Thank you to the wonderful Tasha and Ashley W. for the tag. The tag was originally created byTrey Schnarr Books
So for this challenge what you do is you pick a few books (typically well known) that you have very little knowledge of or nothing at all and guess what they are about based on the cover and title alone. Then, you compare it with the actual blurb on Goodreads and see how you fare.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Above the title there’s a tag line ” The greatest risk is not taking one.” So much for for being brave? I’m assuming the main character is risk-adverse….However, as I look at the book cover (it screams brightness and happy) so at some point our main character stops being a scaredy-cat and maybe finally comes out of her comfort zone. Honestly I don’t have a damn clue how the title correlates with the picture. Everything, Everything what?!
Actual Blurb:My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Metaphorically speaking, the title seems like there’s death that’s going to happen at some point. And in one of the post its it highlights that it’s as a “story of a boy called Finch and a girl named Violet.” There’s also a bird and a flower–bird probably represents Finch (could represent freedom) and the flower is representation of Violet (metaphorically and literally). They probably used post-its to write notes to each other? I’m assuming it’s one of those sappy romance that’s suppose to inspire me and make such a huge impact in my life. *note the sarcasm*
Actual Blurb: Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
I feel like the title just tells you the story. Since there’s a girl writing, I’m assuming she is writing letters to dead people. I mean what else could she be doing?
Actual Blurb: Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to the dead—to people like Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse—though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating the choppy waters of new friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time, and, most important, trying to grieve for May. But how do you mourn for someone you haven’t forgiven? It’s not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself that she can finally accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was—lovely and amazing and deeply flawed—can she truly start to discover her own path.
Zeroes by Scott Westerfield
The tag line is “every power has a price”. From this I can assume that our main character(s) has this superpower and they are all after him/her/them? These so called characters probably label themselves as zeroes, hence, the title. This book will probably all action-packed with some crazy s*it happening.
Actual Blurb: Ethan, aka “Scam,” has a way with words. When he opens his mouth, whatever he wants you to hear comes out. But Ethan isn’t just a smooth talker. He has a unique ability to say things he doesn’t consciously even know. Sometimes the voice helps, but sometimes it hurts – like now, when the voice has lied and has landed Ethan in a massive mess. So now Ethan needs help. And he needs to go to the last people who would ever want to help him – his former group of friends, the self-named “zeros” who also all possess similarly double-edged abilities, and who are all angry at Ethan for their own respective reasons. Brought back together by Scam’s latest mischief, they find themselves entangled in an epic, whirlwind adventure packed with as much interpersonal drama as mind-bending action.
Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Okay I will just say that this cover is absolutely gorgeous. I think the setting takes place in the sky which is represented by the feathers and the birds and the place is probably called Magonia. Maybe the main character is going to Magonia and that’s where his/her adventure starts. Seriously the picture of a feather is not giving me that many clues.
Actual Blurb: Aza Ray is drowning in thin air. Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name. Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia. Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?
Overall I think I did okay even though my guesses weren’t that close.
And because I haven’t tagged anyone in the last couple of book tags I’ve done recently I will be tagging other bloggers to do this one.
Amber@Wild Heart Reviews
Catia@ The Girl Who Read Too Much
Charley@ Books and Bakes
Deanna@A Novel Glimpse
Giselle@Hard Work Boulevard
Josie@ Josie’s Book Corner
Trisha Ann@ The Bookgasm
and anyone else who wants to do this challenge!