Angelopolis

Why I Love to Read: Cover Art

Why I love to Read

Cover Art

 
OK, I’ll admit it. I judge a book by its cover. I know I shouldn’t  but I do. If I see a cover that looks absolutely horrible I won’t pick it up; even if it is highly recommended. Book cover art is like window shopping. If something doesn’t catch your eye, you’re not going to give it a second glance. Luckily, for me, there are so many books with amazing cover art right now.  But at the same time, there are some really bad ones as well. 

Lately, I found some amazing book covers. For example, Danielle Trussoni’s Angelopolis is amazing! When I posted it for one of my Waiting on Wednesdays I received so many comments from readers who loved the cover. It really catches your eye. If I saw this book on the shelf, I would pick it up; my curiosity is piqued. Another book cover, I liked is Relish by Lucy Knisley. Lucy is a graphic artist and did the cover herself plus all the illustrations inside. It’s a really fun and clever cover. 

On the flip-side  back covers can be indicative of a bad book. I’ve read several where the cover was just plain silly and the book was too. I should have known better. But I wanted to give it a chance. As I think about it, I’m not sure if I have liked a book where the cover is just plain awful. However, I know I’ve read books that have wonderful covers that I hated. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan comes to mind; beautiful cover but very tedious book. 

Of course, book cover art preference is purely subjective. Someone may love one cover while another person may hate it. I’ve seen that a lot. I know a lot of readers LOVE the smexy covers. I really don’t. I get tired and a little bored of seeing the same ole smexy art on books. I prefer more of a unique art work kind of cover. 

When I’m approached for a blog tour, I read the synopsis and then look at the cover. Truth be told, I really don’t want to promote a book that has an ugly cover. I want something that compliments my blog and that will attract readers. These two covers, Seduction and Cascade, I totally fell in love with when I saw them. The covers were the main reason I chose to participate in the blog tours. 

A book cover is a very important aspect of the packaging of any given book. It is a part of the whole reading experience. I know I have looked at the cover repeatedly while I’m reading. It puts me in the mood for the story and gives me anticipation as well. 

That’s why I love to read this week? How do you view cover art?

March Rewind

March
It’s been another busy month at Kinx’s Book Nook. Another wonderful and crazy month. First, I was chosen as the blogger of the month at Oklahoma Women Bloggers. I wrote several posts about spring cleaning, book review, why I love to read and why I started blogging. Clink here for my posts.
This month I wrote six book reviews; ranging from ok to great. Here’s my list:
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman (Book Club)
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
French Milk by Lucy Knisley
The Bruges Tapestry by P.A. Staes
Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen by Sally Smith O’Rourke
Angelopolis by Danielle Trussoni
I only read one book that I really didn’t like (The Missing File) which I haven’t reviewed yet.
My favorite book that I read and reviewed had to be Angelopolis by Danielle Trussoni. It is such a great sequel to Angelology. You really need to check it out.
I also had some really good giveaways. I participated in the Spring Cleaning Hop and gave a way a big box of books. Congrats to Leslie for winning! I still have two giveaways that are still active: Animal Boogie and The Bruges Tapestry.
The last big thing is that I started Barefoot Saturdays. I recently decided to become a Barefoot Ambassador and sell/promote children’s books. Every Saturday I will be spotlighting a great book from Barefoot. So far, I’ve talked about Animal Boogie and You and Me. Both outstanding books!
Last but not least, I received my first draft of my new website. Hopefully, in the next month I will be switching from Blogger to a self-hosted site. I’m a little nervous but excited too.
Well, that’s my month in a nutshell!

 

Review: Angelopolis by Danielle Trussoni

Angelopolis by Danielle Trussoni (Angelology #2)
Published by Penguin Group (Viking)
Released on March 26, 2013
302 pages
Fantasy
Received hardcover from publisher for review

Synopsis:

Hailed by USA Today as “a thrill ride best described as The Da Vinci Code meets Raiders of the Lost Ark,” Danielle Trussoni’s bestselling first novel, Angelology, wove biblical lore, the Orpheus myth, and Milton’s Rebel Angels into a present-day world tinged with the divine supernatural. The novel plunged two endearing loners—art historian V. A. Verlaine and Evangeline, a beautiful young nun—into an ancient battle between a secret society and mankind’s most insidious enemies: angel-human hybrids known as the Nephilim.

Now a decade has passed since Verlaine saw Evangeline alight from the Brooklyn Bridge, the sight of her wings a betrayal that haunts him still. The Nephilim are again on the rise, scheming to construct their own paradise—the Angelopolis—and ruthlessly pursued by Verlaine in his new calling as an angel hunter. But when Evangeline materializes, Verlaine is besieged by doubts that will only grow as forces more powerful than even the Nephilim draw them from Paris to Saint Petersburg and deep into the provinces of Siberia and the Black Sea coast. A high-octane tale of abduction and liberation, treasure seeking and divine warfare, Angelopolis plumbs Russia’s imperial past, modern genetics, and the archangel Gabriel’s famous visitations to conceive a fresh tableau of history and myth that will, once again, enthrall readers the world over.

In Angelopolis, Danielle Trussoni continues her wonderful Angelology trilogy that will take you places that you never dreamed of. The war continues but who are the heroes and the villains? After you read this book, which side will you be on?

