Am I Following You? – Social Media Links

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I just want to thank you all for following my blog! I’ve been getting tons of new followers lately, and I just wanted to make sure we can connect on social media too! So I’m putting my links below, and please leave me your links so I can go follow you back!!

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Discussion: Why do we DNF books? What books were not worth picking up?

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I’ve been putting off writing this post for a while. It’s actually painful for me to write, because some of these books were just SO TERRIBLE that it hurts my soul.

In this post, I’m going to be talking about why I DNF books, and about some books that I have DNFed.

It’s important for me to say, before I start this post, that I honestly gave these books everything I had. I hate giving up on books, and usually force myself through them in hopes of them getting better. That is stupid of me. So I’m also going to give you a list of books I definitely should have DNFed and didn’t because I’m stubborn and sometimes an idiot.

What does it mean to DNF?

DNF, or “did not finish” refers to a book that you never finished.

It literally just means that you didn’t finish the book.

Why do I DNF?

There are a lot of reasons people might not finish a book. But, usually, it’s because 1) the book is so bad that it is painful to read, 2) the book is super boring and you lose interest and can’t bring yourself to pick it up again, or 3) the book has some kind of offensive or harmful content.

I personally have DNFed for all of those reasons at some point or another.

What books have I DNFed?

I decided to write this post because I DNFed 2 books in the month of July. TWO!!! Here they are:


29868610Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick was given to me by my librarian to try out. I usually like memoirs (even if I don’t read a whole bunch of them) but I just could not get on board with Kendrick’s writing. I’ve never really liked Anna Kendrick, but I don’t dislike her either, so I thought that this might be a fun book to read. But I found myself cringing at how she wrote. Everything about this book just annoyed me, and I got antsy every time I picked it up and tried to read a little more of it. Finally, after two weeks of trying, I DNFed at about 50%


28220701I’ve had an ARC of The Infinity of You & Me by J. Q. Coyle sitting in my room for about a year (I know, I know, that’s way too long, also thank you to the published and authors for getting this to me), and I finally got myself to read it. I was immediately confused, and found both the writing style and the plot cringey. I kept thinking that the book was going to sort itself out and get exciting at some point, but no matter how hard I tried, I did not enjoy any of it. The characters seemed forced and I didn’t like them at all. The plot was trying too hard and full of annoying clichés. Honestly I think this book could have used a few more drafts. I DNFed at about 30%.


Besides those two books, I can only remember DNFing two others… both over a year ago.


22510983If you couldn’t tell by my recent Hate-Haiku, I really REALLY didn’t like this book. At. All. I wrote a review for it a long time ago, right after I read/DNFed it (you can read that here if you so desire), and honestly this is one of the worst books I have ever laid eyes on (which is painful to say considering how beautiful the book looks). It’s hard to talk about this book without getting mad. I had such high hopes for this one and the premise was super amazing and the FLOP. So. Painful. Everything. About. This. Book. Was. Terrible. I can’t remember exactly how far into it I was when I DNFed, but it was before the 50% mark… and I’m honestly surprised I made it that far.


6186357I’m pretty sure that I watched the movie before I tried the book. Yeah, that’s kind of a no-no, but I’m kind of a rebel (haha I wish) so I do it anyway sometimes….

But I didn’t really like the movie. So then I picked up the book, thinking “well, the movie wasn’t so bad… I’ll probably like the book more.” I WAS WRONG. I tried to read this for so long and I actually made it to around 90% when I just couldn’t anymore. It was too bad… too painful. But I should have known. If Dylan O’Brian can’t make it good, no one and nothing can.


Books I definitely should have DNFed.

For every book that I DNFed, there are 10 books that I should have DNFed. Why didn’t I DNF these? Because some silly part of me kept whispering “it will get better… just hang in there.”

Whoever said to listen to your gut obviously hasn’t met my gut…

So here are some of the books that I should have DNFed. Consider yourself warned:

I pushed through these books with sheer will power, but I honestly regret reading them. I didn’t really enjoy any, and I certainly didn’t get anything out of them. I think the only one I didn’t review on my blog was Quarantine (because I read it before I started blogging), but you can read my reviews of the other books here:

Fangirl // Unscripted // Fallen // As I Wake // The Love Interest

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so obviously there are people out there who loved the books I couldn’t stand.

I’m not trying to tell you that you have to hate the books that I hate. If you loved any of these books, that’s great! I’m honestly glad that someone was able to find something in these books that I couldn’t.

