Friday, March 16, 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday (21)

The St. Patrick's Day Edition!

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!

So, in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, I decided to showcase the beautiful cover of an Irish author's novel and if that novel is based in Ireland...bonus!!

Well, picking my Irish-themed-yet-still-gorgeous-covered-novel was easier than I anticipated. I had to look no further than my TBR pile! So, with no further ado, here's the candy!!

The Scoop (Goodreads):

 As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

I love the way the branches fade out to the edges of the cover. The whole feel of the cover is sinister, which matches the mood of the novel perfectly. I was repeatedly drawn to In the Woods based on the cover alone and finally caved and bought it. Unfortunately, I have yet to read In the Woods, but it has now moved up my TBR pile a couple of notches for sure!

So, as I was researching the amazing artist behind this amazing cover design, I discovered the responsible party is the incredible Jennifer Wang. Well, Wang has a new fangirl in me because (after perusing her website) I fell in love with even more of her designs. Naturally, I can't keep these under my hat and I have to share them with you immediately!!

Ummmmmm....ah-MAZE-ing!!! Love it! Love it! Love it! I could surf her site for hours and will probably feature her again in a Shelf Candy: A) When I can get more info about her and her work and B) When it's not St. Patrick's Day :)

That's all, folks! Be sure to head to Five Alarm Book Reviews (FABR for the cool kids :) ) and see what everyone else is featuring this week! Happy St. Pat's! May the luck of the Irish be with you!!


  1. That is a gorgeous cover from one seriously talented designer! I love the simplicity of how she's tied the design back into the story. Gorgeous! Happy St Patrick's Day!

    My Shelf Candy is here if you'd like a look :)

  2. All those covers are gorgeous! Nice Shelf candy! Here's mine

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  3. Jennifer Wang Designs, a designing wonder! I love the cover for The Woods. It is perfect for the content of the novel. Creepy.
    Of course I am in awe of the other three. They are gorgeous and I would love to see them on my shelf.
    Thanks for sharing them.

  4. Wow!! What great covers!!! The woods looks chilling and I want to know what happened!!! lol. Great St. Patrick's day edition!

  5. Really great and unique covers. Here's mine

  6. Awesome! Those are beautiful covers and I have read In The Woods and it is amazing. I love the entire series by Tana French. I suggest you check them out very soon!
    Beautiful covers! I'm so excited about Shadow and Bone as well.

    Happy Saturday!

  7. This artist is amazing! As i was scrolling down I kept having a new favourite, now I cant decide. I think my faves of the other designs are Alice in Wonderland and Little Red riding hood. They fit so well with the stories. Absolutely brilliant :)

    I had to join in on this meme now, loads of fun!




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