Shelf Candy Saturday #3

by 10:12 PM 9 comments
Shelf Candy Saturday is a weekly meme hosted by Five Alarm Books! It gives you the chance to showcase books that have caught your attention in some way!

Why it's shelf candy:

When I first saw this cover, the only thing I really thought of was creepy. I don't think I really started to take notice of it until after I read (and loved) the book. It completely summarized the whole plot line. Firstly, it gave me an image of what the invading souls looked like inside of the host's body. Secondly, the black background gave off an eerie feel, like the girl on the cover was alone or being haunted in some way (which she was). Thirdly, it's simple (which is the complete opposite of the plot), but that's Meyer's trademark for book covers. 

For example:
Twilight (Twilight, #1)New Moon (Twilight, #2)

So I kind of liked the fact that she stuck to what obviously works for her. I also thought it was smart to shadow the title, like they did. It just furthers the spectral, ghostly feeling. Overall, I adore the simplicity of this cover. It's just a face, but it brings forward so many questions and very little answers that left me so curious I just had to pick it up!

Carmen Shaw


Carmen N. Shaw is currently a biology major at Georgia State University. She is the owner and developer of the book blog, Understanding Carmen's Story.


  1. I saw it and immediately gravitate to it. Live how it looks creepy. I like weird covers so its good that it made me want to pick it up and read. :)

  2. I love that you featured this book this week! I have not read it yet, but every time I see it I fall back in love. The eye just looks so AMAZING! And the makeup on her lower eye...just great!

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  3. I love that cover too! I'm so glad they kept it simple but kind of disturbing. I think my copy has silver foil over the iris which is extra creepy.

    Here's my shelf candy :)

  4. The Stephanie Meyer books most definitely have brilliant cover design. I remember that even very early on, before they were all released and popular, the cover of her first book stood out as hers. They are simple, yet very beautiful.
    They certainly nailed the camera angle on The Host. I agree with you, it is creepy. The wrong angle would have given it a stupid "I can see you, peek a boo" look.
    Great pick. Thanks for sharing it.
    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews

  5. I totally agree with your thoughts on all of Stephanie's covers. I haven't read the host but I have read the twilight series.
    I can see what you mean about the Host cover being a little creepy and even ghostly.
    Great choice!

  6. I loved the Host!!! I really can't wait for the next one (whenever she decides to publish it...) but I really do love this cover! It's perfect for the story. Great pick!

    Here's my Shelf Candy!

  7. I've been eyeing this one for a while. But I don't know if it's more Adult or Young Adult. I don't like Adult books all that much..

  8. Another great choice! This book was hard for me to get into to begin with but I ended up loving it. I never really thought too much about how the cover reflects the book but you are absolutely right in your analysis!

    Jamie@A book club of one

  9. I loved The Host! I can't wait for her to hurry up and publish the next one it was so good! However it's very different from the Twilight series. Excellent pick!
    -Kimberly @ Turning The Pages


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