Shelf Control hosted by Lisa of Bookshelf Fantasies "is all about the books we want to read — and already own! Consider this a variation of a Wishing & Waiting post… but looking at books already available sitting right there on our shelves and e-readers."
Katwalk (Kat Colorado #1) by Karen Kijewski (St. Martin's Press, 1989; 232 pgs)
Katapult (Kat Colorado #2) by Karen Kijewski (St. Martin's Press, 1990; 275 pgs)
Kat's Cradle (Kat Colorado #3) by Karen Kijewski (Doubleday, 1991; 295 pgs)
Copy Kat (Kat Colorado #4) by Karen Kijewski (Doubleday, 1992; 377 pgs)
Kat Scratch Fever (Kat Colorado #8) by Karen Kijewski (G.P. Putnam, 1997; 355 pgs)
How I got them: I purchased these five books. I bought Katwalk at Barnes and Noble after receiving a recommendation from a fellow reader, Carole C.. Katapult, Kat's Cradle and Kat Scratch Fever I bought through E-Bay, and I bought Copy Kat at a used bookstore.
When I got them: With the exception of Copy Cat which I bought in April of 2005, the other books were added to my TBR collection in 2004, the first book in April and the others in December of that year.
Why I want to read the series: Karen Kijewski's mystery series caught my attention because the protagonist, Private Investigator Kat Colorado, lives in the city where I spent a good portion of my growing up years: Sacramento. I enjoy reading books set in places I have lived or visited--and Sacramento is not a common setting. At least not in my reading. There's also the fact that I cannot resist a good mystery series. You know how I love mysteries.
Covers War is a meme hosted by Mariana of Book is Glee in which participants judge a book strictly by its cover, comparing different editions and deciding which one they like best."
While the cover is not the deciding factor in whether I read a book or not, it sometimes is the reason I decide to take a closer look at a book. Covers change between the hardcover edition to the paperback edition. And different covers are often chosen to represent the same book in different countries. I enjoy seeing the many different faces a book may wear, and thought it would be fun to take part in this meme today.
I admit this particular novel, Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley, didn't win me over (I didn't care for it), but I was taken in by the differences between the covers. The first, the Canadian version, speaks to the time period when its heroines and hero lived. There is a subtle eeriness which is offset by the flower at the bottom.
The American version is much more bold, with the red lettering, the stark black background, and the paper flower spotted with ink. This particular cover speaks more to the story within the story contained in this novel. Or at least that is my impression.
From either cover, would you expect a Young Adult fantasy novel about the young Brontë siblings crossing between their reality and the one in their imagination that has taken on a life of its own?
My verdict: I admit to being torn. The Canadian cover is easier on my eyes, with the muted dark colors, but I also like the American version with the inky paper flower. Ultimately, I think the Canadian version is more telling in terms of what you might expect from the novel, and so I will have to go with that one. I do like the U.S. version though . . . This was a hard one.
Which of the two covers do you prefer?
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