Saturday, January 9, 2016

Shelf Candy Saturday #168: Never Fade, by Alexandra Bracken

Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!

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

Here's my choice for this week!

Never Fade
(The Darkest Minds, Book 2)
Alexandra Bracken 
Hardcover, 512 pages
Disney Hyperion
October 15, 2013
Dystopian Fiction, Fantasy, 
Paranormal Romance,
Science Fiction, YA

My Thoughts About This Cover

Why I had not yet featured this cover is beyond me, as it's absolutely, stunningly GORGEOUS. Besides, it's also a perfect winter cover!

The object placed right in the center looks like some sort of metallic snowflake, encrusted in ice. Yet, it's not a snowflake. Double lines suggest a circle behind this mysterious object, and these suggest circular movement. Of course, I love this, because I have always loved circles and spheres!

This object seems to be trapped in the ice, and is trying to break through. This is suggested by all the jagged cracks radiating out from its wheel-like spokes. In fact, it seems as though the object's circular movement has been frozen in the ice.

The play of light all over the cover is just perfect and well carried out; it leads the eye all over the cover. 

As for the font, it's perfect, as well; the classical letters also reinforce the look and feel of hard, solid ice. Also, I think that making the first and last letters of the word "Never" larger is a stroke of genius. Doing this prevents the title from looking monotonous and boring.

In short, this is a totally brilliant cover! It's the work of the highly talented Sammy Yuen, a print designer and illustrator who grew up and lives in New York City. He has designed many Young Adult Fiction covers, such as The Girl of Fire and Thorns, False Memory, Incarceron, Pathfinder, Trial By Fire, and Fallen (not the Lauren Kate novel, but the one by Thomas Sniegoski). He has worked for such publishers as Penguin Putnam, Houghton Mifflin, and Simon & Schuster.  Currently a freelancer, he creates covers for book publishers all over the world. 

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What do you think of this 
week's cover?
Would it entice you to buy
this book and read it?


  1. This is another great cover Maria.

    In addition to everything that you mentioned, looking at it even makes me feel cold.

    What look like air bubbles in the ice also add a nice touch.

    1. Hey, Brian!

      It's just great how many YA novels have stunning covers like this one, isn't it?

      The fact that you even feel cold while gazing at this image is yet more proof that Yuen is an amazing artist! And yes, you're right about the air bubbles. I forgot to mention them, but they do indeed add a very nice touch!

      Thanks for the great comment!! : )


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