Friday Face Off : Freebie

Posted On 27 September 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 is:

A Freebie – YES!!

Okay, nobody should struggle with this week’s theme eh?  Unless you like to make life difficult for yourself that is LOL.  This week I’ve gone with a series that I’ve yet to finish – hopefully soon.  The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff and I’m going to compare two sets of covers:




I like both sets of covers.  The first set is very moody and it has a beautiful font, but, the second set is the winner for me.  I love that I keep finding extra little details the longer I look at these covers plus, Mr Kindly is in all three.  Which set is your favourite or do you like a mix of both?

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 that is 60s horror

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


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/Hotel

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.

27 Responses to “Friday Face Off : Freebie”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I can’t choose between the two sets either, love them both! The styles are just so different, and they each bring their own strengths. I love the animal motifs in the UK versions, but I also love Jason Chan’s artwork for the US versions. Coincidentally, I’m also featuring his art/covers on my blog today 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I just saw your post – snap!
      I also like both of these. I love the darkness of the first set and the font is really good. I just like to see Mr Kindly and I like the addition of a different colour in each instalment.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Jackie

    Idk. I like the first set of covers tbh. It’s the font. The fonts are beautiful and red and black and white covers make it very alluring.

  3. Tammy

    I love both sets as well, but I love the US covers more. There’s something about the black, white and red color scheme that fits better with the darkness of these stories.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think you’re right – the covers do fit the content very well.
      Lynn 😀

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  5. sjhigbee

    I’m finding it very, very difficult to choose between the two. The colour palette of the first set is just beautiful, but like you – I love the detailing within the image on each of the covers on the second set. I think the top set just edges it, simply because I’m not a fan of that circular textbox in the bright colour which leeches attention from those beautifully depicted images. Good choice, Lynn:))

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, tough choice.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        What a fascinating variety of covers chosen by the F-Facers this week!!!

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Both sets are beautiful, although I prefer the first one: it’s not only because these are the covers on my copies of the novels, but also because the images suggest darkness far more strongly…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I have to admit I think the first set is probably a darker representation and more reflective of the content.
      Lynn 😀

  7. confessionsofayareader

    I love both, but I prefer the US covers. I like the naked books for the UK covers though.

  8. Jaymi at OrangeCountyReaders

    Hi! I like the bottom one with the bright colored circles. Here’s my post, joining for the first time!

  9. Greg

    I like the second set a lot, especially Godsgrave. Must be that splash of blue.

  10. jessicabookworm

    The second set has a gorgeous black cat cover… so there is no competition for me! 😛

  11. Lashaan Balasingam @ Bookidote

    I love both of these sets to be honest! I totally need to start this series though hahah

  12. waytoofantasy

    I like both sets too, they both appeal for different reasons. I have to say though, that I do enjoy the UK covers maybe just a tad bit more? I like the white space around the shadow animals and the art that makes them up. I’d probably be fully on board with them if they didn’t have colored suns because monochromatic covers are my jam. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I love both sets to be honest and I can see why the really dark covers are loved so much – plus they really work well considering the content but I love the quirkiness of the UK covers – I could probably do without the coloured suns.
      Lynn 😀

  13. Zezee

    I love the second set as well. They are by one of my fav illustrators – Kerby Rosanes. I love the detail in his work and how whimsical it often is.

    • @lynnsbooks

      That’s exactly it – whimsical. And there’s something so lovely about looking at a cover and spotting little details that you hadn’t at first noticed, in fact it’s quite a clever marketing trick really because it makes you want to keep looking to find more hidden goodies.
      Lynn 😀

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