Friday, January 6, 2012

Foreign Cover Friday!

Foreign Cover Friday is a weekly meme hosted by The Reading Fever, where foreign covers of the books we know and love are spotlighted and discussed. To join, either pick your favorite foreign cover, or pick many foreign covers, and start discussing.

Well, since this is my first Foreign Cover Friday (yay!) I think my favorite would have to be Harry Potter. I know, I know, I've been in a Harry Potter mood, but maybe this'll be my last post in a while? Maybe?

The Harry Potter I read in North America

vs. one of the Harry Potter book covers in Europe

What are some of your favorite foreign covers?

Book Review: Tweet Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick

goodreads review: Claire is a #hopelessromantic. Lottie is determined to set up her BFF with Mr. Perfect. Will wants his #secretcrush to finally notice him. Bennett is a man with a plan.

Claire can’t believe it when her dream guy starts following her on Twitter. She never thought he noticed her, and suddenly he seems to understand her better than almost anyone.

But the Twitterverse can be a confusing place, especially when friends act differently online than they do in person. Things get even more complicated when Claire realizes she’s falling for someone else, the last person she ever would have expected….

Told in an innovative format combining tweets, emails, and blogs, Tweet Heart is a contemporary romantic comedy that will set your heart atwitter.

my review: I'll have to admit, at first I was a little skeptical about reading this book. Composed entirely of tweets, blogs and emails, how was the reader supposed to identify with the characters? And how could there be any character development, as well as plot?

Boy, was I wrong. I adored this book from beginning to end. Each of the characters (Claire, Charlotte, Will and Benn) had their own unique voice so even though at first it took a few pages to adjust to reading tweets, by the end it was as normal to read as a regular fiction book composed of sentences and paragraphs. I'm a huge Science Fiction nerd (my favorite show is Battlestar Galactica and my favorite movie is LOTR) and I always love whenever authors create geeky characters, and, it's a minor detail, but I loved the quick toss-in between 'SyFy' and 'SciFi'. If you don't know the significance of that statement, it's ok. Not everyone can be a geek.

I truly loved each of the characters in this book and distinct voices of the characters made this book a success. If there wasn't a distinction between the characters, this book would've flopped. But I could tell the difference, and loved the blogs and emails as well. I loved that each of the characters had their own personality traits delicately woven into the fabric of the novel, and that helped create a unique aspect to each of the characters.

On a separate note, I also loved the design of the book itself. Each page had a different background depending on who was in the conversation, and I think this concept of creating fake social media accounts could actually apply (if it hasn't already) in real life.

My favorite part? All of it. Do yourself a favor and read this book. A quick read, but certainly insightful and entertaining. I think this book, with its tweets and blog posts, has more content and character development than some other regular books with thousands more words than this one.

Basically, I want more of this book and its characters. Right now. :)

Rating: 5/5


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