Best & Worst Book Covers of 2016


With December being the month that wraps up the year I figured I should do some posts that wrap up this year in reading as well. One of which is going to be the best and worst book covers of 2016! Of course there are far more covers I love than I hate so it was hard to narrow those down.


These are my opinions only and if you disagree with them that’s fine but please do not hate on me for disliking a cover that you like because I will not be changing my mind and I’d appreciate not being made to feel guilty about my own opinion. I’m not trying to offend anyone! Thank you!

Also these will be US covers only and my opinions on the covers don’t reflect UK or any other international cover.

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8.) Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

This cover is not terrible by any means but I personally just don’t like it all that much. There is so much potential for fantasy books to have amazing covers and with all of the magic in this book I feel like that could have been integrated into the cover more. Also I just don’t really like people on my covers all that much…..

You can read my full review of “Truthwitch” here.

7.) Harry Potter & The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2

I KNOW this isn’t technically part of the Harry Potter series (even though it kind of is in my opinion) and the cover isn’t supposed to go with the series but really? This is what we get? Apparently I’m missing the metaphor with the cover or something, maybe it’s signifying Albus leaving the nest? I don’t know. I think it’s ugly.

6.) Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Timekeeper (Timekeeper, #1)

This is an interesting cover and definitely isn’t horrible but it’s something that doesn’t really draw my eye all that much. It’s kind of blah. The story itself is actually really interesting and cute though.

You can read my full review of “Timekeeper” here.

5.) Ruined by Amy Tintera

Ruined (Ruined, #1)

This cover just seems a little blah and boring to me and no I have not read it yet so I’m not sure if the cover ties in well with the story or not BUT like I said I think this is kind of boring.

4.) The Reader by Traci Chee

The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold, #1)

I’ve said before I’m not usuallyΒ  fond of covers with cover models but even so this one is pretty bad in my opinion. Usually cover models look less….animated, which I think this one looks like it is.

3.) The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court, #1)

Just…no. I’m sorry but this cover is hideous to me. I don’t like people on my covers! It creeps me out sometimes.

2.) Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

Reign of Shadows (Reign of Shadows, #1)

I’m having a hard time figuring out just what this is supposed to be doing? What? What is with the weird textures? No. I’m sorry but putting flowers on the cover doesn’t make it automatically pretty.

1.) Nemesis by Anna Banks

Nemesis (Nemesis #1)

I’m sorry but this one definitely earns the worst cover in 2016 from me. It’s a silver painted girl? That’s it! Like I said I think fantasy books have the most potential for great covers and we get a painted cover model? No.


8.) Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)

This is such a gorgeous cover and the designs on the front are also scattered throughout the book with the chapter headers as well and they’re just so beautiful.

You can read my full review of “Labyrinth Lost” here.

7.) The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)

This is a case where I found the cover gorgeous but didn’t enjoy the book itself so much which is a shame because come on….the cover is awesome. It’s a CROWN made out of Russian architecture! Because it’s set in Russia and it’s ya know…called “The Crown’s Game”. So cool.

You can read my full review of “The Crown’s Game ” here.

6.) And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken (The Conquerer's Saga, #1)

I may do a post comparing US and UK covers because of this book, both covers are insanely gorgeous! I think it actually reflects Lada’s personality perfectly even though she isn’t the only protagonist. Lada (our female Vlad the Impaler) is supposed to be a princess and act all delicate (like a flower) when in reality she’s actually quite vicious, hence the spear impaling the flower. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me but that’s how I interpret it and think it fits as well as it being just a pretty cover too.

You can read my full review of “And I Darken” here.

5.) The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

The Forbidden Wish (The Forbidden Wish, #1)

THIS is how you do a book with a cover model! Not having the model be the sole focus but adding in other…pretties if that makes sense. The font itself is also just gorgeous. This book is amazing by the way and every bit as pretty as its cover.

You can read my full review of “The Forbidden Wish” here.

4.) This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous cover! Not only is the font very pretty but also the silhouette of the violin (? Sorry! We didn’t have string instruments in our band! It could be a cello, I don’t know!)in the background is genius.

3.) Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto

Revenge and the Wild

This cover is all kinds of beautiful, seriously everything about it is pretty. I haven’t read it yet but there’s quite a few mixed reviews on it so I’m not sure if the pretty cover is worth it.

2.) The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)

I love all of the glittery, blue smoke! Actually anything with shimmers will probably please me come to think of it…..I hear the writing in this book is just as beautiful as the cover and I hope when I get a chance to read it that proves true!

