Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Starless Sea

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent (don’t lie, you totally do!) I created this feature to showcase and admire the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t make so many wonderful editions!

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Book Review

Book Review: Burntown

pic from Netgalley

By Jennifer McMahon

My Edition:
ARC e-book, 304 pages
2017, Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385541367 (hardcover)

Necco has lived on the streets of a New England town ever since her father and brother died because of the mysterious ghost telephone her father constructed. Necco and her mother joined a clan of “fire eaters” – mystical women who use a drug called the Devil’s Snuff to see the future – but after her mother’s suicide, Necco left the company of the other women to live on her own in an abandoned car. When her boyfriend, Hermes, is murdered while they slept, Necco finds herself on the run from a man called Snake Eyes – the man who was after her father’s machine and is now after her. Necco finds her life intertwined with that of Theo, a high school girl who owes a man a lot of money for the drugs she was selling for him and Pru, a lunch lady who dreams of life at the circus.  As the three women try to outwit Snake Eyes, Necco’s past is revealed to be far darker than she ever imagined.

This book is really hard to describe.

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Book Review

Book Review: Bats of the Republic

Bats of the Republic
By Zachary Dodson

My Edition:
Hardcover, 445 pages
2015, Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385539838

Zeke Thomas lives in the heavily controlled Republic of Texas, moving through the life phases of the system that was in part created by his own grandfather. Writing is forbidden and his every conversation could be recorded and monitored by the government – for posterity of course, because they don’t want to lose any of their history like they did after The Collapse. Every surviving document has been carbon copied and when Zeke’s grandfather passed away, he finds himself in possession of a sealed letter, an uncarbon’d document, and this could put him in serious trouble with the government. Zeke’s storyline parallels that of his ancestor some 300 years prior, Zadock Thomas, who is on a mission to Texas to deliver a mysterious letter.

Once upon a time I came across this book in Barnes & Noble, added it to my Amazon wishlist and promptly forgot about it. I think I spotted this book shortly after its release and it wasn’t until my friend Mel read it (and raved about it) recently that I was reminded of its existence. Holy crap, I’m so glad I read this book.

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