Judging a Book by its Cover

I did this a few months ago under a different name (Making Assumptions About Books I’ve Never Read) but I thought, hey! New books, new covers, more things I haven’t had a chance to read yet – why not!?

I’m always catching myself making assumptions about books and what they’ll be about based on the cover. Usually I go for aesthetically pretty covers because I think they’re pretty (duh), which means that sometimes I buy a book without even knowing what it’s about. It’s pretty ridiculous and I really have to stop myself form doing it! Today, I am going to be making assumptions about what these books are about based on their cover and title alone. I will post the actual synopsis under my assumption so you can laugh at me at how badly I guess these books!

All of these assumptions are written BEFORE I read the synopsis and paste it below. Let me know how well you think I did on guessing these!


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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So the first thing I see when I look at this book is a super feathery mask. So I’m going to assume that this book is about a girl who can masquerade herself in shadows and can either hide her appearance or change it to avoid detection. She uses this ability to hide away from people who want to kill her until one day she is discovered. She runs for her life before finding a super cute traveller who agrees to help take down her evil pursuers! Or something like that!


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?


Warcross by Marie Lu

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I don’t know much about Warcross, but from the little bit I do know, I think it takes place in a game? So I’m going to go with, our main character is a gamer girl and is obsessed with beating this game. One day she logs on and realizes that the game is more than just a game, it’s real. There’s a competition to win a bunch of money if you beat the game, and our main character wants to win it, so she teams up with other players to win the money and try not to die while doing it.


Synopsis from Goodreads:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life.

The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.


Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

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I’m pretty sure I own this book and just haven’t read it (I think from OwlCrate?). I honestly don’t remember what the synopsis was, so here we go!

This book is about a girl who is possessed by a fox spirit/demon/thing, I don’t want to call it the nine-tailed fox because I’m not sure if that’s accurate, but something similar. Or she has to battle an evil fox demon type thing. She trains with/to battle the fox spirit. She is ready to battle this entity (or with it) and realizes that the fox demon isn’t the enemy, it’s their current ruler. The fox spirit wants to take down the ruler of her nation for their cruelty and she has to help.


Synopsis from Goodreads:

One thousand years ago, the great Kami Dragon was summoned to grant a single terrible wish—and the land of Iwagoto was plunged into an age of darkness and chaos.

Now, for whoever holds the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers, a new wish will be granted. A new age is about to dawn.

Raised by monks in the isolated Silent Winds temple, Yumeko has trained all her life to hide her yokai nature. Half kitsune, half human, her skill with illusion is matched only by her penchant for mischief. Until the day her home is burned to the ground, her adoptive family is brutally slain and she is forced to flee for her life with the temple’s greatest treasure—one part of the ancient scroll.

There are many who would claim the dragon’s wish for their own. Kage Tatsumi, a mysterious samurai of the Shadow Clan, is one such hunter, under orders to retrieve the scroll…at any cost. Fate brings Kage and Yumeko together. With a promise to lead him to the scroll, an uneasy alliance is formed, offering Yumeko her best hope for survival. But he seeks what she has hidden away, and her deception could ultimately tear them both apart.

With an army of demons at her heels and the unlikeliest of allies at her side, Yumeko’s secrets are more than a matter of life or death. They are the key to the fate of the world itself.


How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

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So I’m going to assume this is either a thriller or a paranormal novel, but for today, I’ll go with thriller. So this book is about a girl who moves into a new town with a creepy history. She moves into an old house that people were murdered in and finds clues towards what happened to them! As she uncovers the mystery of this persons death, she realizes that she is in danger herself, and the killer is still out there!


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Here is what happens when your mother dies.

It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart.

That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone.

Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark.


Okay, I love writing these posts, they’re so fun. And I was wrong on like every single book I guessed which makes it even funnier to me.

Thanks for joining me today on “How to Embarrass Yourself 101”, join me next week as I continue to make a fool of myself over books!

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