Saturday, May 12, 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday #19: Nightspell, by Leah Cypess

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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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Here's my pick for this week!


Hardcover, 336 pages
May 31, 2011
Genre: YA Fantasy, Gothic Fiction

Why do I love this cover?

The most obvious reason, of course, is the predominance of my favorite color!  There are other reasons I love it, though.  The composition is totally magical!  The combination of the starry night sky with the girl's face, the sunset, and, of course, that enchanted castle on the hill, is absolutely perfect, and makes me want to dive into the landscape so I can start walking toward the castle.  I also want to know if the girl shown on the cover is the princess of the castle, and what her adventures are! 

Contributing to the beauty of this cover is the font used for the title.  It's delicate, magical, and just absolutely gorgeous!  It fits right in with the cover, too, which is very important to creating a look that works, drawing in potential readers.  The intricate, lacy scrollwork above and beneath the title also contributes to the overall feel of enchantment and otherworldliness.

Since I don't own this novel yet, I was unable to get any information on the cover art.  I found the name Cathy Haglund on Google, but then discovered that she has no website.  Also, there are a few people with this name, so I don't know which one is the creator of the cover.  Besides, I'm sure that the art director was the one behind the final look of the cover, which combines several images.  Most likely, that person was also responsible for the font selection. 

I have provided the link to the book's page at the publisher's website, above.

So what do you think 
of this cover?
What beautiful cover(s) 
are you featuring this week?


  1. I knew...I could feel your cover would be blue this week. Maybe I'm psychic? ;) :D. But seriously, you and blue go together like... a foot in a shoe? I suddenly felt inspired by that song Love and Marriage :).

    Anyway, so I definitely love this cover. I just love the girl's face in the starry sky, very magical. Although the castle and title kind of clue you in about the magic thing too. I love what they did with the font of the title as well. The whole cover just emanates magic. So basically I totally agree with you. Nice pick :)

    1. Hey, Kimberley!

      Oh, yeah, blue is my all-time favorite color!! It just...does something inexplicable to fills me with utter artistic delight! Lol. So I agree, that song fits perfectly here!

      I'm so happy you like this cover! Actually, who wouldn't? It's very beautiful! And I love the way you put it: "The whole cover just emanates magic." Absolutely!!

      Thanks for the great comment!! : )

  2. Outstanding cover! The castle with the water around it looks very much like one that I have visited in the 1000 Islands. The sky is beautiful and I love the way that one thing kind of flows into the next. Wonderful SS post, as always :)

    1. Hey, Steph!

      You've actually visited a castle?! WOW. You lucky person, you!! Where are the 1000 islands? sounds so romantic....

      Yes, the sky is very beautiful, and you're right -- it's nice how everything flows together...

      Thanks for your compliments!! :D

  3. This cover is so inviting. The colors are warm, the fairytale castle in the background and the sparkles make for a very magical cover. I need to read this series. thanks for sharing. my scs

    1. Hi, Jenn!

      Oh, indeed! Everything does pull you right in! I need to read this series, There are SO many series I want to read!

      You're very welcome for the share! And thank YOU for the ccomment!! : )

  4. Great choice, Maria! The cover for this book is definitely stunning. <3

    1. Hi, Sophia! I think it's stunning, too! Glad you like it! Thanks for commenting!! : )

  5. I love those colors too. I haven't seen this one before, but it's something I'll look into. I'm such a sucker for pretty covers lol.

    @Harley Bear Book Blog

    1. Hi, Harley!

      Yeah, I'm a sucker for pretty colors, too! This one looks really good!

      I'm going over to check your SCS post. Thanks for the comment!! : )

  6. It looks like a fairytale! And the colors are beautiful!


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