Cover Comparison + Cursed Child Updates

I absolutely love looking at book covers, and despite the saying ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’, I’m pretty sure I’ve judged many books by its cover. Today I’m going to compare the first edition covers of some books, with other editions – it could be an international cover, a different edition, or even a fan made cover. These are just some of my absolute favourites!


Cress by Marissa Meyer

So one of the covers as you can see is the original cover for Cress, the third book in The Lunar Chronicles series. I really like this cover, it’s really pretty and totally relevant to the story too, what with the long-haired Rapunzel figure sitting on the floor. But then you see the French edition. Idk why but ever since I first saw that cover I have been obsessed with it. It’s so, so, so pretty!! It’s way more eye catching than the original. It has an amazing galaxy in the back (I love galaxies) and Cress herself seems so much more amazing, you know? It’s just soooo beautiful! I want the French edition…*fangirls* 🙂


Winter by Marissa Meyer

Okay, seeing as we spoke about Cress in the previous paragraph, obviously I had to mention another one of my favourites in Marissa Meyer’s books – Winter. Winter is the last book, and the original cover is also stunning, but look at the Vietnamese cover!!! Okay, you may say they look super similar, but the Vietnamese one is soooo much nicer! And you can even see a reflection of a girl in the apple, although I’m not sure who that girl is as she certainly isn’t Winter. It’s just so nice and sparkly, and blue and aahhhh! I also love the font much better than the original font – the Vietnamese covers for all the TLC books use this font and personally I think it’s way more attractive.


Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Okay so I’m not sure if the original cover is the original original cover as I’m pretty sure there is another one, but this is the one I have so let’s just stick with it. I really don’t like it, the original. Who’s that girl at the top listening to music? Because it isn’t Eleanor, for sure. She’s way too skinny to be Eleanor – and the whole point of Eleanor is that she isn’t a stereotypical skinny girl!!! Ugh. Annoying. I like this other cover though (credits to the unnamed source – it’s amazing). It looks way more attractive and even fits the book better. I’m guessing the Converses are Park, coz Eleanor wears Vans, and that crazy mop of hair at the top is Eleanor. See – it fits.


City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Okay, last but not least, let’s take a look at the City of Bones original edition and the German edition. If I’m honest, I like both of them the same. But they seriously messed up the rest of the English editions – I mean the one you see above the first edition (I think?) is perfectly fine. Then you see the newer covers, the ones with the massive font and ugly colours. Ah I hate I!

the-mortal-instrument-redesign

Just no.

 But back to the German cover, I really like it! It gives the sense that the book is this intriguing fantasy with all these magical creatures. It looks awesome, although I’m not too sure about those birds – what even are they?


Cursed Child Updates

So if you saw my review on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children yesterday, you would’ve seen the pictures released of the Potter family, i.e Harry, Ginny and Albus Severus Potter. It was awesome. Well, today Pottermore has released the images of the Granger-Weasley family (yes they combined names!!), including Ron (Paul Thornley), Hermione (Noma Dumezwini) and Rose (Cherelle Skeete).

How awesome does it look!!! It’s perfect, I’m sooo excited about the play, even though I haven’t even got any tickets (*whispers furiously in hope it will make everything true* You will get tickets, Vibha, you will.) I’m fangirling so hard, it’s perfecttttt.

I honestly don’t see what all the fuss is about Noma Dumezwini being Hermione, because in my opinion she’s perfect for the role! It’s a nice change, and it doesn’t matter that she looks nothing like Emma Watson!

The third and final release of photos will be out tomorrow, and it will show two more wizarding characters of importance to the story. I’m hoping it will be the Malfoy family – because then maybe they may drop a hint that Scorose might become canon…*fingers crossed*.

Oh, and if you read our blog on the website, rather than on WP Reader, you would’ve seen that our little Cursed Child countdown widget says exactly 60 days – 2 months – until the 31st July!!! We’re getting ever closer to the big day!


Hope you enjoyed this post! I may do another cover comparison, only a negative one, with bad covers, coz why not :). However, I’ve made many such promises in the past, saying that ‘I’ll do another such post very shortly’ and then never done it, so I wouldn’t get your hopes up too high…speaking of which I should probably write all those posts I promised in the past, shouldn’t I? Whoops.

