Saturday, February 4, 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday (15)

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 would like to showcase the beautiful covers of Maggie Stiefvater's The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy. If you have yet to read this series (there might still be a few of you out there...), I would highly recommend you check them out. The series is fast-paced and chock full of werewolves.

Shiver (Book 1) Scoop: (Goodreads)

the cold.
Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—watches back. He feels deeply familiar to her, but she doesn't know why.

the heat.
Sam has lived two lives. As a wolf, he keeps the silent company of the girl he loves. And then, for a short time each year, he is human, never daring to talk to Grace...until now.

the shiver.
For Grace and Sam, love has always been kept at a distance. But once it's spoken, it cannot be denied. Sam must fight to stay human—and Grace must fight to keep him—even if it means taking on the scars of the past, the fragility of the present, and the impossibility of the future.

The Pretties:

I love these book designs so much, from the colors, to the graphic silhouettes, the blood spatters and the fact that the text of each novel is in a matching color (black text is soooo 2004).

These simple and striking covers were designed by Christopher Stengel of Scholastic, Inc. I am Stengal's newest fan, especially once I found out that he also created the cover for Marcelo in the Real World (a cover I have been wanting to feature for quite a while.)

Amazingly enough, I found an interview from July 2010 on Stiefvater's site where she asks him all of the amazing and insightful questions that I'm sure I would have asked given the resources and access...

The cover of Shiver was inspired by this leaf. Yes, this actual leaf. I love it!

The interview continues on Scholastic's site and can be found here. (The link on Stiefvater's site is for the main page.) I wholeheartedly suggest you check both sites for the inside scoop on designing a book cover and Stengal's motivations for his design choices with this series.

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. I do love all of these covers, I have yet to read them though! I really need to find time for it. Great pick this week!!
    You can check out my Shelf Candy here.
    Dreaming In The Pages Enter My Giveaway

    1. The series is great. You should check them out. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Great choices for Shelf Candy - these book covers really are beautiful. I think my favorite is Linger. I still remember the first time I saw it, I was at Barnes and Noble and I bought it that day because that cover just was so beautiful. The icy blues and the simplisitc design are just gorgeous.
    Thank you for sharing the interview as well, great research on finding it!

    here is my shelf candy pic...

    1. The covers are the reason I got started with this series too. I also like the way the wolf is always peeking out!

  3. I have always loved these covers! I love the simplicity and the way that you can look at any one of them and know that it belongs in the series. Thank you for sharing them and for including the link to find out more. Happy Saturday.

    1. Happy Saturday to you! They are such a cohesive unit, aren't they?

  4. I have wanted to read these books for so long now! I even have the first one sitting on my bookshelf in my room. I just haven't had the time to pick it up yet :(
    Great pick! Thanks for sharing.

    Stephanie @Steph's Book Corner

    1. If you start the first one, then be prepared to want them all :)

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  6. Steph, we have the same background picture on the header of our blogs! We must be destined to be blogging buddies, lol! I must say, you did a way better job of using that pic that I did. When I just came to the page, the watercolor-underlayer loaded first, then the next one, and it was just way awesome.

    I like how the three covers in this series hang together while always giving you something new to look at to. I literally just got a recommendation for this series today, and was thrilled you included summaries for them. Looks good, I will have to add them to be TBR!

    Here’s my Shelf Candy.
    Annie @ CandleLit Library

    1. I just went to check out your blog and you have moved :) I'm so glad you left a forwarding address and I love your new look!!

      You should check out this series, it's great!

      I'm so glad you stopped by, my new blog buddy :)

    2. Shiver is available for free lending! Happiness! Hehe. I just became a follower of your blog so our buddyship is Blogger official now :D. Happy reading!

  7. Hi, Steph! I must confess that I'm one of the few poor souls that haven't read this series yet... 20 lashes with a wet noodle, right? Lol. Anyway, I DO own all three books (more lashes!), but just haven't gotten around to reading them yet...

    Anyway, I LOVE these covers myself, so thank you for featuring them!! I also appreciate the links so that we can find out more about the designer.

    Have a super-duper weekend!! : )

    Maria @

    1. That's a whole lotta lashes, Maria! At least the series is handy for when you do want to read them :) I have so many books and series in piles around my room and on my Nook that I have purchased, but have gotten pushed to the back burner... So, no judgement here!



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