Eye Candy: Top Ten Favorite Fantasy Book Covers for 2012

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and features a new top ten list each week. This week’s topic is Top Ten Favorite Covers. This is a fun topic for me because I like shopping by cover. I pulled up the cover view on Goodreads and just jotted down the 2012 covers that stood out to me. Since many of the covers that caught my eye were fantasy books I went with that theme.

Listed in no particular order, here are 10 eye catching fantasy covers for 2012:

5. Defiance by C.J. Redwine –  August 28th, Balzer & Bray, Fantasy. This cover is so gorgeous! The pose screams defiance and I like that you can see the building structure through the sheer fabric of the model’s dress.

6. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake – August 7th, Tor Teen, sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood. This cover is so striking and I like how the red blood splotches from Anna has taken over the sequel’s cover entirely. Stunning!

7. The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long- August 16th, Dial Books, Fairies. Pretty with the flowers and the light coming through the trees.

8. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard – July 24th, HarperTeen, Zombies. Creepy! I like the black dress, the tree, and the subtle clockwork in the background.

9. Renegade by J.A. Souders – November 13th, Tor Teen, Dystopia. Beautiful and intriguing. It matches up rather well to the underwater dystopian concept.

10. Breathe by Sarah Crossan – October 2nd, Greenwillow, Dystopia. I like the color and texture, and it also looks very post-apocalyptic.

What are your favorite book covers?


25 thoughts on “Eye Candy: Top Ten Favorite Fantasy Book Covers for 2012

  1. Christina/booktasty says:

    I’m seeing a theme of pretty gowns! 🙂 Lovely picks! I think this year I’m in love with the cover for Insurgent by Veronica Roth!

  2. Lori says:

    Defiance is so lovely. I bet it’s going to be stunning in person. I also really love Something Strange and Deadly and For Darkness Shows the Stars. Great choices!

  3. Gorgeous covers – my favorite from your list is Breathe.

  4. BermudaOnion says:

    They’re all gorgeous!

  5. Bekka says:

    Something Strange and Deadly made it to my list, too! I just love her dress. Defiance! Ohh man I can’t wait for that book. That cover is stunning. The model’s hair. Ah I’m fangiriling.

    My TTT

  6. MTG Reviews says:

    We have one book in common! But I also like Shadow and Bone and Breathe. Great covers!

    See my top cover picks of 2012!

  7. Candice says:

    These really are great. Like really great. YA covers sometimes are a little… meh. These? Definitely not meh! Although I’ve only heard of one of these (Defiance which I’m looking forward to) the rest may be ones I check out solely based on their prettiness!

  8. bookchelle says:

    These are all gorgeous covers! I can’t wait to start reading Shadow and Bone! Great Tuesday list. Thanks for sharing.:)

  9. Great covers, Lucy! I really love Monstrous Beauty, very mysterious looking.

  10. Kelsey says:

    Lovely covers!! I love Crown of Embers and Girl of Nightmares!

  11. Gorgeous stuff! I love the Treachery of Beautiful Things and Breathe!

  12. Oh you have some awesome picks here! I cannot wait to read Crown of Embers; new follower – feel free to check out my Top 10

  13. Vyki says:

    Wow, lots of great covers! Some I haven’t even seen yet, great choices! Here’s mine: http://whatsontheshelf.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/top-ten-tuesday-8/

  14. Jordyn says:

    I hadn’t seen the cover for Breathe before now — quite striking! *likes it*

    my list: wishlist covers

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Breathe looks really interesting… guess I have to wait a while to see if it lives up to its cover!

  16. Smoke & Bone is calling me. It must know about my St Basil’s love.

  17. So many great fantasy covers coming this year, right?! These are all so great. I LOVE that cover for Shadow & Bone (I hear equally awesome things about the book itself, so YAY!), and The Treachery of Beautiful Things is gorgeous too. Great list, Lucy!

  18. Oh wow, eye-catching indeed!! I hadn’t heard of Breathe, but I LOVE that cover!!! Must add that to my list!!

    Great choices Lucy! 🙂

    Michele | Top 10

  19. reutreads says:

    I didn’t notice the city in Defiance until you pointed it out! I especially like your first five picks. The Shadow and Bone cover is fantastic!

  20. Great covers! Especially the new Anna one … love all the red!

  21. What a fantastic list! I love the way Renegade seems to glow, but I love how the cover of Breathe begs to tell its story.


  22. Elin says:

    great covers. Love them:)

  23. My current fav has got to be the cover of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. So creepy, but it fits the title and the content so well.

  24. Brittany says:

    Hi Lucy! I know this is a really old post, but I just saw that you had Breathe by Sarah Crossan on here – I have a giveaway on my blog today for two ARCs and thought I’d let you know in case you were interested in entering 🙂

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