Everybody loves them because not only are they sturdier, but also because they can be so pretty to look at. I love to explore my hardcovers when I get them home. I love staring at the cover art, the typography, and feeling all of the textures. To me, that is the true definition of book porn. Cause at the end of the day, it’s not just about what’s written on the pages (though that is important), but it is also about the tactile experience. Holding, caressing, and yes, sniffing that new book you’re planning to read are all vital parts of falling in love with your hardcover. There are some books in which the design goes beyond the dust jacket cover art. Have you ever taken a moment to strip off that dust jacket to see what that precious hardcover book looks like in the buff? I ALWAYS do. Sometimes, I even find some surprises when my books are stripped down, thus increasing my book love. Those are the books that impress me, and keep me drooling, all while emptying my bank account (as I “make it rain” dolla bills on those books). Because of some ingenious book design, I wanted to create a feature on the blog to spotlight some books in whose design goes beyond the dust jacket. I wish to share my unadulterated book lust with you. I promise to be gentle.
Sit back, and enjoy the novel strip-tease…
Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?
Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. With the help of her Head Merlin, Emrys, Eleanor has maintained her stranglehold on the world’s only source of magic. She rules the most powerful empire the world has ever seen.
But even with the aid of Emrys’ magic, Eleanor’s extended lifespan is nearing its end. The princess must marry and produce an heir or the Empire will be vulnerable to its greatest enemy, Prussia. The two kingdoms must unite to end the war, and the only solution is a match between Marie and Prince Leopold VII, heir to the Prussian throne. But Marie has always loved Gill, her childhood friend and soldier of the Queen’s Guard.
Together, Marie and Aelwyn, a powerful magician in her own right, come up with a plan. Aelwyn will take on Marie’s face, allowing the princess to escape with Gill and live the quiet life she’s always wanted. And Aelwyn will get what she’s always dreamed of–the chance to rule. But the court intrigue and hunger for power in Lenoran England run deeper than anyone could imagine. In the end, there is only rule that matters in Eleanor’s court: trust no one.
Three words to describe this book:
Magic. Betrayal. Adventure.
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Was it as good for you as it was for me?
Drop me a line and let me know your thoughts! Are there any books you own that look good in the nude?
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