When We Judge a Book By Its Cover #2

by - 12:54 PM

Hey, young bloods! The awesome Áine came up with a stupendous idea a while ago, based on the idea of judging a book by its cover. Basically, you get a collection of book covers and show them to someone who's never read the books before, then compare what they think the book is about based on its cover to what the book is actually about! (If that made any sense lmao. I'm crap at explaining things.) So for this epic mission I enlisted the help of my friend Sara, aka Grantaire. Without further ado, I hope you enjoy!

Sara's Synopsis

"That one looks like it'd be an adventure story, maybe having to do with mythology. It kind of reminds me of Percy Jackson or something like that. Maybe a mystery that they have to solve and clues to figure out?"

Actual Synopsis

Three ordinary children are brought together by extraordinary events. . . .

Giuseppe is an orphaned street musician who sees no way to escape from his ruthless master, until the day he finds an enchanted violin.

Frederick is an apprentice clockmaker with a past he cannot remember, who secretly works to build the most magnificent clockwork man the world has ever seen.

Hannah is a maid in a grand hotel, whose life is one of endless drudgery, until she encounters a mystifying new guest and learns of a hidden treasure.

As mysterious circumstances bring them together, the lives of these three children soon interlock, and they realize that each one holds the key to the others’ puzzles. Together, the three discover they have phenomenal power when they team up as friends, and that they can overcome even the darkest of fears.

Sara's Synopsis

"Looks like something that would revolve around an ancient curse/myth/legend that needs to be solved. Someone's family member is probably in danger and they need to fix the issue ASAP or there will be big consequences."

Actual Synopsis

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

Sara's Synopsis

"Reminds me of a coming of age story. Probably just like someone's ordinary life with some wrenches thrown in and some unexpected romance."

Actual Synopsis

How has Mrs. Olinski chosen her sixth-grade Academic Bowl team? She had a number of answers. But were any of them true? How had she really chosen Noah and Nadia and Ethan and Julian? And why did they make such a good team? It was a surprise to a lot of people when Mrs. Olinski's team won the sixth-grade Academic Bowl contest at Epiphany Middle School. It was an even bigger surprise when they beat the seventh grade and the eighth grade, too. And when they went on to even greater victories, everyone began to ask: How did it happen?

It happened at least partly because Noah had been the best man (quite by accident) at the wedding of Ethan's grandmother and Nadia's grandfather. It happened because Nadia discovered that she could not let a lot of baby turtles die. It happened when Ethan could not let Julian face disaster alone. And it happened because Julian valued something important in himself and saw in the other three something he also valued.

Sara's Synopsis

"Definitely looks like it's a YA adventure with a big angsty romance thrown in. It could potentially have to do with angels and demons, at least something supernatural. Maybe the MC's mom is in trouble instead of their lover, but the catchphrase definitely suggests some sort of wild adventure to save someone."

Actual Synopsis

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to the middle of nowhere for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying--and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

Sara's Synopsis

"It probably revolves around a a romance, or maybe a love triangle? Looks like it would include the quirky lives of some teenagers who are just trying to make it in their worlds and get up to some wild shenanigans."

Actual Synopsis

Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive, and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in her family’s closet tear them apart?


Let's chat! Have you read any of these books? If not, what did you think they were about? How often do you judge a book by its cover? Comment below, and remember that you are all very beautiful pickles.


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  1. Ahaha, I judge a book by it's cover all the time. xD When i first read The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan, my reaction to the cover was, "Oh hey look another book with fighting in it." and I didn't read it for like two weeks lol.


  2. OMG this was so funny! I haven't read any of these books, but The Bone Season sounds sooo good.

    1. I'm glad you liked it! The View from Saturday and The Clockwork Three are the only ones I've read, but they're both really superb. I think you would love TCT :)

      - Ellie


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