5/12/12

Shelf Candy Saturday #6



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.

 Today I'm especially excited  about doing this post, because I'm featuring the designer(s) of a few of my absolute favorite book covers. 

So my picks for this week are...

Die For Me (Revenants #1) by Amy Plum

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In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life—and memories—behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant—an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

In this incandescent debut, newcomer Amy Plum has created a powerful paranormal mythology with immortal revenants. The Paris setting comes enchantingly alive as a relentless struggle between good and evil takes place in its streets. Rich with romance, atmosphere, and thrills, Die for Me will leave readers breathlessly awaiting its sequel.


I decided to feature the UK covers because I love them just a little bit more.  The difference is especially apparent if you compare the UK cover of Die For Me to the US one. The colors of the UK cover of Die For Me are more vibrant compared to the US cover and the text is elegant. 


US cover on the left, UK cover on the right

I just love the concept of both covers. You can see that they’re part of the same series, yet they are different. A girl on the cover seems to have become a trend when it comes to YA books, especially a girl with her back to the camera dressed in a gorgeous dress. I can’t say I’m complaining about this. In this cover the trend is put to good use, with a girl standing on what looks like a rooftop gazing at…the beautiful view perhaps? What I think is cool is that in the distance, you can make out the Eiffel Tower, which leads me to believe that this book or at least part of it takes place in Paris. And that is actually the case. But my favorite part of the cover is the inky art, which I adore. I also think it’s strategically placed, crawling up the girl’s dress, making it even prettier, up her arms and then further up the cover, finally ending up framing the title. I also really love the tagline. I love a good tagline. I think it functions to make a person curious about the content of a book, from the moment they lay their eyes on it and I think this one succeeds.

Until I Die (Revenants #2) by Amy Plum

Until I Die

Like on the first cover, this one has a girl with her back turned to the camera. But in contrast to the first cover, where the girl looks like she’s having a tranquil moment enjoying the view (*well, it looks like it, but for all I know she’s actually being held at gunpoint and the perpetrator is out of the picture), the girl on the second cover looks like she’s in a hurry, with the bottom part of her dress blowing in the breeze behind her. Or maybe it’s just windy? Anyway, I love the purple-bluish tones in this cover, which is completed by the white inky art, again very pretty. I’ve actually seen a different cover around, where the inky art is actually done in a light purple color which I like as well, although I don’t think it stands out as much.

The Artist
The artist is Johanna Basford

(From the artist's website) 

Tumble down the rabbit hole and find yourself in my inky black and white Wonderland...

I'm an illustrator and ink evangelist who prefers pens and pencils to pixels.

I create intricate, hand drawn illustrations predominately, although not exclusively, in black and white.

My creativity is cultivated by a curious imagination and a delight in the fantastic. Much of my work has roots in the flora and fauna that surrounded me growing up on my parent's fish farm in rural Scotland.

I graduated in 2005 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee with my degree in Printed Textiles and a portfolio stuffed with monochrome silk screen prints and drawings. Following that, I set-up my little studio and began on my mission to vanquish the vector and champion the (wobbly) hand drawn line.

Every piece I create starts life as a simple pencil sketch, evolving into a rambling pen and ink drawing usually spanning several sheets of paper. I love the tactile nature of the materials I use and the joy of smudgy fingerprints. My delicate hand inked designs intend to charm and delight, inviting you to peer closer and discover the hidden intricacies.

For me, computer generated graphics can feel cold and soulless whereas hand drawing captures a sense of energy and character which no pixel can ever replicate.

I like sugar mice, Alice in Wonderland, peonies and 0.05 Staedtler pigment liners.

There's lots more inky information about my work on my FAQ blog.

Follow my inky adventures on Twitter

And take a peek inside my studio via www.mydesktoday.com


Ms. Basford wrote an interesting blog post about her and Mark Ecob's work on the cover for Die For Me. It also let's you get up close and personal with the cover. So if you want to know more about how the cover of Die For Me came to be, click here

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:

You might remember that I featured this designer a few weeks ago. The covers of the Revenants series were the ones I was planning on featuring originally, but I realized when I'd finished this post for the coming week that the cover and artist had just been featured by a fellow blogger. I kind of stopped writing my SCS posts in advance after that.
But since I hadn't featured the artist before and I think her work is awesome AND the fact that these covers are amazing hasn't changed, I decided to feature the covers anyway.
Plus, I think a finished post should be published and I'm exhausted after a long day of school and shopping for Mother's Day gifts, so I think this is the perfect time for that.
(To Maria: I told you I'd post it at some point :D.)

So what do you think? Do you love the covers as much as I do? And have you read the books?



6 comments:

  1. Great cover. I see Until I Die everywhere and I think both book covers really look nice together. I haven't read the books but I hope to soon! Thank you for including the UK cover as well. I like to see both side by side!

    my shelf candy is:http://www.thewindypages.com/2012/05/shelf-candy-saturday-28.html

    Happy Saturday!

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  2. I love both of the covers! I do like the UK cover better on Die For Me. I have read Die for Me, and its very good, can't wait to read Until I Die!

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  3. I love the angle of the shot overlooking the rooftops with the Eiffel Tower in the background. The other cover has an even better design appeal though. Great choice. I enjoyed the video. It's a great addition. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. I do love these covers. I love the swirl patterns, the font, the color, the dresses. The entire feel of them is dark, beautiful, and romantic. thanks for sharing. my scs http://jennreneeread.blogspot.com/2012/05/shelf-candy-saturday-12-wildes-fire-by.html

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  5. Hi, Kimberley!

    Hey, it's perfectly all right that you've done a post on the same cover! You added some stuff I don't have, and your approach is different. The more the merrier! And you're right that you should publish a post you've already completed. Besides, you also added the cover of the sequel, "Until I Die", which I absolutely adore!! In fact, I love it even more, because, as you probably know by now, blue is my very favorite color!!

    I also like the information about Mark Ecob. Very interesting! Ahother thing I like is the video you've posted, which I found fascinating!

    GREAT post!! Thanks so much for sharing, as well as for commenting on my own SSC post this week!! : )

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  6. These covers are really lovely! I've been wanting to read the first for a while now since the cover caught my eye, and I really like the UK one a little bitter, for all its subtle differences.

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