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
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.
US cover on the left, UK cover on the right
Until I Die (Revenants #2) by Amy Plum
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
(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?