Saturday, 24 March 2012

Shelf Candy Saturday (14)

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 Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick.

No, she thought. No, please, God, I'm not seeing this

Seventeen-year-old Alex is hiking through the wilderness when it happens: an earth-shattering electromagnetic pulse that destroys almost everything.

Survivors are divided between those who have developed a superhuman sense and those who have aquired a taste for human flesh. These flesh-hunters stalk the land: hungry, ruthless and increasingly clever...

Alex meets Tom, a younge army veteran, and Ellie, a lost girl. They will fight together and be torn apart, but Alex must face the most difficult question of all: In such a vastly changed world, who can you trust?

This is one of those books that I brought soley for the cover. I hadn't heard of it and while the description sounds awesome, it was really the cover that got me to take it to the till. I'm not a huge fan of zombies but every exception I've made has been down to a gorgeous cover, and this is the best one I've seen yet.

I love that the cover is a gorgeous metallic aged gold cover and if you see it in real life it literally gleams. The simplicity of the girl's face also accentuates the destroyed city at the bottom, giving it more impact when you do notice it. The worn look to the edges of the cover also adds to the effect giving the book a timeless feel.

The US edition also has a face as the main focus, but they have used lines to mimic the electromagnetic pulse and a black/white colour scheme which makes it seem very creepy. Although the US cover is scarier, and definitely fits with the creation of the zombies, I prefer the prettier UK one.

So what's your shelf candy this week?


  1. Yeah, the hardcopy should look great..with metallic gold cover on it. I like the first cover, although the second cover is intriguing.

  2. Yes, I think I would be more inclined to pick up the UK edition! Nice pick!

    Here is my choice this week:

    Happy Reading!

  3. I haven't heard of this book yet, but as a zombie fan, I want to check it out! I agree with you, I think I prefer the UK cover as well. I like the color tones better and although I usually am not a fan models on a cover, but her haunted face fits the description perfectly. Thanks for sharing!

    Steph @ Steph's Stacks

  4. I am so glad that you shared this. I have only seen the US cover. I love the sienna tone in your featured cover. I can see why you were drawn to it.

  5. Great pick. I've seen the US cover everywhere but didn't know what it was about. Now I'm totally interested in reading it! Thanks!

  6. I like the UK version better too, but both are great covers. my scs

  7. Hi, Claire!

    Thanks for commenting on my Shelf Candy post today!

    I totally agree with your choice of cover. I much prefer the UK version. It's absolutely beautiful, in fact! The US cover is, as you say, much more in keeping with the book's plot, but it IS creepy! It reminds me of something out of "The Twilight Zone".

    Although I do like the cover you picked, I would never read this book! It's much too scary and creeeeepy!! I can't stand zombies!! And cannibalism? Get me out of there!!

    Thanks for sharing!! : )

    Maria @

  8. Thanks for stopping by guys :)

    @Maria - the Twilight Zone! I knew I was trying to remember some kind of zone this morning!

  9. Ooh, I love this cover! Nice choice!!!

    Our Shelf Candy Anna@BookLovinMamas


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