I’m obsessed with UK cover art.

Just what I needed…more books I want to buy. But they are SO PRETTY. I’ve seen the UK covers for the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and I adore them but have never really looked at what other covers are out there. I stopped myself before I could fall too deeply down the rabbit hole but thought I’d share some of my findings with you.

This Maggie Stiefvater Wolves of Mercy Falls series box set is glorious. I desperately MUST HAVE IT now. Seriously, I’m not sure I can survive without it.

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Just compare the US (which is beautiful too) to the UK versions. I think individually I might like the US one better but that box set? A must have for me.

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and then the new US cover…I’m not overly fond of these

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And this Forest of Hands & Teeth by Carrie Ryan? It’s pretty but I do like the creepy US covers..
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The US covers:

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And the book that got me started on my UK cover journey was Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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I need these books. They have them in a box set which I’ve ordered

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I recently won the UK versions of Page Morgan’s The Beautiful and the Cursed and The Lovely and the Lost. Both are beautiful and I’m so excited to include them with my US versions. The top are the US covers and the bottom are the UK. I can’t find the UK cover for The Wondrous and the Wicked.

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What do you think–Which covers do you tend to prefer or are you like me and want every version of your favorite books?

Review of Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5)Sinner
By: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: July 1st 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

An advanced copy was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?

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Review of The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream ThievesThe Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)
By: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: September 17th 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pre-order:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

An electronic copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

Rating:
star

Summary (via Goodreads):
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

The Story:
The sequel The Dream Thieves takes all the rich and lavish world building of The Raven Boys and adds in some new surprises and additional characters. I actually think that this book is my favorite of Stiefvater’s so far.

As with The Raven Boys the pacing is slow yet still intoxicating and gripping. Stiefvater doesn’t rush her story buildup or character development but lets us immerse ourselves and become fully invested page by page. This book is rooted in a world so familiar to ours yet it wasn’t difficult to imagine and believe that the extraordinary things happening to and around our characters.  This magical atmosphere honestly created a dream feel to the book that I absolutely love.

The Characters:
Stiefvater gives us much deeper insight into each of her characters. I loved reading about Ronan’s past and seeing the world through his view point. It was heartbreaking to see the walls he’s built to shield himself and his emotions. I was always fond of his character but in The Dream Thieves I was able to visualize him so clearly and really get attached to him. This book felt like a devotion to him and the impact his dreams are having on his waking life.

Gansey is an easy favorite from the beginning of the series. We get to see him in his childhood home and interacting in the experiences he was raised in. It was enlightening to see him putting on the airs of high society. His relationship and understanding with Blue deepened and was so enjoyable (if not devastating) to read.

Blue continues to be outstanding and beautifully unique. The threat of her kiss being the demise of her true love wasn’t nearly as focused in this book but wasn’t forgotten either. I felt how tragic this was for her possibly even further in this book than the first.

I was impressed with how Stiefvater crafted the relationships of all the characters as a group, individually and with one another. I can’t think of another book where the character’s dialog and interactions felt so real. Each personality is completely unique and you truly feel that you know them after reading their stories.

Final Thoughts:
Overall Maggie Stiefvater is brilliant at creating characters that are well rounded and broken in the most beautiful way. Her stories are creative and her writing seamless. Though most of her books are slowly paced they are worth the buildup and continue to exceed my expectations.

Maggie Stiefvater Book Signing

I had the pleasure of meeting Maggie Stiefvater at a book signing event in October. I hauled my pile of books, The Shiver Trilogy, The Scoripio Races and her newest The Raven Boys to my Barnes and Noble. I am kicking myself for not bringing The Books of Faerie. They were sitting on my bookshelf and I ran off and left them. She was nice enough to sign all of my books and sign one for my best friend too.It was a great experience and I must say it has started a bit of an addiction to getting my books signed. There is some sort of “collector”  thing that happens…first edition and its signed! She even drew a horse in my The Scorpio Races. I promise that’s her signature I just didn’t feel right about putting it out there on the internet.

The first book I read of hers was Shiver which blew me away. I loved her writing style, it flows beautifully. After reading all of her books The Shiver Trilogy is still my favorite.

Its a great treat to see and meet the person that created such elaborate worlds and characters.