Annnd . . . what do I think so far? Yes, I'm re-reading this series, not only because I really, really love these books, but also because I want to learn how the author makes the characters so memorable. The series has magic, civil unrest, war, political intrigue, love, overwhelming odds, fights to the death...ahhhh a great book for relaxing. Oh, yes, I would highly recommend this series (and this author, who has many more books) to anyone who loves high fantasy and/or romance, but you have to overlook the Fabio-like cover on one book.
Here's the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th in the series. Can you guess which one I'm teasing as Fabio-esque?
The first four books follow six friends, each taking the spotlight in a book (I know--6 friends, 4 books not adding up! But trust me this is literature not math--and it works.) The fifth book follows a minor character and while a good story with excellent writing, it just seemed like a very long prologue to the series and ties up some loose ends.
So, you've had a minute to think it over--if you guessed Book 3, Dark Moon Defender, you're right. I think the romantisized pose is kinda (read: extremely) out there for the series! And that brings me to my post:
COVERFLIPMaureen Johnson (Author of Little Blue Envelopes, a great YA book) has a great idea--COVERFLIPS. Sometimes books get saddled with covers that don't really belong with the story. Like once I read a book with a beautiful necklace on the cover--but no necklace in the whole book!
I think I'd like to do this with students next year (as part of book reports), ask them to design a cover that matches the story. I think I'd be able to see what the students understood as the main ideas in the books, the character traits or arc and the themes presented in the book, as well as have an outlet for creative expression.
You can read about COVERFLIPS on Maureen's blog:
Maureen Johnson: COVERFLIP What now?