Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Praise Puns- Anna Dressed in Blood

You ever notice that when real reviewers are reviewing books, they always make puns?

Well, we here at Wake Up at Seven have a sense of humor, and will take the liberty to make fun of those who are too clever for their own good. We're going to point out any puns that are pasted on the back of YA books, whether they're from another author or from Kirkus reviews.

Today we're looking at:

Anna Dressed in Blood

I've been reading this one (along with, like, 8 other books) and the first thing I might notice is that on the very front is a quote from Cassandra Clare.

It says "Spellbinding and romantic."

DING DING DING DING. Spellbinding? Jesus Christ, winner of the most cliched phrase for paranormal YA blurb goes to...

And then on the inside flap, there is yet another quote from Cassandra Clare. Yay.

Happily, this praise was not punny, but it did use words like intricate and tale together. Shudder. I love you Cassie... but do publishers force you to say these things? You're clever-er than that. :C

On the back, we discover a quote from Holly Black.

(I'm going to be honest here, I'm not even exactly sure what it says, because the library tag is covering it up, but I think it's something along the lines of Holly Black wants to get into the main character's pants. (Holly Black, I adore you... but you scare me. In a good way.))

Below an excerpt that I'm pretty sure no one reads, we have a lovely blurb from Stacey Kade, the author of the Ghost and the Goth series. (That's actually on my TBR list, so I can't hold judgement there.)

"I loved Cas [Main character]! And the world he inhabits is terrifyingly vivid and utterly compelling. Get ready to sleep with the lights on because this book has teeth. Sharp ones."
Upon closer inspection I may actually think that Stacey Kade added the "sharp ones" thing as an after thought. Like when the publisher went up to her, she said this. And then the publisher was like, "That doesn't make sense at all. How can a book have teeth?" and then Kade was like, "I dunno." So they decided to make it so illogical that us stupid people would think that it sounds smart.

Anyway, there was yet another blurb under that, by, guess who! Another author. Yup. There was absolutely no praise on here from Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus, etc. 

Anyway, the praise was from Courtney Moulton, who wrote Angelfire.

Her blurb said 

"this is the kind of book I've been dying to read!"
Took the words right out of my mouth.

Please don't use the word dying on a ghost book. Also don't use

"cool as hell"
because no.

I love all these authors, but puns make me weak. I myself used them all too often. I'm trying to cut back.


  1. Interesting post. I never pay much attention to the quotes unless I'm obsessing over the cover design and it happens to be in the way. :P

    P.S. Stacey Kade's Ghost and Goth books are fun to read and the characters are lovable!

    1. I'm really looking forward to reading the Ghost and the Goth series! I've heard good things about it, but unfortunately, I haven't been able to find it anywhere. :(


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