Top 10 of 2012: Best Book Covers of 2012

Top 10 of 2012 is an event hosted by Confessions of a Bookaholic, A Life Bound By Books, Fiktshun, Two Chicks on Books, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.  Yesterday's post featured Best Books I've Read in 2012.  Today's post will be Best Books Covers of 2012.

The Selection
by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #1
Release Date: April 24, 2012
by HarperTeen

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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself--and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Masque of the Red Death
by Bethany Griffin
Series: Masque of the Red Death #1
Release Date: April 24, 2012
by Greenwillow

Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population, and those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club--in the depths of her own despair--Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club, and Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for--no matter what it costs her.

Grave Mercy
by Robin LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin #1
Release Date: April 3, 2012
by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

by Josephine Angelini
Series: Starcrossed #2
Release Date: May 29, 2012
by HarperTeen
Warning: Since this is the second in a series, the summery might be a bit spoilery for the first book, so  I wouldn't recommend reading it unless you've read the first book, Starcrossed.

Can true love be forgotten?

As the only scion who can descend into the Underworld, Helen Hamilton has been given a nearly impossible task. By night she wanders through Hades, trying to stop the endless cycle of revenge that has cursed her family. By day she struggles to overcome the fatigue that is rapidly eroding her sanity. Without Lucas by her side, Helen is not sure she has the strength to go on.

Just as Helen is pushed to her breaking point, a mysterious new Scion comes to her rescue. Funny and brave, Orion shields her from the dangers of the Underworld. But time is running out--a ruthless foe plots against them, and the Furies' cry for blood is growing louder.

As the ancient Greek world collides with the mortal one, Helen's sheltered life on Nantucket descends into chaos. But the hardest task of all will be forgetting Lucas Delos.

Josephine Angelini's compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding as an unforgettable love triangle emerges and the eternal cycle of revenge intensifies. Eagerly awaited, this sequel to the internationally bestselling "Starcrossed" delivers a gritty, action-packed love story that exceeds all expectations.

Wings of the Wicked
by Courtney Allison Moulton
Series: Angelfire #2
Release Date: January 31, 2012
by Katherine Tegen Books
Warning: Since this is the second in a series, the summery might be a bit spoilery for the first book, so  I wouldn't recommend reading it unless you've read the first book, Angelfire.

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Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined.
Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.

She’s been warned.
Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’s soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian’s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself.

She’ll be betrayed.
Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be hell to pay.

by Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #1
Release Date: January 24, 2012
by Balzer + Bray

Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she's returned--to her old life, her family, her boyfriend--before she's banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance--and the one person she loves more than anything. But there's just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's queen.

"Everneath" is a captivating story of love, loss, and immortality from debut author Brodi Ashton.

Dark Companion
by Marta Acosta
Release Date: July 3, 2012
by Tor Teen

Orphaned at the age of six, Jane Williams has grown up in a series of foster homes, learning to survive in the shadows of life. Through hard work and determination, she manages to win a scholarship to the exclusive Birch Grove Academy. There, for the first time, Jane finds herself accepted by a group of friends. She even starts tutoring the headmistress’s gorgeous son, Lucien. Things seem too good to be true.

They are.

The more she learns about Birch Grove’s recent past, the more Jane comes to suspect that there is something sinister going on. Why did the wife of a popular teacher kill herself? What happened to the former scholarship student, whose place Jane took? Why does Lucien’s brother, Jack, seem to dislike her so much?

As Jane begins to piece together the answers to the puzzle, she must find out why she was brought to Birch Grove—and what she would risk to stay there….

The Treachery of Beautiful Things
by Ruth Frances Long
Release Date: August 16, 2012
by Dial

A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she's lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack's help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she's faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice--and not just her own.

The Sweetest Spell
by Suzanne Selfors
Release Date: August 21, 2012
by Walker Books for Young Readers

Emmeline Thistle, a dirt-scratcher's daughter, has escaped death twice-first, on the night she was born, and second, on the day her entire village was swept away by flood. Left with nothing and no one, Emmeline discovers her rare and mysterious ability-she can churn milk into chocolate, a delicacy more precious than gold.

