Friday, June 10, 2022

The Friday Face-Off: Turquoise

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Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.  You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

This week's topic is:

Turquoise is a tricky color to nail down on books so I did my best to find ones that felt the most turquoise in spirit. I'm sharing three books that have to two cover variations: The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart, Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune, & The World Gives Way by Marissa Levin. I also included three extra titles that only had one cover edition, but still let turquoise in spirit (some might lean a bit more teal, but it's a hard call!). Let's have a look at them all!

The Bone Shard Emperor (The Drowning Empire, #2)   L'Impératrice aux éclats d'os (L'Empire d'Ecume, #2)
2022 Orbit | 2022 French

Under the Whispering Door   A ​suttogó ajtón túl
2021 Tor | 2022 Hungarian 

The World Gives Way   The World Gives Way: A Novel
2021 Redhook | 2022 Orbit 

Additional turquoise-y colors:
FirebreakOn Lavender Tides (Jekua, #1)Flowers for the Sea
2021 Gallery/Saga Press | 2022 Self-Published | 2021 Tordotcom

My choice(s):
I really like the cover design for The Bone Shard Emperor! I find the differences between the US and Hungarian editions of Under the Whispering Door so funny–I'm really curious as to why they chose to illustrate the house differently, but I still think it's pretty cute. I also love the vibrancy of On Lavender Tides and think it's such a fun cover. 

What cover(s) do you like the most?


  1. I like all of these but the second and sixth ones especially. And On Lavender Tides is awesome!

  2. I love the first one, too! It's such a lovely color, I'm surprised we don't see it more often.

  3. I love the French Bone Shard Daughter, it's my first time seeing it! And Flowers for the Sea is still one of my favorite covers😁