5/16/12

Waiting on Wednesday #10


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
It gives us the chance to talk about not-yet-released books that we're dying to read.
This week I'm waiting on...
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Release Date: June 12th 2012
For Darkness Shows the Stars
Generations ago, a genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret—one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it. 

What stand out most to me from this book are the mystery and feeling of lost love in the synopsis and the absolutely breathtaking cover and title. I know this is supposed to be inspired by Jane Austen's Persuasion, which I have been wanting to read for the longest time. I remember watching The Lake House  and Persuasion was mentioned in it, how it's about waiting, waiting for love, not really being sure if the time is right or if the time, the chance to have that love has past. It just sounded so beautiful that I really wanted to read it then. And like I said, the synopsis of this book does hint at lost love and everything, the mystery, the lost love, the genetic experiment gone wrong, the cover and title, all of it just makes me want to read this book.

What to Expect When You're Expecting
Release Date: May 18th 2012
I know this post is supposed to be about books we're waiting on, but I couldn't help myself.
I'm dying to see this movie and I just realized that it comes out on May 18th!!! That's in two days!
I think I have already featured this trailer a few months ago, but hey, I'm sure a lot of you haven't seen it yet :)



And for those who have here's the second trailer...



So what do you think of my picks and what are you waiting on this week?
Leave me your link and I'll do my best to check it out :)



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?



5/9/12

Waiting on Wednesday #9



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
It gives us the chance to talk about not-yet-released books that we're dying to read.
This week I'm waiting on...
Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent
Release Date: June 26th 2012


I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn't get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school... Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering," she's back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won't keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn't just gambling with her own life....

I have been dying to read this book since last year, which is when I read the previous book in the series, If I Die. Now people, that is a LONG time to wait for a book to come out. Especially with the complete awesomeness that was If I Die. You know how people would wait in line to be the first to get their hands on a copy of a Harry Potter book? Well, I would totally stand in line for this book, you know, if they actually had it in stores in my country on its release date and there was a line. This series is that awesome. So if you haven't read it yet, pick it up. 

So what do you think of my pick and what are you waiting on this week?
Leave me your link and I'll do my best to check it out :)



5/5/12

Shelf Candy Saturday #5




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...
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales.

The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. 

But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

I love this cover. I think it's so magical and reminds me of being a kid and believing that somewhere out there, there is a secret magical world just waiting  to be discovered. It also brings back memories  of the times I watched Out of the Box and wanted my own cardboard house. But all that aside, I just like all the classic fairy tales represented on the cover. I think it's so cool that on the left side there is Snow White, complete with a witch's cauldron, a couple of apples of which one even has a bite taken out of it! And then on the right side there's Sleeping Beauty complete with a spindle. I also like that the kids are floating in the air. I feel like they've just discovered this world and are falling out of the sky from their world. I just love the thought and detail put into the cover. (I also like the combination of green and gold on the cover, although I'm not so sure it works for my post. :)


The Designer 
The  illustrator is Brandon Dorman.
He's done cover art for the #1 New York Times bestselling picture book, The Wizard, the bestselling series,  Fablehaven, and the extremely popular series, Goosebumps. ( That is so awesome! I love Goosebumps! I own some of them in Dutch, although he's not the illustrator for the Dutch versions.)

You can find the designer here:

I actually checked out mr. Dorman's website and I really like his work. 

It's funny because I found this book on Goodreads yesterday through the author. I've recently gotten addicted to watching the TVshow Glee and Kurt Hummel is my favorite character. And the actor who plays Kurt, Chris Colfer, also happens to be the author of this book.

I think it's great that Chris is trying his hand at writing, which is interesting since I don't think I've ever been excited about a celebrity getting a book out there before. 

 Anyway, so I've decided that I'll be getting this after it comes out, which is on July 17 2012, because:
  1. I love fairy tales.
  2. I think Chris Colfer is an amazing actor .
  3. I've decided to completely ignore the fact that this book is not directed at my age group, because in my opinion while you can be too young to read certain material, you're never too old to read it, especially when it comes to fairy tales I'm cool like that *cough.
Wait, I think I went off topic. 
What I was trying to say is that I started out liking this book because of the author, but ended up liking it even more because of the synopsis and the amazing cover. 
So instead of featuring it on Waiting on Wednesday, I decided to feature it here.

So what do you think? Do you love the cover as much as I do? 



5/2/12

Waiting on Wednesday #8


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
It gives us the chance to talk about not-yet-released books that we're dying to read.
This week I'm waiting on...

Slated (Slated, #1)Slated by Teri Terry
Release Date: May 3rd 2012
Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank, 
her memories lost for ever.

She’s been Slated.

The government claims she was a terrorist, and that they are giving her a second chance - as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?










I feel like everyone and their dog knows about this book, but it's coming out tomorrow and I am dying to read it. So naturally I had to feature it. I think it sounds awesome. A girl who's memory gets wiped, because supposedly she was a terrorist? And there's even more going on? So mystery and intrigue? I am so there! This book screams " I am epic!". I really really hope that's the case. I LOVE the cover by the way, so dark and the girl's eyes are striking.

Every DayEvery Day by David Levithan
Release Date: August 28th 2012

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.
 

With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.


Now, this is something else. A guy who wakes up in a different person's body EVERY SINGLE DAY? This sounds both really cool and absolutely terrifying. I'm dying to know how it works. I hope it's explained well and that it's mindblowingly  (is this even a word?) interesting. Right now all I can think about is that movie Down to Earth, time travel and the cover of Tempest, since this cover reminds me of that one and that book is about time travel. ( I haven't read it yet, so don't quote me on that.)


So what do you think of my picks and what are you waiting on this week?
Leave me your link and I'll do my best to check it out :)


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