Friday Face Off : Knock, knock… ‘who’s there?’


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:

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

I found this week’s theme a lot easier and had a few potential covers but went with:  Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire.  A book I loved and a series I need to seriously catch up with.

My covers:

That third cover is very different from the other four isn’t it!  I think my favourite, and I realise that these are all quite similar is:


I like the sun rays and the little specks of light.  I just feel that this cover is more crisply defined somehow.

Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover with a title featuring the word ‘legend’

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

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

26 Responses to “Friday Face Off : Knock, knock… ‘who’s there?’”

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  2. sjhigbee

    This is an excellent choice of book for this week’s theme, Lynn – well done. And what a lovely selection – except for the oddity that simply doesn’t work. While they are similar, there are also important differences – my favourite is your second choice, because it’s not as dark as the UK cover that I read, but I love the way the title and author fonts are angled to appear as if they are emerging through the half-open doorway. It is such an apparently small detail, but gives the whole cover a three-dimensional aspect. I do enjoy this meme!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love this meme! And yes, there are these subtle differences but they make such a difference don’t they.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        They really, really do. And I’ve learnt first hand just how much difference they can make to book sales!

  3. waytoofantasy

    Like your pick for this one for the same reasons. I loved the very beginning of this book and the ending but I felt let down by the murder mystery plot. Still, I love the series overall and I think the second book is perfection. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ohh, ‘perfection’ I need to get my grabby hands on that then.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    This is the first book I thought of as well, but I couldn’t find enough covers. But you found some I hadn’t seen. I still love the original version the best.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love all those covers in the forest – they’re very similar but the subtle differences all bring something different. Plus, great book.
      Lynn 😀

  5. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Agreed! The theme of the out-of-context doorway in the forest is a powerful one and it’s perfect – in its many variations – for the story’s core concept.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love all those covers with the forest. They all have different elements that appeal.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    This is the perfect book choice for this week’s theme. And you are right, while I love the US version, this one makes it more crisp so I think it’s that much better.

  7. Carmen

    I like the cover next to it, the one with the golden light.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I like all three of those covers that are very similar and the one you like as a lovely warm glow doesn’t it.
      Lynn 😀

  8. PerfectlyTolerable

    I agree with your pick! I don’t know if its the twinkles or the words in front of the door instead of through it, but it is just cleaner looking

  9. Jackie

    I haven’t read the book, but the Russian(?) one next to it is nice too

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a good book although I do need to catch up with the series.
      Lynn 😀

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  11. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I like the second one. Something about the half glimpsed figure through the doorway and the red flowers around the door really speaks to me!

  12. Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    I do like that the one on the top right is markedly different from the rest! And with the top left and the bottom two, I guess it’s just a matter of your forest floor preference? I’ll go with the one you chose since it’s got a nice mix of green and red!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s funny but the small differences make me almost feel like a different season is depicted.
      Lynn 😀

  13. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, not a book I know but I do love all these covers! I agree though, I think the spots and rays of light just give the last cover an edge. However, for once, I knew exactly which book I would have chosen as soon as I saw this topic. I would have picked Stephen King’s The Drawing of the Three. 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ohh, you should have posted – that’s a great choice.
      Lynn 😀

      • jessicabookworm

        Thank you 🙂 Shame I didn’t know what the theme was till I’d read your post!

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