So you know how I usually choose ten covers/series for my Cover Characteristic posts? Well…
Not happening this time.
I don’t know what happened this year, if it was just coincidence or if I started judging books more by their covers and letting myself be drawn in by all the pretty ones, but I read SO MANY books with gorgeous covers this year, and I want to share them all. That is why I have picked my top… 25 favorite covers. Yes, I said 25. I make no apologies. I also included some runners up that had different styles since I clearly have a type (most of my favorites are of a very similar art style) and I wanted to add some variety. So there’s actually 40 covers here, but you know, that’s close enough to 10, right?
Eh, my blog, my rules, and I say 40 goes ;-)
But I did choose just 10 to talk about the way I normally do since talking about 40 books/series individually was a bit much, even for me.
Best Book Covers from Books I Read in 2016
Runners Up: General
Runners Up: No People
Runners Up: Character w/ Background
Runners Up: I Don’t Know What to Call This But They’re All Similar So Whatever
My Top Ten
(Kind of. Maybe. IDK. Decisions are Hard.)
Untaken by J.E. Anckorn
This one is just so intense and gorgeous and it fits the characters in the book perfectly.
Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
I’ve always thought these were just so pretty and unique, though I’m not really sure how they relate to the books (other than the birds).
Slowly We Rot by Bryan Smith
This one is kind of different and unique too, and I love that this scene is actually in the book, but it’s also a good representation of the book overall.
Afterlife Series by Terri Bruce
These are just really pretty and almost kind of elegant in a way (maybe that’s not quite the right word, but close enough). And I love all the red.
Letting Lier and Finding Pax by Harper Moon
This is lovely artwork, and it makes me feel more connected to the characters and portrays them well. I just really like it.
Gallow and Ragged Series by Lilith Saintcrow
Even though Trailer Park Fae is my favorite of the series (not here because I read it last year), these still have great artwork.
The Heartless City by Andrea Berthot
This book got a cover change when the second one came out, but I still love this original cover. It’s so pretty and mysterious.
City of Crows Series by Clara Coulson
These are great and fit the urban fantasy stories nicely.
Black Snow by EAB
I just adore this cover. The artwork is incredible and really captures not just what the characters look like but kind of who they are too (I mean, look at that defiant tilt of the redheaded character’s chin). And this one also made me feel more connected to the characters.
The Immortal Coil Series by J. Armand
These covers. Are. PHENOMENAL. Not only are they gorgeous and perfect portrayals of the characters and given a background that relates to each specific book, they are so DETAILED. (For some reason the picture won’t display full size, but you can click to bring up the full version.)
The words on the CDC van. The reflection in the CDC van’s side mirror. The bloody hand print. The numerous infected people in the background. The architecture of the building. The individual strands of Dorian’s hair. There’s no parking allowed from 10:30 AM to 1 PM on Thursdays, guys. I know that because it actually says that on the sign. That’s how detailed it is. But anyway, all of these covers, all of Greg Opalinski’s artworks, actually, including this one that shows two of the characters from this series (one of whom was my favorite male character of 2016!) are incredible.