We have put together our Top 10 lists of best and worst covers for 2011. It was a tough one as there’s been a huge number or gorgeous covers, but also terrible ones! We decided to choose five each and then come up with our top 10 as a joint venture.
If you’re wondering where the links direct you, here’s the key: UK & US = Amazon, BD = Book Depository, GR = Goodreads.
BCC’s TOP 10 BEST COVERS 2011
CAROLYN ~Wander Dust‘ reminds me of a balmy day in summertime, and I love the use of the lighting and bubbles. The two other covers which I love were also angel themed. Both very different but also gorgeous.’Everneath‘ is just beautiful, I love the flowing fabric of her dress and how it mingles with smoke, or is it clouds? Either way it’s just a stunning cover. I’m not sure what it is about my number one cover, but I love this dark looking cover. It’s gritty, and the male angel has a coolness to him as well as a sexiness. I love the quiff and the grainy image. I just love it.

LAURA ~ Nothing makes me buy a book more than a gorgeous cover! I’ve got a real thing for the use of red and so love the ‘Everneath‘, ‘Shattered Souls‘ and ‘Dearly Departed‘ covers. I also much prefer the use of illustration to photographs as it gives your imagination space to fill in the gaps. I think the ‘Entwined‘ illustration is just beautiful. Then there’s the gorgeous use of angel wings on ‘Avenger’s Angel‘, ‘Angel’s Flight‘ and ‘Hades‘. Well, quite frankly I think all these covers are stunning and would want them all on my bookshelf. I haven’t read all of them, so I would hope the stories are just as good!

10
SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi
(Chosen by Laura)
9

WANDER DUST by Michelle Warren
(Chosen by Carolyn)
8

HADES by Alexandra Adornetto
(Chosen by Laura)
7

DEARLY DEPARTED by Lia Habel
(Chosen by Laura)

6

ENTWINED by Heather Dixon
(Chosen by Laura)

5

ANGEL’S FLIGHT by Nalini Singh
(Chosen by Carolyn)

4

SHATTERED SOULS by Mary Lindsey
(Chosen by Laura)

3

AVENGER’S ANGEL by Heather Killough-Walden
(Chosen by Carolyn)

2

EVERNEATH by Brodi Ashton
(Chosen by both Carolyn & Laura)

1

DARK KISS by Michelle Rowen
(Chosen by Carolyn)

BCC’s TOP 10 WORST COVERS 2011

CAROLYN ~ There have been some awful covers this year, and sadly for some of my favourite authors (Nalini Singh comes to mind), I mean ‘Archangel’s Blade‘ was just terrible and the cover for ‘Tangle of Need‘ went from bad to worse with a quick model change. ‘Alien Diplomacy‘ made our top 10 because I just hate her stance – what an awful, awkward looking pose, could that leg be any higher, and the women’s expression is just so ugly.  I chose the cover for ‘Delirium‘ as I really dislike the close up of the child’s face and as for ‘The Radleys‘, well this book is all about a family of vampires…would you get that by this very boring scene of an ordinary house?
LAURA ~ I felt like such a meanie choosing some of the worst covers, but honestly is there any excuse for some of these? I think we’ve got a real mix. As you know from my ‘The Problem With Romance Covers‘ article, I do dislike a lot of romance covers, but really what is going on with ‘Navarro’s Promise‘? Do you think he’s practising Madonna’s ‘Vogue‘ dance routine? Then we’ve got ‘Blood Royal‘, from the book summary it’s about vampires, but the creative is just well… odd! We’ve also got ‘Tangled Tides‘ eek glitter Barbie fest! ;-)
10

WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE by Julie Anne Long
(Chosen by Laura)
9

ARCHANGEL’S BLADE by Nalini Singh
(Chosen by both Carolyn & Laura)
8

TANGLED TIDES by Karen Amanda Hooper
(Chosen by Laura)
7

ALIEN DIPLOMACY by Gini Koch
(Chosen by Carolyn)
6

TANGLE OF NEED by Nalini Singh
(Chosen by Carolyn)
5

DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver
(Chosen by Carolyn)
4

THE RADLEYS by Matt Haig
(Chosen by Carolyn)
3

BLOOD ROYAL by Connie Suttle
(Chosen by Laura)
2

THE CHOSEN by Shay Fabbro
(Chosen by Laura)
1

NAVARROS’S PROMISE by Lora Leigh
(Chosen by Laura)
 So what do you think of our best and worst covers? Do you agree or disagree?

Carolyn

Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and coffee. Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

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Rebecca :) December 28, 2011 at 5:52 am

I agree with both the Best Covers List and the Worst Covers List, although, in my opinion, Alien Diplomacy should be closer to 1. :)

Wander Dust, Entwined, and Dearly Departed are all very lovely covers!

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kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews December 28, 2011 at 9:16 am

Navarro's Promise :))) is definitely an icing on a very ugly cake! Poor model, I can imagine him following the photographer instructions and cursing inwardly… Great lists, ladies!

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BookStacksOnDeck December 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Love that there was a worst list! Agreed on most of those <3!

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Bookish Brunette December 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Ha!!!! I could TOTALLY compile a list of about 20 gorgeous angel covers!!!! It seems like they're always the most whimsical and pretty!

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Debra Anastasia December 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I *just* started the fever series and I'm devouring it. I'm actually glad that I waited so I can blow through the whole series with no waiting. I'm turning your favorite books into my to read for my new kindle list!

Thanks ladies. (Happy New Year too)

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Janiera December 28, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I totally agree with your list. Shattered Souls was my favorite. Some of the worst were really, really bad. lol Great list!

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LoriStrongin December 30, 2011 at 4:10 am

omg, some of those bad covers are baaaaaad. Navarro's Promise looks like he's Vogue-ing or something. And The Chosen is…well, let just say I've got the Paint program on my computer, too.

But YES, Everneath is gorgeous and I cannot wait to get around to reading that one!

Smiles!
Lori

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Laura January 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm

He he, thanks all.
The worst list was actually quite hard to put together as there are actually some gorgeous ones this year.
Anyone got any that are even worse ;-) ?

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