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I see you lying next to me, with words I thought I'd never speak, awake and unafraid, asleep or dead

John Green's Looking For Alaska is being turned into a movie (to be released in 2013, so don't get all excited yet) and they thought about renaming into Famous Last Words. I think this would've been the perfect title... also for the book. I loved the whole famous last words hobby Miles had going on.

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Another proof of ugly German book covers

I just realized that this is the German adult book cover for Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book:



It's stupid enough to not fully translate the title (alright, MAYBE "Das Friedhofsbuch" would have sounded a little too depressing) but to call this an actual book cover and to expect people to buy it... wow, seriously, what is wrong with the German book industry?
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Definitely no crescendo

You're one of those Hush Hush cover lovers? I am. I'm not obsessed over it (or the book) but I think the cover is pretty damn eye-watering:


Hush, Hush

So now it's finally time for the cover of book 2 (entitled Crescendo, hence the pun in the headline) to be revealed. I'll let you make your own opinion first:


Crescendo (Hush, Hush, #2)

So? What do you think? Not as cool, right? At least that's what I think. On it's own Crescendo might not look bad at all but compared to its companion it's a decrescendo (urm, why, yes, those piano lessons were useful after all!). I think I really like the photo itself but the whole black/white/red and the font just makes it look kind of ... cheap? The thunder combined with the title is neat though (with regards to content, not optically).

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The Short Second Life of Bree who?

In case you're living in a cozy hole behind the moon, I'm here to provide you with the latest news from the Twilight-universe.
Actually Sabrina first found out about this and told me that Stephenie Meyer will release a new book this year. Mrs. Meyer herself calls it a novella and it is told from the view point of Bree Tanner. Doesn't ring a bell? Too bad, because you're supposed to know her! Apparently she's one of the new born vampires that Victoria (Bella's nemesis, remember?) raises in Eclipse in order to attack/kill Bella and the rest.
What surprised me most is that Stephenie gives this book away for free. Guess she learned her lesson from the Midnight Sun disaster :P
But of course you can also buy the book to put on your shelf. The cover looks rather pretty and very Twilightish:

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

The content of "The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner" seems to deal with the following events, as put by Stephenie Meyer herself:

I began this story a long time ago—before Twilight was even released. Back then I was just editing Eclipse, and in the thick of my vampire world. I was thinking a lot about the newborns, imagining their side of the story, and one thing led to another. I started writing from Bree's perspective about those final days, and what it was like to be a newborn.

Read more on Stephenie's website.
Doesn't really sound all that interesting to me, to be honest. I think my Twilight-phase came to an end a while ago. Are any of you getting excited?

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German Shiver release

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is a book I really enjoyed last year. Most of you probably know what the cover looks like:

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

or in different colours in the UK:

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

In fall the book is said to be published in Germany. It will go by the great title "Nach dem Sommer" (= After the summer). Seriously? THAT SOUNDS PLAIN STUPID! But at least it makes sense content-wise.
The cover is not final yet but you can vote for your favourite here. That's what they look like:



Personally I like the one on the left much better but they're still no comparision to the English covers. What do you think?

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Remake a book cover contest

I decided to participate in Princess Bookie's "remake a book cover contest". There were a bunch of YA book covers to choose from and I went for Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy.

Original:Mine: 

The Cinderella Society


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The artwork is taken from the incredibly talented doven. Due to time issues I didn't have time to ask for permission to use her image. I'm sorry and I didn't mean to offend you!
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Do the names Nick, Norah, Naomi and Ely ring a bell?

I really should be doing some more exam preparation (eg. learning how to handle InDesign) but I just found out that the cover and the title of David Levithan and Rachel Cohn's new book (yes, another collaboration) has been released and I feel all giddy and excited and I can't believe it's still 8 months til October T______T

I think it looks gorgeous.
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