Rosie Amber has set a really intriguing challenge which tests out the importance (or not) of an eye-catching or appealing cover
My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….
1) Go to any online book supplier,
2) Randomly choose a category,
3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,
4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.
5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,
6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?
I accepted the challenge and searched in the History section of Amazon.co.uk. I ignored the suggested titles but scanned the general list. Many books from the History section seem to have very uninviting covers even though I would probably enjoy the content. Eventually I was tempted by this picture
The Tudor style dress with its pattern picked out as border motif drew me in, but I was glad that the lady’s face was not shown. I like to imagine the characters from the author’s description. I was a little suspicious as covers of this type are often used for rather light-weight historical romances so would the content be realistic?
The book’s description begins well, “A time of intrigue and chaos, with a country ruled by a cruel and determined monarch,” and cleverly mentions four Seymour children of Wolff Hall. The price of £2.99 is acceptable.
There are only 3 reviews with an average four and a half stars. One mentions that, “The author weaves fact and fiction together with magic,” which sounds inviting but I would not usually choose any ebook without a “Look Inside” at the text so that is what I did. Well written prose sets the scene of Henry VIII’s first interest in Jane Seymour which is appealing. However I have never heard of Deryn Lake, so I took a quick look at Goodreads where I discovered the author had written many other books. I think I cheated on the five minute rule and took about 8 minutes!
Overall I have decided to put this book on my wish list although I may choose another of her books to try first. Thank you Rosie for suggesting a new way for looking at unknown books!