I was tagged quite awhile ago by Dimple at enthrallingdimple to do this challenge and I’m finally getting around to it! What you have to do is pick out a few books that are typically well known and that you know little to nothing about and guess what they’re about based on their title and cover alone. After that, you read the actual synopsis and see how accurate your guess was. This seems like a lot of fun! Let’s get started.
1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Quick note: I did briefly read the synopsis for this book, but it was awhile ago and I remember nothing about it. My guess for what this book is about is that there are six main characters in the novel who all have some supernatural abilities. Maybe even the ability to transform themselves into crows (or other things)?
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge. A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager. A runaway with a privileged past. A spy known as the Wraith. A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums. A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
I was right about the book having six people! (But that was pretty obvious..) It does seem like at least one of the characters has some sort of magical ability so I was right about that! This book sounds really intriguing and I’m looking forward to reading it one day.
2. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
The Darkest Part of the Forest sounds like a book that takes place in a very creepy setting. Maybe it’s a horror story about something taking place in the forest? The butterfly, however, makes it seem like everything isn’t all dark and scary. Maybe it’s a story that can be perceived as scary but has beauty to it as well?
Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.
Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.
At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.
Until one day, he does…
As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?
Well, I was right about the creep factor in the book. However, even though it sounds creepy, it isn’t a horror book. I completely missed the mark with my guess!
3. Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
Based off the cover, it looks like the book is about a pair of supernatural parents that are preparing to participate in some sort of battle. Since they don’t look like they’re the same sort of creature, maybe they’re fighting against people who don’t think they should be together?
When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.
From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.
This synopsis isn’t very long and doesn’t give tons of detail. However, my guess was really close to the actual plot! This was definitely the closest I got out of all three of my guesses!
4. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Based on the cover, it looks like the book is about a spirit or ghost named Anna who comes back to haunt a house – maybe the house she died/was murdered in? My guess is that this book is definitely a horror book.
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
Yet she spares Cas’s life.
Well, it looks like there’s a lot more to the plot than a ghost haunting a house – even though I did get that part right. I was also right about this book being categorized as horror. The plot definitely sounds creepy!
To spread the fun I challenge the following people:
- Nihaad @ The Little Blog of Stuff
- Krista @ Fictional Darkness
- Nicola @ Rust and Stardust
- Amy @ Book Enthral
- Audrey @ Forwards and Bookwords
This challenge was a lot of fun! I was surprised that some of guesses were very close to the actual plot. If you’ve done this challenge, leave the link to your post in the comments. I would love to see how you all did!