Friday Face-Off: Queen

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:

“Mirror, Mirror on the wall”
~ a cover featuring a QUEEN

Mogsy’s Pick:

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I listened to this book in audio a few years ago and sad to say but it did not make a huge impression. Since then though, it has been published in several more editions which means it has also gotten some nice covers which perfectly suit my purposes today! Let’s take a look at them now:

From left to right:
HarperTeen (2015) – HarperTeen Collector’s Edition (2017) – Ukrainian Edition (2017)
Georgian Edition (2018) – Russian Edition (2015) – Macedonian (2016) – Bulgarian Edition (2015)
Finnish Edition (2016) – German Edition (2015) – Hebrew Edition (2015)





Save for the Bulgarian edition (whose blood droplet effect I find clever and fascinating), I can’t say I’m a big fan of any of the “crown” covers. In fact, I don’t love any of the choices this week, but probably the one most aesthetically pleasing to me is the German edition. If the colors had been a bit sharper, I think I would like it even more, though the way it is now gives it that cool washed-out watercolor effect.

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

32 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Queen”

  1. It’s so funny how everyone has such different tastes! I love the first two — the symbolism of the turned over crowns and the red blood very sleek and modern and doesn’t really force an image of what characters should look like before I even start


  2. I personally like the collector’s edition the most (prints are my weakness), but yours is definitely a close second! The watercolor effect gives it a very atmospheric vibe, and I like how it’s so hazy, almost like a old film footage. 🙂


  3. I LOVE the Harper Teen collectors edition. I’m actually sad that I don’t have a copy, because I think it has sprayed edges. To hell with the story, I’m more interested in the book itself, lol😁


  4. Ooh that Harper Teen Collector’s Edition is nice! I like it with just the red and no words. Otherwise the regular Harper Teen cover and the Bulgarian edition are probably my faves.


  5. Yours and the Bulgarian stood out to me. I liked the blood droplets and the hair – that type of cover just really appeals to me. And the German one that you choose – I think it’s really clever that they’ve gone for a less than sharp effect because it doesn’t look like a photo like some covers.
    Lynn 😀


    • The Bulgarian one is actually really cool! The other crown covers are too plain for me because I don’t particularly enjoy “symbol” covers, but I have to say making a crown shape out of the a droplet of blood is pretty clever.


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