Guessing the Book Synopsis Based on the Cover

Hi guys! Today I’m going to be guessing the synopsis of five books based on their covers. This was inspired by a post on Whispering Upon a Star. I just looked at the Goodreads Young Adult New Releases list and picked some that I haven’t heard of before.

Also, I didn’t do another installment of When Shadows Come to Light because I wanted to wait an extra week to hopefully finish it off soon. You’ll get another section of it this Friday as per usual.

House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

My guess:

I’m getting the feeling that this book is a fantasy book with a little bit of thriller too? A girl is stuck in the woods. Something, maybe a curse is connected to a house. Someone from outside the woods enters and is trying to solve the mystery.


Seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow has always been strange. Something happened to her and her two older sisters when they were children, something they can’t quite remember but that left each of them with an identical half-moon scar at the base of their throats.

Iris has spent most of her teenage years trying to avoid the weirdness that sticks to her like tar. But when her eldest sister, Grey, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, Iris learns just how weird her life can get: horned men start shadowing her, a corpse falls out of her sister’s ceiling, and ugly, impossible memories start to twist their way to the forefront of her mind.

As Iris retraces Grey’s last known footsteps and follows the increasingly bizarre trail of breadcrumbs she left behind, it becomes apparent that the only way to save her sister is to decipher the mystery of what happened to them as children.

The closer Iris gets to the truth, the closer she comes to understanding that the answer is dark and dangerous – and that Grey has been keeping a terrible secret from her for years. 


It is a fantasy with a few thriller/mystery elements in it, but other than that, I was totally off.

What’s Not to Love by Emma Wibberly and Austin Siegemund-Boka

My guess:

I think this book is a typical romantic comedy. It probably takes place at a public high school, and has the usual bad boy/nerd girl, enemies to lovers cliche.


An academic enemies-to-lovers YA with all the nerdy drama, high school antics, and heartpounding romance of the Netflix original series Never Have I Ever

Since high school began, Alison Sanger and Ethan Molloy have competed on almost everything. AP classes, the school paper, community service, it never ends. If Alison could avoid Ethan until graduation, she would. Except, naturally, for two over-achieving seniors with their sights on valedictorian and Harvard, they share all the same classes and extracurriculars. So when their school’s principal assigns them the task of co-planning a previous class’s ten-year reunion, with the promise of a recommendation for Harvard if they do, Ethan and Alison are willing to endure one more activity together if it means beating the other out of the lead.

But with all this extra time spent in each other’s company, their rivalry begins to feel closer to friendship. And as tension between them builds, Alison fights the growing realization that the only thing she wants more than winning…is Ethan.


Okay, I did better on this one. Ethan doesn’t seem like the typical bad boy, but it is an enemies to lovers book placed in a public high school.

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

My Guess:

I think this book is a mystery, maybe some slight comedy/romance included. A girl from a small town is trying to solve the mystery of the death of a friend/acquaintance. Everyone in the town is gossiping. There might be a chain of murders involved.


A lyrical and heartfelt collection by an award-winning writer that connects the lives of young people from small towns in Alaska and the American west. Each story is unique, yet universal.

In this book, the impact of wildfire, a wayward priest, or a mysterious disappearance ricochet across communities, threading through stories. Here, ordinary actions such as ice skating or going to church reveal hidden truths. One choice threatens a lifelong friendship. Siblings save each other. Rescue and second chances are possible, and so is revenge.

On the surface, it seems that nothing ever happens in these towns. But Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock shows that underneath that surface, teenagers’ lives blaze with fury, with secrets, and with love so strong it burns a path to the future.


Wow. I was so wrong with this one. Obviously, it was placed in a small town, so I got that right. Everything else was wrong, except for the possibility of gossip. It’s a very vague synopsis.

Tell Me My Name by Amy Reed

My Guess:

A girl is suffering from amnesia after a mysterious event. She disappeared and came back knowing nothing about herself– including her name. This book really reminds me of Jane Anonymous (which I haven’t read). It’s definitely a mystery/thriller. She might have something to do with another crime that happened (might be a witness or something), but she doesn’t remember anything.


On wealthy Commodore Island, Fern is watching and waiting–for summer, for college, for her childhood best friend to decide he loves her. Then Ivy Avila lands on the island like a falling star. When Ivy shines on her, Fern feels seen. When they’re together, Fern has purpose. She glimpses the secrets Ivy hides behind her fame, her fortune, the lavish parties she throws at her great glass house, and understands that Ivy hurts in ways Fern can’t fathom. And soon, it’s clear Ivy wants someone Fern can help her get. But as the two pull closer, Fern’s cozy life on Commodore unravels: drought descends, fires burn, and a reckless night spins out of control. Everything Fern thought she understood–about her home, herself, the boy she loved, about Ivy Avila–twists and bends into something new. And Fern won’t emerge the same person she was.

An enthralling, mind-altering fever dream, Tell Me My Name is about the cost of being a girl in a world that takes so much, and the enormity of what is regained when we take it back


I was the most sure about this one, but I was so wrong. It’s a thriller, but that was the only thing I got right.

Sweet and Bitter Magic by Adrienne Tooley

My Guess:

This is most definitely a fantasy. I think the two girls on the cover are sisters that are working and using their powers with magic to protect their country from other forces.


Tamsin is the most powerful witch of her generation. But after committing the worst magical sin, she’s exiled by the ruling Coven and cursed with the inability to love. The only way she can get those feelings back—even for just a little while—is to steal love from others.

Wren is a source—a rare kind of person who is made of magic, despite being unable to use it herself. Sources are required to train with the Coven as soon as they discover their abilities, but Wren—the only caretaker to her ailing father—has spent her life hiding her secret.

When a magical plague ravages the queendom, Wren’s father falls victim. To save him, Wren proposes a bargain: if Tamsin will help her catch the dark witch responsible for creating the plague, then Wren will give Tamsin her love for her father.

Of course, love bargains are a tricky thing, and these two have a long, perilous journey ahead of them—that is, if they don’t kill each other first..


Wrong again! It is a fantasy, but they’re not sisters. They are trying to save their kingdom though.

This was really fun (even though I failed almost every one), and I learned about several new books. I hope you enjoyed it! What book threw you off the most? What did you guess? Let me know in the comments!

Please note: All images and synopses were taken from Goodreads.

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