Friday Face Off : A Trick of the Eye


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:

A trick of the eye – a cover that is more than meets the eye.

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.

I had a couple of books in mind for this week’s theme but in keeping with my desire to keep using my most recent reads I’ve gone with The Whisper Man by Alex North. I enjoyed this one.  My review is here and I have The Shadow Friend lined up to read in July.  Here are the covers:

My favourite:

I like the first cover with the butterfly that when you look closer is actually a handprint.  I also like the butterfly with the skull – but I’m a little odd like that.  I think my favourite though is:


On the face of it a butterfly wing but when you zoom in, bones and skulls are the substance of the wing.

Do you have a 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 – Moody – a cover that is atmospheric,

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.  


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?


8 Responses to “Friday Face Off : A Trick of the Eye”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Wow, I can’t believe how many covers there are for this book. I agree with your pick, I didn’t even notice the grisly details on the wings until I got a closer look!

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The skeletal hands and arms in the butterfly’s wings are far more clearer (and weird!!!) in the enlarged picture: that’s very clever, indeed. And there is a “Silence of the Lambs” vibe in the third cover from the first row… 🙂

  3. Friday Faceoff – Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools… #Brainfluffbookblog #FridayFaceofftrickcovers | Brainfluff

    […] was to compare UK and US book covers and decide which is we prefer. This meme is being nurtured by Lynn’s Book Blog and this week we are featuring covers with VISUAL TRICKERY. I’ve selected The Whisper Man by Alex […]

  4. sjhigbee

    Lol… great minds think alike! I’ve also chosen this one AND I’ve selected the same cover as my favourite:))

  5. Tammy

    You and Sarah picked the same book, but she didn’t include that 5th cover, which is absolutely my favorite!

  6. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    I actually like all of them except the first two. Which is sad because I won a physical copy and own the first one which I think is the simplest.

  7. confessionsofayareader

    Great book choice! I actually like quite a few of those. The one you chose definitely stood out with the yellow/gold.

  8. waytoofantasy

    Love this theme, Lynn! I do love that cover with the yellow butterfly as well, it’s so eye-catching.

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