2016 was a great year for readers, with a ton of stunning covers to accompany the tales we all loved to get lost in these past 12 months. Here is a list of some of my favorite book covers released in 2016, even some that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet!
- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
You all know I couldn’t resist placing this book first. I absolutely adore Sarah J. Maas and her writing style that has ensnared me and pushed her into the top of my favorite authors list. Her covers have such a gorgeous quality to them and I cannot wait to see the cover reveal for the next installment in the series: A Court of Wings and Ruin.
2. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
In a kingdom by the sea…
In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.
A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?
Another author on my favorites list, Cassandra Clare. I was obsessed with both The Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series all throughout my teenage years. Lady Midnight has been on my “must read” list for months and I know I will love it because Cassandra never ceases to amaze me. This cover is so unbelievably gorgeous, don’t you agree?
3. And I Darken (The Conqueror’s Saga #1) by Kiersten White
No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.
This cover hooked me in (because hello, it is quite the eye-catcher), but I’ve seen some mixed reviews about this one, can anyone give me a heads-up on whether or not it’s worth giving a shot?
4. Scarlet Stone by Jewel E. Ann
“My name is Scarlet Stone, and my biggest fear is that someday I will find what I want most in life, and it will be impossible to steal.”
What happens when life just stops? When one moment makes you question your entire existence?
Scarlet Stone is a third-generation thief who has everything: a doting fiancé, a spacious London flat, and a legitimate job offer. In a single breath, everything becomes nothing, and she finds herself on a plane to Savannah, Georgia in search of the meaning of life.
After securing a six-month lease for a beachfront house on Tybee Island, Scarlet changes the way she looks, thinks, eats—basically her entire outlook on life. She needs peace, but what she gets is a housemate who looks like Thor, acts like a warden, and smells her proximity like a Bloodhound.
Theodore Reed is a carpenter and perfectionist with a body built of steel, a black, hollow heart, and a hunger for revenge. He doesn’t like company, girly-smelling crap, and British accents.
He resents every breath she takes.
She’s fascinated by his every move.
In time, they discover their coexistence is toxic, their physical attraction is electric, the secrets they keep mean the difference between life and death, and the only truth they share is that everything is a lie.
“Over eighty-five percent of the world’s population believes in a higher power, yet, very few people believe in miracles.”
Do you believe?
This book’s cover caught my attention because of the color (Red is my favorite) and the woman on the front who is clearly of an ethnic background other than Caucasian. I enjoy diversity and love to see when book covers showcase different ethnic groups. Other than the cover, I absolutely LOVED this book. The main character, Scarlet, kind of reminded me of myself, with her quirky mannerisms and love for things risky and different. All of the phrases she used and her inner monologue had me cracking up because I could relate so well. Definitely going to be reviewing this one in the near future.
I’m beginning to notice a pattern here… All of these covers are dark??
5. Born Sinner (Se7en Sinners #1) by S.L. Jennings
Twenty-two years ago, I was cut from a cold, sodden womb, and cradled in the filth and poverty of Chicago’s concrete arms. Statistically, I wasn’t supposed to survive these streets past the age of eighteen.
Fate had a different plan.
I was bred for one purpose and one purpose only: to unleash death and destruction on my world.
My thoughts are power.
My words are weapons.
Evil created me then grace tried to save me. But first… they tried to kill me.
They call themselves the Se7en. They are sin and salvation, and everything we’ve feared from the beginning of time. And their leader is the deadliest of them all.
He doesn’t lose.
He doesn’t compromise.
And most importantly, he doesn’t distract himself with mortal weakness.
Not until me.
Kill one to save a million.
That’s what he told me when he took me as his prisoner.
Kill one to save a million.
That’s what he’s been trying to tell himself ever since he took me into his arms.
If that ripped dude on the cover didn’t catch your attention, then what the hell did?!
Okay, without objectifying men, I must say that this cover is stunning. The font, the photo is in black and white, and the shadows behind the male create an alluring yet mysterious vibe.
The internal content was good as well, keeping me interested by giving a good plot to follow.
6. Whispers and the Roars by K. Webster
When my eyes are closed, the monster can’t ever see me.
When I sing a song in my head, the monster can’t ever hear me.
When I pretend my bedroom is a playground where I play hide and seek, the monster can’t ever find me.
The darkness should frighten me.
I should worry I’ll find more monsters…monsters scarier than him.
But I’m not afraid.
It’s safe here.
When I’m inside of my head…
He. Can’t. Ever. Touch. Me.
Unique cover to go along with a unique story. As stated by the author, this is best read by going in completely blind. Refrain from reading spoilers and I promise you will be shocked.
Thank you so much for reading! If you have any favorite book covers of 2016, either on or not on this list, please feel free to add in the comments!