Suddenly, the most unwanted girl in Anglund finds herself desired by all. But Emmeline only wants one-Owen Oak, a dairyman's son, whose slow smiles and lingering glances once tempted her to believe she might someday be loved for herself. But others will stop at nothing to use her gift for their own gains-no matter what the cost to Emmeline.

Magic and romance entwine in this fantastical world where true love and chocolate conquer all.

by Alethea Kontis
Series: Woodcutter Series #1
Release Date: May 8, 2012
by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

It isn't easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past - and hers?

And that is my second post for this event!!  These are the prettiest covers (in my opinion) of 2012, and I'm sure you guys noticed that some of these books featured here were also featured yesterday in my Best Books I've Read in 2012 post.

Leave a comment below letting me know which cover, or covers, were your favorite(s), and if you leave the link to your Top 10 post I'll be sure to check it out!  Merry Christmas!!!!


  1. I always loved The Selection cover. So appealing :)

  2. We have similar picks! Wheeee! :D They're all lovely covers~!

    Thanks for stopping by the blog.

    Louisse @ The Soul Sisters

  3. I hadn't seen The Sweetest Spell before! The cover looks stunning and I like the dress. And YAY for The Selection and Everneath :D Great list Emily!

  4. I agree, all of these are so pretty.

    My Fav Covers

    Merry Christmas!

  5. Everneath is one of my top favs! The Selection is beautiful too even though I wasn't a fan of the book. I love Masque of Red Death. Great colors and unique! I need to read it!
    My Top 10

  6. I really like the cover from Enchanted, because it matches the inside so well. The sweetest spell and the treachery of beautiful things are also gorgeous! I like Everneath, Masque of the Red Death and Grave Mercy, so you can say that I love your list! :D


  7. So many pretty covers!! My favorite has to be Everneath, but I also like Dreamless, The Selection and The Sweetest Spell.
    My Top 10 list

  8. Yay! You went with the "girls in dresses" theme, too! Hehehe I really do need to add some of those to my TBR list. And to the "pretties" shelf! :)

  9. Gorgeous covers! Everneath, The Selection and Masque of the Red Death were on my list! I totally forgot about Treachery of Beautiful Things you totally reminded me that I need to read that one!

    Great list - here's My Top Ten

    jaime @ Fic Fare

  10. Hahaha, I think I'm dying from gorgeous covers :) I loved The Selection,
    Melanie Dickerson's The Fairest Beauty,
    Krista McGee's Right Where I Belong,
    The Lost Prince (I think I'm crushing on it),
    ummmmm A bunch of others...I'm having trouble thinking of which ones really :P I liked the ones you picked though! They were definitely all pretty :)
    Merry Christmas! Sierra
    Keep growing beautiful!

  11. The Selection's cover is definitely gorgeous! That dress! Great list! :)

    Thanks for stopping by my post and Happy Holidays!

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

  12. Oh wow! Those covers are gorgeous! I think The Treachery of Beautiful Things is probably my favourite. I'm definitely add that to my wishlist just for the pretties!

    My Top Ten is here if you'd like a look :)

  13. I'm absolutely in love with The Selection's cover! I want that dress so bad! I remember at the bookstore I picked that up based solely on its cover :p

  14. I love all the pretty dresses you've pick out! I think the Everneath is my favourite haha. Great picks.
    Here's my Top Ten Covers at Bookmunchies (:

  15. Nice choices. I am partial to Masque of the Red Death and Everneath myself. One of my favs is Sweet Evil. You can check out my list here Bookworm Brandee

  16. Thank you for stopping by! We have a few of the same covers!

  17. Lol, I debated putting a lot of these in my own top ten. I think I just want the pretty dresses :)

  18. i loved enchanted , the book and the cover . the same w/ everneath. i hope to read the sweetest spell soon . great covers

  19. Awesome choices! Thanks for taking part in our Top 10 event!

    Jaime @ Two Chicks On Books

  20. These covers are all so pretty! I'm a person who judges by covers (I'm bad, I know) and would read all of these from the covers!

  21. Excellent, excellent choices. Many of those were contenders for my list. Those are so pretty. Here's my list:


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