Saturday, 14 January 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday (9)

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.

 So what's your shelf candy this week?


  1. Hi Claire! I totally agree! I was always so curious about these books just because of the covers! And that's why I picked the first one up! Happy Saturday!

  2. Wow! These covers are gorgeous!! I will have to add these to my to- read list! I agree it is a little like gossip girl which does make me want to read it! Lol a little gossip amd scandal can be just what a girl needs! And i agree - these dresses are beautiful! Thank you for showing off such a great cover!

  3. I just love these covers and the series is pretty great too! My copies don't have the pretty little swirlys on them though :( Anytime I look at these covers, I imagine how heavy these dresses must be. I bet the models could barely move! Here's my Shelf Candy if you wanna stop by!

  4. Those covers are al gorgeous! If I read historical fiction they'd be sitting pretty on my shelf lol

  5. I love this cover! I have this book on my shelf to read but I haven't had the time yet unfortunately....

    Check out my shelf candy here:

    Stephanie @Steph's Book Corner

  6. The Luxe!!! I love everything about this series. I picked #1 up because of that amazing gaudy ball gown that I want to live and die in. The series is amazing and the covers are yummy. Thanks for sharing them.

  7. What a great idea. the cover has to be something I like or I won't read it; yet on books I've heard good things about, I'll read anyway.

  8. I've seen this series on Goodreads, and added them all to my TBR pile!! These covers are amazingly BEAUTIFUL I think any red-blooded female would want to get into these luxurious creations!! So, since we can't have that experience, we will eagerly buy and read these books!!

    How nice that these covers have a texture to them, too. Publishers really know how to appeal to our senses!

    Can't wait to dive into these!!!! Thanks for featuring them!! And oh, yes, I'm a new follower!! : )

    Maria @

  9. Thanks for all the comments guys! I can't believe not everyone gets the swirlys - it must just be on the UK covers :(


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