Friday, March 16, 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday #11: Sea Change, by Aimee Friedmn

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The purpose of this feature is to display
a beautiful book cover,
with information, if available,
about the cover illustrator,
photographer, and/or designer.

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This week, I'm showing
some cover love to:

Hardcover, 294 pages
(an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.)
June 1, 2009
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

This exquisite cover definitely drew me to this book!  Aside from the beautiful shade of blue (although it's really more of an aqua), the composition is just lovely!  A boy and a girl are engaged in what is obviously intimate conversation.  She seems to be a little breathless, and who wouldn't be, when in the throes of first love?  Sigh...I'm a hopeless romantic...

The edges of the cover are adorned with beautiful scrollwork, consisting of stylized leaves that have a definite Art Nouveau influence.  On the actual book, they can be better seen if the book is held with the bottom tilted up, so they can stand out in the light. 

One gets the feeling, also, that this couple is underwater.  That could account for the girl's breathlessness, as well.  Perhaps she's somehow breathing magically... 

I'm not sure what the black, rectangular shape is underneath the girl's face.  Whatever it is, it does serve to help the two heads, particularly the girl's, stand out.

The font used for the title is quite lovely, as well -- particularly the capital letters of the title.  The whole title flows very well with the cover.  It's a shade lighter than the blue of the rest of the cover, but with a silvery sheen to it, which is more visible on the actual book.

I'm pleased to see that no endorsement was placed on this cover.  There really isn't room for any, obviously.  However, sometimes publishers can be a bit stubborn about this, I think.  Thank goodness, this time they had the sense not to put one in!

By the way, the endpapers are the same shade of blue as the one on the cover.   The scrollwork also appears on the inside front flap of the dust jacket.

To sum up, this is one of the most gorgeous covers I've ever seen!  Although I haven't read this book yet, I have skimmed it here and there.  It promises to be a wonderful story, I know!

Incredibly, the cover illustration
is really a photograph!
It looks like some manipulation
was done though, in order to
get this lovely effect!

The photograph comes from
Corbis, which is 
a stock photo company. 

The dust jacket design is by
who's a very talented designer , indeed!
Through her website,
I discovered that she also contributed
to the Harry Potter series!!
 Further information about her work
is available HERE.

What do you all think of this cover?
What lovely covers are you
showcasing this week?


  1. Wow that is a gorgeous cover! I love when details are carried across the whole dust jacket and who wouldn't want a conversation like that :)

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

    1. When I first saw this cover, it literally took my breath away! And I agree -- it's wonderful when cover details are carried over to the rest of the dust jacket. As for the conversation...sigh...enough said! Lol.

      Thanks for the great comment!! I'm going over to check out your Shelf Candy!! : )

  2. this is a beautiful pick. I like the scrollwork on the sides as well and the aqua color of the cover as well. It goes with the title. You can tell that the people on the cover are very in love and I want to know their story.

    1. Thank you! It is indeed a beautiful cover!! The scrollwork is such a nice detail, too, and yes, it does go with the title. As for the people being in love, oh, they most certainly are...

      Thanks for the wonderful comment!! : )

  3. I laugh each time I see a beautiful blue cover. I always think of you. This one is amazing. The overlay is pretty, but the rest of it is terrific enough that it could have stood on its own. The models and photographer have really capture THE moment. Blue on the page edges = major Shelf Candy bonus. Thank you for sharing this hot piece of art.

    1. Oh, how funny! And nice, too! I don't know what it is with me and the color blue, but ever since I was little, I've been attracted to this color. That attraction has gotten even stronger through the years, too! I do like other colors, but there's just something about BLUE....

      Yes, this cover is totally amazing. I think you're right about it standing on its own, even without the scrollwork. However, I think that's such a pretty detail!

      Ummmm....THE moment? I hadn't thought of that, but yes, it does look like this is the AFTER conversation...How delish!!

      You're welcome for the share!! It would make a very nice poster, right?

      And thank YOU for the lovely comment!! : )

  4. I really love this cover. nice choice. here's mine

    1. Yes, it's gorgeous, isn't it? Glad you love it!! Thanks for comenting! I'm going over to check your Shelf Candy!! : )


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