Judging by the Cover Tuesday

Judging by the Cover Tuesday (4/5)

Judging by the Cover Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Hello Beautiful Book Blog.

Anyone can play along, just do the following:

  1. Search the web for the cutest cover you come across, ideally an unreleased book
  2. Don’t read the synopsis
  3. Try to guess what the book is about
  4. Read the synopsis and see how close you came
  5. Make sure to link Hello Beautiful Book Blog as your host!♥

Post in the comments the link to your own Judging by the Cover Tuesday post or share your cover in the comments below if you do not have a blog. Thanks! 🙂


♥♥♥Judging by the Cover Tuesday, where I score the web for the cutest cover I can find and try to guess what the story is going to be about before reading the blurb. All books are only judged by the cover and are not yet released.


This week I have two debut novels that have stunning covers that stood out from the crowd. After I picked South of Sunshine, I saw that it has been released on April 1st in hardcover, but I usually just read Kindle editions so I didn’t notice. I’m still going to use it since it’s still not released on Kindle yet.


First, South of Sunshine.

First Impressions: I love the sky in this picture. It just looks like the south, which is where I think the setting is. I see from “In a town like Sunshine, Kaycee knows better than to fall for a girl.” that this will be a romance between Kaycee and a girl she meets. Since they are in the south, it will probably be a problem and Kaycee’s life will probably be turned upside down. There will be family and friend problems just because Kaycee is a lesbian and a struggle for happiness and acceptable will ensue.

Blurb time.


South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf

Release date: April 1, 2016 — April 12, 2016 (Kindle edition)

Kaycee Jean McCoy has lived her entire life in Sunshine, Tennessee. Sweet tea flows through her veins and “yes ma’am” is ingrained in her DNA. In Sunshine, going to church is basically mandatory, and gay had better be your mood and not your sexual orientation. Kaycee may not agree with the town’s socially accepted bigotry, but she’d rather fit in—even if it means letting gross Dave Bradford kiss her on occasion—than make waves.

That is, until the beautiful, sexy, impossibly cool Bren Dawson moves into town. Kaycee is swept up in a whirlwind of exciting new emotions and lets her guard down. One night under a fat country moon, Kaycee’s best friend catches them kissing, and her whole world goes to hell in a handbasket. What is Kaycee willing to risk for the sake of love? And what will she risk for acceptance?

OH YEAH! 5/5 hearts on this one! ♥♥♥♥♥    I will admit though, if that little tidbit about Kaycee hadn’t been printed on the cover, I probably wouldn’t have done so hot, but whatever, I’ll take it. 😉




Next, we have another debut by Brooks Benjamin with a very interesting title.

First Impressions: I think this is going to be dance or theater related. I would say the main character is a girl, but the author is male so I’m thinking this is going to be a feel good story about a boy who wants to be a ballet dancer. The title suggests to me there is definitely going to be some humorous moments. Also coming of age themes because, seventh grade. Probably some awkward moments because, seventh grade. I liked seventh grade… Said no one. EVER.


My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights by Brooks Benjamin

Release date: April 12, 2016


Football hero. Ninja freestyler. It’s seventh grade. Anything is possible.

All Dillon wants is to be a real dancer. And if he wins a summer scholarship at Dance-Splosion, he’s on his way. The problem? His dad wants him to play football. And Dillon’s freestyle crew, the Dizzee Freekz, says that dance studios are for sellouts. His friends want Dillon to kill it at the audition—so he can turn around and tell the studio just how wrong their rules and creativity-strangling ways are.

At first, Dillon’s willing to go along with his crew’s plan, even convincing one of the snobbiest girls at school to work with him on his technique. But as Dillon’s dancing improves, he wonders: what if studios aren’t the enemy? And what if he actually has a shot at winning the scholarship? 

Dillon’s life is about to get crazy . . . on and off the dance floor in this kid-friendly humorous debut by Brooks Benjamin.


Not too bad! I’d say 3/5 hearts ♥♥♥     Dance theme was pretty easy to pick out, there is some humor, but I kind of missed the struggle part.








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