1.) And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

And the Trees Crept In

This is my favorite cover of 2016, I’m really partial to things that are hauntingly beautiful like this cover. Also I find trees to be really pretty on covers period. The book itself is very creepy and wonderful as well, highly recommended!

You can read my full review of “And The Trees Crept In” here.

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Do you agree with any of my opinions on these covers?

What were some of your favorite book covers this year?

What covers did you not like so much?

Did you read any of these books? Love them? Hate them?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

22 thoughts on “Best & Worst Book Covers of 2016

  1. Nerdybirdy @ Daydreaming Books December 7, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    I definitely agree with your choices! Great post!

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  2. Books, Vertigo and Tea December 7, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    I pretty much agree with all.of these choices! I am so glad to finally see someone point out that cover for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! I mean come on!!! I have been sitting around biting my tongue on that one πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    • thesassygeek December 13, 2016 / 4:33 pm

      Well I’m glad to hear it isn’t just me either! I haven’t heard really anyone talk about it but it really isn’t appealing at all so I’m glad you think so too! 😁

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  3. Reads & Reels December 7, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    I do love the “And I Darken” cover. I really need to read it lol. Cool post

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  4. Chelsea ϟ romweasley December 7, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    I’ll never get over the beauty of And I Darken’s cover! And I’ve been meaning to buy Truthwitch, but been holding it off because I’m not a fan of the cover either…

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    • thesassygeek December 13, 2016 / 4:31 pm

      And I Darken’s cover really is just gorgeous and I hope they stick with that kind of theme for the other books too.
      Glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t like the Truth witch cover! For as hyped as it is I would have thought it’d have a better cover honestly. 😁

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  5. MiRakelBooks December 7, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    You are not the only one who doesn’t understand the cover of The Cursed Child. And yeah it is UGLY! πŸ˜›

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    • thesassygeek December 13, 2016 / 4:30 pm

      Good, it isn’t just me! 😁 It’s just really odd and not appealing at all….


  6. stephaniesbookreviews December 7, 2016 / 5:24 pm

    I like the Reign of Shadows cover (I like the colors), but I agree with all your other “worst” choices. I really love the And I Darken and TheForbidden Wish covers, too (obviously I have a thing for purple).

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    • thesassygeek December 13, 2016 / 4:29 pm

      Thank yoy! The colors on that one are pretty but like I said for me it’s that texture that just bugs me for some reason. And now that I think about it there really aren’t any ugly purple covers are there? Haha! 😁

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  7. littlebookynook December 7, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who hates book covers with people on them. I have no idea why, I kind of feel like it makes them look tacky…and a bit Mills & Boon-ish lol.

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    • thesassygeek December 13, 2016 / 4:27 pm

      Definitely not just you it’s a big pet peeve of mine! I agree that it does make them seem kind of tacky, reminds me of all those romance novel covers like you said, which is probably why I don’t like people on my covers! 😁

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  8. Genre Book Reviews December 8, 2016 / 6:02 pm

    My pet peeve with covers is half naked people on the cover of fantasy books and hooded figures on covers.

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    • thesassygeek December 13, 2016 / 4:19 pm

      Yes that does get old doesn’t it? I think half naked people are supposed to draw the eye but for me that isn’t the case either. There’s a lot of potential for creative fantasy book covers and most of the time we don’t get them :/

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  9. Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews December 9, 2016 / 7:26 am

    The covers for Labyrinth Lost, A Star Touched Queen, And the Trees Crept In and The Crowns Game are soo stunning. I totally agree with your choice for The Diabolic being #1. I’ve heard some good reviews so I added it to my TBR, but that cover is why I didn’t even consider it at first, haha. It’s awful!!

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    • thesassygeek December 13, 2016 / 4:15 pm

      Right? It’s a book I want to read but I’m going to either borrow it or get an ebook copy because that cover….no. πŸ˜‚


  10. Michelle December 9, 2016 / 2:57 pm

    This is such a fun post 😊 Definitely agree that Truthwitches cover is pretty ugly and so are most of the other ones! I loved Labyrinth Lost cover, it’s stunning 🌸 I also really like the cover of This Savage Song and I like the white edition too, I don’t know if you’ve seen it but it’s really beautiful 😊

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    • thesassygeek December 13, 2016 / 4:14 pm

      Thanks Michelle! I like the white cover for This Savage Song as well it’s great when ALL the covers for a book are gorgeous! 😊

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