Saturday, February 11, 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday (16)

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'm featuring the gorgeous cover of Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red, the first book of her Edelstein Trilogie. The series is originally written in German and Ruby Red is the first book that has been translated to English. I just finished Ruby Red (review to come). It was great and I can't wait until the rest are released!

The Scoop: (Goodreads)

Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon--the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

There are two remaining books in the trilogy: Sapphire Blue (release/translation slated for Spring 2012) and Emerald Green. If the covers are this beautiful, I might feature them all again for a Shelf Candy a couple of years from now :)

So, you can't really tell it from the picture, but this cover is ah-maze-ing! The hardcover is on the smaller side (perfect for stowing in my carry-on this week!) and the detail has a quilted effect. Each of the rubies on the cover are raised up and the picture itself is slightly embedded. The timepiece is shimmery and has intricate detail. Overall, this is one of the prettiest covers I've seen in ages!

April Ward, of MacMillan, designed the cover and Jonathan Barkat created the pretty photograph. Check out this example of his work from Photodonuts:

You should really stop by Photodonuts and check out the rest of his work, it's amazing! I love his use of light and the desaturation of colors in some of his pictures.

I tried to discover more information about April Ward, but to no avail. I hope she is involved in the covers for the sequels! I can just picture the pretty blue and green covers on my shelf right now!

Well, that's a wrap for this week y'all. I really hope you enjoyed the pretty covers and I can't wait to see what you might have to share this week!

Be sure to head to Five Alarm Book Reviews (FABR for the cool kids :) ) and see what everyone else is featuring this week!


  1. This is an absolutely breathtaking cover!! I would have featured it myself, except that I don't have this book, so it's harder to look up information on the artist and jacket designer.

    Although red is not my favorite color (by now, I'm sure you know that honor is held by the color blue), I really, really LOVE this cover! It's just like the jewel mentioned in the title. All that Art Nouveau scrollwork really adds to to its overall beauty, too.

    In short, this is Shelf Candy of the highest order!! What a FABULOUS pick! I lust, I lust!!

    BTW, thanks for commenting on my own Shelf Candy post! Much appreciated!!

    Have a TERRIFIC weekend!! : )

  2. Beautiful cover!! Sounds like a good read as well. I can't wait for your review.

  3. The paperback is completely different. I like this one so much better. It is beautiful. The scroll work is so nice and works well with the font design. What amazing Shelf Candy picks from everyone this week. Thank you for your great post! :)

  4. This is beautiful! What amazing details. I can't wait to see the next one, I bet the blue will be spectacular. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I am a new follower!

    Jamie @ A book club of one

  5. Fantastic pic! I totally picked this book up in my local bookstore based on the cover! i haven't gotten around to reading it yet, but intend to do so this year. I am going to have to check out photodonuts now too!
    Thanks for sharing!

    here is my shelf candy if you're interested:

  6. What great photographs. Lots of interesting lighting.

  7. I like the design! Great pick. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Vidya @ Books Are Magic



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