Discussion Challenge: Ch-Ch-Changes!

So this topic obviously is about:

Cover Changes

It's something we all fear. Maybe we appreciate is sometimes, but let's face it, we fear them! Myself in particular is because they are putting an END to a GREAT cover scheme! And yeah, I have OCD when it comes to my books. Ending the look/size/style/EVERYTHING about the books drives me crazy!!

I can't decide if it's worse when they change them at book 1 or book 3 (in a 3 trilogy) we all know the horror that was almost The Winner's Curse trilogy. I mean to change it at the last book, are you insane?! What's worse is when they decide to do this cover change and yet they release the new book 1 in ONLY paperback! I mean come on! If you're subjecting me to a cover change that I can't do anything about, can't you at least offer the new book 1 in paperback AND hardcover? Is that really so much to ask?!

Here are some examples! Look at how many cover changes there were from ARC to hardcover to paperback!! It's ridiculous! Now granted with the Into the Dark trilogy, the change from ARC to hardcover wasn't too bad. I mean, I did think the first book was called Into the Dark, but that's the series name, so yeah, that needed fixing. But then by the paperback's release I was kind of ehh. Rebel of the Sands though had pretty massive changes. I really liked the ARC cover, the hardcover was gorgeous, the new paperback, eh. It's pretty cool. 

The problem though is the series will never ever ever match. Unless I want to wait out all the years until everything is in paperback. I really really just wish that publishers would offer a hardcover with the newly designed (and sometimes disliked) cover design in hardcover. Because seriously! You would think by now publishers would understand how much readers deplore cover changes. Whether you do it at book 2 or book 3, you're pretty much guaranteed to make readers mad. 

Here's another example from one of my most favorite series, the Study trilogy (the first one!) by Maria V. Snyder! It had a great cover concept in the beginning! I loved it! Granted the cover model had to be changed for the second book because I think she stopped modeling. But still, the concept was the same. And then by the third (and at the time, final book)? BAM! Whole new cover concept. Straight up the end. I was kind of upset by this one because I really liked this first look. And it always makes me wonder what that final book would've looked like.

But now that there's another trilogy out the covers were once again redesigned, but the worst part is it doesn't look like the publisher is releasing them in paperbacks! Just ebooks! Bah!

And now one final picture:

I present to you all the original covers of The Mediator series by Jenny Carroll aka Meg Cabot! Ironically, all these mismatching covers don't bother me. Lol! I feel like it just proves how devoted to this series I am! These were all the original formats and cover designs, that I'm aware of. Now granted, the last book is a step into the adult world while the other 6 were YA. So yeah, a different cover/look is kinda warranted to say that Suze is all grown up! Now they did redo the previous five books when the sixth one came out. But I wasn't really wanting matching covers back then because I was devoted to my original ones.

And in a way...I think that's how I still am. I am devoted to the original covers. Whatever way I first buy that book, that's the cover! Now generally it is the first one. So that's not an issue and with adulthood comes credit cards, so yeah, I'll charge it to buy the new one too. Though I am desperately wishing that they would just release the new cover as a hardcover too.

So now that I've written a long rambling post about this. What are your thoughts about cover changes? Where are you on the scale? Don't mind them? Hate them? They are done solely to drive you insane? Were there ones you approved of were you still upset by them? Or did you like them both?

It's Monday! What are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. 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:

 Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor (ARC)--Review to come at a later date

Review That Was Posted:

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (ARC) (3 stars)

Currently Reading:

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

What I Might Start this Week:

Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

Other Posts of Interest:

Stacking the Shelves

This weekly meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Stacking The Shelves is all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week, sharing with you our excitement for our newest titles and maybe have you discover a new book in the process!

I had a pretty good book week! Most of these were keeper copies! 

I bought:

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton--yeah I fell victim to needing the paperback to have a matching copy to the series at large. Just wish it could've been offered in hardcover too!
The Turn by Kim Harrison--so I had planned on going to Kim's signing in Cincinnati when she was on tour but it was literally the same day as Stephanie Garber's signing. So since I've met Kim before I decided to go see a new to me author!
The Operator by Kim Harrison--yeah...I just kind of felt like picking this one up in hardcover too since I was already placing an order! LOL!
Starfall by Melissa Landers--ironically, she was signing at the same bookstore as Kim only a few hours earlier. I got to meet her last year but I fell victim to needing to have a signed copy of Starfall to complete my signed duology set! Yeah...I definitely have a book buying problem!
Then for review I received:   
Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop (Early Copy)--now I just need to read books 3 & 4 and I'll be all set! I am sooo behind in everything these days!!

And then this also came in the mail which was a wonderful surprise:
We Can Be Mended by Veronica Roth--I initially thought this was to be delivered as an ebook so it was a nice surprise seeing it in my mail on Friday!

And that was my haul! What did you all get?



