Friday Face-Off: Creeping Vines

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.

This week’s theme is:

“Clinging and invasive”
~ a cover featuring CREEPING VINES

Mogsy’s Pick:
The Waking Land by Callie Bates

his book has been on my mind a lot lately, considering the sequel is about to come out very soon. The Waking Land follows Elanna Valtai, who was only five years old when she saw her nurse murdered right before her very eyes. Moments later, she was seized by the guards of King Antoine, the greatest enemy of her rebel parents. After her mother and father were exiled back to their ancestral lands, Elanna herself was taken hostage to ensure that there will be no more uprisings.

Subsequently, Elanna spends the next fourteen years growing up at King Antoine’s court. Despite being an outsider and the daughter of a known traitor, she is treated fairly well by the king and is even given a chance to study as a botanist. But then one day, Antoine sickens and dies and suddenly all bets are off. His heir Princess Loyce blames Elanna for killing her father with her knowledge of plant poisons, forcing our protagonist to flee to her homeland, where she reunites with her estranged blood kin. It is there where she finally discovers the truth about her birthright and the powerful earth magic that she always knew she had.

It’s going to be a simple head-to-head this week, but that’s okay because I think both covers in this match-up are very strong:

Del Rey (2017) vs. Hodder & Stoughton (2017)



The first images to pop into my head when I saw this topic were vine-covered Gothic buildings and overgrown gardens – eerie and ominous scenes, in other words. So I was a bit surprised when I came across creeping, trailing vines done in a very beautiful and magical way for both versions of this book. It’s a really tough choice this week because I love them both. However, the Del Rey edition has a little too much white space for my liking, so in the end, I think I’ll have to go with the Hodder & Stoughton.

But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

28 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Creeping Vines”

  1. Good call!

    I hadn’t noticed the white space issue, but once you mentioned it and I looked at them again, that was ALL I could see. So much wasted, empty cover 😦


  2. I actually really like the contrast between the white background and the green silhouette so I’m going to have to go with the first. Both are pretty though.


  3. I think I like the Del Ray version better but I agree, they could have done something more with the white. I received this in a subscription box some time back. I think the second is already out too (or coming out soon).


  4. I actually like all the white space on the first cover, but I don’t like the neon green. Its too bright and would look better with darker greens. So I agree with your choice, but for different reasons 😀


  5. I like that cover. The Del Rey one is interesting in its own way, I like the green, but the Hodder & Stoughton is my fave too.


  6. Yeah, I’m with you, there’s something about all that white space – it almost feels like it hurts my eyes – which is s bit strange I realise, but true.
    Lynn 😀


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