Friday Face-Off – 18th September 2020

Friday Face-Off – 18th September 2020

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s Friday Face-Off theme is a cover that is minimalist. I’ve gone with a book that, though I’ve never read it, seems to get more and more timely with every passing year – 1984 by George Orwell.

And the winner is… COVER A!

This one has got to be one of the simplest designes I think I have picked for a Friday Face-Off, let alone as a winner. The clinical, sterile white with that startling blue eye watching all is somewhat disconcerting. Cover B is a close second this week!

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover with a busy design.

Friday Face-Off – 11th September 2020

Friday Face-Off – 11th September 2020

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s Friday Face-Off theme is a cover that is patterned. I’ve selected Great Expectations by Charles Dickens for this theme.

And the winner is… COVER D!

A simple design, but very striking. I love the rich colours too.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover with a minimalistic design.

Friday Face-Off – 4th September 2020

Friday Face-Off – 4th September 2020

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s Friday Face-Off theme is a cover that gives off winter vibes – “in the winter she curls up with a good book and dreams the cold away.” This week I have chosen The Katharina Code by Jørn Lier Horst.

And the winner is… COVER A!

The snowy landscape is just incredible. The lone figure wandering off into the forest of trees, with a slight inviting glow of light in the distance. The footprints in the snow are a final touch that finishes this design off.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover with a patterned design.

Infinity by Tabitha Lord

Infinity by Tabitha Lord

In the second installment of the award-winning Horizon series, Dr. Caeli Crys returns to her war-torn world to fight for those she left behind.

Almagest, Caeli’s home, stands on the brink of revolution. Long hidden from the rest of the galaxy, the once-peaceful planet suffers under a regime that grows more violent and oppressive by the day. Marcus, Almagest’s dictator, is building an arsenal of alien weaponry by selling empathic children into slavery. A resistance has risen, but they are outmanned, outgunned, and in hiding.

Joined by Commander Derek Markham and his elite squadron of operatives, Caeli embarks on a dangerous mission to find the Resistance, rescue her captive people, and save her civilization from destruction.

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author in exhange for an honest review.

Having just finished the first book in this series, I was more than happy to dive straight into book two – Infinity. It picks up where Horizon left off. Things are really going south on the once-reclusive planet of Almagest. Power crazed dictator Marcus is keen to open up the planet to galactic trade in a bid to build his stockpile of weapons and work on his prototype air force. All the while, he trades off Novali children – empathic children with a host of potentially devastating skills, to any rogue or villain with the goods he needs.

Infinity by Tabitha Lord

Having fled the planet following her chance meeting with Commander Derek Markham, Dr Caeli Crys has worked hard to rebuild her life, first aboard the Alliance spacecraft Horizon as a medic. Then later, she moves in with Derek’s parents while he sees out his tour of duty. Then a case comes up – the sale of an empathic girl that can heal. Most troublingly, that she is being touted as able to kill as well. A mission to disrupt the illicit auction sees a wider plan enacted to attempt to overthrow Marcus and reclaim Almagest for its people.

Infinity builds on the characters and plots set out in Horizon, driving them further and expanding on the universe the stories are set within. Things are poised nicely for the third book in the series to continue the story as there is still clearly more to learn about Caeli and Derek, and the planet of Almagest.

As with Horizon, Infinity is written from dual perspectives – those of Caeli and Derek. It allows thoughts, views and feelings to once again be viewed from different perspectives as they both play differing roles in the story as it unfolds. Once again this is a wonderful sci-fi story without overdoing it. Tabitha Lord also goes into the back history of Almagest in this outing. We learn about the power of the planet, and how the empathic Novali came to be. It also gives insight into the rifts that occurred, the beginnings of a divide between the ruling powers.

My rating:

Friday Face-Off – 28th August 2020

Friday Face-Off – 28th August 2020

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s Friday Face-Off theme is a cover featuring a dark road – “the road goes ever on and on.” I’ve picked Cormac McCarthy’s The Road for this week’s Friday Face-Off theme.

And the winner is… COVER B!

