Sunday, September 9, 2018

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 261: Seafire, by Natalie C. Parker

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!

(Seafire, Book 1)
Natalie C. Parker
Hardcover, 384 pages
August 28 , 2018
Fantasy, Feminist Fiction, Pirates, 
Young Adult Fiction

My Thoughts About This Cover

Once again, a circular design on a book cover captures my eye, giving me so much visual delight! This is DEFINITELY a totally STUNNING cover! I first came across it on the blog Brittany's Book Rambles, which was created, of course, by Brittany. You can see that post HERE.

The circle includes a ring of roses which are themselves ringed by small, delicate branches. Deadly-looking spear points also jut out from the circle's perimeter, thus creating a very interesting contrast -- soft versus hard, gentleness versus aggression, beauty versus anger. The bursts of blue lightning flashes exploding from the circle give it a rather eerie look, too, and indicate that this circle has a lot of compressed energy in it.

The title is no less explosive than the circle behind it, on which the illustrator has also superimposed the four points of the compass. The title seems to glow with blue fire, echoing the blue of the lightning flashes. The font is basically a classic one, but it has been altered in very interesting ways. The letter "S" in the title has a very snakelike shape, for instance. This shape is echoed by the letter "R". In its present form, this title further reinforces the dynamic energy of the design behind it.

This cover makes me want to get this book as soon as possible, and dive in! Plus, aside from the GORGEOUS cover, there are FEMALE PIRATES in the plot! SOLD!!  :)

The creators of this cover awesomeness are Billelis, who is a freelance illustrator and Art Director from the UK, and Corina Lupp, who is a designer for Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House. 

Billelis counts the following companies among his past clients: Nike, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Coca-Cola, and Red Bull. His style is characterized by very intricate details, as well as macabre subject matter, such as skulls. Thankfully, none of that is evident in this cover! Only his superior artistic skills are beautifully displayed. The name "Billelis" is a pseudonym he's used since his days as a teen graffiti artist.

Corina Lupp is responsible for the design of this cover. She holds a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Art and General Art Studies from Cooper Union, and is based in New York City.

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Corina Lupp

What do you think of 
this week's cover?
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  1. Another great cover Maria. There really is something about circles and round objects in art that is so appealing.

    I think that the combination of the bluish green on the outside and the red on the inside is also so very effective.

    In addition to what you wrote about the font, I think that it is interesting that the letter “E” is so small, it actually draws the eye to it.

    1. Hi, Brian!

      I'm glad you love this cover, too!! :)

      Yes, there really is something about circles and round objects that is visually appealing! I think it could be the sense of completeness we get from such shapes.

      Oh, absolutely! The color scheme in this image is DEFINITELY a BRILLIANT one!!

      You know, that's a GREAT point about the letter "E". I had not focused on this letter that much. My attention was mostly drawn to the "S" and the "R". But the contrast in sizes does make the title more dynamic!

      Thanks for the interesting comment!! Hope you're having a GREAT Sunday!! <3 :)

  2. This is definitely one of my favorite covers around right now. And it helps that I really want to read the book as well. Great cover choice as always, Maria! :D

    1. Hi, Steph!

      Oh, it's one of my current favorites, too!! it's just so ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! And, like you, I REALLY want to read the book! I mean, heck, there are FEMALE PIRATES in it!! WOWZA!!!!

      Thanks so much for the lovely compliment and comment!! HUGS!!! Hope you're having a GREAT Sunday!! <3 :)

  3. This is a wonderful cover, Maria! As ever, you have a wonderful eye for true eye candy...

    1. Hi, Sarah!

      OMG!! THANK YOU for the WONDERFUL compliment!! I just saw this comment!! You're SO SWEET!!! <3 <3

      As you can see, I'm a VERY visual person, so beautiful covers will always delight me! And I LOVE to share them with my blog readers, of course!!

      Thanks again for the lovely comment!! HUGS!!!! <3 <3 :) :)


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