Friday Face Off : Eyes wide shut

Posted On 28 September 2018

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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:

Eyes wide shut – a cover featuring eyes

I had fun this week with a few covers in mind.  I eventually settled on The Host by Stephenie Meyer.  There were a few covers available for this and whilst some of them are very similar there are slight variations that to me make a real difference.  For example, check out the two ‘eye’ covers in the middle row.  The middle cover looks very human apart from the ring of blue around the iris.  The cover on the right, well, because of the angle, it could pan out to be something different altogether.

My covers:


My favourite this week:

I couldn’t decide and have gone for two for completely different reasons:


The butterfly cover is really striking and I like the layout.  The ‘eye’ cover is the one I like best out of those type of covers because the angle is clever and it makes the face look almost alien.

Other FFO posts this week:

  1. The Bibliosanctum
  2. Brainfluff
  3. BooksBonesBuffy
  4. TheTattooedBookGeek
  5. Bookwraiths
  6. BooksandBeyondReviews
  7. Bookwormbookclub
  8. LiteraryFeline
  9. Jackiesforgetmenots
  10. PerfectlyTolerable

Leave me a link and I’ll add you to the list 😀

Next week – a cover that is ‘noir’

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

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




35 Responses to “Friday Face Off : Eyes wide shut”

  1. Literary Feline

    I considered The Host covers as well. I favor the two you especially like was well, I think. I hope you have a great weekend, Lynn!


  2. sjhigbee

    Great minds think alike! This is the book I’ve chosen for this week’s theme, too! I happen to like the original cover with the eye – as you say, there is something disturbing about it, but very effective. Have a great week, Lynn:)

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think it’s the clever angle that appeals to me about that cover and the fact it’s a close up of the eye.
      Hope you have a great week too.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Thank you, Lynn – I had a wonderful week. Still adjusting to being back…

      • @lynnsbooks

        Haha. Yes indeed. The catch 22 of having such a lovely time away.

      • sjhigbee

        Yes… and right now I would give anything to be back right there!

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  4. waytoofantasy

    I love the cover with the butterfly/moth as well. And the eye one you picked is the best of those. I get what you mean about liking the for different reasons, they’re both appealing in their own way. Have a great weekend!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I dont suppose the butterfly one has much to do with the story, in fact I was trying to figure out how it connected and the closest I could come was transformation.
      Lynn 😀

      • waytoofantasy

        Transformation makes sense I guess, it’s pretty at least haha.

  5. Daniela Ark

    Oh I had totally forgotten this series was by Meyer! I should finish it! Great covers 🙂

  6. Tammy

    I didn’t even think of this book, great idea! I think I like #6 best, but they all convey the story really well.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It was pure chance that I came up with this one tbh as it’s not on my GR shelf.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I tried reading this ages ago and couldn’t get into it. That being said, I like the butterfly version too.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, it just feels very eye catching with the colours.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Carmen

    I like the first and last covers.

  9. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The one on the right,no doubt: it carries the right amount of mystery and danger… 🙂

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  11. PerfectlyTolerable

    does the butterfly have anything to do with the story? It seems so random compared to the other covers! But I like the person one you chose best!

    My link is:

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’ve been trying to figure out about the butterfly, two thoughts, the alien creature, if I can recall much about it had a beautiful fluttery appearance – the other thing I was thinking of was it maybe represented transformation – but then again, maybe not.
      Lynn 😀

  12. Jackie

    That’s very cool! I love your choice for the eye, in fact, it totally works. Ya, I have the hardcover edition with the eye on my shelf and that’s the one I’d choose.

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  14. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Love the butterfly cover. I think it’s the most visually interesting 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, that was my thought too – although I was trying to figure out how it related to the story. I love the colours though.
      Lynn 😀

  15. Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    Mine would have to be the butterfly one, despite the fact that it’s got zero eyes 😛 Remind me a bit of Holly Black’s Tithe!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes – it reminds me of Tithe too. Perhaps that’s why it appealed to me?
      Lynn 😀

  16. jessicabookworm

    Great choice Lynn 🙂 As soon as I saw the topic was eyes, I thought of The Host.

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