Talk to me:

What books did you DNF? Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Did you like them? What is the last book that you had to DNF?

Discussion: The Outbreak of Black Birds in YA. Is this a good or bad omen?

 

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I have been seeing black birds everywhere lately. It’s not that they haven’t been around before, but when two of your most anticipated releases of this year have a black bird in the title, you start to wonder….

What’s with all the black birds?

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Well, before we get to that, let’s examine what black birds symbolize.

There are three main types of black birds that have been popping up:

  • Crows
  • Ravens
  • and just “Blackbirds”

So what does this mean? What are their purpose?

I went scrounging the internet to find you answers. Here is what I found:

The Blackbird, Crow & Raven are closely interlinked and deeply interwoven in the myth and lore of the world. These birds have been seen and depicted as involved with powerful forces for both/either (depending on which story you read) good and bad in almost every major culture recorded.

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The Crow:

  • Associated with:
    • Justice
    • Shape shifting
    • Change
    • Magic
  • Can symbolize:
    • The journey from darkness into light
    • Ethical behavior
    • Guidance through the dark

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      Both the raven and the crow are associated with shape shifting.

The Raven:

  • Associated with:
    • Exploring the unknown
    • Courage
    • Shape shifting
    • The awakening of magic
  • Can symbolize:
    • A rebirth or renewal
    • The ability to find light in the darkness
    • New occurrences

The Blackbird

  • Associated with:
    • Protecting what is yours
  • Can symbolize:
    • The use of camouflage to protect ones family
    • The ability to sway with the winds of change

To summarize:

  • They all have something to do with magic and omens, as well as darkness and light.
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Her name makes so much more sense now, right?

 

What does this mean for YA?

We are in for some magical stories!!

I’m not gonna lie: I love magic. I love the idea of it and I love books with it. So I’m pretty darn excited to read these books.

A Few of the Published Books Featuring Ravens, Crows, and Blackbirds:

 

A Few Upcoming Books Featuring Ravens, Crows, and Blackbirds:

What books with black birds am I missing? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!!

(Also, you might have noticed that I just chose books with the birds in the titles… if we were talking about books with black birds on the cover *lets out low long whistle*. Let’s just say this post might never end)

What do you make of all the black birds in YA?

And thanks for reading!!

The “Get to Know Me” Tag + Facing one of my Biggest Fears + Trying out a New Look

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I saw this tag over at Awkward Aris and decided to do it. Why? I don’t know. Why not? I’ve been blogging for a year and a half, there are now more than 500 of you amazing people following me (don’t forget to enter the giveaway here before it ends!!), and I’ve never really done a “get to know me” thing. Better late than never… right? RIGHT????

Hahaha anywayyyy….

I have a fear of sharing my personal life on the internet. Why? Maybe because I watch too many Sci-Fi movies about scary internet stuff. Or because of how I was raised… Who knows.

But guys: I’m inching out of my shell for you, because I love this community so much and want to get to know all of you and make some amazing book-loving friends that I can geek out with. And the first step of that is letting you know more about me, so here goes nothing. Time to face my fears.

The Get to Know me Tag

(I am hiding under my bed while you are reading this)

Part 1: Vital Stats

Name: Emma. I was actually named after the Jane Austen book, and was almost named

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This throw back accurately captures the sibling dynamic

Elizabeth (after Pride and Prejudice).

 

Nicknames: Oh gosh, I’ve had so many… A lot of people call me Em (which I like). One of my little brothers calls me Queenar (as in Queen Enar), and my other little brother just calls me Enar. Don’t ask me why cause I have no idea. My dad calls me Scooter, but only he is allowed to call me that. Here is a list of the rest of my nicknames (that I can think of) through the years:

  • Emsie
  • Memsie
  • Me-me (like saying “me” twice… not meme)
  • Ems
  • M&M
  • Puppy/puppy love/pups
  • Leh-her (because nobody can pronounce my last name… and the mispronunciation stuck)
  • I’m sure there are more, but I can’t think of them right now

(That’s 11 nicknames I can think of… I didn’t realize I’ve had that many?!)

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Unfortunately for me, my brother’s birthday is Nov 22nd, which means he usually gets the Thanksgiving day celebrations

Birthday: November 28th! Sometimes my birthday falls on Thanksgiving, which is pretty cool. I love having a fall birthday, but sometimes (like the last two years) it falls on the first day of exams (2 years ago) or the first day back from Thanksgiving break (last year) which kind of sucks. Happy birthday to me.

