Friday Face-Off: Mask

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:

“…Christine, who have torn off my mask and who therefore can never leave me again!”
~ a cover featuring a MASK

Mogsy’s Pick:
A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

Sitting in that much-needed place between Middle Grade and Young Adult, A Face Like Glass is a coming-of-age novel about a younger protagonist, but the challenges she must deal with are no less difficult or complex. Neverfell was just a child when she was found, practically half-drowned, in a vat of curds by Caverna’s foremost cheesemaker. But as soon as he cleaned off the little girl and took one look at her face, he knew something was terribly wrong. From that moment on, Neverfell was always instructed to wear a mask in public, though she was never told why, leading her to believe that she is hideously disfigured.

For years afterward, Neverfell trains with the cheesemaker as his apprentice, learning all about the ways of Caverna, an underground city made up of tunnels. Skilled craftsmen create all sorts of magical goods to sell to the royal court. Among the most respected of these artisans are the Facesmiths, for unlike the people who live in the world above, citizens of Caverna are born with blank faces and no natural instinct to form facial expressions. This is where a Facesmith comes in, developing and teaching new expressions to those who can afford his or her services. The richer you are, the more facial expressions you can learn, while the poor are only taught a few to get them through a life of servitude.

Everything about this novel is pure imagination and magic, and needless to say, I loved every moment. But how do its covers fare? Let’s take a look at them now:

From left to right:
Pan Macmillan Children’s HC (2012) – Pan Macmillan Children’s PB (2013) – Amulet Books HC (2017)
Amulet Books digital (2017) – Macmillan UK (2016) – Pan Macmillan PB (2017) – German Edition (2014)




The version I own is the Amulet Books hardcover, and I’ve always disliked it for how creepy it looks. I much prefer the Pan Macmillan Children’s 2012 edition, which perfectly encapsulates the magical and whimsical nature of the story. It is also my favorite of the bunch.

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

29 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Mask”

  1. Oh wow, I really wanted to read this book at one point, but it fell off my radar at some point. The synopsis sounds really fascinating!

    Also, I absolutely agree with your pick. The sense of light and magic seems to be bouncing off the cover, and it’s just so lovely. ❤


  2. My first thought scrolling down was what on earth were those creepy covers about – and, then I read your comment!! I love your choice, the colours are just lovely.
    Lynn 😀


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