Another note – we won’t be doing the Monthly Wrap Up, TBR or Anticipated Reads this June, as it is a meme all three of us like to do together, and right now Lynette is quite busy, so we’ll miss it out for this month. Also we’ve been tagged for a whole bunch of tags and awards, so we’ll post them as well when Lynette’s back. 🙂

Anyways, tell me what you think of those covers. Are they nicer than the original? Do you have your own personal favourites? And also what do you think about the Cursed Child cast?

-V

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April 2016 Wrap Up + May TBR

 

Wow, what a month! It went by so quickly, it only seems like yesterday when we first started off this blog! Now, we’ve got quite a few followers, lots of posts, we’ve joined in with memes, and this is our first Wrap Up! We know that lots of people do Wrap Ups differently, some people only include what they read and what they want to read, whereas others share their book hauls. We’re going to put our own twist on this wrap up, so we hope you enjoy it!


What We Read Last Month

Mia: I didn’t get much reading done last month as unfortunately I was quite busy. I’ve read Stone Cold by Robert Swindells, but that was a school book so it doesn’t really count. I read Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare and Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. I’ve also reread Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and The Infernal Devices. I’m currently reading Mansfield Park by Jane Austen, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and Hunger by Michael Grant. Oh, and I’m reading Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer, but as I haven’t touched that for about 3 months I don’t think that counts.

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Lynette: I haven’t managed to read a whole lot, as I have been  quite busy as well. I’ve read Cinder by Marissa Meyer, All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, reread Inkspell by Cornelia Funke, reread the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth, and I’m currently reading Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, The Lie Tree by France’s Hardinge and The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. Like my friends, I am also reading Stone Cold by Robert Swindells for school. I got hold of some Black Butler manga in Japan, so I read two books of that as well.

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Vibha: I read quite a lot this past month, which is great seeing as I’m slowly ploughing through the ginormous mountain that is my TBR. Also, I guess it makes up for May, seeing as I doubt I’ll get much reading time this month. Like Mia and Lynette, I’m also currently reading Stone Cold (for school), but I didn’t really think it counted, so meh.

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What We Plan To Read This Month

Mia: I have thousands of books I want to read, but I’ll just pick a realistic number of them. I have to finish Twilight Eclipse within the week, or my friend who I borrowed it from will kill me. Once I’ve finished that one, I’ll read the fourth book as well. I want to finish Mansfield Park, and read as many classics as I can. I think I’m going to start my copy of Great Expectations…. I also want to finish Red Queen and its sequel Glass Sword, and I desperately want to finish the Throne of Glass series, but that might take a while. I also want to read A Court of Thorns and Roses, another book by Sarah J Maas, and it’s sequel, A Court of Mist and Fury,which is coming out this month, but I’m going to try and finish of the books and series that I’m halfway through first. I also am desperate to read The Trials of Apollo, coming out this month, by Rick Riordan. I doubt I’ll manage all that, but if I do then I’d like to finish Hunger and the rest of the series as well. I’m gonna use this month to try and finish all the series I started.

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Lynette: I want to finish The Lunar Chronicles and the Throne Of Glass series (I read the first book a couple months back). I also want to finish the current books I am reading right now (Carry On, The Lie Tree and The Rest Of Us Just Live Here). I also want to read some more Black Butler as well. I would like to read more, but I probably won’t have time.

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Vibha: My April TBR is pretty over ambitious, I doubt I’ll get much reading time, but oh well, it’s worth a try! If I get even halfway through this list, I’ll be more than happy, but for now, take a look at my unrealistic and over ambitious April TBR!

