Shelf Candy Saturday is an awesome weekly meme hosted by Maria at A Night's Dream of Books 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 Darkness Rising trilogy (so far) by Kelley Armstrong.
New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight, in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs. As the two are guided by Fade’s long-ago memories, they face dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.
This is one of those books that I brought online and really didn't think much of the cover until it arrived. It's really pretty and shiny, and its actually a little harder to see the details as not only are the colours in the image above are more defined the shine off the cover means you need to look a lot closer. The cover is raised as well so some details are clearer to make out once you've felt them.
The cover really fits with the story of the book too with the crossed swords and the creepy hand really fitting with the idea of Hunters and Freaks, and the metallic circular background looks like something you'd expect to see in the underground tunnels of New York. I love how the title looks like a metal plate attached with screws, again fitting with the book.
This also gets massive points from me as it actually managed to scare my Mum. I passed it to her and she didn't spot the creepy hand on the cover until she went to pass it back and shrieked really loudly. I hadn't thought to mention the hand, but it freaked my Mum out. After she calmed down a bit she did admit that it fits really well with the book :)
So what's your shelf candy this week?