 

Star Sign: Sagittarius!! I love my star sign. I am the archer. I am the warrior. I once hit a bulls eye with a bow and arrow (don’t worry, it was a total fluke, but I forever have bragging rights in my family).

Occupation: Ummm… Blogger? Volunteer Librarian? Student? Camp Councilor? Baby Sitter? What do you want me to say?

Part 2: Appearance

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AKA me whenever I try to put makeup on

Hair Color: Dark brown (but still very far off from black)

 

Hair Length: Down to my waist until a few weeks ago when I chopped it off to shoulder length. I’m still getting used to it.

Eye Color: Hazel. Sometimes they look brown, and sometimes they look green. But once I was told they looked orange which will forever go down as my favorite description of my eyes in the history of me.

Best Feature: HAHAHAHAHAHA idk.

Braces: Nope! Never needed em. My teeth grew in straight and I will be forever grateful for that.

Piercings: Just your normal one in each ear. Although I did have a second piercing in one of my ears (I think it was the right? I can’t remember), but I let that close up years ago. I do want to get some cartilage piercings though. My phone is full of inspo pics.

Tattoos: Nope. I’m not sure if I want any either… not that I don’t like them, just that I have commitment issues (see: let my piercing close up) and the permanence of them scares me. But…. if I were to get one it would be something small and meaningful on the side of my rib cage (cause bring on the pain suckahssss)

Right or Left Handed: Right. But I am kind of ambidextrous. I broke my right arm twice in 2 years, so I had to do a lot of writing with my left hand. I was really good at it for a while too.

Part 3: Firsts

Real Holiday: Yeah not really sure how to interpret this. I’m pretty sure I was born on a Sunday, so I think that means I missed Thanksgiving… so maybe New Years.

No, wait. I know what my real first holiday was: MY BIRTHDAY (that counts, right?)

Best Friend: Um, well the first best friend (other than my big bro) that I remember was named Kessie and she moved away when I was like 5, but we follow each other on Instagram. We haven’t talked in forever. But, I did learn how to read with her (we homeschooled kindergarten together), so that’s pretty cool I guess.

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Kidding! My first sport was reading, because that 100% counts. #BookJocksFTW

Award: Ummmm…. sports related or school related? And I don’t remember for both. Probably something for participation.

 

 

Sport: Soccer. I was on a co-ed team with my older brother pretty much as soon as I could walk. Kessie was also there for that, just fyi.

Concert: I mean, I grew up playing piano (ya know, cause my family is so original), so the first concert I was at was probably one I played in? That being said, I’ve never been to a full on concert. Just classical stuff and some stuff at festivals which I don’t count because that was more of a “stop for a second and watch before I move on” type of thing.

Part 4: Favorites

TV show(s): If I listed all of my favorite TV shows this post might never end. I am the

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Why is there no “Favorite Person” question? Cause that would be my big bro #BestiesForLife

kind of person who binges one TV show at a time… and one after another. So I always have a new favorite. Right now, I’m binging Royal Pains (which is amazing and funny… plus a doctor show ).

 

Color: Pink. Pink for now and pink for always. But, I wear a lot of blue and make everything blue. But my favorite color is pink. (Yeah, I’m weird)

Song(s): Hahahahaha this is even longer than my TV show list. But if I had to pick one all time favorite, it would be Breathe (2 am) by Anna Nalick. That song speaks to me on a spiritual level.

Restaurant: Setta Luna (aka the most amazing Pizza Place). I wish I still lived near it, but then again if I did, I might not have any money left. Oh, also if we’re talking fast food, I love Taco Bell and Subway. I don’t eat any other fast food.

Shop: Barns & Noble. It’s been my favorite store forever. When I was little, I made a 9378297jingle for it during a car ride. My brothers and I still sing it whenever we see a store.

Book(s): Okay so I thought my lists of TV shows and songs are bad. This list *lets out long, low whistle*. But, if I had to pick one book, it would be Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. This has been my favorite book since I found it (at Barnes & Noble!!) in 2012, and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read it.

Shoes: Yeah, not really a shoe person. You can find me in my blue Asics sneakers or flip-flops from Walmart (what? They’re like 85 cents a pair! Who am I to say no to that?).

