Thursday, August 30, 2012

Feature and Follow (10)


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Question: Best Cover? What's the Best Cover of a book you've read and didn't like?
Bunheads

Bunheads by Sophie Flack. Not saying this is my favorite cover ever or that this is the worst book ever. But not only is the cover beautiful, it also conveys that this is a book about ballet. And the cover also captures what has drawn millions of little girls to ballet, including me. That in ballet, you get to be a beautiful princess on stage. But the book...just so disappointing. Not bad, but I thought it would enable me to take a walk down memory lane. Which I couldn't because the main character, who is on the verge of obtaining the dream of every girl who has ever donned a tutu, is coming to the realization that she hates dance. So ballet is portrayed as a life/youth/soul stealing thing. And the ending was just awful.

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48 comments:

  1. Ohh, I've heard about that book. I'm sorry you didn't like it. ): The cover is very interesting, though!
    Thanks for stopping by my FF <3

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    1. I need to see the "Bunheads" TV show, though. The TV show isn't related to the book- which is good. But I've heard the TV show is great.

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  2. I've never read Bunheads--the plot wasn't all that appealing to me--but the cover IS really pretty!
    Here's my FF
    new follower :)

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    1. I think unless you took ballet, the book wouldn't be a good read. The author throws in a lot of ballet terms- like the actual technical terms for ballet moves- without describing what the words mean. No glossary, even. Not that a glossary would make it better because I think for a lot of them a video would be better and because I find it annoying to flip back and forth between the text and a glossary.

      Thanks for visiting and following. I love your FF choices. One of the books you chose had such an amazing cover I want to own a physical copy of the book. And read it, of course! Following you through GFC.

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  3. Better stick to the TV series instead :D

    New Follower
    Talk Supe F&F

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    1. Thanks for following, following you via GFC. I really need to start watching this series. I don't watch a lot of TV, but I was really excited for this show. But with 3 kids, I don't get to watch anything I want until the kids go to bed. And then I'd rather read or blog.

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  4. I have always admired that cover. Now that you say that in the book ballet is described as a soul sucking life style the ballerinas do look a little clone-like and suffocating lmao. Never noticed that until now.

    Good choice, though =D

    Thanks for stopping by mine!
    New Follower,
    Becky

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    1. I loved ballet as a kid. My mom made me quit when I got to the point where I had to decide whether or not to go on the more "professional" training track. My mom didn't want me to do that and I wasn't willing to just do the regular route. So I stopped. (My mom made the right call actually. Smart Lady!) But I don't understand why the character felt she was missing out by doing ballet and not college. Don't get it, actually got angry. I mean, you can go to college at 25 or 30 when you get done with ballet or given it your best shot. But once you leave ballet- at that level- that door closes forever. And it just seemed like such a waste- throwing away all those years of training.

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  5. Haven't read this book, but I'll take your word that it'll crush my ballet dreams. I do love the cover though. Very artsy. I saw it was made into a series too, but I never watched it. Maybe I'd give that a try before reading the book now. Thanks for stopping by my FF!

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    1. The cover kind of reminds me of synchronized swimming. When they show it from above and they do the flower type shapes. Which I always thought was cool.

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  6. The cover is pretty, but I have heard the book was poor.

    New follower
    -Ariel

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I agree, I think most of the reviews I've seen of this book weren't good. I was just so excited to read a ballet book that I didn't even look at the reviews until I rated it on Goodreads.

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  7. I'm not really one for contemporaries so I feel like a bad judge of character for their covers.

    Here's my Friday Hops

    Have a GREAT weekend!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting. The book you picked for your FF- I thought, "Oh, no!" Because it's been on my TBR since I saw the cover.

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  8. I can’t think of a bad book with a great cover but I can think of a great book with a bad cover – will that do?
    I absolutely love Tom’s midnight garden and have read it many times but the cover is really disappointing.
    The publishers have tried several different covers over the years but not one of them does justice to the story.
    Barbara
    marchhousebookscom.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I googled the book "Tom's Midnight Garden" and all of the covers seem a little dated. But, the story itself sounds interesting.

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  9. Thanx for the giveaway's!! I entered for sure!!

    I happened to win this book, but haven't read it. Not sure if it is my cup of tea...

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
    New Follower :)

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    1. We must have been "hopping" at the same time, because I was already following you. I was pretty sure I had because I love the name of your blog and remember it.

      I don't know if you'd like Bunheads- unless you took ballet or dance. Plus the author was not a dancer herself- or it doesn't appear as if she is. So I don't think she captured it well.

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    2. Hmm.. I may not want to read it then, I only dance after a couple of drinks!!!

      Thanx for visiting too

      Naomi

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  10. Hmm, not crazy about the cover and I don't really like books about dancing. Such a shame you didn't like it.

