Saturday, July 25, 2015

Shelf Candy Saturday #157: Fire In Frost, by Alicia Rades

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!

Fire In Frost
(Crystal Frost, Book 1)
Alicia Rades 
Trade Paperback, 242 pages
PaperPlane Publishing
January 5, 2012
Fantasy, Paranormal Fiction, 
Young Adult Fiction

My Thoughts About This Cover

This is an amazingly stunning cover! Honestly, there are so many adjectives I could use to describe it! It's just.....electrifying. Glowing. Intense. That pulsating blue, that glorious, glorious blue..... Of course, I've always been partial to this most beautiful of all colors, but here I think it's displayed with such incandescent brilliance, I have to say I'm even mesmerized.....

That globe of electric blue encases some slowly undulating, twisting, transparent strands of pure energy. I'm wondering if it's the energy of thought, as the young woman, whose eyes are that same hypnotic shade of blue, stares intently at the viewer. I'm wondering whether these strands of energy could also represent the birth of the universe. After all, there are hints of stars in the background (and they are blue, as well). The fire mentioned in the title is very much in evidence in all that energy, as well as in the blue eyes. It's a cold fire, but fire just the same.

This is a very bold composition, one that simply grabs the viewer's attention, and won't let go. The main elements -- the girl's eyes and the globe full of energy -- seem to be larger than life, as they fill up the entire area of the cover.

It's very interesting that this cover is actually split in two, which normally would not make for a very dynamic composition. It works here, though, and that's because the title ties the two images together very effectively. Besides, the viewer's eyes move irresistibly from the globe and its pulsating energy, to those intensely staring blue eyes. Back and forth, back and forth..... I think this is part of what gives the strands of energy the illusion of movement.

In short, this is a brilliant cover, in more ways than one! The highly talented artist is Clarissa Yeo, who is based in Singapore, and, according to the bio on her website, is only around 20! Well, I'm just blown away by her talent! She's a digital artist, well-versed in PhotoShop techniques, as is evident in the cover of this book. As she herself says in her bio, "Practice makes perfect." And she's been practicing since she was a kid!

Of course, this book will soon find its way into my collection!

Online Links: Clarissa Yeo

What do you think of this 
week's cover?
Would you buy this book?
Why or why not?


  1. Hi Maria.

    This is really a vey effective use of the color blue.

    You really hit it on the head. What is going on in the crystal adds so much to this picture. The fact that there is a little bit of mystery to it adds to the affect. I get the impression that something is being created.

  2. Beautiful! I love it. Definitely catches the eye and makes you want to pick it up. I added it to my TBR list!

  3. Hey, Brian!

    This is definitely a very effective use of the color blue! I think it's AMAZING. That globe or crystal is just SO gorgeous, with those pulsating strands of energy! And the eyes..... This is a very powerful cover, and I'm glad you like it, too.

    I do think that the overall impression is that something is being created.

    Thanks for the compliment, and the great comment!! : )

  4. Hi, Kath!

    Yes, this is indeed a beautiful cover! I'm glad you love it, and have added it to your TBR! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it!! : )


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