Part 5: Currently

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Halloween has always been my favorite holiday.

Feeling: Super nervous to publish this post (my stomach is twisting), and also nostalgic because of all the old pics I’m putting in this post.

Single or Taken: Single

Eating: Nothing right now, but I made myself an egg sandwich for breakfast a few hours ago that was delicious. And I don’t even like eggs that much…

Thinking about: How scared I am to post this. Also:

  • what I’m going to have for lunch
  • finding time to finish my millionth re-read of Anna Dressed in Blood
  • I need to do laundry at some point today
  • How long can cooked lobster stay in the fridge? Also how should I eat it?
  • My WIP
  • How hard it is to come up with good names for my characters.
  • I really want to see a pink dolphin and a blue penguin one day.
  • And a bunch of other really random stuff

Watching: Season 2, Episode 11 of Royal Pains.

Wearing: My dad’s old shirt (which is bright orange and incredibly soft), baggy green sweatpants from Pink, and mismatched socks. I’m so sexy in my PJ’s.

Part 6: Future

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At the Sea Coast Science Museum AKA pretending to be a serious biologist.

Want Children?: Yes!

Want to be married?: Yup.

Careers in Mind: Writer, Geneticist, Biologist, Doctor/Surgeon… Something else entirely… I have no idea.

Where do you Want to Live?: A suburb or a college town. Preferably on the east coast of the US where all four seasons are present.

Part 7 (last part, I promise): Do You Believe In…

God: Nope. I believe in the Greater Unconsciousness.  Or at least that’s what I call it. It’s kind of like karma.

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Not love at first sight, but my first crush! Also he gave me roses that day. Also check out the sword on my brother’s belt.

Miracles: Nope. But my theory of the GU has something like them.

 

Love at First Sight: No. But I believe in lust at first sight. And I have had that electric-current-when-you-first-see-each-other feeling and it is amazing and he was a great boyfriend… but it was more of a physical attraction than anything else, and, needless to say, it didn’t work out.

Ghosts: 100%. Maybe not the kind of ghosts popular in fiction/supernatural stories, but I do believe that somebody’s consciousness can remain whole after they die, if there is something left for them. Again, it has to do with my GU ideas, which would take wayyy too long to explain.

Aliens: Yes. I refuse to believe that we are the only beings that exist. There has to be something else out there.

Soulmates: Kind of. I like the idea of soulmates, but I don’t think there is just one for each person. I think that there are tons of people out there that can relate to each other on a deep level, and that kind of connection is what coined the term “soulmate”

Heaven: nope.

Hell: Just for people I don’t like. Lol, just kidding. Nope, I don’t.

Kissing on a First Date: If it feels right, I see no problem with it

Yourself: I have my moments

And. That. Is. Me. Ta-da. I can hear my heart pounding right now. Why is this so hard for me?

Also if you liked this post and want to see more like it, tell me that too… or ya know, if you don’t want to see anything else like this then that’s cool too.

Now I need to tag people:

Okay, so I really want to get to know everyone, so if you are reading this, consider yourself tagged. I tag you.

If you already did this tag (even if it was a million years ago), leave me a link so I can go check it out!

Or, if you want, you can just answer the prompts in the comments below!!

Thanks for reading!!

YA Series Recommendations- What are your favorite series? What series are not worth the read?

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Finding a new series to dive into can be a hard and daunting task. Series are a big commitment. They are scary. And more often than not, they get shoved down to the bottom of a TBR because who has time for that?

What are you talking about? Obviously people read series.

Obviously. But think about it for a minute: has there ever been a series that you put off reading for so long and then when you picked it up you were like “why did I wait so long to read this? This is amazing.” ???

If your answer is “no, does that really happen to people? Hah puny mortals.” then get out of here what are you doing you wizard/god

wait, actually on second thought please come back and teach me your secrets because I need them

But seriously, what is the purpose of this post?

Well:

We are gathered here today to join John and Jane in holy… oops.. wrong place

We are gathered here today to discuss great YA series and inspire each other to finally pick up that amazing series and stop missing out! I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite YA series, and then we can talk about them and you can tell me what your favorite series are and then we can all be sprinkled with pixie dust that will make all our responsibilities go away so we can read forever.

Or something like that…

So what counts as a series? Basically anything with more than one book. So douologies through 100 book series (if such series exist). Or at least that’s my definition of a series, so I’m rolling with it.

