Rosie Amber’s Friday Five challenge is to take ONLY FIVE MINUTES to browse an unfamiliar category and select a book based solely on the cover art.
Unfortunately, I had to cheat a tiny bit this week to even find a book to look at. It all started when I followed a new (to me) path over to graphic novels. I thought, hey…graphic novels! They’ll have to have the best covers ever! Only… not so much. See, it turns out that I actually have seen quite a bit of this. If I eliminate the ones I’ve already seen (yes, I do have four card-carrying geek offspring), that rules out Sandman, X-men, and Sin City. Oh, and of course anything Marvel-related (okay, maybe the kids come by geekhood naturally…)
Two and a half minutes gone already. What’s left? I started just looking for anything that had a woman on the cover. Okay, a woman with clothing on who isn’t hanging worshipfully from a (male) superhero’s biceps or other…er…appendages. Three minutes. Four and a half. Crap. Nothing? Five minutes. Just as my buzzer went off, I spotted something in the “recommended for you” at the bottom of the page. (That’s the cheating part.)
Every ninety years, twelve gods return as young people. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are all dead. It’s happening now. It’s happening again.
Book Title: The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act
Reviews: 44 for a total of 4.4 out of 5 stars (with almost 64% as 5-star)
My Analysis: The cover was clean and almost blank, a relief after the frenetic colors of the previous pages. Both the author and illustrator could be women. So I checked out the reviews. They were all over the map, but most mentioned the crisp artwork. Okay. I looked at the book blurb and it grabbed me right away. Then I checked out the sample pages and remembered why I don’t do graphic novels. They’re really…graphic. Lots and lots of gorgeously drawn frames, interspersed with shots of people exploding. So, while my head says cool story, my stomach says…PASS.
BUY or PASS: PASS
Here is Rosie’s Friday Five Challenge. It only took five minutes and a couple more to write up, and was a ton of fun. I hope you’ll consider joining in. All Rosie asks is that you link back to her original post here so we can all join in viewing your challenge results.
AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?
My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….
- Go to any online book supplier,
- Randomly choose a category,
- Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,
- Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.
- If there are reviews, check out a couple,
- Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?
- I’ll be back next week with another Friday Five Challenge, do feel free to join in.