Judge a Book by Its Cover

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It’s time to judge a book by its cover! I’ve picked out a few upcoming books to take a look at and see if I’d request them.

furyborn.pngFuryborn by Claire Legrand

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Release Date: 22 Mary 2018

The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable―until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world―and of each other.

Would I Request It?

Definitely intriguing. I like that the queens are light and blood but that could quickly become a little pompous. It’s always nice to see high stakes up front, but the trials and executions thing has been done. It would have to be presented well for me to get past that trope.

The time apart is probably why I would request it. I am definitely interested in seeing how the timelines are strewn together to join these two stories.

Yes, I would request it.

girlmadeofstarsGirls Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

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Release Date: 22 Mary 2018

For readers of Girl in Pieces and The Way I Used to Be comes an emotionally gripping story about facing hard truths in the aftermath of sexual assault.

Mara and Owen are as close as twins can get, so when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can her brother really be guilty of such a violent act? Torn between her family and her sense of right and wrong, Mara feels lost, and it doesn’t help that things are strained with her ex-girlfriend, Charlie. As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie come together in the aftermath of this terrible crime, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits into her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault.

Would I Request It?

10/10 would not request. There are no difficult questions about consent. Either consent was given, or it wasn’t. The end.


The Beloved Wild by Melissa Ostrom

Cover: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Release Date: 22 Mary 2018

A debut YA American epic and historical adventure from Melissa Ostrom about striking out for your own destiny.

She’s not the girl everyone expects her to be.

Harriet Winter is the eldest daughter in a farming family in New Hampshire, 1807. She is expected to help with her younger sisters. To pitch in with the cooking and cleaning. And to marry her neighbor, the farmer Daniel Long. Harriet’s mother sees Daniel as a good match, but Harriet doesn’t want someone else to choose her path—in love or in life.

When Harriet’s brother decides to strike out for the Genesee Valley in Western New York, Harriet decides to go with him—disguised as a boy. Their journey includes sickness, uninvited strangers, and difficult emotional terrain as Harriet sees more of the world, realizes what she wants, and accepts who she’s loved all along.

Would I Request It?

I really like the cover but the description sounds a little flat. Almost every YA character is not who everyone expects them to be. It doesn’t sound like anything truly exciting happens on the road, which may just be the fault of the description but I’d like point out there is nothing saying they get attacked or anything denoting any sort of raised stakes for Harriet.

No, I would not request it.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.


  1. Furyborn does sound like a fascinating book (in part). Like you, the idea of a queen of light and a queen of blood drew me in. It might have been more appealing to me if the plot took a different direction, something unique.

    Girls Made of Stars sounds like a very confronting book. :/

    The cover of The Beloved Wild does look very nice. I can relate to your thoughts about it as well.

    Thanks for sharing. 😀

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