Friday Face-Off: Striped

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:

“And who decided which people wore the striped pyjamas”
a cover featuring STRIPES

Mogsy’s Pick:

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Vengeful was probably the best book I’ve read by Victoria/V.E. Schwab since…well, its predecessor Vicious. I really wish she would write more adult novels like this, because I think letting loose gives her the opportunity to go beyond a lot of the usual story clichés that seem to plague the YA fantasy genre, allowing her to develop a more nuanced and mature approach to the personal voices in her stories.

Anyway, speaking of nuanced, let’s check out the various covers for this book, which I think are all quite expressive and striking.

From left to right:
Tor Books (2018) – Titan (2018)

Spanish Edition (2019) – Russian Edition (2019) – German Edition (2020)


All the covers this week are pretty nice, and I actually waffled between the two English editions (the German edition also had promise, but begone, evil yellow sticker, begone!) before settling on my favorite. In the end, I went with the Tor cover. It’s the version I own, and it’s also beautiful in real life.

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

31 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Striped”

  1. Oh I really like the Spanish cover!! But your choice is also really cool. Schwab has such gorgeous cover everywhere, can’t wait to see what the French cover will look like!


  2. I’m going to be the odd one probably but I kind of like the Russian cover. Don’t know a thing about the cover and can’t read one iota but I think it’s pretty – and sometimes that all I need to buy a book anyway!


  3. I love the Spanish edition, but it doesn’t really “feel” right for this story at all. I guess my favorite would have to be the Titan edition, but it’s hard to choose, I like all of these!


  4. This is a hard choice. I really like the Spanish edition but I feel kind of bad saying that because someone pointed out to me that this author has a red, white and black colour scheme for her covers so turning around picking one that isn’t feels wrong :L I do love the first two as well though, possibly the Titan one slightly more as light covers can be really striking sometimes.


      • lmao, glad I could highlight that for you! sometimes I’ll see a cover a dozen times and never pick up on something, then when I see it, I’m like ‘am I blind?? how did I miss this!’ like with the cover of ‘You Must Not Miss’, I totally didn’t notice for the longest time that there’s a face screaming in the background!


  5. I like your cover choice to be honest. I like a couple of the others two but I think that’s the best one. And, as strange as it might sound I never picked up on the ‘V’ shape before – doh!
    Lynn 😀


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