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I love the complimentary and contrasting elements between these two. In fact, I love pretty much everything about both of these covers, from the way the spiral staircase entwines with the scarlet folds of the rose on the one to the colorful spine of a vintage airmail envelope on the other. They make me happy. And very curious.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Okay, so this one had me at Beauty & the Beast retelling meets Greek mythology. Yespleasethankyou. Raised to kill her betrothed, Nyx vows to break the curse he laid on her people. Of course, appearances can be deceiving, and . . . well . . . the whole thing looks terribly awesome.
Due out January 28th

That Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay
This one is being compared to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book I loved so much I still think about it on a regular basis. Two strangers bond through a shared correspondence and a love of food. They eventually plan to meet up in Paris, but will it happen? And can they possibly each live up to their letters?
Due out February 4th

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  1. OK, Beauty and the Beast, yes done, I want it.

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    1. I thought as much. I love that you love it the way I do.

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  2. Anonymous9:44 AM

    Beauty and the Beast retelling? Okay, adding it to the wishlist.

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  3. Those both sound good!

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    1. Right? I'm really looking forward to them.

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  4. Did I hear something about a Guernsey and Literary Potato Peel Society read alike? I'm so there.

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    1. That bit caught my attention nicely.

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  5. Cruel Beauty = gigantic thumbs up. WANT.

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  6. Cruel Beauty is a gorgeous cover, but I am amused by the idea of it being "a Greek mythology BatB retelling" since Beauty and the Beast is actually a retelling of the Cupid and Psyche myth. So it comes full circle?

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    1. Haha. I was going to say exactly the same thing. It is a beautiful cover and I will certainly read it as B&B is my favorite fairy tale and Cupid and Psyche my favorite myth-because of their connection.

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    2. That's SO true. I love both. I love all. All BatB is awesome.

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    3. I haven't seen any details on how it's all coming together, but it should be interesting.

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  7. I also am seduced by the color palette of Cruel Beauty's cover.

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    1. Seductive is exactly what it is. I love how she looks descending the stairs.

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  8. This is actually the first that I've heard of Cruel Beauty, though it sounds so good. And that cover. It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing. :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

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  9. Anonymous9:31 AM

    You had me at Beauty and the Beast. *adds to TBR* Also IT'S SO PRETTY!!

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    1. So very pretty. I never met a B&B retelling I didn't want to give a shot.

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  10. I got a copy of THAT PART WAS TRUE from Book Expo, for pretty much the same reason. I love the epistolary format! I picked it up the same day as DEAR MR KNIGHTLY - another letter-romance, this time influenced by Jane Austen.

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    1. Did you?? You'll have to let me know how it is. I'm very curious.

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