Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!!
This weekly feature
showcases beautiful book covers,
and provides information,
if available, on their very talented creators!
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about Shelf Candy Saturday,
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Here's my choice for this week!
A Darkness Strange and Lovely
(Something Strange and Deadly #2)
Hardcover, 416 pages
July 23, 2013
Historical Fiction, Steampunk,
Young Adult Fiction
Why do I love this cover?
When I first saw this book, I was totally captivated by that incredibly gorgeous dress! It's got to be one of the most beautiful creations I've ever seen! The combination of colors is just perfect, and I love the way each fold is meticulously detailed. The bodice is perfect, too, being made of some black, velvety material, although I do think that the bust area is much too revealing,
Everything else about this dress is just right! I love the glittery gold belt, and the matching black mesh fingerless gloves.
In short, I don't know where I would wear such a dress (with a more modest bodice), but I sure wish I owned it!! Indeed, what woman wouldn't want to?
The background is perfect, as well. It appears to be one of those large, round windows common to New York City office buildings from the 1930's or 40's. These windows also remind me of movies like "The Maltese Falcon", which is typical of the 'film noir' genre.
Although I do own this book, as well as the first one in this series, I might end up not reading either one. I was so mesmerized by the covers that I didn't notice there were zombies in the plot....and I DETEST zombies!! However, I just had to feature this particular cover today, simply because of that dream of a dress!
This luscious cover is a combination of images brought together by designer Cara Petrus. The photograph is by Monica Stevenson, while the background image is from the stock photo website, Getty Images. This is a truly inspired combination, too!
Cara Petrus: Online Links
Monica Stevenson Online Links
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