Follow Friday

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read


The Rules:
  • The goal is to increase blog followers, make friends and have something to post.
  • You create your own post using the post prompt.
  • You leave your link and thumbnail in the linky list that links back to your post prompt.
  • Once you have your post up and linked, visit other posts and tell them hi. The point is to FOLLOW them not just comment.
  • If you see a post that just hit it to the moon, or just want to show appreciation to a fellow blogger friend, like their name on the linky list to show some appreciation.
  • The person with the most likes gets chosen as the next Feature (you can be chosen every 90 days unless we are in need of features)
  • It is required that if you participate that you have to follow the FEATURE. It is a big no-no to participate and ignore the feature. They are the special snowflake in this little blizzard.
  • As a participant it is up to your discretion on how you want people to follow. Please post RSS, GFC etc if you have a follow of choice.

Specific RULES:

  • Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
  • Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
  • If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed FOLLOW as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
  • If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers

This week's prompt is: What was the First Book that Moved You? Scared You, Made You Cry, Disturbed Your View of the World?

MY ANSWER: Ooh tough one! Hmm...I can't really remember what the very first one was. But one that had me really dropping the tears was:

Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard

Now generally it takes a death to really make me cry...so I will leave you here with that! Because I can't bring myself to spoil a book even over 2 years later! Lol!

Another one (and this will be somewhat sorta minor-y spoilery) that I remember just needlessly crying over was:

Undead to the World by D D Barant

I can't really remember this series too well. But I sort of remember this final book. If only because I was bawling like a baby. The setup was that the heroine was in an alternate alternate universe (yes the double alternate is necessary) and the dog there died!! Not the real dog but the dog from this particular world! It's twisted I know, but I was seriously crying!! This one is just over 4 years old and it's only a minor detail but yeah...I cried!

Random Thursday

Journeying back to Disney Facts Revealed: Answers to Fans' Curious Questions by Dave Smith we'll learn some shocking new facts regarding all things Disney!

(image borrowed from Disney Wiki)
So kind of twisting this one because it was just asked to the author about his favorite villain. He chose The Horned King from The Black Cauldron since most of the other villains were more humorous like Madam Mim or Cruella...I never did see this one but yeah, dude's creepy!

(image borrowed from Pinterest)
Walt Disney apparently liked using the technique of starting the movie by using a book to open the scene and introduce you to the story! I enjoyed this motif as well! As you can see Snow White was one of them, as well as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Sword in the Stone, Robin Hood, The Jungle Book, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Enchanted!

(image borrowed from Ramblings of a Reel Head)
Snow White like many other stories has no determined time. The original Grimm story was published in 1812, so it "obviously" occurs before then.

(image borrowed from Oh My Disney)
In order to stay somewhat financially afloat in the postwar years in the 1940s Disney kept the company going by producing short cartoons, educational films, "and package features which were shorts and featurettes tied together and released as features, as well as producing merchandise. By the 1950s he had a hit with Cinderella, had started the True-Life Adventures, and was about to embark in the fields of TV and theme parks."
(image borrowed from Fanpop)
Sebastian's full name is "Horatio Felonious Ignacious Crustaceous Sebastian".

(image borrowed from Wikipedia)
Apparently Disney was initially in preliminary discussions regarding turning this story into an animated feature. It never really made it past those discussions though!

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.

A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…

So behind in this series! Like I need to start it! I basically decided at this point I will binge it! So might as well keep waiting until this one comes out! LOL!

TITLE: The Struggle
PUBLISHER: Spencer Hill Press? --previous ones were published by them, currently GR doesn't show a publisher for this one.
GENRE: Paranormal New Adult
RELEASE DATE: March 20, 2017

Five years ago, Abby Booth’s mom, co-host of a ghost hunting reality show, went missing while filming in a ‘haunted’ cave in Arizona.

Since then, Abby’s life has all but fallen to pieces, most notably because of her dad’s deep depression and how they’ve drifted further and further apart.

But now, at seventeen, Abby has decided that things will change. She plans to go to the same cave where her mom and the crew went missing and to find out, once and for all, what happened there.

With the help of the co-host’s son Charlie and two of his friends, Abby sets off on a quest for answers…but what the group ends up finding, what they stumble across in that dark, primordial cave in Arizona, is nothing they could have ever imaged.

Abby was investigating a possible haunting… she never expected that there could be something worse.

This sounds creepy and spooktacular! My kind of read!!!

TITLE: Hellworld
AUTHOR: Tom Leveen
PUBLISHER: Simon Pulse
GENRE: Horror/Thriller YA
RELEASE DATE: March 21, 2017 


Stephanie Garber Signing & Contest!

On Saturday I was most thrilled to make the 4+ hour drive to Naperville to meet Stephanie Garber! Stephanie is already making my favorite authors list after her amazing debut Caraval!

