Best Book Covers of 2012

Posted December 25, 2012 by Carmel in Miscellaneous / 16 Comments


Top 10 of 2012 hosted by Two Chicks on Books and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

My list of best book covers of 2012 was by far the most difficult one to put together simply because there are so many novels that come out over the course of one year. That, and I don’t have to have read these books to be able to admire the artwork so instead of only having 100+ to choose from, I have thousands!

10 Release by M.R. Merrick Release by M.R. Merrick
This one might seem like a bit of an odd pick for me; I’m not sure what it is, but something about this cover calls to me. I like the originality of it, the colours, and just the overall feeling that it evokes when I look at it. I’ll probably never, ever read it, but that’s not to say that I can’t admire the artwork!
9 The Selection by Kiera Cass The Selection by Kiera Cass
No top 10 best book covers list would be complete without at least one featuring a girl in a pretty dress and this one definitely takes the cake. I mean the chick’s dress looks like a snow covered evergreen tree people! How awesome is that!? I think it’s wicked cool and the reason why this novel is number 9 on my list.
8 Long Night Moon by SM Reine Long Night Moon by S.M. Reine
As you look over my picks you’ll probably notice a trend: wolves and full moons. Granted, the werewolf covers that I’m featuring may not be everyone’s favs but this is my list, so deal with it. LOL I like the winter wonderland feel to this one and Rylie looks absolutely stunning! And the wolves… so pretty!!
7 Wolf Pact by Melissa de la Cruz Wolf Pact by Melissa de la Cruz
I’ve always been envious of redheads so when you pair beautiful hair with a full moon and werewolves I’m a goner! The girl’s skin is a little too pale for my liking but that point aside, I love this cover!! This title is definitely on my wishlist for 2013.
6 Ironskin by Tina Connolly Ironskin by Tina Connolly
I’m not a big steampunk reader but I have to admit, most of the covers in this genre are phenomenal. I really dig the old/new combination and the masks, oh my gosh, the masks!! I struggled with narrowing my steampunk pick down to only one book but I’m happy with my choice. This one’s definitely the winner of 2012 in my opinion.
5 Undead to the World by D.D. Barant Undead to the World by D.D. Barant
This cover is perfect except for the fact that I’d need to replace the woman in the middle. LOL Unfortunately for me, it’s illegal to own real wolves but I do have a malamute/husky mix which is as close as I can get to having one of my furry friends in my life. The breeder I got my dog from claimed that she does have some wolf in her genes from a few generations back so… Yes, I’m obsessed and yes, I LOVE this cover!
4 Wings of Arian by Devri Walls Wings of Arian by Devri Walls
The art work for this cover was created by the very talented Claudia McKinney from Phatpuppy Art. I was first introduced to her work by The Bookish Brunette and I’ve been a fan of hers ever since. This cover is definitely a looker and one of the reasons it’s in the #4 spot on my top 10 list.
3 Above by Leah Bobet Above by Leah Bobet
This cover was revealed in early 2012 and it’s been stuck in my mind ever since. So much so, that it outshined the thousands of other books that I’ve seen over the past year and stayed with me until December when it was time to put this list together. I really like a lot of end-of-the-world artwork and this cover does a nice job of pairing devastation with beauty.
2 Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong
There are several different versions of this cover floating around but the Canadian one is by far my favourite. The conclusion to Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series was bitter sweet for me but at least it’s pretty to look at!
1 Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter
I struggled with all of my other picks for best covers of 2012; either which to include or what spot they deserved on my list but my fav was obvious from the get-go. I LOVED this cover from the moment I saw it and haven’t stopped. It’s by far the best cover of 2012 in my opinion and Showalter sneaked it in just before the new year. Well done! 🙂

Merry Xmas!



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16 responses to “Best Book Covers of 2012

  1. I love the cover for Wings of Arian and until I saw the cover for Wolf Pact above I hadn’t even realized it was a model on the cover, but that red is really vivid and the cover is really pretty.

    That cover of Gena Showalter’s is really gorgeous.

    Lovely cover picks!

  2. @Claire Yup. I’ve added Wolf Pact to my TBR pile based solely on the cover and the fact that it’s about werewolves. LOL What can I say, I’m easy! 😉