Cover Lust #1

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Hi there!

I’d already planned to write this meme since 2015 (here’s the proof)

Well… I had so many books that I love based on its cover. But to write it on a post, hmm.. that would be another issue.

This would be my first post for Cover Lust. And here’s the book with interesting cover that I would like to share with you:

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Title: Beastia

Author: Zoe Cruz

Publisher: Createspace

Paperback, 230 pages

Published on 17 March 2017

ISBN: 9781542385190

Language: English

Genre: Sci-fi, Young Adult

I was contacted by Andrea from Smith Publicity to join the blog tour on March 13. Silly me, I thought it was a newsletter and ignored it. About a week later, when I re-read the email, I immediately replied and expressed my interest. Soon, she replied I still can join the blog tour on March 30.

So, here I am!

And yes, I was interested to join the blog tour because I love the cover. I already wrote reply when I realized I haven’t read the synopsis yet. So I made a quick read and love it even more.

In my opinion, (so far) the cover really portrayed the story. I’m not yet finished reading the book so for now I will put the description from the publisher:

The meanest of the mean girls, Rebekah Austin rules her school with sharp outfits and an even sharper tongue. She has a way of  eviscerating even the most beautiful and brilliant girls in her class to maintain her cold grip on the high school social hierarchy. But  underneath the queen-bee façade is someone who feels ugly, repulsive… beastly.

An edgy thriller from a dynamic new voice on the YA scene, Beastia by Zoe Cruz [March 17, 2017, Createspace] joins best-selling  novels like Cinder and Princess of Thorns in the buzzy canon of modern fairytale retellings that explore deeper themes of the  original story.

More than an exploration of Beauty and the Beast, Cruz flips the script by challenging the mainstream media representation of  conventionally beautiful women falling in love with not-so-attractive men (in this case, literally a beast) when the opposite is so rarely  portrayed. Love and friendship aren’t exclusive to the conventionally attractive, which is a subjective standard to begin with. As  Rebekah learns lessons about beauty, love and self worth, the reader finds their own assumptions and prejudices challenged.

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Here’s the truth. I’m not really into sci-fi, not even ‘just’ fantasy. Therefore, I have almost zero experience reading sci-fi book. It’s not like I hate it. In my opinion, reading sci-fi would be tiring as I have to put extra effort to understand the world, the character, the science that made it called sci-fi.

However, I’m a big fan of interesting plot, Young Adult novel, and retelling of fairy tales. So, I wished that this book would impressed me.

I expect the stories from the main character would be so interesting. The dark side from the main character might be revealed slowly or maybe not until near the ending. Oh, some unexpected moments that made me have to take a deep breath, perhaps? Maybe there’s also a plot twist that confused me that I have to jump back and re-read again, so I can understand what’s really going on?

Above all, I really wish this book can deliver the message well, about challenging the definition of beauty that created by mainstream media.

I always believe that everyone has its own beauty. So, never let anyone define your beauty 😉

Let’s hope this book did well and see you on the upcoming review!

 

Lots of love, Zelie ❤

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