I feel so pleased with this week’s Top Five Tuesday with Bionic Book Worm because I finally get to defend my poor books who have terrible covers but are actually amazing and deserve love.
bad book covers are tragic and unjust and saddening.
Imagine how many books I’ve passed up because they look bad???
Heroes for Ghosts by Jackie North // OH GOD. My love for this book is so strong and true, and it’s HEARTBREAKING that the cover looks so cheesy. Because this book is magical.
It’s 1916 in Ornes, France, and Stanley, the purest and sweetest 19 yo American Doughboy who ever was, is a soldier in the Battle of Ornes.
His friends have just been killed and they need to get a message across the battle field for retreat.
He has nothing to lose, his heart is already broken because his poor friends are dead, so he volunteers for what’s inevitably a suicide mission.
200 lives are at stake. Stanley darts into the fray to meet his fate, just as mustard gas is thrown directly over him.
Then he wakes up in the same field, but it’s suddenly modern day.
As he scrambles to collect himself, he literally trips over Devon, a WW1 geek writing a college thesis on the Battle of Ornes.
and they are soul mates and their relationship makes me cry.
But whenever Stanley falls asleep he wakes up again on the battle field, relives his mission, dies, and then he’s with Devon again. What does he have to do to stay with Devon forever???
This is the cutest love story, mostly because Stanley is the cutest character I’ve ever known.
- When Stanley is taken to Devon’s place, he sees fresh oranges in the kitchen. It’s like Christmas and his birthday at once but he thinks it’s impolite to ask for one
- so he says,
- “maybe if I don’t cause Devon too much trouble, he might offer me an orange of my ~very~ own.”
- HE’S PURE
- AND HE’S A MARSHMALLOW.
- Kissing shocks him because “oh gosh, our mothers have CERTAINLY never met.”
- fellows cannot have relations without their mothers meeting!
- so innocent!!!
- I wanted to shelter him from this cruel world.
In sum, read this book for Stanley because he deserves to be loved.
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness // I wasn’t a big fan of this book, but it’s way better than this horrible cover makes it out to be. Todd’s relationship with his talking dog!!!! BADASS VIOLA WHO SHOCKS ME WITH HER GRYFFINDOR BRAVERY.
The prose is very unique, stark, childlike, and cruel.
I just wish the plot was MORE.
The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic // I know what you’re thinking, “BUT WHAT????THIS IS YOU’RE FAVORITE BOOK EVER WHAT ON EARTH?????”
But I’m a rational person and despite my extreme bias, i know this cover is
maybe kind of a little bit less than perfect.
that was so hard to write. D’:
But this story is SO RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING and the cover is travesty, I promise after you read the series you’ll say “oh my, that cover is so devastatingly gorgeous. i want it tattooed on my body”
Bear, Otter, & the Kid by TJ Klune //The title and cover of this book do not show how FLUFFY and LOVABLE it actually is!!!! It’s a contemporary love story about a teenage boy who is left to raise his little brother on his own when his mom bails.
The brother dynamic reminded me so much of Sam and Dean Winchester from Supernatural c:
Bear is precious and hilarious, he overthinks EVERYTHING and I relate to him so much.
In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish // I cannot imagine who decided naked torsos surely draw readers in, because I personally always think “BARE SKIN???? surely this is going to be a cheap romance with no emotional substance.”
But this was not the case, it was actually a sweet and dramatic story with a complex MC.
Daniel is a 20ish yo literature professor who loves The Secret History and tattoos. He grew up in a slummy neighborhood with an abusive family and he doesn’t understand the concept of *trust* whatsoever,
but HE’S SO LOVABLE AND HE TRIES SO HARD.
Daniel’s voice in this book was perfect, I would read an entire book with him just ranting. And the banter with his best friend, Ginger!!!!! ~she’s the love of my life~ c:
Have you ever loved a book despite its ugly cover?
Have you ever had a moment when the cover was just too much and there was no looking past it? this is a judgement free zone c:
Do you think you might love Stanley?