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Shelf Candy Saturday is an awesome weekly meme hosted by Five Alarm Book Reviews where each Saturday bloggers defy the saying "never judge a book by its cover" and showcase one that really catches their eye. Covers play a huge role in the books I choose so it's great to have the opportunity to showcase the pretties :)
My shelf candy for this week is The Luxe by Anna Godbersen.
Imagine, if you will, New York City, 1899...
Society's elite: the glamour, the grandeur, the glittering parties, the most handsome beaux, the most beautiful debutantes...the rich girl, the humble boy, the forbidden love, the stolen glances, the whispers, the scandal, the mystery, the revenge.
You are cordially invited to step into The Luxe where the secrets are dark and the sins are delicious...R.S.V.P.
The Luxe has one of the most gorgeous covers I have seen in a long time, gorgeous enough to get me to pick up a copy. I'm not usually interested in historical books, but the sumptuous cover drew me in long enough to notice the Gossip Girl comparisons and then I was hooked on the idea.
Not only is there a beautiful (if impractical) dress, but the sketchy doodles around the edge of the cover are gorgeous and really give the cover a unique look. The doodles are also raised so the book has a great textured feel.
It isn't just The Luxe that has a gorgeous cover, the other three books in the series have equally beautiful and decadent covers (though I must say I like the Envy dress best):
These do remind me of a vlog that Kristi from The Story Siren did on Youtube a while back on covers with "girl in dress" (you can watch the video here). Girl in a dress seems to be a favoured cover design tool of publishers at the moment, and I think The Luxe series is an outstanding example.
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