Friday Face Off : A Cover Bursting with Detail


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 very busy cover full to bursting with detail

I thought this week’s theme was a little easier than last week’s which for some reason I struggled with (minimalist covers) – this week the theme went to the extreme opposite by seeking a busy cover.  I went for a book I read some time ago, the cover from the version I read has all sorts of little details that pick up things from the book.  This week my books is Tempest Rising (Jane True #1)by Nicole Peeler and here are the covers:

The first cover is the one that I had in mind for this week’s theme.  It has all sorts of little details around the outskirts, coffins, critters, strings of lights, serpents.  Then we have the central picture of the main character which also has plenty of detail – right down to the fact that you can see her legs beneath the surface of the water.  This is definitely my favourite:


I think this cover also provides a good idea of the sort of read you’ll be getting into.  Light, fun, supernatural, not too serious.  To be honest, it was a book that I enjoyed at the time so perhaps I should have read more.  

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 – A standout font

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.  


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.

Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler

Just finished reading Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler, book number one of the Jane True novels.

Yes, the main character is called Jane True and she’s not fully human, a fact which, at the start of the novel, she is quite unaware.  Jane has always been a bit of an outcast.  She likes to swim in the ocean in winter even though it’s freezing cold and as if that wasn’t enough fodder for the curtain twitchers her boyfriend died under suspicious circumstances.  Something that the majority of residents of Rockabille have ever been able to forget or forgive.  During one of Jane’s most recent swims she finds a body in the water which upon rescuing and dragging to shore appears to have been murdered.  This is not good news for Jane (I mean, obviously it’s not good news for the person who was murdered) but being found with a dead body is not going to do her any real favours, in fact, she’ll probably be chased out of town by a baying mob – so she leaves the body to be found by somebody else.

Of course, the next day the body is discovered and from this point forward Jane is going to be introduced to a whole new world as a strange investigation gets under way.  One populated with all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures.  Jane is a halfling, her mother was a selkie and as such she is a water elemental and drawn to the ocean and the power it provides her with.  However, whilst some of these new creatures appear to be beautiful and entrancing all is not as it seems and Jane is treading a dangerous path.  Particularly as a number of halflings seem to be turning up dead.

This novel has got plenty of action going on not to mention an abundance of characters ranging from a Barghest to a genie!  I wouldn’t particularly say it brings anything new to the world of the paranormal and also a number of the story lines feel familiar – for example the halflings put me in mind of the mudblood plot in the Harry Potter Series,  yet, in spite of the fact that this book doesn’t break any new ground, I did enjoy the read.  There’s a romance going on, there’s a mystery killer and there’s the whole introduction to Jane, her friends and her past story.  It’s a very easy book to read.  A sort of chill out book or almost a guilty indulgence.

I would recommend this book, I’m not saying I thought it was perfect, for starters, Jane’s constant inner dialogue annoyed me a bit to be honest – probably because it reminded me of 50 Shades of Grey and the way that the female is always having a chat with her inner Goddess!  Also, I thought it was a bit questionable the way Jane just dove head first into the whole romance as considering her inhibited background you would have expected her to be a bit more careful.  But, again, I didn’t find these criticisms enough to put me off.

I will definitely read the next in the series to see how it develops or more to the point how or whether Jane develops.  Also, I quite liked the character of Anyan it will be interesting to see whether any more feeling develops between him and Jane.

Finally, don’t be distracted by the cover or misled into thinking this is YA – just for clarity – I have nothing against YA and have read quite a few books classed as such but this book definitely isn’t YA!

I’m including this in my Once Upon a Time event – I had a bit of a struggle with exactly which category this falls into but I think it’s myth?  Just because some of the creatures – such as Selkies and genies??  But I’m quite happy to be persuaded otherwise.