Shelf Candy Saturday #3

Shelf Candy Saturday is a seriously awesome weekly meme hosted by Steph over at 

I love this meme, because I love art and it allows us to look closely at the stunning book cover art we adore and talk about the amazing designers behind these book covers.

So my pick for this week is...
Poison Heart by S.B. Hayes
An idle glance through the window of a bus changes everything for Katy Rivers.

A mysterious girl, with luminous green eyes, stares back and from that moment on she haunts Katy and appears to know her every move, even what she is thinking. What is the strange connection between them? And what is the power of the emerald pendant which the girl bestows on her?

‘I’m everything you’re not and I’m going to take over your life… I’m your worst nightmare.’

These chilling words mean that Katy is gradually backed into a corner, alienated from everyone she holds dear, even her own mother. Only her best friend Luke, keeps faith and together they must find a way to defeat the girl who is determined that she will be with Katy...even until death.

POISON HEART combines psychological suspense with teen romance and makes for a thoroughly chilling read.


I found the second image above on the designer’s website. It’s missing the tagline and I’m 99% sure that because of this, the distance between the top of the girl’s head and the title is smaller. I honestly love this version more because the colors are somehow brighter and everything’s sharper.  But I miss the tagline, because I think it’s catchy. All of that aside, I absolutely love the cover! I like that the cover is a combination of what I think is an image with illustrations. And not just any illustrations. It looks like branches are moving towards the girl, up her arms and wrapping themselves around her body. They even wrap around the title! I think this makes the cover kind of creepy and haunting, but also fairy tale-ish (think Sleeping Beauty). It might imply that something is coming for the girl, trapping her slowly but surely. And reading the synopsis I feel that’s it. But on the other hand I also want to believe that the girl can actually control plant life. I keep thinking about that Movie Sky High. And in the left bottom corner there’s something that suspiciously resembles a ring. I wonder if I’m imagining it and if I’m not, what it means. I like that the girl's hair is red and that the tagline is red as well. It makes both stand out on a mostly blue cover. I also like the background of trees in front of the girl. I also get the feeling that the girl is looking up, not just in front of her, but I'm not sure. Either way, I love it!

The Designer
(From the designer's website) 
My name is Mark Ecob.
I am a graphic designer specialising in book cover design, illustration and art-direction.

I’ve worked for some of the biggest names in the UK book industry, including Hodder & Stoughton, 
The Orion Publishing Group and most recently as Art Director for Canongate Books, one of the 
most successful independent book publishers in the world. During my time there we were 
named Publisher of the Year in 2009, and nominated In-Book for the D&AD Book Design 
Category 2010 and 2011.

I work independently or with other creatives. With an ear to the ground and a rich 
contacts book, I’ll guarantee a creative and cost-effective solution to deadline. 

Encouraging new talent wherever possible, I’ve taught in various colleges since 2005, including
Glasgow School of Art, The Nottingham Trent University and Edinburgh College of Art.
I also take an active role in industry events, including two talks at The Bookseller Cover Design
seminars in 2007 and 2010. I will also be judging the D&AD Book Design category in 2012.

If you have a project you’d like my help with, book or not, give me a call.

You can find the designer here:
His website
The Artist 
Neal Murren is a resident of the Scottish Highlands, as well as the world of fairytale and fantasy, it's perhaps unsurprising that Neal's work draw inspiration from the environment he inhabits.

Since graduating from Salford University, Neal's diverse approach to materials and techniques - including pen, pencil, paint or Photoshop - has attracted a range of clients including: Universal Music, Harrods, New York Times, Smirnoff Vodka, DDB Paris/Nike, DDB London/Volkswagen and Pop magazine.

Other projects include the illustrative artwork and animations for James Palumbo's (founder of Ministry of Sound) book 'Tomas' and creating the new single and album artwork for Detroit Social Club, through Polydor Records and more recently projects with Saatchi & Saatchi, Asos and Ted Baker.

You can check out the artist's work here.

What do you think of this cover? Have you read the book yet? What did you pick this week?
Personally, I haven't read the book yet, but I own it and I'm planning to read it some time soon.


  1. Hi,Kimberley! Thanks for your wonderful comments on my SCS post!

    I LOVE this cover!! Since I'm a HUGE fan of the color blue, it was sure to catch my eye, right? Lol. But I love all the other elements you've mentioned, as well. The artist and designer are indeed very talented people!!

    Comparing the two images above, I would have to say I prefer the second one, although, like you, I do miss the tagline. But I prefer the second one because the blue is so much more intense!! (By the way, for some reason, I can't see this image on Internet Explorer, but I can on Google Chrome and Firefox. There are also differences in the intensity of the blue -- the most intense one is on Firefox.)

    The story sounds very creepy, and I'm not sute I can read it. However, my curiosity is piqued, so I might very well pick this one up!

    Thanks for featuring such a gorgeous cover!! : )

    Maria http://anightsdreamofbooks.blogspot.com/

    1. I've noticed that you love blue :).

      Aww that's really too bad! I didn't notice the image didn't appear on IE because I have Google Chrome. Although sometimes Google Chrome doesn't want to show all the pictures as well so I work on making them appear. Really, the blue is more intense on Firefox? That's so cool. Hmm, I wonder if I should get Firefox and IE as well. (I deleted IE when I installed Google Chrome.)

  2. This is a great cover! It is beautiful and haunting at the same time. It gives the impression that the vines represent that she is bound by something. Thank you for including all of the awesome info on the designer. Wonderful post.

  3. Ooh, I love this cover! I agree with Steph, it's beautiful and haunting! ~Anna@ BLM

    Our Shelf Candy

  4. This is a great cover! I really like how the vines wrap around her arms and the text. And I love how her red hair really pops in the photo. I think the one without the tagline is the best - the cover doesn't need it. Looking at the artist's website, I see he has done some incredible work! Really nice pick this week.

    1. Thank you! And you're right, the cover doesn't really need it but it makes me a little more curious about the book. And it makes the entire cover a little ominous, so I kind of like it :)

  5. This cover is amazing! I love the colors, the silouhette of the girl and the way the vines snake around the cover. The title is awesome as well. What a unique sounding book. I really want to read this now, that tagline is a tease!!!
    GREAT choice.

  6. "I'm going to steal your life" I always love it when they put teasers like this on the cover. I think it's amazing. The vines swirling about her body, her hair in contrast with the pretty blue. Yup, very nice :D

    1. I really love good taglines, too and this one is awesome.


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