Writing a synopsis based on a cover? Count me in

I saw this over at Nikki and Amy’s blog Every Book You Need to Read And More, and I couldn’t help myself, this looked like so much fun! Plus I’ve got the evening (no the WHOLE WEEKEND) off so there’s nothing stopping me ☺

When I First Saw You, or WIFSY for short, is a monthly meme on Sailing Through Books that consists of sharing a first impressions of a book in the form of a synopsis, so basically judging a book by it’s cover. — from Sailing Through Books

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor of fire and stars cover

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst is the book I picked, because come on, that cover is stunning! I have no clue what it’s about but I really want to read it either way. This is what I came up with (it’s more a teaser than a synopsis but oh well):

Hunted by a bear in the woods, Pocahontas runs and runs, never looking back, until she stumbles upon an old ruin. She’s been in these woods so many times but never here. Curious and intrigued by the majestic stone walls overgrown by ivy and moss, she climbs up, her arrows and bow rambling at her back. Cutting her way through the plants that block the door, she suddenly stands in the middle of a bedroom. And in the bed, a girl, fragile and asleep. Her blonde locks curling over the blankets, her lips as pink as the prettiest roses. Enchanted Pocahontas stands there, falling for her, the princess in the sleeping castle.

Basically, I think it’s a Pocahontas meets Sleeping Beauty retelling and they’re going to fall in love.

So let’s take a look at the real synopsis:

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.

Hmm.. I got the love thing right, I’m kinda sad that it’s not a Pocahontas and Sleeping Beauty retelling though 🙁 I would love to read that! It does still sound really cool.

What was your first impression of the cover? Would you read the book?

17 thoughts on “Writing a synopsis based on a cover? Count me in

  1. sadly more mundane and yet elemental. two of the same coming together to eject a little something powerful back out into the vastness of experience. two mirrors of each other spark in mutal repulsion of the other til one day the forces that be fire up in events that push them together forever so closely as they will bond forever more.

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    1. To be honest, I’m more interested in the story I thought it was than the real story! The real story sounds good too, but it can’t top Pocahontas & Sleeping Beauty

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  2. Your idea does sound cool and the cover looks amazing, though the actual synopsis doesn’t read as something I’d be into, but this sounds like a fun idea. I know i tend to judge on covers sometimessss (oopsies) and sometimes the book doesn’t live up to its coverr

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    1. To be honest, I judge books on covers all the time. I think everybody judges books on covers sometimes, some books are just way too pretty to stay objective. A cover is supposed to be a first impression of a book, and if the writer or publisher doesn’t give it a nice cover or not something that the book really represents, how am I supposed to know whether it’s something I would like or not? Covers are so important..

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