Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Top 10 of 2012: Tuesday


Top 10 of 2012 is a great event which is co-hosted by some awesome bloggers (Rachel from Fiktshun, Lisa from A Life Bound By Books, Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic, Jaime from Two Chicks on Books and Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads). It's a week-long event where you can look back at the best books of 2012 and forward to the awesome books coming out in 2013 :)

Today's topic is Best Book Covers of 2012. These must be from books released in 2012, and preferably from those you've read. As I didn't read that 2012 releases this year, the first 6 are books I've read and the remaining 4 are books from my TBR.

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1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Generally speaking Maggie Stiefvater's covers are amazing and The Raven Boys is no exception. I love the hand-painted appearance of the raven and the swirls in the background really complement it and stop the book from looking plain. There is also red foil for the author, raven's heart and the little raven by the title that give it that extra sparkle.

2. Outpost by Ann Aguirre
I really like the Razorlands covers because they manage to show the creeping danger of the Freaks (zombies if you're new to the series). The covers always display features that you have to look again to catch, like the eye and hand moving the fence board. This shows off the creepiness of the book really well.

3. 13 by Kelley Armstrong
When it was announced that 13 would be the last Otherworld book I was devastated. This is the series that got me hooked on urban fantasy so I'm sad to see it go. But then I saw the cover and was really impressed. The simple blood drop against black fits perfectly with both this book and the whole series and really stands out amongst other books.

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4. Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates
When I heard about this I was hesitant to pick it up as I already have a lot of cozy mysteries sitting unread on my shelf, but the cover won me over. I love the cute almost cartoony look to it and how well it fits with the book (the cat on the cover is a dead ringer for Honeybee in the book).

5. The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
I love the covers for the Darkness Rising books. The use of the silhouette as a background to the main design is really unique and I love that it shows what could easily be a scene from the book. Definitely a favourite and one of the few times where the UK cover is nicer than the US :)

6. Angel's Flight by Nalini Singh
The Guild Hunters is another series where I generally love the covers but of the two releases this year, Angel's Flight really stands out to me. The swirling background, the colours on the angel's wings, even the falling feathers. I love it all :)

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7. The Accidental Genie by Dakota Cassidy
I love Dakota Cassidy's paranormal covers as they are always really cute with a cartoon feel to them and they stand out from the other paranormal romance books I own. I love this one in particular because it is so pink and girly (not something that usually appeals) and it really reminds me of I Dream of Jeannie which is one of my favourite shows :)

8. Raven Calls by C.E. Murphy
Where to start with this cover? I love the Celtic Cross in the foreground and the stormy clouds in the background as well as the moody feel to the cover. The simple raven in the sky really adds to the book and I love how barren the landscape is. If this wasn't already a favourite series, this cover would have made it one.

9. Endure by Carrie Jones
I've adored the Need Pixies covers from the start, even though I'm not really a fan of gold so I expected to love Endure when it came out. I think it's the most beautiful one so far as the simple gold iris really accents the gorgeous swirls agains the black background. It's just so pretty :)

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10. Rapture by Lauren Kate
Yes it's a girl-in-dress cover which is getting to be horribly overdone in the YA market, but I really like the cover for Rapture. It has a feeling of movement too it and the greyscale colour scheme really appeals to me. It may well be my favourite cover from the whole series.



Honourable mentions: Reached by Ally Condie, Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick and Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

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70 comments:

  1. Reached is great but I think Matched as my favorite in the series. Such a unique and stunning idea for the covers. Love Endure and love Astley!
    My Top 10

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    1. I totally agree. I love the progression over the trilogy from inside the bubble to outside. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. Beautiful choices. I was really contemplating The Raven Boys and Endure for my top 10 list, but there were just so many choices I ended up cutting them out. I should have made them honorable mentions! Thanks for swinging by Riffs and Reviews to check out my list :)

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    1. That's the downside of a Top 10. Great books always seem to just miss out :(

      Thanks for stopping by Erin!

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  3. Love your choices... I thought of Rapture as well...
    Kathryn
    TSK TSK What to Read

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    1. Rapture is a gorgeous cover! Thanks for stopping by Kathryn :)

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  4. These are lovely covers! The Endure cover is beautiful! By the way, I love your blog design! :o)

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  5. I love Outpost!! I really want to read it, cause I loved the first book. Thanks for visiting our top 10! We're following you! (GFC) Merry Christmas!

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    1. Oooh Outpost is great! It really builds on where they were left at the end of Enclave. I hope you get to read it soon.

      Thanks for stopping by and following Emma :)

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  6. I love all the covers, especially for Finale, Outpost and Beautiful Redemption! :)

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    1. They are gorgeous aren't they? Thanks for stopping by Jana :)

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  7. Love The Raven Boys' and Angels' Flight! Wings are my favorite :)

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    1. I'm the same. Put pretty wings on a cover and I'm all over it lol! Thanks for stopping by Kate :)

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  8. I really like the Endure cover, and the dress in Rapture, so pretty!!
    Thanks for stopping by Bookmunchies (:

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    1. I love the dress from Rapture too. Thanks for stopping by Cyn :)

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  9. Some nice covers! I especially like the cuteness of the Brownies and Broomsticks cover - cozy paranormal mysteries have lovely designs! But I also like the creepiness that the Outpost cover has...

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    1. Cozy paranormals do have cute designs! And Outpost is deliciously creepy. Thanks for stopping by Kimberly :)

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  10. Hi Claire. Obviously, I liked Endure as well. :) I have read the first 3 of the Guild Hunter but I'm not caught up...on my TBR. Love your blog. :)

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    1. Angel's Flight is an anthology of shorter stories, so if you liked Jessamy in the first three you'll probably love her story in there.

