Judging a book by the cover: pt 2

As promised! I really wanted to get through all the covers given to me but I didn’t want to do a super long post. If you didn’t see it, part one is here.

I asked over on Twitter for strange/ unique/ abnormal covers I probably haven’t heard of and then I’ll be guessing what they’re about. Also I apologize if I hurt anyone’s feelings by my thoughts, there’s not much to go on in any of the covers.

This tag was created by the wonderful Beth over at BooksNest. I have gotten eight covers so I think I’m going to do this in two parts.


  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post
  • Ask your friends or Twitter/Instagram followers to send you book cover suggestions and pick four to feature
  • Tag 5 others to take part

The Books:

EGnG4M6X0AEfzJtThe Dream Merchant by Isabel Hoving

This cover screams older middle grade fantasy with warlocks and witches and adventure. Based on that assumption I’m thinking it’s a young girl who runs into someone who can buy dreams from other people so they don’t have to remember them and  she becomes the apprentice.

What it’s actually about: 

“They’re going to send you on a sales trip and it’ll be the death of you — I know what’s going on at Gippart. You’re their guinea pig.”

Josh Cope is a bit of a dreamer . . . who sometimes steals things. Otherwise, he’s just your average boy. So why is an international corporation calling him in the middle of the night, insisting that he come and work for them? Why would they be so convinced that Josh is the key to conquering their new market — the past? Drawn into this astonishing, whirlwind adventure, Josh soon finds himself in the middle of a nightmare, caught in a place between dreams and reality. For Josh and his friends to find their way back, they must follow a trail that takes them right into the very heart of the human imagination — and to the furthest ends of time itself.

I was pretty far off in the actual details but I got the genre spot on. 

EGnWOCNXUAAqdNSMeddling Kids by Edgar Cantero

I’ve heard of this book before but by a different cover and I just remember the cover was so much better than what the plot was and I don’t remember the plot. I think it was a mystery where someone’s murdered. I don’t think it was based on Scooby Doo which was why I decided I wasn’t interested in it.

What it’s actually about:

1990. The teen detectives once known as the Blyton Summer Detective Club (of Blyton Hills, a small mining town in the Zoinx River Valley in Oregon) are all grown up and haven’t seen each other since their fateful, final case in 1977. Andy, the tomboy, is twenty-five and on the run, wanted in at least two states. Kerri, one-time kid genius and budding biologist, is bartending in New York, working on a serious drinking problem. At least she’s got Tim, an excitable Weimaraner descended from the original canine member of the team. Nate, the horror nerd, has spent the last thirteen years in and out of mental health institutions, and currently resides in an asylum in Arhkam, Massachusetts. The only friend he still sees is Peter, the handsome jock turned movie star. The problem is, Peter’s been dead for years.

The time has come to uncover the source of their nightmares and return to where it all began in 1977. This time, it better not be a man in a mask. The real monsters are waiting.

So the reason I didn’t pick this one up was because it reminded me of IT and that book was a disappointment. So if anyone has read this one and knows if it’s better let me know!

EGoRQXcWwAIbzrgMooncallers: Stars Wake by Leda C. Muir

Fantasy for sure. I don’t know why this one is giving me so much trouble. Maybe because this isn’t a cover I’d look twice at. I’m thinking it’s a futuristic fantasy where the magic system revolves around the moon and stars, very science based. But then a newcomer comes in and tries to steal something.

What it’s actually about:

A starry-eyed woman awakens without her memories in the city of Tel Ashir. Having no place to call home, she joins the Mooncallers, the army of Tzapodia, and fights in the name of the Moon Goddess Oscerin.
A year later, she and her mentor, Avari, stumble across a massacre brought on by the unseen divine, Widow, who is bent on recreating the world of Amniven. This twist in fate’s design leads the starry-eyed woman to the doorstep of the Prince of Tzapodia and Speaker of Oscerin, Ares Lavrenthea.
As new faces arrive, a group of unlikely friends traverses the Joined Hands to repair the bonds of The Six, protecting one another as they dismantle Widow’s Brood. However, their journey takes a dark turn when they learn that the starry-eyed woman is Widow’s immediate target.
Is the starry-eyed woman more connected to this faceless divine than she appears? Only the Moon will tell.

I was still kind of far off but I got some pieces right!

EGpGrkUXUAAwlB6 Bone Roses by Kathryn Lee Martin

This gives me Dia de los Muertos vibes. I think this is a story based off Mexican traditions but in a more modern sense because of (what looks like) guns below. I’m sensing a strong female heroine coming to the rescue.

What it’s actually about:

Sixteen-year-old Rags is the most feared Rustler in the world, and for good reason. When she’s not raiding the post-Yellowstone Kingdom’s established settlements for supplies to keep her frontier, Rondo, alive another day, she’s fending off witch hunt-happy villagers who want her rare blue eyes in an unmarked grave.

But when the Kingdom strikes back, kills Rags’s best friend, and sends its second-in-command to destroy Rondo in four days, Rags must make a choice: seek revenge, or save her loved ones who are trapped in a town bound for slaughter broadcast Kingdom-wide. With little more than a stolen dream to guide her, and a growing attraction to a sly Kingdom informant, Rags is about to give the Kingdom four days it’ll never forget—if the bounty on her head doesn’t get her killed first.

That sounds so intense! Now it’s giving me old west vibes as well. 

I tagged people in the last one so this one I’m tagging everyone and anyone who wants to do it!!

Have you read any of these? What were your initial thoughts on the covers?




2 thoughts on “Judging a book by the cover: pt 2

  1. I have read Meddling Kids, actually! I really enjoyed it but it was slow to start and the writing was really weird (hommage to Lovecraft). I can’t say if it’s similar to It since I haven’t read this one. I’d say try it if you can find a cheap copy or borrow it from a library/a friend but know you’re not missing out on a masterpiece if you don’t read it 🙂


  2. I haven’t read any Lovecraft so I won’t be able to say if I like or dislike. I really hope I like him though because I have his B&N classic. I might put my name on the library’s list at some point…


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