Episode 25 – Judge a Book by Its Cover (December 2014)

We’re back to wish you a Merry Christmas in our own, snarky way. This week, Robin and I are getting in on Ollie’s favorite book-related game, Judge a Book by Its Cover! Let’s get superficial!

Also in this episode: vampire brothels, an impromptu discussion of The Selection, and Robin being righteously indignant?!? Plus, we finally hammer out the details in our YA Giveaway!


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18 Comments

  • Maverynthia

    December 24, 2014

    I dunno I kind of like that Princess of Thorns and taking away of men’s wills. I know it’s terrible BUT… male enslavement appeals to me >:3

    For Little White Lies, that’s not paranormal is it, because it’d sound more exciting if he was an angel or something and was being chased by angel hunters or something.

    Also agree with that Night House, it was sounding good until magical healing penis shows up. :/

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    • Maverynthia

      December 24, 2014

      Also I can’t enter the iTunes part as I don’t use iTunes nor have an iDevice.

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      • Olivia

        Olivia

        December 24, 2014

        :::hugs::: It’s okay. We still loves you.

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        • Maverynthia

          December 29, 2014

          I just wish that I could do it on the iTunes site as I have a log-in, just don’t want the software. (Last time it destroyed my computer and my music got messed up) Like If this was Google I could leave a review on the Play store or something but Apple has to be ‘different’.

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  • Azure

    December 24, 2014

    When it comes to covers, I don’t really care as long as it doesn’t look like I’m reading porn in public. In the blurb I tend to look out for certain things. Words like mysterious, sexy, dangerous, brilliant or handsome, or when someone is obviously set up as a love interest. If those show up, I side-eye it until I read some of it; if it’s crap, then I close the book.

    I kind of get why Little White Lies didn’t just tell you the mystery. I thinks it’s more about build-up than the mystery itself; I’m reading a book where they try to have the main character have a secret, but the back of the book spoiled it so I have no investment in the story (not that it was good anyway).

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    • Olivia

      Olivia

      December 24, 2014

      I haaaate when the blurbs give away most of the story. See: Michael Crichton’s PREY. But probably worst is when the secret is in the title (now see: DHAMPHIR by Barb and J.C. Hendee.)

      So speaking of “read some of it”, I read the preview for THE NIGHT HOUSE, and it rotates between the girl and the guy. I like the girl’s voice a lot more currently, but I think I’d keep reading (buuut I think I already know her secret lol).

      Thanks for listening, Azure!

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  • draconismoi

    December 25, 2014

    I actually don’t remember your steampunk reviews….I think I might need to go back and re-listen, because THAT is a trend that has spawned some absolute shit. The only thing that would have made The Girl With The Steel Corset palatable would have been a drinking game. Oooo….there’s an idea…..

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    • Cyna

      Cyna

      December 25, 2014

      Well, we don’t have any steampunk reviews lying around the podcast, which is probably why you don’t remember them ;3 I’ve got reviews of Steel Corset (blegggggh) and Stormdancer/Kinslayer (vomit everywhere) over at YKU, and I think Ollie reviewed a couple of the Steel Corset books for her job…?

      Haha, oh man, I forgot how rude the Steel Corset review was. Please don’t think too poorly of me, that was a while ago ^^:;;;

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  • RobotLurker

    December 25, 2014

    I used to judge books purely by covers, the prettier the better. But the YA trend of “pretty girls in gorgeous dresses hiding TERRIBLE NOVELS” basically ruined that for me. Now I have to read blurbs to find out how awful something is, and I judge covers a lot more. Like, I didn’t like any of the ‘Code Name Verity’ covers, and if I hadn’t seen the long list of glowing reviews I probably wouldn’t have read it, but I did and it was awesome. But any kind of dress on a cover is usually an eyebrow raise and a “ooh, what cliche will this blurb have?!” game. (The answer is usually “most of them,” I’ve found.)

    Also ‘The Night House’ sounds like one of those tragic books that would have been SO AWESOME if someone else had written it – I find those books almost depressing to read because you can see the potential for something AMAZING but it’s bogged down by all these terrible cliches and clunky writing and just all-around awfulness and the book just ends up either terrible or mediocre.

    Princess of Thorns, on the other hand, sounds awesome. You know, for a drunken hate-read with a physical copy that can safely be thrown at a wall 😉

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    • Cyna

      Cyna

      January 1, 2015

      Absolutely. The Night House has an amazing first paragraph that just devolves into boring trite – I have a similar reaction to anything that starts out sounding like a mind fuck, but by the last line is clearly PNR. Of course, none are coming to mind immediately. Praefatio sort of, although it doesn’t cop to being PNR right on the blurb. But yeah, it’s painful to see interesting ideas taken in the most boring possible direction even in the blurb.

      Also YES OMG I’m almost tempted to hate-read Princess of Thorns bc it seems to have such a hard case of Strong Female Character syndrome, but I don’t know if it’d be worth the pain.

      MAYBE PERHAPS SOMEDAY we can do a Papercuts Princess of Thorns read-along so we can all suffer together.

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      • Elspeth Grey

        January 2, 2015

        I would be down with that.

        Because I make bad life choices.

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        • Olivia

          Olivia

          January 4, 2015

          ::so much giggling over this:: If anyone ends up trying this, do let me know how it goes! XD

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  • Merri Halma

    December 25, 2014

    I am not familiar with Christopher Pike’s books. Do know there was a Starfleet Captain before James Kirk with that name. I will have to look up his older books.
    I put in for the giveaways.

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  • Emma A

    December 29, 2014

    Even though the blurb may not sound that great, nor the cover look very good, the overall concept of Princess of Thorns sounds awesome, which means I will probably be suckered into reading it. Hoping it is better than anticipated!
    And, I am really hoping the Steampunk book somehow does not make it into the mix. It sounds dreadful.

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  • Elspeth Grey

    January 1, 2015

    Oh man, I do find the cover for Princess of Thorns to be attention-grabbing but pretty much everything about that blurb is a killer.

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    • Cyna

      Cyna

      January 1, 2015

      Right? Total boner-killer :(((

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