      And thank you!

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  11. why didn't i pick these lol

    http://roroisreading.blogspot.com/2012/12/top-10-of-2012-best-10-covers.html

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    1. Because 2012 had many epic covers? Lol :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. I also love the cover of The Raven Boys, its simple and yet kind of perfect =) I also like the cover of Rapture, I wish I had that girls haircut!

    Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays =D

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    1. The Raven Boys is definitely simple and perfect! I wish I had her hair too :)

      Thanks for stopping by Emily and Happy Holidays to you too :)

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  13. Love the cover of Rapture!! <3 So pretty! Great list! And Merry Christmas!! ;) :)

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  14. I love the combo of the dress, hair and colors for Rapture.

    Thanks for stopping by my list :)

    Colletta

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    1. So do I! I think it's my favourite from the whole series. Thanks for stopping by Colletta :)

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  15. Oh, I loved Brownies and Broomsticks and how the cover tied in so very well with the mystery! The cover is what really won me over on this one too, so cute!
    Rapture is a favorite of mine too - the whole series' theme is stunning!
    Great stack of books, thanks for sharing them :)

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    1. Yay another Brownies and Broomsticks fan! It was such a great cover :)

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  16. Thank you for stopping by! You have some beautiful covers picked!

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  17. Awesome cover choices - my fae is the one for 13.

    Tanya Patrice
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    1. It's a gorgeous cover isn't it? I love it! Thanks for stopping by Tanya :)

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  18. Great choices! I also like the cover for The Raven Boys <3

    Thanks for stopping by my post! :D

    - Kazhy @ My Library in the Making

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    1. The Raven Boys cover is one of my favourites! Thanks for stopping by Kazhy :)

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  19. I loove Rapture's cover! The Raven Boys (love the book) and Outpost look nice as well. Great picks!

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    1. Rapture has a gorgeous cover! Thanks for stopping by Dea :)

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  20. Fabulous picks. I am absolutely in love with the cover of Finale. I love all the covers in that series really.


    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. I totally agree. All four Hush, Hush books have gorgeous covers!

      Thanks for stopping by Teresa :)

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  21. Love the cover of Rapture. Lauren Kate's book covers are so easy to distinguish :)

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    1. They really stand out amongst the other YA books :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  22. The UK cover of The Calling is amazing! First time I've seen it, and totally better than the US one! The Raven Boys is really cool too- not like most YA books, but it catches you attention. :)

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    1. It really is! I was so pleased we got pretty covers for this series as sometimes gorgeous US covers become awful UK ones.

      Thanks for stopping by Jen :)

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  23. The cover of 13 and The Calling is AMAZING!! :)

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    1. Yep it was a great cover year for Kelley Armstrong! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  24. These are very, very stellar covers! Really like the dark feel of Outpost and 13 :)

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  25. Great covers :) We have one that's the same Angels' Flight :)

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    1. Yep I noticed. It's such a beautiful cover!

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  26. Oh! I love the cover of Angel's Flight! I've never seen that one before. Awesome list!
    Thanks for stopping by Ketch's Book Nook.

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    1. It's gorgeous isn't it? Thanks for stopping by!

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  27. The Raven Boys cover is amazing, I really must read it soon! And I agree about The Calling, the silhouette aspect is really unique, I've never seen anything like it!
    I had never heard of Raven Calls before but I love the celtic cross and landscape, so I must check it out :)

    Thanks for stopping by yesterday!

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    1. The Calling cover blew me away. The whole trilogy have similar covers. Raven Calls is the newest Walker Papers. I'm really behind with the series but the first three are epic.

      Thanks for stopping by Carmen :)

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  28. You picked some great covers! I forgot about OUTPOST having such an amazing cover. xo

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  29. I love the Raven Boys cover. The raven s so pretty and I love how you can see the texture lines :P Rapture was beautiful. I love the dress.

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    1. I love the texture too :) And that dress is epic!

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  30. Ooooh, that The Raven Boys cover is slightly different than the one I used! I like it too! That is definitely one of my favorites this year. :)

    Thanks for stopping by my post!

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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    1. The UK cover must be different! I didn't know that. Thanks for stopping by Sara :)

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  31. I really like how the Matched covers progress and use the color of the pills--though I've only actually read the first one so far.

    The Raven Boys is also very striking!

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    1. Yes! It's awesome they tied the colours to the pills :) I've only read Matched too as I can't seem to find my copy of Crossed.

      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  32. I think I would have to see those Darkness Rising ones in person to really appreciate them... but they're definitely more interesting than the North American versions, that's for sure!

    Funny how The Raven Boys cover is SO similar to the N.A. one, but just a little bit different.

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    1. They are really pretty and they feel nice too (kind of like neoprene - not shiny or matt). It's kind of funny how close the two Raven Boys covers are. I wonder what made them decide to make them different.

      Thanks for stopping by Ashley :)

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  34. I simply love that Raven Boys cover! It's so pretty! I almost put Beautiful Redemption on there, too... but I didn't. I was trying to make it just ten this year. (Last year I got a little out of hand at times. Hee hee.) Thanks for stopping by my blog and also for sharing some awesome covers!

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    1. Lol! I really had to limit myself as well. It would have been waaaaaay too easy to have at least another ten books up there :)

      Thanks for stopping by Litza!

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  35. I like the cover for 13 as well. It's in your face and intriguing. I've never read the series but I definitely want to look into it after that cover.

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    1. It's really unique right? Sadly it's also really different to the other covers.

      Thanks for stopping by Alexis :)

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