I will forever be behind in tags now, but I’m catching up! A while ago, Kat from Life and Other Disasters tagged for the cover guessing challenge! thank you Kat, this should be entertaining! With this tag you pick a certain amount of books that you know nothing about (typically well known) and try to guess what they are based on the cover and title only. Then, you compare what you said to the actual blurb on goodreads and see how you did.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
This is already really hard because I have no clue where to start. Okay, let’s say this is about a girl who grew up in a small village away from all the higher class people and one day she gets sucked into their mad games and it’s revealed she’s a firebender. Maybe the thorns are metaphorical?
Goodreads: Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.
But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.
Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.
And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.
Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.
Most of the chosen do.
Wow, I was so wrong. I mean, in way I was kind of correct, she gets swept up into a new world and finds “a power deep within herself.” This sounds really good though and now I totally want to read it.
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Anna just moved to town after her parents died and now she’s living with her grandparents, whose house is supposedly haunted. during the nights, Anna starts getting visited by ghosts. However, one ghost, always covered in blood and saying her name grabs her attention.
That got really dark, but to be honest… I’d read that.
Goodreads: Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
Yet she spares Cas’s life.
This is so much harder then I thought it’d be, wow! Once again, I was very, very wrong. The only things I got right was the fact that it deals with ghosts, which is kind of obvious.
There’s a young girl who has a troubled past and after her past finally catches up with her, all she wishes she could do is go back in time. She then finds a mysterious hourglass on her doorstep, a note telling her to fix her mistakes.
What she doesn’t realize is that messing with time will have grave consequences.
Goodreads: For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.
So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may also change her past.
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should’ve happened?
So, we’ve definitely determined that I’m horrible at this game. Does this book even deal with time travel? It sounds like it does, but I’m really not too sure. I am quite intrigued by the actual blurb though, very mysterious sounding.
The Diviners by Libba Bray
I’ve been wanting to read this forever, but I actually know very little about it.
Okay, so I know it’s set in 1940ish, but that’s it. I’m going to say there’s a group of people called the Diviners and this, supposedly ordinary girl stumbles across the group and then she learns magic? Oh, I have no idea.
Maybe there’s some sort of secret society who are planning to take over the city? That would be interesting.
Goodreads: Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.
Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.
As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened.
Yep, pretty wrong again! I didn’t even get the year right! I did sort of guess that Evie would have some kind of magical power but I figured she didn’t know and then she found this whole society of magic users who are going to rebel. So, pretty off!
There wasn’t a given amount of book to guess, so I’m going to stop after four so I don’t embarrass myself anymore. This tag is a lot harder then it seems and it goes to show that you can’t always judge a book by it’s cover, because you’ll probably be wrong.
This tag is pretty old now so I’m not sure who’s been tagged or not, so if you haven’t done this tag and would like to, I tag you! It’s fun to try an guess and then see how wrong you are.