Monday, September 8, 2014

Before I Read Like Water on Stone

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.

Like Water on Stone by Dana Walrath

Release: November 11, 2014 from Delacorte Press
It is 1914, and the Ottoman Empire is crumbling into violence.

Beyond Anatolia, in the Armenian Highlands, Shahen Donabedian dreams of going to New York. Sosi, his twin sister, never wants to leave her home, especially now that she is in love. At first, only Papa, who counts Turks and Kurds among his closest friends, stands in Shahen's way. But when the Ottoman pashas set their plans to eliminate all Armenians in motion, neither twin has a choice.

After a horrifying attack leaves them orphaned, Shahen and Sosi flee into the mountains, carrying their little sister, Mariam. Shahen keeps their parents' fate a secret from his sisters. But the children are not alone. An eagle named Ardziv watches over them as they run at night and hide each day, making their way across mountain ridges and rivers red with blood.
When I first heard of a YA book about the Armenian Genocide, I knew right away that I had to read it. The cover was almost superfluous. However, seeing this book's face cemented my already-solid decision to pick it up. Its gentle gray tones shroud the story with an atmosphere of sadness, and the unexplained details, such as the nest with the feather, hold so much potential significance. Simple, soft-spoken, and stunning, it proves that covers do not have to be loud to capture readers' attention and guarantees that I will read the book.


  1. Wow, this book sounds interesting. Awesome post~
    I love the cover, it's so elegant and the color and font of the title is lovely :) Added to my TBR list!

  2. I love looking at covers too! They tell so much about a story. Can you please visit my website:

  3. I completely agree with you about book covers. They definitely can say a lot about the book itself. And this is a particularly beautiful cover - simple, but really lovely.

    I've been following your blog for a while now though I don't remember if I've ever commented before. Anyway, I'm nominating you for a Leibster Award! Check out my blog for more information. =)

    - Jazzie @ The Book Dancer

  4. hi emily!! thanks for commenting on my BookTube post =) I visited your blog today and came across this post! I like how your reviews are to the point since I don't get as much time as I'd like to read everyday!! I'm looking for lit about eastern cultures written in English since that's my primary language. Yest I started reading Children of the Lamp by PB Kerr. which is cool. I'm Pakistani-American but grew up in a white/black mixed neighborhood I get the "you sound so white" alot lol I know about eastern culture because I've studied islam, but I'm curious how did the author do her research for this novel? Any resources where I can find out more?


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