 

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Reviews Posted In The Past Month

1.Red Queen (Red Queen #1) – Book Review

2. Every Day – Book Review

3. Faceless – Book Review

4. Everything, Everything- Book Review

5. The Art of Being Normal – UKYA Book Review


Quote of the Month

Mia: Hmm, a quote of the month is going to be hard, but I think I have to choose something from Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare. When Emma Carstairs is dumping Cameron by a phone call, her friend Christina tells her to use her I statements. Emma then says to Cameron:

” “This is about me, not you,” she said into the phone. Christina gave her an encouraging thumbs-up. “I am sick of you.” She smiled brightly as Christina dropped her face into her hands. “

Cassandra Clare, Lady Midnight

This quote is just 👌. If I’m ever dumping someone, I’m gonna use this. This is just one example of Emma’s incredible sass. She could take on Jace Herondale in a sass battle. I wonder who would win……

 

Lynette: I wasn’t really sure what quote I should use,  but in the end I settled for a quote from All The Bright Places.

“You are all the colours in one, at full brightness.”

Jennifer Niven, All The Bright Places

This was a really sweet quote, and I know it’s quite obvious, but I just find a lot of beauty in this quote. It’s really lovely.

 

Vibha: Gosh, I don’t know what quote to use! I think I’d have to pick the quote from Red Queen (a pretty obvious quote to use, but still, I like it).

“I am the King, and you could’ve been my Red Queen. Now, you are nothing.”

Victoria Aveyard, Red Queen

This was one of those drop-the-book-and-stare-at-a-wall quotes. I love it, and yet I hate it.

 


5 Most Popular Posts of the Month

  1. Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Bookworm Delights
  2. Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books Every X Should Read
  3. 10 Facts About Harry Potter #5
  4. TBR Jar
  5. Thoughts On Reading Slumps

What To Expect This Month

We can’t really guarantee much this month, as we have loads of exams, however we’ll try to post when we can. We may have to miss out a couple of our weekly memes here and there, especially during the week of our ‘main’ exams.


Hope you enjoyed our first wrap up! We’d love to hear your comments on what you think, and feel free to drop a link of your wrap ups down below, as we love reading them!

-V, L and M

Anticipated Reads – May 2016

Anticipated Reads is a monthly feature here at Geeky Fangirls, where we showcase upcoming releases of the month. This month, May, is a pretty awesome month, with some great books coming out, so I’m really excited to share them with you! I’ll feature the books in chronological order of release, and I will also make sure to include the Amazon, Book Depository, Waterstones and Barnes & Noble links, if you would like to pre-order them. If you click on the cover it will take you to the Goodreads page, where you can read the synopsis. Let’s head straight in!


Trials of ApolloThe Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

Release date: 3rd May

I’m super excited for The Hidden Oracle! If I’m honest, the blurb itself sounds pretty bland, but I’m still going to read it for the PJO cameos and references. I’d love to hear more about The Seven, especially Percabeth!

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imageThe Crown (The Selection #5) by Kiera Cass

Release date: May 3rd

Although I haven’t yet started The Selection series, it’s pretty high up on my TBR, so I hope to start it very soon. I’m not going to talk about The Crown as if I know what’s going on, so if you’d like to find out more, click on the picture, which will redirect you to the Goodreads page.

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imageA Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Release date: May 3rd

Like The Selection, I haven’t yet started this series (or any of the Sarah J. Maas books for that matter), but as you may have seen in our Monthly Wrap Up, I’m actually hoping to start Throne of Glass and ACOTAR this May.

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Book Depository
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imageRuined (Ruined #1) by Amy Tintera

Release date: May 3rd

This is the first book in a series, and seems to be pretty interesting, although I’m not sure if it’s a kind of book that I’ll go running to grab the day it comes out. Anyways, I’ll definitely add it to my TBR and perhaps I’ll read it later on in the year.

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imageThe Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey

Release date: May 24th

I haven’t actually started The 5th Wave series yet, but I really want to – it seems pretty interesting. I saw the movie trailer and that looked amazing, so hopefully I’ll get to start The 5th Wave soon…gosh, there’s a lot of books I need to start soon!

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Book Depository
Waterstones
Barnes & Noble


Well that’s it for now! Obviously there are a lot more releases this month, but these seem to be the main ones. You can check out any others on this link. Also, I had to insert a lot of links in this post, and I may have made a mistake and inserted the wrong link. If you spot any errors, please do tell me so I can change it! Thanks, and hope you enjoyed my post!

