Did I Get the Synopsis Right Based on Cover and Title?

Hi friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful start to your week! 😊

Today, I decided to do a fun little post where I guess what a book is about with just the cover and title as my guide. I first saw this kind of post at Aditi’s blog, and she made it look so fun! So here I am 😁

I’ll be trying to figure out the synopses to the following:

  • Huntress by Malinda Lo
  • Eclipse the Skies by Maura Milan
  • Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed

Aditi was way cooler and actually wrote her guesses as if they were on a back cover. I do like doing this, as it feels so professional (!!) but today I’ll be going with my trusty bullet points because those are also fun 😅

First up…Huntress!

I guess that Huntress will have…

  • A badass teen warrior
  • Who has either been trusted with a magical staff or is tasked to find it
  • If she’s been trusted with it, she’s struggling to uphold a legacy and discover herself
  • If she’s been tasked, she will have to go on a journey across snowy mountains to find it to restore some kind of balance to the world

Goodreads summary…

Nature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn’t shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people’s survival hangs in the balance.

To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls’ destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it, and what it takes could tear Kaede and Taisin apart forever.

The exciting adventure prequel to Malinda Lo’s highly acclaimed novel Ash is overflowing with lush Chinese influences and details inspired by the I Ching, and is filled with action and romance. 

My Reaction:

WAIT I GOT THE BALANCING THE WORLD PART RIGHT LET’S GO.

Oracle stones?! That’s so cool! So she IS chosen!!

Ooh I didn’t predict that there would be two girls who grow close even though only one of them can survive. Why do I feel like there will be a bitter betrayal…

Lush Chinese influences!! SO HERE FOR IT.

Will this go on my TBR? ABSOLUTELY. Kingdoms, oracles, magic…do I smell political intrigue?! Also, I would love to see the dynamic between Kaede and Taisin!!

Next up…Eclipse the Skies!

I guess that Eclipse the Skies will have…

  • Space as the setting!
  • Another badass teen warrior (because you really can’t go wrong with those)
  • Hm…she’s wearing a very interesting suit, by why does that look like a VR headset around her neck…?
  • OH MY GOSH VIRTUAL REALITY IN SPACE *FLAILS*
  • Maybe she’s an important member of a corporation?

Goodreads summary…

Ia Cōcha never thought she’d be working for the Olympus Commonwealth. But that was before she found out her trusted brother Einn was trying to tear apart the universe. Now, Ia, the Blood Wolf of the Skies, has agreed to help the Royal Star Force on one condition: when she finds him, she gets to kill Einn herself.

Brinn Tarver has just come to terms with her Tawny identity when the public lashes out against her people, crushing her family. At her breaking point, she starts to question everything she believes in—including Ia.

After the death of his mentor, Knives Adams is doing his best to live up to a role he didn’t ask for as Aphelion’s new headmaster. Still, with each new step deeper into war, he feels torn between his duties and the pull of Ia’s radical—sometimes criminal—ideas.

As they fight to keep darkness from eclipsing the skies, their unpredictable choices launch this breathtaking sequel to explosive new heights. 

My Reaction:

Oh wait this is the second book LOL.

“Blood Wolf of the Skies” is a very intimidating title. Talk about badass.

“At her breaking point”? “question everything” Brinn seems fascinating!

Is Aphelion A SCHOOL SET IN SPACE?!

Dual, no, TRIPLE POVS?! *gasps* How interesting! Duty, family, and power—THEMES I LOOOVE.

Will this go on my TBR? YOU BET. I suppose I’ve spoiled the first book for myself, but whatever. Morally grey characters in the galaxy…say no more.

Follow up…Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know!

I guess that Mad, Bad, and Dangerous To Know will have…

  • I see you Eiffel Tower…
  • The lady in blue looks so regal! Hmm…what if she is transported through time…
  • And the girl in white is her new form? She’s trying to get back, and maybe there’s an organization aware of her plight?
  • Because those letters look strewn across time so maybe people know that traveling across time is a thing?

Goodreads summary…

Smash the patriarchy. Eat all the pastries.

It’s August in Paris and 17-year-old Khayyam Maquet—American, French, Indian, Muslim—is at a crossroads. This holiday with her parents should be a dream trip for the budding art historian. But her maybe-ex-boyfriend is ghosting her, she might have just blown her chance at getting into her dream college, and now all she really wants is to be back home in Chicago figuring out her messy life instead of brooding in the City of Light.

Two hundred years before Khayyam’s summer of discontent, Leila is struggling to survive and keep her true love hidden from the Pasha who has “gifted” her with favored status in his harem. In the present day—and with the company of Alex, a très charmant teen descendant of Alexandre Dumas—Khayyam searches for a rumored lost painting, uncovering a connection between Leila and Alexandre Dumas, Eugène Delacroix, and Lord Byron that may have been erased from history.

Echoing across centuries, Leila and Khayyam’s lives intertwine, and as one woman’s long-forgotten life is uncovered, another’s is transformed.

My Reaction:

Okay, first of all, epic tagline. Patriarchy and pastries kind of rhyme?!

At least from what I’ve read, there aren’t many multiracial characters out there so I’m glad we’re getting one here!

Well already I feel bad for Leila…”gifted” rather than just gifted was a thoughtful touch.

WOW WE’RE GETTING HISTORICAL CONNECTIONS? What could be the connection between Leila, Dumas, Delacroix, and Lord Byron?!

And we get art!! Oh gosh I really enjoy reading about quests and clues through artwork, it’s a creative concept in general, and paired with the history we’re getting?!

Will this go on my TBR? YOU DON’T HAVE TO ASK TWICE. Excuse me one second – goes to check if it’s available. WAIT. IT’S AVAILABLE. I’M GETTING IT RIGHT NOW LET’S GO.

And…that’s a wrap!

I hope you enjoyed this post, I had a lot of fun writing it! It’s quite thrilling actually, to write what you think the book will be about, then looking up the Goodreads summary and seeing if you were pretty close, very far off, or decently there! I’d love to do this kind of post again too!

In the comments below, tell me: were you surprised by any of the actual summaries? Do these sound like books to add to your TBR? (Ahem, if I may, I DID, AND I CAN’T WAIT TO READ THEM) What was the last cover you loved?

Thank you so much for reading…

17 Comments

    1. Aw I’m so glad Esmeralda! And of course I’m happy to hear that I could help you add books to your TBR. Haha we all wish the TBRs would take care of themselves!! Thank you so much for reading!!

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