Friday, September 30, 2011

Plain Kate: the cover

The cover of Plain Kate is so beautiful! I have nothing to compare it to because it's on a level of it's own. It's like she's looking at a painting and she's about to go in it. And she looks so real if you look closely. She's with her trusty companion. You'll find out about him if you read the book. I'll have to explain the whole story and I'll ruin things so... yeah. The whole light blue hints are pretty too. It caught my eye especially since I love light blue and the writing is like painted on. The design at the bottom show some elegance to it. Nice cover.

Plain Kate by Erin Bow

Summary: Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. As the wood-carver's daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden talismans are so fine that some even call her “witch-blade”: a dangerous nickname in a country where witches are hunted and burned in the square.

For Kate and her village have fallen on hard times. Kate’s father has died, leaving her alone in the world. And a mysterious fog now covers the countryside, ruining crops and
spreading fear of hunger and sickness. The townspeople are looking for someone to blame, and their eyes have fallen on Kate.

Enter Linay, a stranger with a proposition: In exchange for her shadow, he’ll give Kate the means to escape the angry town, and what’s more, he’ll grant her heart’s wish. It’s a chance for her to start over, to find a home, a family, a place to belong. But Kate soon realizes she can't live shadowless forever -- and that Linay's designs are darker than she ever dreamed.(Goodreads)

Katerina Svetlana or Plain Kate carves wood like know other carver. Her name Plain Kate was actually started as a joke. She is not really plain. Her father taught her everything and has been the only parent she has had since her mother died giving birth to her. Since she was young she has had the talent to create wondrous things which has made her feared and a little bit hated even because she is thought to be a witch. Not only is her talent suspicious but how she appears as well. Her eyes are said to be witches eyes. See everyone here likes to blame everything bad happening on witches. It is not like they make up witches though since they are real in this world. They call the disease that killed her father the Witch's Fever.

Everything changes when she meets Linay who of course has to be a witch. She strikes up a deal with him that changes the course of her life forever. But before that there is something you should know on how she coped with the death of her father. It involves some kittens that she found. These kittens ended up being her reason to carry on. It's important.

There were moments where this book reminded me of others because of it's kind of old values. Like you can't talk with men and there is a whole bunch of rules with a group of people she meets called the Roamers. It annoyed me more than it probably should have. But I got over it. The way this book is written is kind of... I'm not sure how to describe it. It is just written like an old book but it's modern as well.

The deal that she strikes with Linay actually is the starting point for me where everything gets interesting. Not only does it start a course of events that changes everything for her but also...I should explain something first. Witches have to sacrifice something or have an even exchange for something to do magic. So in return for something special she receives her hearts desire. I've got to warn you a lot of the magic done is with the sacrifice of someones blood so it is kind of freaky. The book was weird but it was good too. It's a good book for fantasy lovers. You just have to get used to the setting it's in. But overall it was good and you should read it if you like stories about witches.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Shug: the cover

The covers of Shug by Jenny Han is one that makes you think of summer and fun. The lazy months and years of childhood. The original cover doesn't really give anything away and if you've read the book you see why it was the basis of the cover. It seems so inconsequential in the beginning because of how small a part it plays but by the end you realize what it means. It means something. Symbolism. It reeks of it. You won't know about why it's such a perfect cover for it till the end... Yes, I am trying to get you excited so you will read this book! I'll be doing these comparisons sometimes when I like or maybe even dislike a cover. So this is first of many.

The second cover in my opinion is the better out of the two. It tells you more of what is going to happen by just looking at it. You can tell she's a preteen and she's with a boy so obviously it's going to be about love. Then again it's not just about that. It's all colorful and pretty. The cover I mean. I ended up reading the book with the original cover but c'est la vie. It doesn't really matter anyway.

You may be wondering what are those other books doing there. Wrong title. Wrong author. Is this girl going crazy? Well no. I am not going crazy. I remember seeing the green ice cream cover before and when I saw Shug I remembered. The other reason I brought it up is the dates that both books came out were suspiciously in the same year! We seem to have a copy cat in our midst. Shug came out April 2006 while Skinny came out on September of the same year. But wait! The other Skinny cover that's red came out in 2004. So it seems Shug must of copied it! Especially since it is really similar to it. Or it could just be a coincidence...

Sorry for the rambling but there is a reason for it. I was just wondering about something which I often do. As you can see my mind wanders. So to the point. There was a time where a bunch of books with flowers on them came out at the same time. I wonder... do they do that on purpose? Do publishers get together or are they getting there ideas for book covers from the same people? Book covers are meant to be eye catching but also unique! So think out your covers and make them great publishers! Keep an eye on them authors.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

She's Got Books on Her Mind

Oh, how I love books! And oh how I've read so many posts on book blogs! So why not make my own blog where I can rant and rave about books? No reason not to. Alright then. I'll just do it for some fun but I would love if others will join in because I love talking about books (well in this case writing about them) but I'll stop my jabbering and write some posts. As many and as best as I can! Hope you'll have fun reading them.

Shug by Jenny Han

Summary: Annemarie Wilcox, or Shug as her family calls her, is beginning to think there's nothing worse than being twelve. She's too tall, too freckled, and way too flat-chested. Shug is sure that there's not one good or amazing thing about her. And now she has to start junior high, where the friends she counts most dear aren't acting so dear anymore -- especially Mark... (Goodreads)

Annemarie Wilcox or Shug as everyone likes to call her is a girl like no other but as all girls do at a certain age doesn't see that. Mark has been her best friend so long that when she sees him one day and sees him differently she is surprised but she sort of welcomes it. The only problem is that he's a boy and doesn't notice her. He doesn't really "see her" like she sees him.

Her sister Celia is so much prettier than her wheras she sees herself as plain. She may seem tough but in reality shes doesn't feel as adequate or see herself as beautiful. Her family life isn't going so great either and hasn't for awhile which is why her sister is never there when she needs her. She is a good sister though. She is there at times and is a better older sibling than some can be. Meanwhile her best friend Elaine seems to be slipping away from her in to the arms of a much cooler group of girls.

I was surprised when I read this story which seemed so sweet and innocent but there was this blast of reality in it too. I didn't see it coming and have never read a book where a mere child has to deal with what her family does. I have read something similar but not something like this that effected a child like Shug as much. Don't worry it's not an intense book. It is still that sweet and innocent book I was expecting.

Another thing that surprised me was how there was some things and moments that were like really? At twelve these girls felt this way or did things that you'd expect from high schoolers. I personally didn't really notice or compare myself to others in middle school. I was oblivious till high school. I hope that today's middle schoolers see themselves in a better light or don't even think about their bodies when they really need to be scraping knees as long as they can.

But that's not all!

I love how she mentioned greek mythology I think only twice. It made me smile. Whenever I read books I think I know I'm supposed to read another book as I'm reading it because it seems to almost always mention something. Maybe a name, place, or subject that was in the previous book I read! I'm sure it happens a lot to people who read frequently. You start noticing it more. It'll probably happen a lot more now so I'll try to restrain myself to not go on a wild tangent like I just did. This book left me with a warm fuzzy feeling inside. It was very touching. There are some things that I would have liked to get solved in the story but that is miniscule in comparison to what a great overall book it was. And that always happens. No book is perfect like nobody is perfect. (: