Friday Faceoff – Spread a little Sparkle Wherever you go… #Brainfluffbookblog #FridayFaceoffSparklingcovers


This meme was started by Books by Proxy, whose fabulous idea was to compare UK and US book covers and decide which is we prefer. This meme is now nurtured by Lynn’s Book Blog and this week we are featuring SPARKLING covers. I’ve selected the sci fi YA adventure Across the Universe – Book 1 of the Across the Universe series by Beth Revis.


This edition was produced by Razorbill in January 2011. I love this cover’s backdrop with the beautiful, glittering nebulae, although the two faces juxtaposed into an upside- down kiss doesn’t really do it for me. Someone mentioned it looks like two fish kissing and now that’s all I can see.


This paperback edition, published in November 2011 by Razorbill, has taken a different aspect of the story, rather than featuring the romance. I really like the image of Amy wandering along the corridor of the ship Godspeed all alone. It certainly gives a good sense of the plot.


Published by Razorbill in January 2011, this Kindle edition is my favourite. I really love the image of the ice-crusted hull with a lump that has fallen away. The font is also suitably futuristic and funky, which works really well with the space opera feel of this one. It’s original, beautiful and eye-catching. My one grizzle is that the chatter plonked in the top right shouldn’t be there, but it isn’t a dealbreaker.


This French edition, published by Pocket Jeunesse in September 2014, reverts to featuring the romance in the story. It is a beautiful cover with the two lovers gazing longingly into each others’ eyes with the starscape as a backdrop. However, I really don’t like the twirling font which is at odds with the sci fi setting – while this story does feature a romance, it isn’t the plotline that powers the narrative arc. So I believe the strong romantic feel is slightly misleading for those predominantly seeking a girl-meets-boy story.


This Greek edition, published in November 2011 by Πατάκης is more than a nod in the direction of the first cover. I really like the simplicity of the stylised outlines against the spacescape, but the issue I have with it is that the artwork effectively stops two-thirds down, so that the bottom third is essentially a textbox. This has been cluttered with a rather random logo and the series information with little thought as to how it blends with the rest of the cover design. Which is your favourite?

22 responses »

  1. This is actually a pretty cool selection of covers. I liked the last one but completely agree that what’s going on at the bottom really takes away from the art. I love the one you picked with all of that ice, and I also really liked the one with the character moving through the corridor. It almost looks like she’s framed by an eye, which just caught my attention.

    • Thank you, Suzanne – yes, I don’t think there’s a real dud amongst this lot. But it is always such a personal choice and I agree that the cover with Amy walking along the corridor is really compelling. Especially once you’ve read the book…

  2. I love the first one! It actually took me a while to figure out that it was two people kissing, because it was hard to see at first glance from that horizontal perspective. I don’t see fish, though dang that’s funny, haha! 😀

  3. This is another neat example of how covers tell the story in their own way, isn’t it? Seeing the faces on the cover ready to kiss, one thinks the story is more romance than anything else. But seeing the ice cover or the lone character cover, one doesn’t think romance. One shouldn’t tell a book by its cover, buuuuuuut yeah, we totally do. 🙂

  4. Of course we do! And that’s why books have covers in the first place:))). And while there is a romance in this story, it is first and foremost an adventure.

  5. Haha, I’ve been staring at that first cover trying to see fish and I just can’t. – Ahh, I’ve gone back and taken one last look and now I see what you’re getting at – and yes, I probably can’t stop seeing that now. I like your choice for this week’s theme and definitely agree with your favourite.
    Lynn 😀

  6. I always enjoy these posts. Again, I have not read this book so it is hard to judge. If I was to pick the cover that drew my eye enough to read the blurb and see if it interests me, it would be the first one.

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