Friday Face Off : ‘The sea brought you.  The sea shall have you back’


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:

Tentacles – ‘The sea brought you.  The sea shall have you back

I was so happy this week to find another fairly recent read for this week’s theme.  And, not only is this a new(ish) read, it’s a new to me author and a book that I really enjoyed that definitely made me want to go and check this author’s backlist (in fact I bought the Lie Tree on the strength of this read and I’m really looking forward to picking it up).  This week my book is Deeplight by Frances Hardinge – which was great and my review is here.  Only three covers this week – which doesn’t make choosing a favourite any easier because I like them all.  Feast your eyes on the lovelies:

I like all three to be honest so let’s take a closer look:


This cover is just fantastic.  I love all the little details that once you zoom in become even more evident, such as the little submarine at the bottom of the cover, and the way they’ve made that central item look like a heart – or a shell.


This cover, at first glance feels very similar to the first.  It has an abundance of little details that are a lot of fun to zoom into and see how they relate to the story.  I love the colourful jellyfish with a boat tangled up in it’s tentacles and I think the font is excellent.


Another beauty.  Look at the gorgeous and vibrant colours coupled with this unusual heart shape (that resembles a pin cushion) nestled in the middle of some rather murderous looking tentacles.  Plus I just adore the almost luminous green font.

I actually can’t choose a favourite.  This is a great book and it has been blessed with three amazing covers.  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 – Tunnel – ‘At the end of every light, is a tunnel of darkness.’

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 July – Tunnel – ‘At the end of every light, is a tunnel of darkness.’

17th July – holding an object – just as it seems

24th July – Framed – more meanings than one.  A cover with a frame, a picture within a cover or a murder mystery set up??

31st July – White – a cover that is predominantly white

7th August – Action – a cover that depicts action of some sort

14th August – Glasses or spectacles – “One could mention many lovable traits in Smee. For instance, after killing, it was his spectacles he wiped instead of his weapon.”

21st August – Potions –  hubble bubble

28th August – Dark road – ‘the road goes ever on and on’

4th September – Cold and crisp – any cover that gives you winter vibes

11th September – A cover with a pattern

18th September – Minimalistic and lacking clutter

25th September – A very busy cover full to bursting with detail

2nd October – A standout font

9th October – Mist/fog – “A thin grey fog hung over the city, and the streets were very cold; for summer was in England.”

16th October – Spider web – “Farewell, Aragog, king of the arachnids, whose long and faithful friendship those who knew you would never forget!

23th October – Ripped/torn – interpret it as you wish

30th October – Forest/jungle – ‘None of the Jungle People like being disturbed.’

6th November – Planets – “You’re on Earth. There’s no cure for that.”

13th November – Bright – ‘The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades’.

20th November – Words only – “Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”

27th November – Modern sci fi

4th December –  Fae – or fairy??

11th December – Lake – the mysterious lake

18th December – Highly Stylised

25th December- Freebie – or day off.


17 Responses to “Friday Face Off : ‘The sea brought you.  The sea shall have you back’”

  1. proxyfish

    The second cover is gorgeous! They are all wonderful but it really does stand out! Fab choices.

    I will definitely have to remember it’s Friday next week and join in! 😂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Don’t you just love under the sea type covers. Loved your choice for this one too.
      Lynn 😀

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    All three covers are gorgeous, so this week the choice would be very difficult, not to say impossible… How about having three winners for once? 😉

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  4. sjhigbee

    Ooo… DEEPLIGHT! What a fabulous choice – and an awesome book! As for the covers – they are all wonderful. The first and second tie as my favourites, with the heart and tentacle cover coming a VERY close second. Though I’m conscious that in most company, that would be the winner by a long country mile…

    • @lynnsbooks

      That huge heart definitely has a horror bibe doesn’t it.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Tammy

    I really need to read this! I love the second one best, I think, although all of them are gorgeous😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ooh, this was so good, I highly recommend it and have gone back to this author’s backlist to buy more.
      Lynn 😀

  6. confessionsofayareader

    I really love all three of those! I think my favorite it the middle one. I think it’s the jellyfish.

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Yay, we chose the same book! I had a feeling we might too, since this was such an awesome book and the covers are so beautiful!

    • @lynnsbooks

      And that extra cover was so unexpected and so lovely.
      Lynn 😀

  8. waytoofantasy

    Great pick for this theme. I love all of these covers, I wouldn’t be able to choose between them.

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