Friday Face-Off: Tentacles

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 sea brought you.  The sea shall have you back”
~ a cover featuring TENTACLES

Mogsy’s Pick:

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

I’ve picked a recent read for today’s topic, the delightfully dark and whimsical undersea adventure Deeplight by Frances Hardinge!

From left to right:
Macmillan Children’s Books HC (2019)  – Macmillan Children’s Books PB (2020) – Amulet Books (2020)


Although the Amulet version is the one I’m most familiar with and it’s also the cover with the brightest colors (and biggest tentacles), I’m going to have to go with one of the moodier UK Macmillan editions. I think my favorite is the paperback, for a couple reasons. First of all, I love jellyfish! And second, I think the stylized typeface really gives it the edge.

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

36 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Tentacles”

  1. My favorite is the third, because tentacles. Also, I liked the wavy typescript.
    The other covers don’t work for color blind people like me, where the blue and green blur.

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      • Covers are overrated anyways 🤣 You just don’t look at them very often: in the shelf there’s the small back which I find highly underrated (I look at them all the time in my library), during reading only when opening the book and only if it’s no ebook.


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  3. This is a wonderful choice, Mogsy – not just because the covers are to die for, but because it is a FABULOUS read. And no… don’t make me choose between the first two cover, because I simply can’t… Though the Amulet cover comes a VERY close second!

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