Happy Lunar New Year, friends!
I’ve been inactive for the past few weeks, and as always, it’s because of school!! It’s time to announce a hiatus. I’ll try my best to post a February wrap-up, reply to comments, and blog hop here and there, but school has been really busy (second semester is much worse than the first), and I’m just too tired to maintain a blog right now. I’ll probably come back at the end of March aka the start of my summer break.
Anyways, in less sad news, I’m going to be doing part two of the post I did last year where I guessed what books are about solely based on their covers. This time I guessed the plots of 2021 releases!
For the Wolf by Hannah F. Whitten
My guess: From the cover, I’m assuming that this is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. The main character lives in a place bordered by a forest, which houses a wolf-like monster. I have two guesses: 1) Her village does some kind of ritual to decide who to sacrifice to the monster and she gets chosen, or 2) she decides to go into the forest herself, because someone she loves has been taken by the monster. Also I’m assuming that the monster is the love interest. Maybe this is a furry romance…
The actual premise: Oh my god, except for the fact that I guessed that this was a Little Red Riding Hood retelling just because the girl on the cover is wearing a red hood, I was actually kind of spot-on!! Prepared for this guess to be my only good guess in the entire post. This follows Red, the only Second Daughter born in centuries, which means that she has to be sacrificed to a monster called the Wolf in the Wood in hopes that he’ll return the world’s captured gods. But Red is almost relieved to go because she has a dangerous power that she can’t control, and at least in the Wilderwood she can’t hurt those she loves. The last paragraph of the synopsis states, “But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. (So… not a furry romance.) Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn’t learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood-and her world-whole.”
Sisters of the Snake by Sasha Nanua and Sarena Nanua
My guess: This follows two sisters who are princesses. They both love each other, but they’re being forced to compete for the throne, with the loser fated to die. Also, the kingdom that they are competing to rule has magic and/or a religion based on snakes. Maybe they can control or communicate with snakes? Anyways the one who wins will get some kind of snake magic.
The actual premise: I was very far off. This follows Rani and Ria. Rani is a princess who longs for a chance to prove herself, and Ria is a street urchin stealing to survive. However, when their lives collide there’s no mistaking that they are identical. They strike a deal to switch places, but danger lurks in both worlds. (I’m disappointed that there’s no mention of a snake in the synopsis.)
Love Is a Revolution by Renée Watson
My guess: I love how the cover itself tells a story, makes my job so much easier. This follows a girl in the aftermath of a severe breakup. But maybe it’s a second chance romance? I’m assuming, since the title is “Love is a Revolution,” that their romance is forbidden in some way. When I zoomed into the bottom right illustration the guy looked a little mad, so I think the main character did something bad in order for them to break up (you know, that trope where a character breaks up with their significant other because they were forced to or to keep them safe). This book is about them fighting against all odds to be together again.
The actual premise: This follows Nala Robertson, who reluctantly accompanies her cousin to an open mic night. There, she meets Tye Brown, and sparks fly between them instantly. In order to impress Tye and convince him that they have things in common (Tye is an activist and Nala would rather watch movies), Nala tells a few lies about herself. As they spend more time together, it becomes harder to uphold all of them. I was very far off… but at least I got the part about her doing something that hurt him?
Love and Other Natural Disasters by Misa Sugiura
My guess: Unrelated, but am I the only one who thought this book was an anthology because of the cover? The cover just screams anthology to me for some reason. Anyways, this book most probably has sapphic rep, and I’m pretty sure it’s set in San Francisco because of the Golden Gate Bridge on the cover. The main character just broke up with her girlfriend and is dating someone new. However, the person she broke up with, who is also dating someone else, still has feelings for her, so a lot of drama ensues.
The actual premise: Nozomi meets and immediately develops a crush on Willow, who seems like the perfect girl. When Willow convinces Nozomi to be her fake girlfriend to make her ex jealous, Nozomi plans to make Willow’s feelings for her real. Well, I guess I was right about there being drama, jealousy, and exes at least.
Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell
My guess: This follows two soldiers and/or pilots from enemy planets. One is a desert planet while the other is an ice planet. It’s a m/m enemies to lovers romance. One of the main characters has been brainwashed by an evil empire, while the other is a rebel. By some special circumstances, their paths collide and they become reluctant allies, and then something more. (This made-up synopsis reminds me of Stormpilot. 😭)
The actual premise: I think this is my most spot-on guess!! After the death of Prince Taam of the Iskat Empire, Kiem, his widower, is rushed into an arranged marriage with Jainan from Planet Thea, which is beginning to chafe under Iskat’s rule. But Prince Taam’s death might not have been an accident, and Jainan may be a suspect. I was right about them being reluctant allies and then something more, because the last line part of the synopsis states: “…the unlikely pair must overcome their misgivings and learn to trust one another as they navigate the perils of the Iskat court, try to solve a murder, and prevent an interplanetary war… all while dealing with their growing feelings for each other.”
Malice by Heather Walter
My guess: I’m ninety percent sure I’m wrong about this, but I think this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but this time the girl is the beast, and some poor guy/girl has been sent to her?? (Basing this primarily on the fact that there’s a rose on the cover and the hand holding it is trapped in thorns.) I don’t know, this cover is giving me nothing!!
The actual premise: This isn’t a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but it is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty!! I really should’ve guessed that instead. I think the synopsis is really good, so I’m just going to paste it directly from Goodreads:
Once upon a time, there was a wicked fairy who, in an act of vengeance, cursed a line of princesses to die. A curse that could only be broken by true love’s kiss.
You’ve heard this before, haven’t you? The handsome prince. The happily-ever-after.
Let me tell you, no one in Briar actually cares about what happens to its princesses. Not the way they care about their jewels and elaborate parties and charm-granting elixirs. I thought I didn’t care, either.
Until I met her.
Princess Aurora. The last heir to Briar’s throne. Kind. Gracious. The future queen her realm needs. One who isn’t bothered that I am Alyce, the Dark Grace, abhorred and feared for the mysterious dark magic that runs in my veins. Humiliated and shamed by the same nobles who pay me to bottle hexes and then brand me a monster. Aurora says I should be proud of my gifts. That she . . . cares for me. Even though it was a power like mine that was responsible for her curse.
But with less than a year until that curse will kill her, any future I might see with Aurora is swiftly disintegrating—and she can’t stand to kiss yet another insipid prince. I want to help her. If my power began her curse, perhaps it’s what can lift it. Perhaps, together, we could forge a new world.
Because we all know how this story ends, don’t we? Aurora is the beautiful princess. And I—
I am the villain.
It’s sapphic. 👁