Friday Face Off : ‘Beware the moon, lads.’

Posted On 15 March 2019

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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.  I’ve also listed events that take place during the year, that I’m aware of, so you can link up your covers – if you’re aware of any events that you think I should include then give me a shout.  This week’s theme:

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

Hopefully this week’s theme wasn’t too much of a struggle.  Shapeshifting is a fairly well used theme in the world of fantasy.  This week I’ve gone with : Bitten (Otherworld #1) by Kelley Armstrong.  I’ve only read the first in the series and that was some time ago.  I didn’t continue, not because I didn’t like the book, more because I think I had so many series on the go at the particular time – have you read this series?  Do you think I should return to it?

The covers:

The top right corner is the version that I read.

The covers I like best are:

My favourite this week is:


I also really like the simplicity of the black cover with the spots of blood.

Which one is your favourite?

Like last week I’ve added a Mr Linky here so that you can leave a link if you wish or please leave me a link in the comments so we can all visit and check out each others covers.  Thanks

I’ve updated the list and included themes through to the end of 2019 – I’ve also included events that I’m aware of so that you can perhaps link your themes up where possible (if you know of an event you’d like to share that let me know in the comments).  I also have a list prepared for 2020 and so will set up a separate page soon for forthcoming themes.  As always, if you wish to submit an idea then leave me a comment.

Next week – A cover featuring a king

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


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

26th April “The sunrise was the colour of bad blood” – A cover featuring a sunrise/sunset

(May is the month of Wyrd and Wonder – details here, Twitter: @wyrdandwonder)

3rd May  – “How sweet to be a cloud, floating in the blue” – A cover that is predominantly blue

10th May  – “As full of spirit as the month of May” – A cover featuring a festival/party/celebration

17th May –  “The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow!” – A cover featuring a fantasy beast

24th May – “bibbity, bobbity, boo” – A cover that features ‘magical things’

31st May –  “simples” – A favourite fantasy cover 

7th June  – “One swallow does not make a summer” – A cover that makes you think of Summer 

14th June – “Coraline opened the box of chocolates. The dog looked at them longingly.” – A cover featuring something sweet

21st June – Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year – Pagan rituals/standing stones/blazing suns – a cover with your own interpretation

28th June – “And who decided which people wore the striped pyjamas” – A cover that is striped

5th July – “The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe… has been answered” –  a cover featuring something/somebody historic 

12th July – A wrap around cover

19th July – “You can’t choose between life and death when we’re dealing with what is in between.” – A cover that is grainy or looks like ‘white noise’

26th July – “Ludo ….. down” – A cover that is Upside Down

2nd August – “There are children here somewhere. I can smell them.” A cover featuring children

9th August – “I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request.” – A cover featuring Pirates

16th August – “The haft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagles own plumes” – a cover featuring feathers

23rd August – A cover that is a movie tie in

30th August – “I wandered lonely as a cloud” – a cover that is predominantly yellow

6th September “Warm September brings the fruit” – a cover that is seasonal for Autumn/Fall

13th September – Friday the 13th – unlucky for some!  A cover with ‘curse’ in the title

20th September – “Your hair is winter fire,January embers.” – A cover featuring hair

27th September – Freebie

4th October – “Feed me Seymour” – A cover that is 60s horror

11th October – ““And, though there should be a world of difference between the smile of a man and the bared fangs of a wolf, with Joss Merlyn they were one and the same.”  – a cover featuring an Inn

18th October – “It’s your favorite scary movie, remember? He had on the white mask, he stalked the babysitters.” – A cover featuring a scream

25th October – for Halloween – pick any scary cover you like

(I’m hoping that November will once again bring to us SciFiMonth – Twitter @SciFiMonth)

1st November – A cover that is predominantly grey

8th November – “big badda boom” – a cover that features an explosion

15th November – “No thinking thing should be another thing’s property, to be turned on and off when it is convenient.” – a cover featuring a robot

22nd November – A cover that is Futuristic

29th November – “When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.” – a cover that is 60s sci fi

6th December – Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by this sun of York”  – a cover that puts you in mind of winter

13th December – A cover that features a temple/or religious icon

20th December – Longest Night –  a dark and foreboding cover

27th December – the festive season – a cover that is glittery or sparkling

(2020 – January is Vintage SciFi month so I’ll be including possible themes to take that on board.)


24 Responses to “Friday Face Off : ‘Beware the moon, lads.’”

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    One of my favorite series – and one I’ve actually read all the books. I adore the blue one in the middle of your three faves. I’m not usually a fan of people on books but I do like the one you chose. It does seem done very well and the wolves at the bottom of it are nice additions.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s not my usual type of cover to be honest, and I don’t really know how it fits the series, but it just appealed to me.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Carmen

    I like the second one on top (the wolf) and the one with just the yellow eyes, second on the second row.

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  4. sjhigbee

    Yep – definitely should return to the series. I think you’d love the way the storyline develops and the characters grow and change throughout. As for the covers – while your choice is certainly the most beautiful, I don’t think it encapsulates the savagery that is always present in these books – I’d plump for the first cover with that wolf peering out from behind the naked girl… A great choice for this week’s theme, Lynn!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really do think it’s a series that I would like – so many series though. I need to make a choice and settle down to one that I’m going to see through.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I know! I’ve got to get realistic about the series I’m intending to see through to the end, too…

      • @lynnsbooks

        Yeah – best intentions and plans though!
        Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Oh absolutely!

  5. Tammy

    First of all, I’m really happy to see themes for the rest of the year. Maybe I wasn’t paying attention and you added these weeks ago?? Oh well. I love your choice this week, and I agree with your favorite, that cover immediately grabbed my attention 😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – prepare to be really happy then, I’ve drawn up the themes for the following year too! I went on a mission.
      Lynn 😀

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  7. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The middle cover in the row of your “best liked” is my favorite: I love the colors, the naked branches framing the upper part of the picture and – of course – the wolf. Just perfect… 🙂

  8. PerfectlyTolerable

    I like the middle of your three favorites best! I haven’t read this one but I love shapeshifter fantasy so I will have to check it out!

  9. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    This is a series I want to try, after having gotten a taste of Armstrong’s thrillers, it’s high time for to read her fantasy. Love that cover, and the “silk screen” effect 🙂 I’m also excited about new themes!

    • @lynnsbooks

      If I can ever get my act together I’d like to do a separate page that has past and future themes! Oh for some extra time.
      Yeah, I’ve always fancied reading Armstrong’s shapeshifter series – it seems to have been very popular and I enjoyed the first – I think I got sucked into various other series at the time and so this one got neglected.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Greg

    Ooh some of these are really nice. I especially like the ones with all that dark blue- for some reason it appeals. I think I like all three of your favorites, and the Knaur version just screams werewolf to me as well, with the eyes and the forest.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I thought there were some nice covers to choose from this week.
      Lynn 😀

  11. waytoofantasy

    Despite loving Urban Fantasy I have yet to read Armstrong! I really love the cover you picked for this one, Lynn.

  12. jessicabookworm

    Lynn, I agree with your choice. It instantly caught my eye out of the rest. 🙂

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