My YA Series Recommendations (in no particular order):

Anna Dressed in Blood (Duology) by Kendare Blake

I will never not recommend these books. They are amazing. The end.

Red Queen (Quadrilogy) by Victoria Aveyard

I’m not sure if this series is going to stop at 4 books, but that’s all I know of for now, and based on the ending of King’s Cage, I think the fourth (still unnamed book) is probably going to wrap everything up.

This series is one of my favorite dystopias, and I can not wait for the fourth one to come out! It is gripping and exciting. There are powers, princes, rebels, high stakes, and heart wrenching events. If you love dystopia, this is not one to miss.

Ruby Red (Trilogy) by Kerstin Gier

I regard these books as the best time travel books to grace the planet. Good luck convincing me otherwise.

The Selection (Trilogy) by Kiera Cass

I adore everything about this trilogy. I know that technically The Heir and The Crown exist… but I don’t really consider them a part of this (do you?). Plus I’ve only read The Heir and I don’t really think it lives up to the glory of the original trilogy.

This series is so adorable and swoon worthy!! And it’s a quick read, which is always a plus!

Throne of Glass (6 books? 7? More?) by Sarah J. Maas

So remember in the beginning of this post when I said something about putting off a series for wayyyy too long and then being like “why did I wait so long?” Yeah so that’s pretty much this series.

I’m only on the second book as of right now, BUT ITS SO GOOD I HAD TO PUT IT ON THIS LIST. Seriously this writing is some sort of sorcery. Don’t deprive yourself of the amazingness.


Okay so that’s it for my list.

Are there more amazing series out there?

Obviously. That’s where you guys come in! I want to hear what your favorite series are!

28962906And, also, there are of course series that are just starting. As in only the first book has been published as of now. Like Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. SOOOO GOOD.

But I tried to only include complete or almost complete series on this list, so if anyone decides to start one of the series I recommend, you won’t be stuck waiting for the rest of the series to come out (which could take years).

Because binge reading rules!

But also support new authors. Because that is important.

But what about the series that are not worth the read?

Well, I’m sure that ever series has it’s fans. And, a lot of people like the series that I had a lot of trouble reading. But, here is a list of series that I could not get in to. Just remember that these are my opinions, and if you like any of these series that is great and I’m glad that you were able to find something in them that I wasn’t.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Trilogy) by Ransom Riggs

I don’t have anything against this series (I actually kind of enjoyed the first book… kind of), but I could never bring myself to pick up the second book. I just don’t think this series is worth reading.

Shatter Me (6 books) by Tahereh Mafi

I don’t want to say I hated the first book of this series….

A lot of people enjoy this series, but I can’t figure out why for the life of me. I just can’t stand anything about it.

Girl Online (Trilogy) by Zoe Sugg (Ghost Writer Siobhan Curham)

These books are the bane of YA. I don’t know why they exist. The first book was so cringey that I could barely finish it.

The Maze Runner (Trilogy? Not really sure at this point) by James Dashner

The Maze Runner was actually a DNF. I tried to read it several times and never got past the middle of the book. I watched the movie, too, just incase that would inspire me to finish the book… but I didn’t really like the movie either.


Anyway, that’s it for this post!

What are your can’t-miss YA series? What series are not worth the read?

Also: if you make a post similar to this one, link me in it so I can see it!

Thanks for reading!!

Comparing US and Foreign Edition Covers!

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I don’t know about you, but I love looking at foreign edition covers of my favorite books! So, I decided to put together a little comparison post of US edition covers vs. foreign edition covers to look at the differences!

This list is going to be made up of some of my all time favorite books. So here we go!


1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Russian Edition vs. US Edition

I love both of these covers. They are both pretty much the same image-Anna standing outside of her house in a blood-tinged white dress-but in very different styles. I think they both do a wonderful job conveying the tone and feel of this book.

Winner: Tie
Foreign Editions: 1
US Editions: 1

2. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Croatian Edition vs. US Edition

I love that both of the covers have the flowers covered in words! I think that is so cute, and if you read the book, it really does have a deeper meaning. The US edition cover is very pretty, but I have to say that the Croatian Edition just blew me away when I saw it. I think it is absolutely stunning, and I wish I could get Letters to the Lost in that edition, just so I could look at the cover.

