Friday Face Off : ‘Lips as red as the rose’


Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .   This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below – the list has been updated to help out those of you who like to plan ahead – if you have a cover in mind that you’re really wanting to share then feel free to leave a comment about a future suggested theme. This week’s theme:

‘Lips as red as the rose’ – a cover that is predominantly red

Strangely enough, and purely coincidental I recently posted this piece featuring covers with the word ‘red’ in the title so I’ve stayed clear of these and gone for a first in series : Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal #1) by Zen Cho

Scary covers!  The two I would have to choose between would be:

I’m torn with these.  I quite like all of them, I’m drawn to the black and gold but then when I looked at the red cover I noticed the gorgeous critter so my winner is:

sorcerer_front mech.indd

Which is your favourite.

Next week – a cover that is windswept

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ of one of your favourite covers)

6th July – ‘The north wind doth blow, and we shall have snow, ‘ – a cover that is windswept

13th July –‘There’s more of gravy than of grave about you’ – a cover featuring a ghost or spectre

20th July -‘In winter with warm tears I’ll melt the snow’A cover featuring icicles or snow

27th July – “I saw huge buildings rise up faint and fair, and pass like dreams.”  – a cover that is steampunk

3rd August – “Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.” – a cover featuring a starry sky

10th August – ‘…Christine, who have torn off my mask and who therefore can never leave me again! – A cover with a mask

17th August – ‘Knock, knock… ‘who’s there?’ – A cover featuring a door ajar or closed

24th August – ‘To be a legend, you’ve either got to be dead, or excessively old!’ – A cover with a title featuring the word ‘legend’

31st August – ‘“Come buy our orchard fruits, Come buy, come buy’ – A cover featuring a goblin or dwarves

7th September – ‘Mirror, Mirror on the wall – A cover featuring a queen

14th September – “He had killed man, the noblest game of all, and he had killed in the face of the law of club and fang.” – A cover featuring a wolf or wolves

21st September – ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ – a cover featuring clouds

28th September – Eyes wide shut – a cover featuring eyes

5th October – “He sounded like a man who had slept well and didn’t owe too much money.” – A cover that is ‘noir’

12th October – “The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”  – A cover for a mystery novel

19th October -“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”  – A horror cover

26th October – Trick or treat – A halloween inspired cover

2nd November – ‘Remember, remember the fifth of November,’ – A cover inspired by Bonfire Night

9th November – ‘All right! They’re spiders from Mars! You happy?’ – A cover feturing a critter of the eight legged variety

16th November – There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.’  – A scary cover

23rd November – ‘The child is in love with a human. And not just any human. A prince!’ – A cover featuring a mermaid/man

30th November – “..the children of the night. What music they make!” – a cover with a vampire

7th December – ‘I am Aragorn son of Arathorn; and if by life or death I can save you, I will.’ – A cover featuring a hero

14th December -“Heavy is the head that wears the crown”  – A cover featuring a crown

21st December – ‘ho, ho, ho’ – A seasonal cover

28th December – A freebie – choose one of your favourite titles and compare the covers


4th January – A cover that is fresh – New beginnings for a New Year

11th January – ‘I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king’ – A cover that depicts a novel set in the Tudor period

18th January – A cover featuring an Amulet – either in the cover or title

25th January – ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’ – A cover featuring a monk/priest/person of the cloth

1st February – A comedy cover

8th February – ‘Hi little cub. Oh no, don’t be ssscared.’ – A cover with snakes

15th February – A heart – for Valentine’s day past

22nd February – “Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay; the worst is death and death will have his day.” – A cover with abandoned building/s

1st March – ‘who will buy this wonderful morning’ – A cover featuring a shop or market

8th March – ‘Two little fishes and a momma fishy too’ – A cover featuring a fish/fishes or other sea creatures

15th March – ‘Beware the moon, lads.’ – A cover with a shapeshifter

22nd March – ‘A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse’ – A cover featuring a king

29th March – “I thought unicorns were more . . . Fluffy.”  – A cover featuring a unicorn

5th April – ‘nomad is an island’ – A cover featuring a desert landscape

12th April – ‘Odin, Odin, send the wind to turn the tide – A cover featuring a longboat

19th april – ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – A cover featuring a school


19 Responses to “Friday Face Off : ‘Lips as red as the rose’”

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    For some reason, I’m in love with the blue one. Leave it to me to pick the one that has nothing at all to do with this week’s theme – red!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Hahah – I love all the covers and the blue is great with the crows.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Tammy

    Honestly, these are all gorgeous. I think my favorite is the red one as well, because the dragon is so beautiful!

    • @lynnsbooks

      The dragon is so lovely – I was well pleased when I spotted it – although it could be a little more stand out.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Carmen

    I like both red ones; I mean, the red and the white with red one. The one you chose is simply striking. 🙂

  4. sjhigbee

    I love the black and gold – but it has to be the red one because… dragons, baby! How could ANYONE resist that fabulous dragon? A great choice as ever, Lynn:)

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Hahaha, right?! What are the chances that both of us went with the same book? And I thought I was going with an unlikely book too 🙂 The US cover is nice, but I just wish they had made the dragon stand out more.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I comletely feel what you mean – I didn’t even realise there was a dragon until I blew the cover up – and then I was mesmerised. But why not make it more striking – it’s such a beauty.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Captain's Quarters

    I actually like all of these. I have no interest in reading the book though. Nice choice!
    x The Captain

    • @lynnsbooks

      It was actually a good story but not for everyone – you have to love that dragon though.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    Oh no, I like all of them! But I think I’ll have to go with the first one because it’s got crows (?) wearing a top hat and a crown, which is amazing. 😀

  8. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, I’ve not heard of this before, but it definitely has to be the red cover for me too.

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