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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 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.
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