The story begins with Verlaine, ten years after he last saw Evangeline. He is now a extremely dedicated angel hunter. He hunts, captures and kills every angel that he comes across. His mission is clear until he sees Evangeline again. I love his internal conflict. Once again, which side will he choose. Ms. Trussoni has written his character to be obsessive in dealing with Evangeline. She is his addiction. Can he hunt her down like all his other conquests or will he submit to her seductive and beautiful nature? His struggle is intense and will take him to Russia and delve deeper into angelology lore.

I love that Ms. Trussoni took the readers to Russia. To me, angels and Romanovs fit perfectly together. Her references to the royal family and Rasputin pulls you further into the war between angels and humans. During the Romanov reign, Russia seemed so Gothic; the perfect backdrop for angelic warfare. Ms. Trussoni’s choice of Russia fits perfectly with the struggle of angelic resurrection; the rise and fall, and rise again, of Russia.

Unlike in Angelology, I found more sympathy for the Nephilim in Angelopolis. The horrific methods of angelologists put their justifications in doubt. Even Verlaine, at a specific moment, was able to feel some guilt and sympathy about their treatment. Specifically, there is a angel prison deep in the Siberian tundra. The conditions are horrible and treatment of the angels is even worse. Experimentation and torture are the norm. Even in war, is that acceptable? It makes you think, which side am I on?

New angels are introduced that will further confuse your loyalties; pure angels whose goals are unknown. In the end, Verlaine and Evangeline must make difficult choices. Will their choices end the world as they know it? The third book should answer that question and I can’t wait to read it!

   

Angelopolis Giveaway!!

Have you been waiting for Danielle Trussoni’s sequel to Angelology?! Well, it’s almost here and I have an amazing giveaway for you.
 
Angelopolis
 
 
 
 
By Danielle Trussoni
Viking
On-sale 3/26/13
9780670025541; $27.95
PRAISE FOR THE ANGELOLOGY SERIES:
“A heaven-sent supernatural thrill ride best described as The Da Vinci Code meets Raiders of the Lost Ark …Danielle Trussoni’s stellar debut novel that forever will change how you think about the winged creatures.”—USA Today
 
“Angelologyfinds an almost hallucinatory power…fusing the divine and the debased, the psychological and the theological, into a single rich, strange tableau that transmits a shock of truth.”—Time
 
 
“Breathtakingly imaginative first novel…Once you’ve entered Angelology’s enthralling world…you’ll be thinking ‘Vampires? Who cares about vampires?’ ”—People
 
“Adventures beyond Dan Brown’s wildest dreams [and] writing that far outstrips Brown’s pedestrian fare…Trussoni is such a graceful, clever and brainy wordsmith that her celestial drama becomes both believable and captivating.”—Town & Country
 
“Trussoni’s gorgeous writing, fantastical imagination and familiarity with biblical and mythological texts are on splendid display in Angelology…One cannot help being seduced by this unusual, imaginative literary, religious thriller.”—Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
 
 
“Trussoni anchors this fanciful dark fantasy to a solid foundation built from Catholic church history, biblical exegesis, and apocryphal texts. Suspenseful intrigues and apocalyptic battle scenes give this complexly plotted tale a vigor and vitality all the more exciting for its intelligence.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
 
“Critically acclaimed memoirist Trussoni breaks into the fiction market in a big way. [ANGELOLOGY is] an ambitious adventure story with enough literary heft and religious fervor to satisfy anyone able to embrace its imaginative conceits and Byzantine plot.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
 
ABOUT THE BOOK:
 
The fantastic whirlwind of ANGELOPOLIS (Viking; on-sale 3/26/13; 9780670025541; 27.95), the highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel ANGELOLOGY by Danielle Trussoni, touches down in full force. This fast-paced, and terrifically clever story is an exquisite return to the inspired and seductive world of dark angels and the angelologists who hunt them.
 
The star-crossed hero and heroine have changed utterly in the ten years that have passed since the events of ANGELOLOGY. Verlaine has traded his Clark Kent nerdiness for the superhero power of an angel hunter; Evangeline, with her illustrious wings, is his chief target. What begins as a cat-and-mouse chase becomes a quest when clues from Russia’s imperial past suggest that a powerful elixir may actually be within reach for the angelologists—and could disarm the evil Nephilim once and for all.
 
ANGELOPOLIS leads readers from Paris to St. Petersburg, Russia, and deep into the provinces of Siberia and the Black Sea coast. Underground prisons, Edenic gardens full of rejuvenating herbs, and the hidden corridors of the Winter Palace form a mesmerizing backdrop for a high-octane tale of abduction, treasure-seeking, and divine warfare. Featuring real historical figures such as English Renaissance magician John Dee and the equally mystifying Grigori Rasputin, as well as the cultish allure of the House of Fabergé’s wondrously crafted eggs, the true story of Evangeline’s origins will be cracked open.
 
ANGELOPOLIS is a spectacular ride through myth, biblical lore, and alternative history. From the hidden ambitions of the Romanovs to the sensual secrets behind the Angel Gabriel’s famous visitations, the liberties Danielle takes are as audacious and captivating as ever. 
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
 

 DANIELLE TRUSSONI’s memoir debut, Falling Through the Earth, was selected as one of the Ten Best Books of 2006 by the New York Times. She currently splits her time between the United States and France. Visitwww.danielletrussoni.com for more information.

 

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