Saturday, June 20, 2015

Shelf Candy Saturday #153: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, by Leslye Walton

Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!

This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful covers!
It also provides information, if available,
on their very talented creators!

For more information
about Shelf Candy Saturday,
simply go HERE.

Here's my choice for this week!

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows
of Ava Lavender
Leslye Walton
Hardcover, 301 pages
Candlewick Press
April 9, 2014
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, 
Paranormal Romance, Young Adult Fiction

My Thoughts About This Cover

I am absolutely ecstatic about this cover! I have seen it on several blogs, where it's garnering praise for its simple beauty!

Well, when I saw the image above, it was love at first sight, and I promptly added the book to my Goodreads TBR! 

The first thing that struck me was the apparent simplicity of the design, as well as that incredibly gorgeous shade of blue-green! When I enlarged the image, I was enchanted by the meticulous details in that one solitary feather. These details give the cover a distinctly magical feel, and have a slight Art Nouveau influence, I think. Furthermore, I love that the title is 'written' right on top of the feather, in a lovely, stylized script, with no capital letters. Sheer brilliance! A very important detail, too, is that the letters are 'outlined' by the background, so they really stand out, instead of getting lost in the feather.

Another lovely aspect of the design is that the background color is darker around the edges of the cover, and the feather's color is a beautiful shade of peach that not only makes the feather stand out, but also complements the background color perfectly!

Now I can't wait to add this book to my collection! (Woe is me.....I hope I don't run out of space again....) Of course, the plot is awesome, as well, and I'm so very glad that this stunning image has pulled me in!

I'm very sad to say that I was unable to get any information on the cover artist..... Checking out the Amazon reader was no help at all, as it's not available for this book. Needless to say, I'm extremely disappointed, as this cover is an absolute gem. I will only be able to find out the artist's name when I actually purchase this book....

What do you think of this 
week's cover?
Please leave a comment 
and let me know!


  1. This is another great cover Maria.

    Like yourself I also like more complex an colorful pictures. Yet these simple works of art cab be so beautiful. I agree with everything that you said abut this cover.

    I am thinking that the designer could create all sorts on interesting images using this style.

  2. Hey, Brian!

    Yes, I normally prefer more complex images, but from time to time, I get reeled in by a simpler design. This one is an ABSOLUTE treasure!! So glad you like it, too!!

    I also agree that the cover designer can create all sorts of beautiful images using this style! And I sure hope he or she does!!

    Thanks so much for your insightful observations!! : )

  3. I think this is beautiful! I love the simplicity of it, and it sounds wonderful, too! Thank you so much for sharing! Wishing you a beautiful and blessed week, my friend. *hugs* <3 <3 <3

  4. Hi, Michele!

    The simplicity of this cover, together with the detail in the feather itself, is what gives it so much visual appeal! And yes, the plot sounds awesome, as well!

    Thank you for leaving such a very nice comment!! I wish you a beautiful and blessed week, as well!! SMOOOOOOSHY HUGS!!!! <3 <3 <3

  5. Aw, this is such a beautiful cover! It shows simplicity at it's best, and a cover doesn't need to be too fancy to be appealing. I've seen this novel around quite a bit and I am intrigued to read it as well - thank you for sharing an amazing book Maria! Hope you're doing well & having a wonderful week :) <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

  6. Hi, Benish!

    Oh, it definitely is a beautiful cover! And I, too, have seen this book on several blogs very recently. Also, the plot looks totally fascinating!

    You're very welcome for my share, and thanks to YOU for dropping by and commenting!

    I'm doing well, thanks, and hope you are, too!! Have a nice weekend!! : )


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