It was quite a challenge to come up with my favourite books covers considering 90% of my books are e-books and covers tend to be lacking (or should I say lack lustre ) on a Kindle. I am however, shallow enough to be swayed by a lovely cover but lucky for me I have had a few surprises where the book was as good as the cover. So here are my top 10 covers from books released this year.


THIEFTAKER (Thieftaker Chronicles #1)
by D.B. Jackson

In number 10 is D.B.Jackson’s THIEFTAKER. I was lucky enough to have the hardcover of this book and the cover was just sumptuous. The monochromatic colour palette and the light shining over our hero’s shoulder  illuminating the body of the victim drew my eye constantly. It almost looked like a painting and a great book too!


ABANDON (Abandon Trilogy #1)
  by Meg Cabot

I think the cover of ABANDON entertained me more than the book itself. I loved the colour, the models but especially that you got to flip it upside down and see the male model (the hero of the story)! Several minutes of entertainment turning the book around and around which I did often when I hit a lull in the book.


KING OF THORNS (The Broken Empire #2)
by Mark Lawrence

I have read the first book of this series – Prince of Thorns and have KING OF THORNS on my TBR. This is a great series and I LOVE this cover. There is so much detail in the throne, the dead soldiers and in the model that you see something different every time you look at it.


EDGE OF OBLIVION (Night Prowler #2)
by J.T Geissinger

I bought the first book of this series Shadow’s Edge purely for the cover and EDGE OF OBLIVION doesn’t disappoint…in fact I think it is even more attractive. I love the red scarf, the hieroglyphics and the model is gorgeous. I think it could have done without the green eyes at the top but I just didn’t look at that part!


TEMPEST (Tempest #1)
by Julie Cross

TEMPEST is another YA book where the cover was just a bit better than the story and I really loved looking at it. The cover also, didn’t have a lot to do with the story but was engaging just the same. There is a slight difference in this cover to the one from my review but think I like this one a tiny bit better. You decide which one you prefer!


THE WRONG GOODBYE (The Collector series #2)
by Chris F Holm

The cover of THE WRONG GOODBYE has a real 1960’s post modern feel to it. I really feel like I am looking at a piece of art when I look at this cover. The cover of Dead Harvest had a similar feel to it but this one was a bit more abstract and creepy which really resonated with me. Great cover, even better book!


BLOOD AND FEATHERS (Blood and Feathers #1)
by Lou Morgan

This is another book on my TBR and not just because its the featured book or a 5 star review. This is a gorgeous, striking cover and just begs you to read it.


MOCKINGBIRD (Miriam Black #2)
by Chuck Wendig

This cover of MOCKINGBIRD has a hidden secret(s). Can you see?  How many things can you see hidden in Miriam’s hair and body? Keep looking. This is a fantastic cover and draws you to it time and time again. This is a cover that is as unique as the story. Let me know how many things you find.


IRONSKIN (Ironskin #1)
by Tina Connelly

IRONSKIN is another one of the books I decided to read specifically because of the front cover. I got lucky again and got a great read. This cover has a real ethereal feel to it and just begs you to read it to figure out why why the beautiful woman is wearing that mask. I won’t tell as you need to read it.


HUNTER AND FOX (A Shifted World #1)
by Philippa Ballantine

And finally, my number 1. Wondering why? Its simple. I loved this cover and looked at it constantly. Considering that I had this as an e-book that means I had to go onto GoodReads or Amazon to look at it. Dedication or what? This cover and IRONSKIN both have the same feel to them but HUNTER AND FOX has a painterly feel to it. A gorgeous cover and an excellent story.

So those are my favourite covers for books released in 2012. I would love to find out what your favourite covers are and why.


A displaced Canadian living in the UK who when not reading is often found trawling through GoodReads looking for something to read or buying another book on Amazon. [Melanie no longer reviews for the site.]


Carolyn December 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I agree with you regarding Mockingbird, it’s not the prettiest cover, but it’s so interesting. Every time I look at it I find something new that I’d missed. I love Blood and Feathers too.


melanie December 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm

So what is your favourite cover of 2012?


Gemma December 27, 2012 at 8:46 am

Don’t you find that even though you use your e-reader, you still look at the covers? I still do and have to admit that it influences my decision on whether to check out the synopsis.

Some great covers there, Melanie and have to admit that the unusual cover of BLOOD AND FEATHERS did make me pick it up. I also agree on KING OF THRONES. Awsome cover


Melanie December 27, 2012 at 11:14 am

Using my Kindle so much means its a bit more hard work to look at the covers. I used Goodreads and Amazon a lot to look at the covers. Occasionally I will look at the one on my Kindle and its a test of the cover’s impact if still looks good in various shades of grey.


Laura December 27, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Not sure I like the cover for THE WRONG GOODBYE sorry ladies, HUNTER AND FOX looks great!


Melanie December 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Its a bit alternative but I thought it was really unique…like the book.


J.T. Geissinger December 28, 2012 at 3:23 am

Dear Melanie,

I wish I was a handsome hunk and could woo you with flowers and poetry and dazzling smiles, because you are just so LOVELY!!! Thank you so much for including Edge of Oblivion in your Top 10! What an Honor! Seriously, my publisher is going to be totally stoked. (That’s LA Chick Speak for “really happy.”


Melanie December 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I am pretty easy to woo so you would have had me with the dazzling smile but a million thank yous all the same.

I am really looking forward to see what you decide to put on the 3rd cover!!

Glad your publisher is going to be stoked. That is awesome!


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