Friday Face Off : Meringue : the puffy dress?


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 (this doesn’t have to be a book that you’ve read), compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below – 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:

Meringue – the puffy dress? – Lots of covers with ‘big’ dresses

A lot of the new themes are open to interpretation which might make choosing the covers and seeing other’s choices very interesting.  I can’t stress enough that this is all about your own interpretation and hopefully this new open feel to the meme will bring a larger selection of books and covers.  It’s not supposed to be hard work, there are no rules, just enjoy yourself.

This week I had a few ideas in mind (by which I mean a lot) but in the spirit of highlighting more recent reads I’ve gone for The Harwood Spellbook series by Stephanie Burgis.  Obviously, these are very recent books and so there isn’t a selection of cover for each individual novel (that I’m aware of) so I’ve gone for a face off between the series, which means, lots of dresses!  Which is your favourite:


My favourite


I think these are all great covers, and it’s interesting to see the different styles, but this one appeals to me because of the cool tones which reflect the story so well.  The dress and style also put me in mind of a Jane Austen style novel which is also quite fitting because these novels are all period pieces.

Which is your favourite?

I’ll be updating the list in order to include forthcoming 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).  As always, if you wish to submit an idea then leave me a comment – or if you’d like to host a week then simply let me know 😀

Next week – Leap Year – One Ring to rule them all – A cover with a ring

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.  


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”– anything that represents something from distant lands.

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?


22 Responses to “Friday Face Off : Meringue : the puffy dress?”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Pretty covers! They’re all very nice, I’ve always said that of this series, and I don’t think I can choose a favorite. I also went with a series comparison this week!

    • @lynnsbooks

      The covers are perfect for the books really, which are light, fun, enjoyable and just really lovely.
      I nearly went with another series comparison – was going to use the series of different queen books by Philippa Gregory, The Other Boleyn Girl, etc. I read a lot of those although I don’t think all 9 and really enjoyed them and some of the covers are gorgeous.
      Lynn 😀

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  3. sjhigbee

    This week was great fun:)). And these are a lovely series of covers – I particularly love Moontangled. I’m tempted by this series, but they are all a bit on the short side for me, sadly:(.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I know what you mean, Moontangled was under 100 pages. Snowspelled and Thornbound are the two longer books, both around 170/180 pages. It surprises me that I’m reading them as I also don’t usually like short books or novellas but I’m enjoying these and the two spin off books add nicely to some of the additional characters.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Yes – but I really get very aggravated when I’m esconced in a world – and then suddenly it’s allllll over. And I’m yanked out of it… So glad you are enjoying this series so much, though.

      • @lynnsbooks

        Thanks 😀

  4. maxinesobsessions

    I like all of these, they are very pretty.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a perfect set of covers for the series tbh.
      Lynn 😀

  5. jessicabookworm

    They are all rather lovely covers, but I think I agree with your favourite overall: it definitely gave me an Austenesque feel, too! 🙂

  6. Tammy

    This series was actually the first thing that popped into my head! I love Spellswept the best, the eerie green glow and candlelight make this so mysterious 😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      They’re all good covers and everyone seems to be finding something they love here.
      Lynn 😀

  7. confessionsofayareader

    I like the middle two best.

  8. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Those are indeed gorgeous covers, and it would be difficult for me to pick one – although the latest, Moontangled, offers no less than a… double feature, so it’s the one that jumps right at me… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – yes, a double dress cover. It should have been the winner really!
      Lynn 😀

  9. Greg

    Ooh nice covers. I like Snowspelled the best, I think but they all jump out.

  10. waytoofantasy

    Oooh, love this topic. Also I love ALL of those covers. 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      It was a nice topic actually, and I think fairly easy.
      Lynn 😀

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