Friday Face Off : ‘…Christine, who have torn off my mask and who therefore can never leave me again!


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:

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

I had three books in mind for the theme this week but they didn’t work out – hopefully everyone has had an easier time this week than I did.  As it happens I’ve gone for a book that I own but haven’t yet read: Pantomime (Micah Grey #1) by Laura Lam.

My covers:

I’m not overly in love with either cover but in keeping with the week’s theme I’ve chosen:


Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover featuring a door ajar (or closed)

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

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


23 Responses to “Friday Face Off : ‘…Christine, who have torn off my mask and who therefore can never leave me again!”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I remember using this book for a past theme (Circus, I think?) and I believe I went with the same choice. I like the simple elegance of the new covers, but nothing beats the intensity of that gaze.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is a very clear eyed gaze – a bit hypnotic. I must read this one though, soon. I don’t usually go for books I’ve not yet read – I thought of the Man in the Iron Mask after I’d scheduled this but was then to lazy to go and redo the post.
      Lynn 😀

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  3. sjhigbee

    Yes… that is a 1,000 yard stare, isn’t it? I would definitely go with your choice.

  4. waytoofantasy

    I like both of these covers for different reasons. Feeling torn, lol.

  5. Carmen

    I fancy the other one. There’ something about the yellow circle, the circus tents, and the death defying act…

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  7. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I think I actually like the black and yellow one. I’m sure it’s because it has more of a circus vibe. And come to think of it, I don’t know why I’m drawn to circuses because overall, I always have felt bad for the poor animals stuck in them. Well, that’s a story for another day 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Plus for me – circuses = clowns which also = run away!!
      Lynn 😀

  8. Tammy

    I thought about using this book as well, in fact it was the first one I thought of. I love the cover you picked😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      I was a bit desperate – I do own this book but I haven’t read it yet. Then I thought of the Man in the Iron Mask which no doubt there are lots of covers for – but, I’d already scheduled so…

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  10. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Good choice, and an even better one for the title of your post! Impossible to resist the lure of the Phantom… 😉

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, I should have used the Phantom of the Opera – the title was begging for me to do so but I resisted the urge.
      Lynn 😀

  11. PerfectlyTolerable

    I didn’t have any trouble finding a cover this week! I had a couple to choose from 🙂

    I actually really like both these covers, tho I think I like the black and yellow one a bit better.

    • @lynnsbooks

      They’re both nice covers tbh – yeah, I had a few books in mind but they didn’t work. I did then think of the Man in the Iron Mask – which probably has loads of covers – but I”d already put the post together so….

  12. jessicabookworm

    Hmm I am not overly struck by these covers either. I was initially more drawn to the first cover, but then I noticed that it doesn’t really suit the title ‘pantomime’. As the image looks more like acrobats, which to me means circus not pantomime. So I guess I am going for the second cover too! 😀

  13. Greg

    Ooh I actually like the first one best I think, with the high wire people, but the second one with the mask is okay too.

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