeping, eating, drinking, parties and presents. However, it is his destiny to travel to the dwarflands in the east, to help slay the dragon Smaug.

His quest takes him through enchanted forests, spiders’ lairs, and under the Misty Mountains, where he comes across the vile Gollum, and tricks him out of his ‘Precious’ – a ring that makes its bearer invisible, and wields a terrible power of its own.

 

My thoughts:

I realise that I just re-read and reviewed The Hobbit last week, but I had to gush over this cover. Our paperback copy is actually one that Mr Ang has had for many many years, and I just love the beautiful artwork! Rather than the usual Hobbiton or dragon-related scenes on a lot of Hobbit books and merchandise, this cover gives more of a feeling of the first part of the journey through wild woodlands between Hobbiton and Rivendell, before the party even crosses under the Misty Mountains.

There have been some amazing artworks featured on The Hobbit covers over the years. Here’s a selection (there’s a lot more, if you can believe it). Which is your favourite?

NB: All cover images are from Goodreads.

c1960

Common present cover

1981 paperback

1997 paperback

De Hobbit (Dutch)

Der Kleine Hobbit (German)

El Hobbit (Spanish)

Hobbiten (Norwegian)

Hobbitul (Romanian)

Hobit (Slovak)

The BBC Radio Play Version

2012 Film Tie-in

Cover Lover: The Red Queen

Welcome to Cover Lover, where I share my favourite covers! Hannah  of Once Upon a Time is the inventor of this particular “meme”, so head over there to see the covers she’s already shared.

This week: A book that has been sooo long in coming – The Red Queen, Isobelle Carmody – the seventh and final book in the Obernewtyn Chronicles.

 

Title: The Red Queen (Goodreads)
Author:  Isobelle Carmody

Series: The Obernewtyn Chronicles #7 (#8 in the US)
Published: Viking Australia, September 2013 in Australia. Random House, November 2013 elsewhere.

Goodreads Blurb:

After years spent struggling to balance her desires with her responsibilities, Elspeth Gordie has fully embraced her role as the Seeker. Battle-scarred and lovelorn, haunted by memories of her beloved Rushton, Elspeth is not prepared for what she finds at the end of the black road she travels: the Compound, a lost community with a startling secret.

As Elspeth strives against her captors, she learns that Rushton and her friends have fallen into the hands of the deadly slavemasters that rule the Red Land. And worst of all, as Elspeth stumbles, the Destroyer creeps ever closer to his goal: awakening the cataclysmically destructive weaponmachines that Elspeth has been charged with stopping.

Has all her sacrifice been in vain?

 

My thoughts:

This cover isn’t the most beautiful, perhaps, but it represents the ending of a series that I have loved since its early days in the early 1990s. Since I was lucky enough to meet Isobelle earlier this year and listen to her speak, I’ve tried to give up being impatient for this book and know that it will be awesome when it’s ready. But if there’s one book that I want to beg the lovely Penguin Viking people for an early copy, it’s this one!

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