Welcome to our second official post of Cover Tells All! This is a weekly meme that we created that we feel everyone is going to absolutely love. Here's how it works:We sit down with some of our friends and family and show them a few book covers that they've never seen before. The people we ask are not big readers and do not have any access to the internet or anything other than their own imaginations. Looking only at the cover of the book, they have to tell us (in the most detail possible) what they think that the plot is about. This is super fun because some people actually guess super correctly, and some answers are so wacky that they're just hard to believe. So on every Saturday we will be putting up a new #CoverTellsAll post with an interview with a whole new person!
*Note: The answers posted here are word-for-word what our friends and family guessed!
Today we have our good friend Brianna here for our second-ever #CoverTellsAll post!
Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I think the story is probably something along the lines of like probably the girls either get into a fight and stop talking or one dies or moves away or something, so the story is how they live without each other.
It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back? Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough. Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a stranger? Um... Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she’ll find? Go skinny-dipping Wait...what?
Brianna was actually super close with this one! She basically got the entire summary right, which was very impressive. Sloane did move away and it was about how Emily had to live without her - so she got it entirely correct!
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Oh, this is a hard one. I'm thinking maybe something about a battle or fight or murder around down and that girl is hiding in a closet with shingles where you can see right through it just like every basic girl in a horror movie...
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all. Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?
Brianna was semi-right with this one. As you can tell from the title, there is a murder (or a series of them, actually) that takes place each dawn. The part she was a little off on was the hiding part, because the cover isn't meant to be taken literally. But still a very good guess!
Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn
Okay, well this girl is making a difficult decision and she needs one more piece to the puzzle to help her make her decision - like if she stays where she's in a coma and has to decide if she's going to stay in the otherworld or not.
On a cool autumn night, Annaliese Rose Gordon stumbled out of the woods and into a high school party. She was screaming. Drenched in blood. Then she vanished. A year later, Annaliese is found wandering down a road hundreds of miles away. She doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know how she got there. She only knows one thing: She is not the real Annaliese Rose Gordon. Now Annaliese is haunted by strange visions and broken memories. Memories of a reckless, desperate wish . . . a bloody razor . . . and the faces of other girls who disappeared. Piece by piece, Annaliese's fractured memories come together to reveal a violent, endless cycle that she will never escape—unless she can unlock the twisted secrets of her past.
There are definitely some otherworldly elements to this book. Brianna's answer was super creative even if it wasn't correct!
The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel
I think it's about a girl who fights evil forces. I don't even know honestly, there's not much to go on here.
Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty--forced marriages and murder plots--for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall's borders. But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy's life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she's fought for.
Even though Brianna didn't have much to go off of, she was actually kind of right!
Zodiac by Romina Russell
Okay, so the crab zodiac sign is Cancer so it's about someone who gets cancer, maybe. Or no - that kind of looks like space so maybe they get abducted by aliens.
Rhoma Grace is a 16-year-old student from House Cancer with an unusual way of reading the stars. While her classmates use measurements to make accurate astrological predictions, Rho can’t solve for ‘x’ to save her life—so instead, she looks up at the night sky and makes up stories. When a violent blast strikes the moons of Cancer, sending its ocean planet off-kilter and killing thousands of citizens—including its beloved Guardian—Rho is more surprised than anyone when she is named the House’s new leader. But, a true Cancerian who loves her home fiercely and will protect her people no matter what, Rho accepts. Then, when more Houses fall victim to freak weather catastrophes, Rho starts seeing a pattern in the stars. She suspects Ophiuchus—the exiled 13th Guardian of Zodiac legend—has returned to exact his revenge across the Galaxy. Now Rho—along with Hysan Dax, a young envoy from House Libra, and Mathias, her guide and a member of her Royal Guard—must travel through the Zodiac to warn the other Guardians. But who will believe anything this young novice says? Whom can Rho trust in a universe defined by differences? And how can she convince twelve worlds to unite as one Zodiac?
At least Brianna was able to recognize that Cancer (the sign, not the disease) is an important part of this book! She definitely earns some creativity points as well, LOL! :-)
Overall, Brianna did a pretty good job at being our second test subject for this. She got more correct than Rob did last week, which was pretty impressive and basically proves that girls rule. ;-) We were very impressed! We're also super exciting to be doing this every week, so comment down below with who you think we should ask next! Our sisters? Parents? Teachers? What do you guys want to see? Let us know, and thank you so much for taking the time to check out our second Cover Tells All post! What did you think of it?