Stephanie was really fun to listen to! I most especially enjoyed listening to her publishing story. It's really making me realize I've got to get back to working on my own book!

Joining her was author Joelle Charbonneau who acted as moderator! It was a fun little event! I hadn't realized how long it'd been since I was last at Andersons! It's got to be close to a year now! The drive is tiresome, but I always enjoy my time there! Especially with a stop to this little ice-cream place that serves raw (safe to eat) cookie dough! You can get it with ice-cream as the extreme cookie dough ice-cream but I opt for a cup of straight up cookie dough! LOL!

Stephanie was just a very fun author to listen to! I sooo excited for the next book of the series which she wasn't able to say much on but she was able to confirm what I suspected, so that was something! LOL!

All in all, a good day! And as you might notice from here, I have an extra (US) SIGNED copy of Caraval that needs a new home!

This contest unfortunately is open to only US addresses...so if you're international and have a US address that you can use and can get your book at another point or whatnot, then you're in!

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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.

Oh am I going to break some rules today! LOL! I started reading this section and I couldn't pick out the best teaser out of it because you really need to know the whole story in order to get the laugh of what I wanted to use! Lol! So here you go:

"Most people claim if they could travel back in time, they'd take out people like Hitler or John Wilkes Booth.

And sure, I'd join those crusades any day. But my personal list for time-travel assassination included, in no particular order:

Hungarian aristocrat Countess Elizabeth Bathory (1560-1614). Obsessed with staying young, this 'first female vampire,' exsanguinated hundreds of peasant girls, then drank and bathed in their blood, all to keep her own skin dewy fresh.

Marie Delphine LaLaurie (1775-1849). Notorious for throwing lavish dinner parties in her French Quarter home, the New Orleans Creole socialite secretly carried out macabre medical experiments on the dozens of helpless slaves chained in her attic.

And finally there was the dude--for surely it was a man--who originally invented the corset. I thought hell must have a very special room for that guy." p 90*  

*This quote comes from the eARC, therefore it and its location are not final.

TITLE: Sparks of Light
AUTHOR: Janet B. Taylor
PUBLISHER: HMH Books for Young Readers
GENRE: Sci-Fi/Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

This week's topic is: Top Ten Favorite Slow Burn Romances

*in no particular order
**may be including some hate-to-love romances too because in a way, that's a slow burn one too! LOL! And I guess I'm basically defining slow burn romance as the opposite of INSTA love.

10. INTO THE DIM by Janet B. Taylor--it's been wayyy too long since I've read this one! We're talking late 2015 peeps! Lol! I remember there being a possible love triangle going on and that the first contender we focused on had a real nice slow burn! It took them awhile to fall in love!
9. STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco--I probably enjoy the hate to romance trope the most! Our heroes Cresswell and Wadsworth take a good long while to even like each other. Or at least it does for Audrey (Wadsworth)!
8. POISON STUDY by Maria V. Snyder--Yelena and Valek also take awhile to fall in love. Perhaps a sort of friendship occurs early on, she is after all "a prisoner" turned poison tester!

7. HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE by Jeaniene Frost--I loooved how slow burning this romance was! Cat and Bones aren't exactly besties. Vampire hunter vs vampire! Though romance and feelings do start to occur in this first installment of the series!
6. SOME GIRLS BITE by Chloe Neill--now Ethan and Merit didn't exactly get along in this one. But I felt like we were setting the foundation for possibilities! And my what grand possibilities those were! This series was incredible and I adore every moment of it!
5. FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON by Jeaniene Frost--I wish this spinoff series would've continued, but we will eventually get Ian's book and I look forward to that day! Denise and Spade didn't quite hit it off right away, but you know how it goes! As time moved on and Spade had to protect Denise from dangers, feelings start to occur!

4. WICKED by Jennifer L. Armentrout--Ivy and Ren! I sooo need to read the second installment of this series still, but I absolutely love how Jennifer does slow burn romances! She is the queen!
3. OBSESSION by Jennifer L. Armentrout--another slow burn romance by Jennifer!! Loooved this one especially because it was in the Lux world and was geared towards adults. Though she's one of my favorite YA authors because her YAs are so mature!
2. OBSIDIAN by Jennifer L. Armentrout--and of course Jennifer does slow burn romance for YA! I guess this can almost be called hate to romance as Katy did hate Daemon! But the Daemon being Daemon, wins her over by being the good guy we always knew him to be! Oblivion anyone? Though, yeah, he can still be an ass. But a lovable ass at that! LOL!

1. REBEL SPRING by Morgan Rhodes--I choose the second installment because I feel like this is when we see Cleo and Magnus interacting. Not always positive at that either! They are definitely the hate to love kind, but then it sort of twists itself into slow burn romance too at some point! DYING for Immortal Reign for that matter!! Seriously...I NEED THIS BOOK NOW!!!!