30 January 2015

The Nerd Book #4: Cover Bash, 2015 YA Releases Edition

Welcome to The Nerd Book where my good friend and part-time co-blogger Melo joins me on the blog to talk about all the nerdy cool things he likes (and dislikes). And sometimes he requests to bash some covers. And that's what we're doing today.

Sab: Everything I type from here on out will be posted on my blog. Starting... NOW.

Melo: Hahah okay, COVER ME

S: UGH YOU RUINED IT. I was supposed to start! But since you already went and did it, here's my line: Before everything else -- allow me to warn the readers: these are the opinions of a 23 year old dude-dude. He doesn't review the books. I do. Aaaand let's get on with it. Melo, I will be posting our entire chat so be decent. As in... pretend we're on live TV. Except we're not. Also, these are books that are primarily for girls so expect lots of girly stuff.

M: I'm 23? I think I'm 22.

S: I KNEW IT! I knew I was going to screw up your age! I just assumed you were older because HAHA you're tall.

M: That was the only thing I fixated on. Okay I'm ready!

Round 1!

M: Hahahahahahaha okay

S: ...I don't get it. 

M: My mind literally jumped to, this is a book about sex


M: That's why it's, "we said yes" not I said yes.


M: Four people is also a WE. I can certainly appreciate the composition of the photograph that they used as the cover and going about it in a non-adult-ish manner, and going in a cliche-ish direction, maybe they're saying yes to life. Adventures and all that. This'd be a good title/cover for a roadtrip adventure story. Coming of age and all that. ...You know minus the sexual innuendo.

Round 2!

M: Hahahahahahaha are you messing with me?

S: NO I SWEAR. I just randomly clicked and... I DIDN'T KNOW YOU'D REACT LIKE THAT IN ROUND 1 OKAY.

M: I have to say, I'm liking the trend of using real photos for covers

S: Is it because you're a "photographer" now? :> Kidding! PHOTOGRAPHER.

M: Hey I am one? Anyways going back. I'm just going to go ahead and assume this is a college or highschool story. Photo and title would fit it. Either that or it's a sex thing again. Seriously Sables, these titles have to be something.

S: "Don't get mad" though

M: Why are you using so many quotation marks?

S: That's the line above the title.

M: Oh yeah, missed that. Could still apply. You're dead. Still applies to schooling, you remember how many times we talked about stuff that pissed us off in school. You're constantly challenged and you would eventually get your hands dirty.

S: Wow. That's.... deep. It's about bullies, man. And someone getting killed in highschool.

M: Bullying is part of schools; death, suicide, that's all there. Think Mean Girls.

S: Do NOT reference Mean Girls. Just. Don't.


M: This cover, I like it. Judging by that tagline, it's either plastic surgery of rich people or horrible self-disfigurement to fit beauty standards.

S: Same!! But I guess that's pretty obvious...


S: I LOVE THIS ONE! It'll be painful to keep clean though in print format because of all the white. But I like it!

M: I love silhouette shots.

S: ...that's it?

M: Wait, sorry. I was still looking at it. It's a dead ringer for a music story. I'm guessing it's a romance story built around music. Kinda like August Rush's parents.


M: The S is in the form of a G-cleff. So music, Sables.

S: Okay I lose. Next one! Last one for tonight too:


S: I personally do not like this one. The long ponytail is bothering me....

M: Oh, wait. I misread it as the traveller. Several points...

S: Uh oh! SEVERAL.

M: 1. Durango, what an odd name; 2. lens flare bad

S: HEY! Author's name.

M: I didn't say it was bad. just odd. Interesting odd. DURANGO

S: And I agree with the lens flare. Annoying.

M: I kinda don't like this one too. The photo is distorted. That must've been the style they were going for but the concept is all over the place. You're at a loss as to where to focus on. It should be on the girl but she's out of focus and flared out. And the title just leads me to think it's an MMORPG story. Where else do you level people/stuff? Well, RPG's too I guess. But that's really where my mind is being lead games.

S: Yeah... sci-fi. Very sci-fi.

M: "there is no reset" = games. I look back at the cover and I'm somewhat reminded of Tron?

S: Yeahhhh I didn't watch that. BOOOO!

M: Not the new one. Tthe old one.

S: Check out the first paragraph of the synopsis: "Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance." AND ROMANCE. Ay caramba!

M: Usual sci-fi stuff, making up terms that you're "supposed to know." Also, Bauer? 24?

S: Yeah, I noticed that too.

M: A little too on the nose there


M: You must know the name at least: Jack Bauer?

S: I know a Bauer who's a morning show host.

M: It's hard for me to jump on a scifi story. Most of them get lost in their own path trying to distinguish themselves from other scifi stories

S: True. Anyway. Comments? Before we say good bye for now?

M: I wasn't as snarky as I used to be. But this was still fun!

S: Maybe you'll be snarkier in the next installment?

M: Yessss i'm excited for that one. My time is eternal.

S: Shut up.

M: No, you shut up.

S: K

M: L

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  1. What a fun post! I like how you wrote this post by displayign what each of you say, it reads like a real conversation. And it's fun to see what other peopel who usually don't read these book think of the covers.

  2. This post was seriously fun! Especially in the first two book covers! You guys are funny. A+ for the sense of humor.

  3. I love Kuya Melo's cover bashes, HAHAHA =))

  4. Ahahhaha omg you guys are the best!!! xD
    I'm a new follower and I already love you both! :D
    Anyway, I like the first, the third and the fourth cover! Seriously though, those titles.. c'mon on! xD

    Ps. I have a blog as well, if you want to stop by I'd appreciate it so much! It's both in Italian and in English :3 -> http://frannieinthepages.blogspot.com/

  5. You guys are so cute! Hahaha! These books look real cool, looking them up on Goodreads now!

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