    Come visit my FF

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    1. Then this is not the book for you. I also read Crash by Nicole Williams because it had a ballet dancer on the cover. But there was pretty much no dancing- I think the MC mentioned it a few times. Disappointing, but it was a pretty good contemporary YA romance type book.

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  11. I haven't read this one yet.The cover is okay but the book doesn't seem too great.

    I'm a new follower.
    Here's our Follow Friday

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I'm following you, too. I noticed that quite a few people picked what you picked as a great cover, lousy book. I think I'll give the first book in the series another chance- when I'm in the mood- and that's it. If it doesn't appeal to me after all those attempts, it's time to just mark it DNF and move on. Especially since so many people are saying it's just so-so. I think my struggling with it probably means I'll think that too.

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  12. I have this book on my wishlist and really want to read it. Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy this one. I hope I will enjoy it. :) The cover of this book is amazing and very eye-catching. I want it super bad now! :)

    New follower
    Check out my FF

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I do hope you like "Bunheads" better than I did. I'm following you too. And one of your FF choices was a great summer read that I enjoyed.

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  13. The cover isn't that bad.

    My FF - http://bookbloggermom.blogspot.com/2012/08/feature-follow.html

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    1. Thanks for dropping by. I'm following you via GFC. I had a hard time trying to figure out a book to pick. I had to go to GR and see what I've read this year.

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  14. I was going to read this, but haven't yet. It does have a good cover
    My FF

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    1. Hi Jess,
      Visited you FF, following you. I'd still tell people that if they are into ballet/dance, that the book is still worth trying. If you can borrow it from a friend or get it from the library.

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  15. Very unusual cover...

    I'm a New follower. Here's My FF, please follow back if you get chance. :)

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    1. Hi Lynsey. Your FF link didn't work, but I tracked you down and visited and followed. I'm disappointed at the book you chose for your FF. Because I like the author's- Faith Hunter- other series.

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  16. An eye-catching cover.

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/08/feature_31.html

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    1. Your FF choice is great. One of my favorite books growing up.

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  17. Oh yeah. Definitely a pretty cover and a few months ago it almost sucked me in but other obligations kept me from it. from your description, I don't think I'd like it that much.

    Thank you for following - I am following back every way that I can! :)

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    1. Thanks for following. I saw that you followed on Twitter as well and I'm following back. I hope. The internet browser I use at work is so outdated- to conform to a business program- that it hates graphics/java/etc. It looks like I'm following, but I'll check Twitter when I get home.

      So, you wanted to read this book too? Did you take ballet? I feel cheated and really want to read a book about ballet, so if you know any that are great, let me know.

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  18. Im doing things a little differently this week. i'm having the hardest time coming up with a cover that i loved but didnt like the book (Parajunkee's question) so I am hopping around and following people first while I try and think of my answer.

    Im a new follower and email subscriber of yours :)

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

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    1. Thanks for visiting and following. I'm following you through GFC. I had a hard time with this question, too. I had to go to Goodreads and figure out what books I rated low and got/read because I loved the cover.

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  19. Love your blog! New follower on GFC! I'm doing the blog hop thing. :D
    Michelle
    http://momwithakindle.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi,
      Following you through GFC. Thanks for visiting my FF. I noticed it's your first FF- so glad you discovered it. It's a great thing to use to discover new blogs.

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  20. I've never read this book! The cover is absolutely beautiful though. :D

    Old follower. Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. You did the other FF question- best book. I thought about doing that one, but I think I find more great books because they have great covers. So it would have been a harder choice. I took the easy way out and did the best cover/worst book one. Easier because I have way less 1-2 star books than 3-5 star books.

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  21. If I hadn't read your description, I would have thought I was looking at a slide under a microscope...lol!

    Did you see the CW show that was on this year where they got to go inside Ballet West in SLC for 6 weeks of filming - in the lead up to their performance season

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    1. Breaking Point Full Episodes

      Thanks so much for mentioning this show, Dee. No, I haven't heard of it. But you mentioned it in time to still find the full episodes online through the CW network. I've linked to it above. I'm so excited! Thanks!

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  22. That is a sick cover, it's perfect for the ballet theme! The kaleidoscope effect is something I haven't seen on a book cover before.

    Happy Friday!
    Otherwhere.Co FF

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    1. I'm so...something. Didn't even realize the book cover looked like a kaleidoscope. But now that you mention it, it really does. And I love it (the cover) even more. Too bad it doesn't make me like the book any better.

      Your FF choice...hope no insane HP fan starts stalking you.

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  23. I love this cover, but am not a fan of turning ballet into a sad, "my life could've been" memoir which is what it seems like to me.

    **GFC follower**

    I'd love for you to check out my FF at Between the Bind.

    xo,
    Jenna Lynne

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