I vowed a long time ago to never judge a book by its cover. In fact I’ve read tons of books that have had mediocre covers. But when I saw this one, I HAD to add it to my ‘to-read’ list before I even read the back cover.
Isn’t it beautiful! And then I read the back cover:
“A two-fold tale of grief and hope, loss and love, told as only Alice Hoffman can.
When her family is lost in a terrible disaster, 15-year-old Green is haunted by loss and the past. Struggling to survive in a place where nothing seems to grow and ashes are everywhere, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. But in destroying her feelings, she also begins to destroy herself. It is only through a series of mysterious encounters that Green relearns the lessons of love and begins to heal as she tells her own story.
As she heals, Green lives every day with feelings of loss. Her family is gone, the boy she loves is missing, and the world she once knew has been transformed by tragedy. In order to rediscover the truth about love, hope, and magic, she must venture away from her home, collecting the stories of a group of women who have been branded witches for their mysterious powers. Only through their stories will Green find her own heart’s desire.”
Sounds like a fantasy right up my alley.
It makes me all that much more determined to get my novels published. I can’t wait to see what the artists come up with for my covers. It sends tingles up my spine just thinking about it!
8 thoughts on “I’ve broken a rule: I’ve been swayed by a cover to read a book”
I am ALWAYS swayed by a cover. In fact, walking through a bookstory, I will choose books of a certain type by their artwork only, and then look at the back for a final decision.
Just curious… I would have skipped right over this novel BECAUSE of the cover. What was it about the cover that really drew you in?
For one, the colors. Two, there’s that whole heart-in-the-hand thing and there is this Renaissance and/or Victorian feel to the pic. I just found it stunning.
Hmmm. Now make that hand EXPLODE and I would be all over it 🙂
How about a dragon? I’d settle for a dragon.
I like dragons, too, especially black and purple ones named Einar! 🙂
LOL. But it’s Alice Hoffman. And I love love loved The Probable Future by her too AmyMarie! Sounds like a fantastic book. 😉
I LOVE Alice Hoffman’s books. My favorite is The Probable Future. SO good.
hehehe, I find myself swayed by cover-love more often than not these days, but mostly what has me taking a book home is either the blurb, or when my perusal of the first page turns into ten! 😀 GREEN HEART looks good, I think I’ll check it out. 🙂
That’s the great thing about picking up a book in the stores. I never go for the beginning or end when i peruse a book. I open it up in the middle. If the middle grabs me and keeps me turning the page, then I’ll usually buy the book. I don’t know what it is about this cover, though, that keeps me staring at it. It’s almost hypnotic. I know…I’m weird. 🙂