The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I was really excited to read this, and I even pre-ordered it…and then it sat on my shelf like oh so many books do! I finally picked it up and read it, and I’m glad I did. I appreciated reading about Snow and how he became the monster he was in the first three books. I actually really enjoyed his story…for 2/3 of the book. I lost a lot of interest in the final 1/3, and I know it was necessary, but I think it could have been significantly shorter.

The first two sections of the book focus on how Snow ends up being a mentor of someone in the games, and how they become attached to each other. I really became invested in that entire storyline. However, the final section of the story follows Snow in the aftermath of the Games, and it just dragged for me. I wasn’t really interested, and it took forever to get through it.

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Cover Love

My Challenge

I was challenged by a fellow #bookstagrammer on Instagram to post 7 book covers in 7 days with no explanation. While I am, of course, doing it, I don’t get to talk about the books. SO…I’m blogging about them instead!

Day 1: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I do still need to write a review of this book, but I AM notorious for buying/borrowing books based on the cover and title alone. So, that is absolutely what happened with this book. I was very concerned that I was going to be up all night afraid of the dark, but it turns out that’s not quite what this book was.

Day 2: The Art of the Kiss by Holly Schindler

This book is a pretty recent read for me…like a week ago. And it is one that I still think about, which is pretty awesome. AND I actually ended up buying a camera to take pictures with instead of my phone and I’m convinced it was this book that did it to me. However, for the cover, I just love the black and white and the couple’s faces. It makes this cover so interesting.

Day 3: Everybody’s Somebody by Beryl Kingston

This is another pretty recent read for me and it is also another one I grabbed based off the cover. I find this one so interesting because there is a second cover floating around out there, and I do not care for it. I would not have picked up the book if I had seen the other cover. The one above with the airplane flying overhead is the digital version. I received this as an ARC through NetGalley, so I was shown the digital version.

The cover below is the paperback/hardback version. I just feel like the two covers are for completely different books! It is just amazing what goes into the cover choice for books, and to find these, really intrigues me. They seem to be calling to two very different readers.

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Day 4: Jane by April Lindner

Again, a book where the cover intrigued me, however, I did read the back of this one. It’s a Jane Eyre re-write, so I had to read it. I really enjoyed the book and I will get a review up about it soon. BUT, the cover. The smokey-fog seems so aluring, and her hair is a bit wind-swept, it’s just so entrancing. And I love the huge JANE in pink. It just jumps off the cover.

Day 5: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Alright, alright, I did NOT buy this one for the cover. But, it is an awesome cover. I think it is just perfect for the series (The Hunger Games for those that haven’t read this) and it’s my favorite from the three books…side note, who’s excited about the prequel???

Day 6: The Child of Auschwitz by Lily Graham

This book does not publish until November, 2019, so this is another NetGalley find. The coloring of the sky with the bird, it just made me think this book would have some hope and redemption in it….I’ll let you know if it does soon. I will be reviewing in the coming days!

Day 7: Imaginary Morah by Tony Esposito

We just received this book by the very generous author Tony Esposito, who agreed to send this to me to read to my daughter and review. What initially caught my eye was the upside down girl with the crazy pink hair! I can’t wait to find out all about her!

That’s a Wrap

So, I would love to hear from you what your favorite covers are! They give a book some personality and I think they are fun to look at and discuss, so let me know!