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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 Taker by Alma Katsu.
Have you ever loved someone so much that you'd do anything for them?
When Dr Lucke Findley turns up to his hospital shift in the small town of St. Andrews, Maine, he's expecting just another evening of minor injuries and domestic disputes. but instead, Lanore McIlvrae walks into his life - anc changes it forever. For Lanny is a woman with a past...
Lanny McIlvrae is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. Hers is a story of love and bretrayal that defies time and transcends mortality - and cannot end until Lanny's demons are finally put to rest. Her two hundred years on this earth have seen her seduced by both decadence and brutality - but through it all she has stayed true to the one true love of her life. Until now.
I love this cover. First of all I'm a sucker for any kind of red and black colour scheme as it manages to convey a lot while remaining simple to look at. Add a touch of white or silver and there's all the colours needed to make a striking cover.
This one also has a kind of tattoo like look from the sketchy roses and vines, and I love how the font conveys a Victorian Carnival feel. It almost looks like a vintage poster for a circus performance and while I have yet to actually read this it does seem to fit with the description.
The other thing I love (but sadly can't show as my camera isn't nearby) is that the outer edges of the pages are black. This is something I've noticed on a couple of books (you can see a picture of a similar effect on The Night Circus here) and I love it. It makes the book stand out although it takes some getting used to when you're actually reading the book.
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