Shelf Candy Saturday is a meme that celebrates the many times unrecognized, but invaluable hard work of book cover designers. They say never judge a book by its cover, but you know you do!!
So now, run on over to Five Alarm Book Reviews (the creators of this fun meme) and check out more awesome covers!
This week I'd like to feature more covers by the amazing graphic designer, Kelly Eismann. (Last week's Shelf Candy of Graceling was designed by her as well.) While I was researching last week's post, I discovered Ms. Eismann's website and was pleased to find many more pretty covers there, including the Last Survivor series by Sarah Beth Pfeffer.
I already had this series queued up to feature on Shelf Candy as well as to review, so it was a pleasant surprise to discover them on her site. I now have found my first Favorite Graphic Designer in Kelly Eismann!
Now, on to the Shelf Candy...
The covers are so beautiful. In case you haven't read the Last Survivors series yet, you should right away. Here's the synopsis for the first book, Life As We Knew It, from Goodreads.
Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.
Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all--hope--in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.
So, as you read in the blurb, the moon is knocked closer the earth, so hence the big beautiful moon in all of the covers.
The Life As We Knew It and The Dead & Gone covers were designed by Kelly Eismann. (I couldn't verify that This World We Live In was, but they definitely kept the same tone as the first two, if not.) According to her website, Eismann is not only the talented designer of many beautiful book covers, she also is the lead singer in not one but two rock bands in San Diego, CA. Pretty awesome!
Award-winning Graphic Designer and Art Director, musician, world traveler, artist, and Photoshop expert—Kelly Eismann has worked in the design industry since 1993 as a graphic, web and interactive media designer, specializing in advanced photo manipulation, professional color correction, photo collage and digital illustration. Having earned her Bachelors Degree in Fine Art from San Diego State University, emphasis in Graphic Design, Ms. Eismann has spent a majority of the last 8 years working as Senior Packaging Designer for Harcourt Trade Publishers, designing and digitally illustrating book covers and jackets for the adult and teen Trade markets, all the while maintaining her own busy print and web design business, Eismann Design. In early 2009, Ms. Eismann happily took on the role of Instructor at The Art Institute of California—San Diego, where she has been enjoying the opportunity to share her graphic and web design expertise with the Fashion Marketing & Management students. Above all else, Kelly loves being a mom and, in her free time, lead singer and keyboard player for two San Diego-based rock bands.
That's it for this week. Be sure to head to Five Alarm Book Reviews (FAB for the cool kids :) ) and see what everyone else is featuring this week!