I’m not a massive fan of movie tie-in covers, so all of these were out of contention. The angle and composition are imposing in their own right. The image being in negative only enhances the atmosphere. Close second is Cover G – I absolutely love the art style.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover featuring a dark road – “the road goes ever on and on.”

Friday Face-Off – 21st August 2020

Friday Face-Off – 21st August 2020

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s Friday Face-Off theme is a cover featuring a potion: “Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble!” This week I went with Wyrd Sisters by Sir Terry Pratchett.

And the winner is… COVER F!

I love the design of the bubbling cauldron filled with some form of potion. It’s a wonderful design, and rather striking on the black background.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover featuring a dark road – “the road goes ever on and on.”

Friday Face-Off – 14th August 2020

Friday Face-Off – 14th August 2020

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s Friday Face-Off theme is a cover featuring glasses or spectacles – “One could mention many lovable traits in Smee. For instance, after killing, it was his spectacles he wiped instead of his weapon.”. This week I went with Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

And the winner is… COVER B!

Simple and beautiful. I love the image of the typewriter with a pair of reading glasses near by. I imagine the writer taking a brief break. In fairness most of these are winners in my book as I absolutely love the old typewriters. Cover H is a special mention though this week as my runner up!

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover featuring a potion – “Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble!”

Horizon by Tabitha Lord

Horizon by Tabitha Lord

Caeli Crys isn’t living—she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can’t help but risk discovery to save his life.

Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His co-pilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he’s only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind.

As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek’s command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hers—full of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli’s unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it.

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author in exhange for an honest review.

Horizon is a fast-paced sci-fi with plenty of twists and turns. It follows two leads: Caeli, a member of a race of people, some of whom have empathic abilities. She always looks to use her abilities to help, especially as she has the added ability to diagnose and heal patients just by touching them. She finds herself on the run from a fractured community of her people. A community not gifted with empathic abilities. A community that, while once amicable, has been whipped up into a fervor of fear and hatred against their neighbours. When the worst happens, their community is attacked and survivors carted back to be reintegrated into a society that worked to get rid of them. Commander Derek Markham finds himself stranded on a mysterious planet, Caeli’s planet, having crash landed his spacecraft in the forest.

Horizon by Tabitha Lord

Circumstances bring the pair together as Caeli does everything to avoid being found while feeling driven to nurse Derek, critically wounded in the crash, back to health. During this time she shares with him the story of her past, and what has led her to be where she is, living in a cave and subsisting off the land. It’s a story of mistrust, hatred and civil unrest. When his crew rescues him, he takes Caeli off planet with him in the hope of giving her a sense of safety. Together with his crew, Derek and Caely seek to uncover who shot his spacecraft down, and uncover who is plotting a terrorist attack against an Alliance-protected planet.

I loved the way Horizon is written. It alternates from chapter to chapter, telling the story from the perspective of Caeli and Derek in turn. This makes for a fantastic read, especially once their stories combine and intertwine. It gives the reader a sense of the feelings and emotions of each character in turn. I enjoyed the way the story seemed to primarily focus on one character, then in the later stages the focus swaps. Horizon is an easy-reading sci-fi that is entirely enjoyable, and I am glad to have its sequel to dive straight into.

My rating:

Friday Face-Off – 7th August 2020

Friday Face-Off – 7th August 2020

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s Friday Face-Off theme is a cover that depicts action. For this theme I’ve gone with Angels & Demons by Dan Brown.

And the winner is… COVER C!

I love the colour of this cover. That and the shafts of light streaming down from the cupola above are really eye catching.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover featuring glasses or spectacles – “One could mention many lovable traits in Smee. For instance, after killing, it was his spectacles he wiped instead of his weapon.”

Friday Face-Off – 31st July 2020

Friday Face-Off – 31st July 2020

The Friday Face-Off is a meme originally created by Books by Proxy and now hosted over at Lynn’s Books. The idea is to compare the different covers of a book with each week being a certain theme.

This week’s Friday Face-Off theme is a cover that is mostly white. This week I am turning to Exile and the Kingdom by Albert Camus.

And the winner is… COVER E!

The sun in the sky above the pyramid, their is something captivating about this vista for me. An easy winner this week.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week’s theme is a cover that depicts action.