Breaking the Spine. This is where, we the avid reader and blogger, share with others what it is that we are most looking forward to/ can't live without.
This week I have chosen:
Release: available in UK; US release is Sept. 20, 2011
Brief Summary (Goodreads): 'You're the last of the werewolves son. Don't fight it...Conquer it'. When the air is clear, sixteen year-old Drew Ferran can pick up the scent of a predator. When the moon breaks through the clouds, a terrifying fever grips him. And when a vicious beast invades his home, his gums begin to tear, his fingers become claws, and Drew transforms ...Forced to flee the family he loves, Drew seeks refuge in the most godforsaken parts of Lyssia. But when he is captured by Lord Bergan's men, Drew must prove he is not the enemy. Can Drew battle the werecreatures determined to destroy him - and master the animal within?
Thoughts: I have heard some very, very good things about this book. SO good, in fact, that I just had to have it. What has captured my attention so? First off, the author of this book is the same creator of BOB THE BUILDER. Yes, you heard me, BOB the Builder. Crazy, right? Oh, and before I get too carried away, let me point out another important thing, just because I want to. The lovely cover you first saw when going to this post is the British paperback cover. Apparently, the American and hardback cover looks a little something like this: >>>>>>>>>
Am I the only one who sees sees something wrong with this? Why do they always have to go and ruin a perfectly good cover? The first one has TONS of crossover appeal (to anyone) but the second looks like only the geekiest of 12 year olds would read it (possibly my brother) and only after their near-sighted grandmother purchased it for them from a garage sale and their mother thusly made them read it. Come on! publishing companies. It's not that difficult to decide which one is better. Now, maybe there are some copyright issues, etc. etc. and I'm sure their jobs are difficult. I'm just a picky consumer, I know, but if I'm paying for something that is going on my shelf, I want it to be as cool looking as possible!
This is the end of the 'short version,' the 'long version' goes into greater depth on my little adventure with this book (I have highlighted in bold key areas for those of you who like to skim).
I would just like to start off by saying that since I started a book blog (and I am SO glad I did) I have become much more forward in how I go about bookish related things. I know that I am not the only one with a reading addiction, there are even people with GREATER addictions than mine, and this gives me courage to give in...just a little. Let me explain: Sunday I was doing a little blog browsing, looking at people's IMM and sharing my own, when randomly I came across this gem of a book called Wereworld that The Slowest Bookworm had review. I was deeply excited about this book and promptly went to Goodreads to put it on my TBR pile and see when it was coming out (and the cover debacle ensued).
The US release wasn't scheduled for quite a few more months. That's fine, this is why we have a WOW meme. But, I asked myself, why would I want to wait so long to buy something that I wanted to read when I wouldn't want to buy it because it has such an ugly cover! This is where I decided to take my growing foward-Book-Blogger-courage and follow in the footsteps of other great addicts (you really should, if you haven't already, read how the Book Smugglers came about; glorious!) and Order Internationally! This was going to be EPIC!
I figured my best bet for getting good rates and reliable service would be to use an international carrier, such as Amazon, and just attach a '.co.uk' to the end of it. Genius! The book with the beautiful cover was found, placed in my cart and is now on its way! As of right now my package has been 'dispatched' (as opposed to sent) and is coming by means of the Royal Mail (does this mean that they use stamps with Her Majesty the Queens visage on them?)! I'm terribly excited to get this book, especially considering it is coming half way across the world to me. It's not due to arrive until the end of the month, but believe me, you'll know when it gets here!