Hi everyone! So if you are a regular reader, you will know that I take part in the Blogger book nook run by Abbey and Tabitha every month. If you are new to this, it is a book group where Abbey and Tabitha set a prompt for each month with questions relating to it in order to motivate us to read a book relating to the prompt and review it. This month’s prompt was an interesting one as it goes against every instinct I have as a reader…to judge a book by it’s cover. For this prompt, I chose The girl of ink and stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave because it has such a beautiful cover and struck me as something I would read.
“Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped. When her closest friend disappears into the island’s Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart.
But the world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.”
Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
So I have to admit I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would. I did enjoy it to some extent but it just ended up being average if I am being honest. I think the one thing that brought the rating down for me was the fact I had to think about how some of the words were pronounced. It sounds silly but I feel like it does take away from the essence of the story if you have to think about how a word should be said. I also feel like the story didn’t really go the way I had anticipated it to and some of the things maybe happened a bit too early on.
I did like the character of Isabella, I found her quite endearing at times. I also liked the kind of magical element of the story. The story overall was interesting and I did quite like the way it ended, I just felt like it was missing something. I wasn’t overly fond of the governors daughter Lupe and I feel like she was what ruined it a little because she was a bit of a spoilt brat and kind of took the lime light away from Isabella in the end so I found it quite hard to like her. I also felt it didn’t fully pull me in to the story.
Q1. Which book currently on your shelf has the most beautiful cover?
I feel inclined to say The girl of ink and stars probably has the most beautiful cover of the books that I currently own. This book also had really nice illustrations on the pages. However, looking at some of the books that I own there is just something that draws you in to all of them. On the other side by Carrie Hope Fletcher has a really nice cover.
Q2. Is picking a book based on its cover something you do regularly?
No way! I would never ever pick a book solely on its cover. I may pick up a book based on its cover initially but I would have to read the blurb to see whether it would be something I would enjoy. I will admit some blurbs don’t always give the best indication but I could never buy a book just based on the cover. I also prefer to buy books that are by authors similar to ones I have read before so in that case I might buy a book based on the cover.
Q3. If a book was written about your life, what would be on the cover?
Ooh, interesting question! I would have one of two things – it would either be something bold like a silhouette and bright colours or something simplistic but still beautiful, it would draw you in with it’s simplicity.
Q4. Do you prefer hardback or paperback covers? Why?
Probably 99% of the time I will go with paperbacks because they are lighter and smaller and the dust covers get on my nerves when reading a hardback because the majority are too slippy to stay on the book whilst I am reading it. That being said, a lot of new releases come out in hardback so if it is a book I am desperate to read but it has only been released in hardback I will buy that edition. Also, some of my favourite authors have started using a more paper like cover for their hardbacks so they are better and hardbacks do stay in a bit of a better condition.
Q5. What draws you in most to a book cover? Stunning illustrations? Pretty lettering? Interesting textures?
I love bright colours! A lot of my favourite books have covers with bright colours and it is something that really attracts me to a book cover. I actually saw a book I thought would have been perfect for this prompt as it was a really vibrant cover but it isn’t actually released until February so I was actually a bit gutted about that!
Have you read The girl of ink and stars? Would you judge a book by its cover? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
Thanks for reading!