Valentines Day is upon us. Now, I have never been one for V-day, but I remember as a child waking up for school and seeing that my dad had made origami paper towel roses and left them on our dresser before he left for work. To some it may seem so simple, but to me as a child and having an extremely…rough…relationship with my dad from middle school on, it was a small thing that meant the world. It made me feel like he loved me so much to take time to make them before he left early for work. Now that I am a mom, I literally spend the week of V-Day labeling my boys’ cards for school (this year my toddler chose Paw Patrol for him and his baby brother to hand out) and colorful shoe boxes. I will say, last year was the best V-Day for me because I was 7 months pregnant with Taryn, and my husband bought me $100 worth of my favorite chocolate from Malley’s Chocolate Company, literally my favorite chocolate only available in my home state, Ohio.
In honor of Valentines Day coming up, today is Love Freebie! I’m listing my top 10 cover loves. I know everyone says don’t judge a book by its cover, but if it’s a book I have never heard of, I totally judge their cover to determine if I should read it…I am slowly turning my husband into my blogger photographer, so bear with the images as they look nowhere near as perfect as my book blogger idols.
There are various covers of this book, but this is by far my favorite mass released. I also got the FaeCrate copy, which you can see in my main picture. Now, that one is my all time favorite! The black and white remind me of playing cards, and the sprayed edges are just so cool! Check out my review here
This cover is beautiful, this book is phenomenal, it’s all just amazing! This cover is just so powerful, and I think really captivates when Elisabeth finds a strength within herself. This book truly was one to not put down. I already want to reread it. My main qualm with this book, it’s a standalone! Margaret, how could you do this to me?! I included in my cover picture a special edition purple background cover also. Purple is my favorite color, but I can’t decide if I like the original or purple edition better.
All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.
Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.
As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.
I will be honest, I have yet to read this. Why? What is wrong with me???? This cover just gives the main character a truly witchy vibe. It makes me almost scared of the main character. Anyone read this yet?
Everyone knows what happens in the end. A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss. But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends. One feared, one royal, and one already dead.
Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.
A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.
But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.
I’ll be honest, I have a weakness for any books and covers that have a nautical vibe. I also have not read this yet. Geez, I’m a bit behind in reading books I own. I did buy this book though for its initial cover. Just look at it!
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.
Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.
Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?
When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.
I loved this book and cover! If you have yet to snag a copy, the cover is also slightly raised, giving it a wonderful dimension. The cover gives that light and dark vibe. This book definitely met the cover’s expectations. It was filled with wonderfully strong MCs, deception, and beautiful action. There were plenty of twists and turns that made it a book unable to put down.
Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.
Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.
Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.
The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.
And love makes fools of us all.
This cover is so captivating! The gold was also shiny, not like a matte paint, so it gave the image a more dynamic look. I loved this book as well! If you missed my review, check it out here. I included in my main picture the special edition cover I also received in one of my monthly boxes. It gave the cover a darker vibe that was hidden in the book.
From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.
There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.
Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.
To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur’s knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.
Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?
I loved that every book in this series had this same color scheme. This cover is just so exciting! It really captivates that superhero/villian vibe I think. What you can’t see in the picture is the raised dimensions to the cover, and the difference between matte and shiny in the colors, which truly gave this final cover a beautiful dimension to see up close. This series has been one of my favorites. I will admit, I have yet to read Supernova, but mainly because I am not ready to accept the end of the series!
All’s fair in love and anarchy…
The epic conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s thrilling Renegades Trilogy finds Nova and Adrian fighting to keep their identities secret. While the battle rages on between their alter egos and their allies, there is a darker threat shrouding Gatlon City.
The Renegades’ worst enemy is back among them, threatening to reclaim Gatlon City. Nova and Adrian must brave lies and betrayal to protect those they love. Their greatest fears are about to come to life, and unless they can bridge the divide between heroes and villains, they stand to lose everything. Including each other.
Intrigue and action will leave readers on edge until the final, shocking secrets are revealed.
I loved every single cover of this series except for the last! Is that horrible? Every cover represented a different color, which I thought was so cool. They all also had a darker tone to the color chosen for their cover. But the last was this bright yellow. First, I hate yellow. Second, there is nothing bright of Kingdom of Ash. It is literally full of death, including characters I truly loved, and the ending for Aelin/Celaena…ugh I was so mad with what she had to pay to complete the prophecy (I am really trying to be vague here for anyone that has yet to finish the series).
I love the aesthetic for the covers of this series! LOVE! It was initially the cover that made me put this on my TBR list. The book itself was a good 4/5 stars. Check out my review here if you missed it.
Its sequel…yea that’s a different matter. If you have a lot of hope going into A Heart so Fierce and Broken, perhaps read it with a bottle of wine. That may soften your heart breaking with disappointment. Though the wine won’t help you push through finishing the slow plot that is AHSFAB. Here’s my review for A Heart so Fierce and Broken.
Fall in love, break the curse.
Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.
Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.
Break the curse, save the kingdom.
Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.
Again, another I have yet to read, but also because its sequel is not releasing until 2021. I love books with French undertones.
Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians…
When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
With dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. There, she gambles at cards, desperate to have enough to keep herself and her sister safe. Yet the longer she stays at court, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile her resentment of the nobles with the enchantments of Versailles. And when she returns to Paris, Camille meets a handsome young balloonist—who dares her to hope that love and liberty may both be possible.
But la magie has its costs. And when Camille loses control of her secrets, the game she’s playing turns deadly. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic—before Paris burns…
Are any of these on your TBR or read lists? What are some of your favorite covers? Do you do anything fun for Valentines Day?
For all my book lovers that are alone this week, or feel unloved, know that you ARE loved! When you are alone, it is in books that we find a family, a friendship, spread far and wide through the unending pages of paper and ink across the world. Sending you all love and light.