Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Before I Read Even in Paradise

Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance can draw you in and make you want to read the words inside. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started a feature to spotlight these essential works of art.

Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot

Release: October 14, 2014 from HarperCollins
When Julia Buchanan enrolls at St. Anne’s at the beginning of junior year, Charlotte Ryder already knows all about the former senator’s daughter. Most people do... or think they do.

Charlotte certainly never expects she’ll be Julia’s friend. But almost immediately, she is drawn into the larger than-life-new girl’s world—a world of midnight rendezvous, dazzling parties, palatial vacation homes, and fizzy champagne cocktails. And then Charlotte meets, and begins falling for, Julia’s handsome older brother, Sebastian.

But behind her self-assured smiles and toasts to the future, Charlotte soon realizes that Julia is still suffering from a tragedy. A tragedy that the Buchanan family has kept hidden … until now.
What an ominous cover. At first, it looks like a picture of perfection, beautiful girls dancing without a care in front of a resplendent sunset, young and rich and untouchable. However, as soon as I read the blurb, the cover took on an entirely new meaning. People are not always what they seem, and the parties portrayed on the cover only hide something darker, buried beneath the money and perfect hair. These characters seem so happy… but soon their carefully constructed fa├žade will come crashing down. I cannot wait to watch it all happen.


  1. I really like how you do this Emily! It's awesome to see your thoughts on a book before and after you've read it. :) I completely agree with your thoughts though - at first glance, the cover seems to imply that the characters are happy and having a good time; but, like you said, after reading the synopsis, it becomes clear that it's simply an act. I look forward to seeing what you think of it!

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

  2. I do love the cover, and I have to admit I always judge a book's design before I even research about it HAHA


  3. I never pay that much attention to covers before reading a book and i love how you do it !! But i have to admit I do judge books a bit by their covers XD This cover is really pretty :)

  4. I love looking at book covers, especially beautiful ones. :3 If it's a cover I think looks fantastic, then I'll start my reading with a possitive thinking and in a good mood. It's crazy how much influence it can SOMETIMES have on me. :O

  5. oh my gosh, I adore this novel!! I can't wait to see what you think of it ;)

  6. What an awesome feature! I'm such a cover hoarder myself and nearly always base my reads by cover. Shallow, I know. I love the cover to this one. It reminds me of what We Were Liars probably should have looked like. Beautiful and carefree on the surface and dark and sinister when you delve into the synopsis. Thanks for sharing <3


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