Friday Face Off : Longest Night


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 – I’ll be updating the list next week to include themes for 20202, 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:

Longest Night –  a dark and foreboding cover

This week I’ve gone for a fairly recent book that I read. A compelling story that takes a mother’s worst nightmare and combines it with old wives tales and fairy folklore to achieve a creepy and sinister tale of child abduction.  Little Darlings by Melanie Golding. Here is my review and the covers:

It’s strange the way that the most innocent things can be given a sinister feel, for example a nappy pin, booties or a pram.

This week my favourite is:


It was a choice between this or the pram.  But there is a very insidious feel to this cover that isn’t immediately apparent. When you really look at it the title is being invaded by the creeping branches and thorns.  It gives me the chills, although the lonely pram with the red swirling banner is also very effective.

Which is your favourite?

I’ve 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 then 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 glittery or sparkling

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ or one of your favourite covers) (I’ve added some new themes – some of these are slightly different, in order to avoid too much repetition I’m trying to make the themes more of a suggestion that everyone can interpret how they like


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.

3rd January – New Beginnings – “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

10th January – vintage sci fi – “Live long and prosper.”

17th January – Horizon – “Your “beautiful” ship killed its crew, Doctor.”

24th January – Chinese New Year – Year of the Rat

31st January – First Contact – “Ack, Ack, Ack, we come in peace”

7th February – Lion- “Is that a lion with horns and a pitchfork?”

14th February – romantic – “thus with a kiss I die”

21st February – meringue – the puffy dress?

28th February – Leap Year – One Ring to rule them all – A cover with a ring

6th March – Skeleton – them bones, them bones, them dry bones…

13th March – Exotic – ‘That which yields, is not always weak”

20th March – Brown – a cover or covers that are brown

27th March – Freebie – choose one of your favourite covers

3rd April Fools – a trick of the eye – a cover that is more than meets the eye

10th April – Moody – a cover that is atmospheric,

17th April – out of focus – double vision or all a blur

24th April – Armour – ‘“Pretty armour doesn’t make a warrior.”

1st May – Canine – “And then there were cats, thought Dog.:

8th May – graphic novel cover – “Love belongs to Desire, and Desire is always cruel”

15th May – pink – as pink as cotton candy – any cover that is pink

22nd May – Sorrow – a cover that makes you feel sad

29th May – Silhouette – an island, a person, anything you like

5th June – Flight – any type of flight – to flee, to fly

12th June – The bodice ripper – exactly as it seems

19th June – Time – time waits for no one

26th June – Windows – windows to the soul?


10 Responses to “Friday Face Off : Longest Night”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Didn’t this book just come out? There are so many covers already! I gotta go with your choice too, but probably because it’s the most familiar to me.

  2. Scarlett Readz and Runz

    This is neat! I would have some trouble with some of the upcoming themes, but maybe I can join a few 🙂 Do these have to be books that we read or can they be from the tbr?

  3. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    I liked the one you chose as well but I have to admit, if I saw it on a shelf, I’d probably grab the creepy little black one at the end of the first row.

  4. Tammy

    Great choice, I like #1 and #5 the best😁

  5. confessionsofayareader

    Your favorite is my favorite, too.

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The shoes!!! Those shoes give me the creeps… I don’t know why, but that’s the way it is… 🙂

  7. waytoofantasy

    Great theme! I can’t think of longest night without Kushiel coming to mind. 🙂

  8. PerfectlyTolerable

    That fourth cover is super super creepy! I won’t be reading this one haha. Tho I agree with your pick 😀

  9. judiththereader

    I read and reviewed Little Darlings recently and I loved it. I also really liked the cover design. My personal preference is for “safety pin cover”. My library copy had this cover, although had a blue and yellow colour palette rather than a blue and pink one, like the cover you have pictured.

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