Winner: Foreign Edition
Foreign Editions: 2
US Editions: 1

3. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Finnish Edition vs. US Edition

I adore the US edition cover of The Red Queen. It is simplistic and powerful and stunning. I love the Finnish edition too, but it just doesn’t bring the same feeling of danger and high-stakes that the US edition conveys.

Winner: US Edition
Foreign Editions: 2
US Editions: 2

4. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Polish Edition vs. US Edition

Both of these editions are gorgeous. I love the lamps in both of them, and the smoke. Although I like that Zahra’s face is in the US edition, I feel like the Polish edition brings more elements of the story to the cover, and conveys all of the magic and the gorgeous setting much better.

Winner: Foreign Edition
Foreign Editions: 3
US Editions: 2

5. Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Latvian Edition vs. US Edition

Both of these covers ARE SO PRETTY. The Latvian one is definitely more to-the-point (with that dark figure in the background and all), but the US one is much more mysterious and intriguing.

Winner: US Edition
Foreign Editions: 3
US Editions: 3

6. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

German Edition vs. US Edition

This book was actually written and first published in German, so that edition is the original one. Buttttt…… I’m really not a fan of the German covers. They don’t do it for me. The US covers, however, are gorgeous.

Winner: US Edition
Foreign Editions: 3
US Editions: 4

7. How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

Italian Edition vs. US Edition

If I’m being completely honest, I’m not really a fan of either of these covers. The US edition cover doesn’t really convey the feel of the book, and the Italian edition cover makes the book look a lot spookier than it actually is. That being said, I do love that the Italian cover added the raven, and I feel like it is a better match for the story.

Winner Foreign Edition
Foreign Editions: 4
US Editions: 4

8. Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Spanish Edition vs. US Edition

These covers are so different, yet they both fit the story so well. The US edition has all the little numbers counting down in the back, which provides a sense of urgency… and makes the cover look a little more sci-fi. It also has multiple Janelles and Bens, which kind of hints at the big reveal (which I will not spoil for you). The Spanish cover, on the other hand, hints at the same thing with the shattered effect, which I honestly like a little more.

Winner: Foreign Edition
Foreign Editions: 5
US Editions: 4


So it seems the Foreign Editions have won this round. What covers would you like to see foreign editions of? Did you agree with my favorites in this post?

Discussion: What’s With All The Green Eyes in YA? Have all other eye colors been banned?

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Lets talk about green eyes.

Apparently 2% of the population of THE ENTIRE EARTH has green eyes. But honestly with the amount of green-eyed characters in books, you’d think that every other person you pass on the street is gonna stare back with some variation of emerald or forest.

COME ON?? WHO ARE WE TRYING TO KID HERE?

I’ve met maybe 3 people in my life with honest-to-god green eyes.

I’m not counting those blue-but-sometimes-can-pass-for-green eyes, or hazel-eyes-that-look-green-on-good-days… I’m talking actual, no-possible-mistaking-it GREEN EYES.

Is there some universal law that love interests in books have to have bright green eyes?

giphyBecause that’s what it’s starting to feel like.

Where are the gorgeous browns and blues and ambers? The greys and the hazels? There are so many eye colors out there. So why does it feel like every other character in a YA book has green eyes?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a sucker for green eyes as much as the next girl, but other eye colors are gorgeous too. And I just really feel like there is a huge lack of other eye colors in the fictional-love-interest-pool.

Honestly, if a book isn’t set in northern or central Europe, it’s very unlikely that the character knows (much less has the chance to fall for) someone with the kind of green eyes that all YA-love-interests seem to have.

But guys, it’s not only love-interests that have green eyes.

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So many main characters and side characters and just characters in general have green eyes. And then their friends have green eyes too. Like I get one green-eyed person. Or gingers, that’s a whole different story (although still, three unrelated gingers in a small town school? Unlikely). But anyway, the two gingers that I actually know both have eyes more on the bluish side… not the bright vibrant green that authors seem to be so fond of.

But so many people with green eyes? All together? Something smells fishy.

I mean, obviously there are people with green eyes, and yes, those people can obviously be love interests.

I’m not saying it’s wrong. I’m just saying that it seems like every love interest in every book I’ve picked up happens to have green eyes. It’s kind of weird. If I had that many green-eyed-guys in my life I would be set.

And yeah, not all books have green-eyed love-interests. There are a ton of exceptions.

I’m just pointing out a trend that I’ve been noticing a lot lately.

Have you been noticing all the green eyes too?

Are there any other trends like this that you have been seeing in books?