Saturday, September 1st 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday!!! (43)

Oh and school is upon us! Sadly, I am no longer still in school- a fact that makes my parents incredibly happy and myself a little sad.

Happy September everyone and I’m here to bother you with a little bit of Shelf Candy goodness.

This week, I’m happy to present this week’s Shelf Candy!

Thank you to Maria at A Night’s Dream of Books for hosting!

And onto the Shelf Candy!

by Heather Anastasiu

Synopsis can be found here.

Maybe you’ve seen it already! It came out in August.

I love this cover. It’s so intersting. I love the way they did the title. It really tells you about the story. And how her mark at the base of her neck glows.

Most of all, I love the color. I love the redish light on her face and the dark pinks and purples on her back. If you know me, purple is my favorite color and I can’t pass up a book with so much purple!

What do you think? Have you read it yet?
Is the story as awesome as the cover?

Saturday, August 25th 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday!! (42)

Goooood morning other sugar kings and queens out there!
Happy Saturday to you!

Welcome to another edition of Shelf Candy.
Thank you to Maria at A Night’s Dream of Books for hosting this weekly meme!

Now, onto our Shelf Candy!

This week I’m happy to share with you:

The Demon Catchers of Milan
by Kat Beyer

Synopsis can be found here.

Isn’t it beautiful?

First of all- who can make me that gown? I Want. Now. The deep purple is gorgeous against the black background and the golden lights.

Second, um, love the candles surrounding the model. I love the different candle tones and colors, the way the lights in the background glow warmly in the darkness.

Most of all, I love the font. Doesn’t it look magical? The golden glow of the candlelight and the title jumps out of the cover so much and is so intriguing, I’m certain that even without the model, this cover would be fantastic. (Again, keep the model. Want. That. Dress)

I saw a huge poster of this at ALA and immediatley went to talk to the publisher’s table about it. They seemed just as excited as I was that this was coming out!

What do you think about this cover? Do you think it would be just as striking without the model? Are you going to make me that dress?

:) Happy Reading!

Saturday, August 18th 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday!! (41)

Happy Saturday everyone!
Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday! Thank you to Maria at A Night’s Dream of Books for hosting this weekly meme.

Whew, it’s been a long week. Seriously. I’m looking forward to settling down for a bit and reading, and browsing!
And as the summer winds down, I was thinking about awesome summer books I’ve read. What made me love them? What made me carry them around, hoping for just two minutes of quiet reading time?
There was first love, mermaids, road trips, lots of beautiful summer stories.

This week’s Shelf Candy is one of my favorite Summer series.

The Summer I Turned Pretty
It’s Not Summer Without You
We’ll Always Have Summer
by Jenny Han
Read the synopsis for each book by clicking on the titles above.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when reading this series. I’ve heard a lot about them, and some friends of mine really love them. But for me, contemporary YA romance can be hit or miss. I either love it, believe it, want to keep a hard copy on my shelf (eh, hem, such as Sarah Dessen’s “This Lullaby”) or  not.
Lucky for me, this series is in the first group.

But enough about the book. (What is this? Talking about the actual words! Ha!)

Let’s talk about the covers!

They scream summer to me. The use of the white, empty background. White, khaki clothes, natural looking models with minimum makeup. The beach behind them, the tall reeds of grass.
I love the fonts- the color, easy going natural letters. The one word in script, in a different light color, easy on the eyes.
I don’t really think Belly looks like the model. I don’t think Conrad or Jeremiah look like those models either. But I put it aside and have accepted the truth.
These covers convey the tone, idea and emotion that the books provide. Fun, romance, drama.
If you haven’t read this YA series, go out now! 
Trust me, your summer will be a lot more fun with them!

Saturday, August 11th 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday! (40)

Welcome friends to another edition of Shelf Candy!

I’m here to share another wonderful book cover that will make the sugar in your blood spike and your mouth water!

Thanks to Maria at A Night’s Dream of Books for hosting this meme! She has taken it over from Steph at Five Alarm Book Reviews and we’re happy to continue in participating in this fun weekly eye candy!

And now, here we have the Shelf Candy for this week:

The Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony
Synopsis can be found here.

What a cover!

A hand mirror, a reflection, the cracked class, the lovely lace detail on the left side of the book. Doesn’t it scream romance, mystery, intrigue? I especially love the tones and coloring. The red dress really sticks out as does the lace against the grey and darkish blue background. It makes the book look old, antique. The delicate carvings along the outer edge of the hand mirror really add to the overall visual. 

I cannot wait to read this book. I was fortunate to grab a copy of it at ALA this year and will definitely be posting a review about it in September, when the book releases. 

What do you think? If you saw this on your bookstore’s table would you pick it up? 

Saturday, August 4th 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday!! (39)

Hello fellow Sugar-a-holics!

Welcome to another edition of Shelf Candy! I am your Sugar Queen and here to present to you another beautiful cover or two!
A special thanks to Five Alarm Book Reviews who hosts this meme! Be sure to check out the other Sugar-a-holics on her Shelf Candy post!

Onto the Shelf Candy:

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter (Book One)
Synopsis can be found here.

Waking Storms by Sarah Porter (Book Two)
Synopsis can be found here.

I haven’ t read this series yet, but Waking Storms just came out and it’s a real eye catcher.
Laying on the table at one of my local bookshops, I saw it and realized- hey, I know that series!
While the first book is pretty, I find the cover on the second to be very intriguing! The second book is what makes me pull this series from my To Read pile up to the top!

I love the underwater quality of the photo, the whispy soft colors, the dancing lights.
And the mermaid tail! The first book looks lighter, airy while the second book takes on a darker quality. I love them both!

And, it’s even prettier in person!

What do you think?
Are you partial to mermaid stories?

Saturday, July 28th 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday!!! (38)

Happy Saturday!
Welcome to another edition of Shelf Candy.

Thank you to Five Alarm Book Reviews for hosting this awesome weekly event!

I like exploring other blogs and finding out what Shelf Candy they’ve found this week and I hope you will too!
Onto the Candy!

My pick this week is:

Dark Companion by Marta Acosta
Synopsis can be found here.

Isn’t it creepy?

I love the long white summery dress and how the white title is set over that, a single vine of leaves running along the bottom of the book and into the title.

The eerie watery light the model is facing, looks like it’s coming from something far in the distance, and it’s definitely not the sun. I love the tall skinny trees that fade into nothing around the model and the leaves littering the ground.

The cover drew me in at B&N the other day and yes, I did pick it up.

I can’t ignore a cover like that!

What do you think? Are you intrigued??

Saturday, July 21st 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday!! (37)

Welcome fellow candy lovers to another edition of Shelf Candy Saturday.

Thanks to Five Alarm Book Reviews for hosting this fun event! Stop by FABR for more blogs participating in Shelf Candy. Who knows? You may find some more sweet stuff!

Now, onto the Candy!

My Shelf Candy for this Saturday is:

The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Synopsis can be found here.

Isn’t it gorgeous?

This is book three in his Cemetery of Lost Books series. Book one is one of my personal favorites: Shadow of the Wind.

Notice the framed scene, the old street lamp, the tall blurred buildings where the light is shining so bright it blinds the outlines. Notice the man running out of that scene, looking behind him, as if he was running from something. Notice the beautiful blue color, the old fashioned metal like framing on the outside of the book. The bold yet sweeping font of the author’s name and the band of red ribbon with the title.

If you’ve ever read one of his books, you know then that this is a wonderful interpretation of his stories and writing. Romantic, thrilling, sweeping and mysterious.

I cannot wait to get my hands on it.
In fact, I might already have.