Bookish Gift Ideas #1

Every book lover loves bookish gifts. No matter what it is, I’m sure said bookworm would love it, if it has some relation to books. However, a problem I have with buying gifts for my (very bookish) best friends is that book merch can often be very expensive. Therefore, I thought I’d compile a list of some bookish gift ideas, to help you give presents to your friend, family member, or who knows, you could even reward yourself!

When I first wrote out his post it was sooo long, that I thought it would probably be best if I split it into different parts. Plus, this way I can always add to it like, 10 months later if I get some more ideas! Anyways, this is Part 1 – mugs, bookmarks and candles! Enjoy!


Mugs – Let’s face it. Mugs are awesome. Who doesn’t love bookish mugs!? I reckon that apart from books themselves, mugs are the next best thing to recieve as a present. Everyone uses mugs, so you don’t have to fear that the present you give will be lying unused and unloved at the back of someone’s cupboard. There’s also some pretty epic mug designs out there – from quotes and phrases, pictures and logos, to morphing colour changing photos – mugs are awesome. Here are a couple of my personal favourites. The links are below.

All The Stories Are True – Redbubble, £9.73 (top left)

So Many Books – Redbubble, £9.73 (bottom right)

Mischief Managed Colour Changing Mug – Etsy, £9.44 (bottom left)

They Are Not Only Books – Etsy, £8.02 (top right)


Scented candles – I’ve seen scented candles everywhere. I’m pretty sure every bibliophile but me has a bookish scented candle. I really want a bookish scented candle, they look awesome! There are so many bookish candles out there, from the scent of Old Books to the scent of Trashy Romance Novels, bookish scented candles are perfect gifts. Not only do they make the room smell heavenly, but they are also great for decorating your shelves, as they look quite attractive. Here are a couple of scented candles I liked – rather than using links for the individual products like I did above for the mugs, I put the link of the overall shop itself, as most of the scented candle sellers have more than one amazing product.

Old Books Scent – Frostbeard Studios, around £12.50 – yeah, slightly more expensive than other candles, but this is one of the most popular bookish scented candle shops so I’m guessing it’s quite amazing (top right)

Pemberley Manor Scent – From The Pages’ Etsy Shop, around £7.85 (bottom right)

Wuthering Heights scent – OldGlowCandles’ Etsy Shop, around £9.99 (top left)

Parabatai scent – NovellyYours’ Etsy Shop, around £7.85 (bottom left)


Bookmarks – What’s not bookish about bookmarks!? Every bookworm loves bookmarks, I’m sure. And I know that I for one can never have too many bookmarks. There’s something special about bookmarks, especially if you have lots of them. Every time you take a look at the bookmark you have memories of the book that said bookmark…well, marked. And bookmarks come in all shapes and sizes! You get corner bookmarks, magnetic ones, and normal rectangular ones – bookmarks are awesome! 

Lamp on Book Bookmark – Fancy.com, $12 (bottom right)

Squashed Man Bookmark – Amazon, £4.99 (top right)

Harry Potter Characters Magnetic Bookmark – Etsy, £1.93 per character (top left)

Fearless Rune Bookmark – Etsy, £9.00 (bottom left)


Hope you enjoyed that post! I’ll do another one of these sometime soon..perhaps for jewellery and other wearables…

-V

TBR Jar

I made a TBR jar! I’ve wanted to make this for a long time, as my TBR list seems to be growing longer by the minute, making it harder to pick my next book. TBR stands for To-Be Read…my TBR list consists of 150 books…😬
  
   
The idea of a TBR Jar is to basically write the titles of the books on your TBR list, onto small slips of paper. These slips of paper then go into the jar. When you need a book to read, but don’t know which, you simply pick a random slip of paper – and there, you have a lovely book to read!

Feel free to save the image of the label I used for my jar, if you’d like to use it on your own jar.

I really liked this idea! The only fault I had with a TBR jar is – do you put new releases into it? Because if you do, it’ll get lost in the pile with other books, and you’ll probably not be reading it for months to come…

Tell me what you think!

– V