Sunday, February 26, 2017

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 204: Wicked Like A Wildfire, by Lana Popović

Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!

***Late Edition***
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!

Wicked Like A Wildfire 
(Hibiscus Daughter, Book 1)
 Lana Popović 
Hardcover, 416 pages
Katherine Tegen Books
August 15, 2017
   Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction

My Thoughts About This Cover

This is a very feminine, exquisite cover whose gentle beauty actually makes me love the color pink! As regular readers of this blog know, my favorite color is blue. However, I do love hot pink. It's the pale, pastel pink that I really don't care for. Although there are some touches of pale pink here, it's really the hot pink that predominates.

The background color is another of my favorites (after blue, of course!). It's the color purple. Interestingly, the darker tone of this color is the one that I prefer. I don't like lilac, which is light purple, that much. However, in this particular cover, it works well with the darker purple. I guess I just don't like pastel colors. I prefer very vibrant, strong colors.   They're like music to my eyes!! On the other hand, I do like the contrast of light and dark colors in this cover.

The stylized flowers, leaves, and branches are so graceful, so pretty.... They lead the eye all over the cover, as the viewer examines each and every flower. I also like the peacock-like flower in the lower left-hand corner, as well as the butterfly in the lower right-hand corner. I only wish that the butterfly were a bit more colorful.

The font used for the title is just as graceful and beautiful as the rest of the cover. It's obviously been influenced by the Art Deco style, which I love! Furthermore, its beauty has been enhanced by the calligraphic flourishes added to the two capital "W" letters, as well as by the ones on the other letters.

The addition of wheat stalks is interesting, as well as baffling. I wonder if they somehow have something to do with the plot. Or are they just ornamental?

Happily, I was able to get information about the brilliant cover artist! Her name is Lisa Perrin. She got her MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Illustration Practices from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Her numerous clients list includes such publishers as Penguin Random House, Harper Collins, Macmillan, and Scholastic. She's also done work for "The Saturday Evening Post". Her work has achieved recognition by The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, 3X3 Magazine, and Print Magazine.

And I see that my list of favorite book cover artists and designers just keeps growing and growing!

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


  1. BRILLIANT cover analysis, Maria! I totally agree with you, and I think the cover is gorgeous!
    Have a wonderful rest of your weekend! <3 <3 HUGS

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

    1. Hi, Amy!

      Aw.....thanks!! You're so sweet!! <3 <3

      This is indeed a GORGEOUS cover!! I'm so glad you love it, too!

      Hope the rest of your weekend is wonderful, too! Thanks so much for such a lovely comment!! HUGS BACK!! <3 <3 :) :)

  2. Hey Maria,

    I love this cover too.

    I am also drawn to this shade of purple. I find that when used as a background. It makes other colors in the foreground look better.

    I like the fact that just a little blue is used in one of the flowers toward the bottom of the picture. I like the shades of blue that are used.I also like the shapes used within that flower. This is only a small part of the picture but I think that it has a big impact.

    I hope that you are having a great weekend!

    1. Hey, Brian!

      So glad you love this cover, too!! :)

      Purple is indeed a lovely color, especially in the darker shades. And it definitely works very well as a background color!

      You know, I really hadn't noticed the bits of blue in this cover. Those little touches do have a big impact on the overall look of the design.

      I hope you're enjoying your Sunday!! Thanks for the wonderful comment, as usual!! :) :) :)

  3. This is such a stunning cover! As usual, you do such a beautiful job of acknowledging each and every detail and aspect and making me look closer at the cover. I love these posts!! Thank you so much for sharing <3<3<3 *hugs* :-)


    1. Hi, Mckenzie!

      Yes, it DEFINITELY is!!'re so sweet!! I love to analyze these covers, and I'm so glad you find these posts interesting!

      You're very welcome for the sharing!! Thanks to YOU for leaving such a LOVELY comment!! HUGS BACK!!!! <3 <3 :) :)

  4. Such a lovely analysis, María! Unlike you, I do like pastel colors, but this cover, with such strong tones... I LOVE IT! It first caught my attention with the flowers, the butterfly and the curly font. I just adore seeing some nature in the covers ahaha And after falling in love with the cover, I found out the book has a really adorable and interesting plot. Hope I get to read it one day!
    ¡Un abrazo grande, y espero que estés bien! ^^

  5. Hi, Antonela!

    Que pena contigo..... I had not seen this comment. :(

    This is indeed a lovely cover, with all the bits of nature in it, as well as the strong colors! It's just such a BEAUTIFUL, well-balanced composition!

    I agree with you about the plot, too; I really want to read this book!!

    Thank you so much for the compliment!! You're so sweet!! Thanks for coming by and leaving such a WONDERFUL comment!! So sorry I didn't see it earlier.....Have a TERRIFIC week!! Un abrazo bien grande!! <3 <3 :) :)


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