December Releases I’m Excited For

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I cannot believe that it’s already late enough in November for me to be making this post! Granted, I’m doing this a bit sooner than I usually do, but still… December is typically a pretty slow month for book releases, but that’s not to say that there aren’t still a few books releasing that I’m looking forward to. As we should all know by now, I’m a big fan of bringing attention to new books that will be releasing, so let’s all dive in and (hopefully) add to those never-ending TBRs of yours, shall we? 😉

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Releases on December 5th


foolish hearts by emma mills book coverA contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for. 

I’ve heard from a few people that this is a really great book and I looove books about unlikely/unexpected friendships. Definitely want to check this out!

The Truth Beneath the Lies by Amanda Searcy

Releases on December 12th

The Truth Beneath the Lies by Amanda Searcy book coverFight or Flight. 

All Kayla Asher wants to do is run. Run from the government housing complex she calls home. Run from her unstable mother. Run from a desperate job at No Limit Foods. Run to a better, cleaner, safer life. Every day is one day closer to leaving. 

All Betsy Hopewell wants to do is survive. Survive the burner phone hidden under her bed. Survive her new rules. Survive a new school with new classmates. Survive being watched. Every minute grants her another moment of life. 

But when fate brings Kayla and Betsy together, only one girl will live.

I’m always looking for more YA thrillers/mysteries so this seems perfect.

Shadow Girl by Liana Liu

Releases December 19th

Shadow Girl by Liana Liu book coverThe house on Arrow Island is full of mystery.

Yet when Mei arrives, she can’t help feeling relieved. She’s happy to spend the summer in an actual mansion tutoring a rich man’s daughter if it means a break from her normal life—her needy mother, her delinquent brother, their tiny apartment in the city. And Ella Morison seems like an easy charge, sweet and well behaved. 

What Mei doesn’t know is that something is very wrong in the Morison household.

Though she tries to focus on her duties, Mei becomes increasingly distracted by the family’s problems and her own complicated feelings for Ella’s brother, Henry. But most disturbing of all are the unexplained noises she hears at night—the howling and thumping and cries.

Mei is a sensible girl. She isn’t superstitious; she doesn’t believe in ghosts. Yet she can’t shake her fear that there is danger lurking in the shadows of this beautiful house, a darkness that could destroy the family inside and out… and Mei along with them.

This is on my list not only because it sounds really creepy (and awesome), but also because I don’t read enough books by/about Asian women. I can’t remember if I’ve really heard anything about this, but it sounds great.

Three Sides of a Heart edited by Natalie C. Parker

Releases on December 19th

Three Sides of a Heart by Natalie C. Parker book coverYou may think you know the love triangle, but you’ve never seen love triangles like these.

These top YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is sixteen fresh, diverse, and romantic stories you don’t want to miss.

This collection, edited by Natalie C. Parker, contains stories written by Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Bethany Hagan, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, EK Johnston, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Natalie C. Parker, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and Brenna Yovanoff.

A teen girl who offers kissing lessons. Zombies in the Civil War South. The girl next door, the boy who loves her, and the girl who loves them both. Vampires at a boarding school. Three teens fighting monsters in an abandoned video rental store. Literally the last three people on the planet.

What do all these stories have in common?

The love triangle. 

I’m not usually a fan of anthologies, but I’m quite interested in this one. I love the idea of having all these authors tackle the biggest YA trope – but only reading it will reveal whether or not they end up actually being unique stories, haha.

What December releases are you looking forward to?

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