Friday Face-Off: Mermaid

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:

“The child is in love with a human. And not just any human. A prince!”
~ a cover featuring a MERMAID

Mogsy’s Pick:

The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill

I’m going to bend the rules again this week by going with a book I have not read yet, but I got a copy earlier this year and it’s one I hope I can get to soon. Described as a reimagining of The Little Mermaid, Louise O’Neill’s The Surface Breaks follows a young mermaid who falls in love with a human boy and longs for more freedom from her controlling father. I’m actually quite partial to the cover of version I own (Scholastic A), but there are a couple more to consider:

From left to right:
Scholastic A (2018) – Scholastic B (2019) – Dutch Edition (2018)



I confess, I almost wavered from my initial choice here, when I saw that the Dutch edition cover was apparently derived from the proof copy (and look how pretty it is!) The 2019 Scholastic edition is gorgeous too, though the pose is rather unfortunate, like she was caught in the shower. I’m going with my instincts on this one.

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

22 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Mermaid”

  1. I think these are all pretty, but I’m going with the Dutch edition. Although I love the 2018 Scholastic cover, it’s a little too cartoony for my tastes.


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