Hello, there! Nice Friday for you =) As I had warned yesterday, here it comes my selection of the best books to hit town in December – you know, all in my humble opinion, after checking Goodreads’ lists, haha! This is a mix of what’s coming from authors in my shelves + popular books added by the community, so here we go! I’ll probably share even more titles with you on the following weeks, as my inbox keeps screaming at me, full of authors’ news =)
- Last Wish, by Helen Harper (Highland Magic #4)
It’s not easy pretending to be dead – especially when it feels as if you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. Between an unfulfilled prophecy, the demon-occupied Lowlands, the continuing power of murderous Aifric Moncrieffe – not to mention her constant yearnings for Byron – Integrity Adair has a lot to worry about.
Still, how hard can it really be to save Scotland, maintain her morals, get the guy and keep her sense of humour?
This is the fourth and final book in the Highland Magic series
Why should I wait for this book? Well, this particular book can wait, but you really should pick up the first book of the Highland Magic series if you’re into urban fantasy, strong and badass females, fun reads, adventure and magic, of course! ❤
- Upon A Time, by R.L. Stedman
Escape into enchantment!
“In the middle of a shattered city grows a wild wood. Enter two children, following the scent of gingerbread. And a hunter, determined to stop them…”
In this collection of retold fairytales you’ll find an assassin with a deadline, a Charming Ball, a fairy godfather, a sleeping beast and more. All stories of fantasy and romance, mixed with just a hint of magic.
Welcome to Upon a Time, a spellbinding story collection.
Why should I wait for this book? Because it’s a collection of fairy-tales retellings! Do you need more reason? Er… Well, I was sold on the retellings part? #sorrynotsorry
- Alterations, by Stephanie Scott
If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they’d think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn’t know that all the plans she’s made for them are just dreams, and that she’s the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family.
When Amelia’s abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can’t imagine leaving Miami–and Ethan–for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan’s awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app.
As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The “new and improved” Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and choice she never dreamed she’d have to make.
Why should I wait for this book? This plot reminds me so much of Sabrina, the classic movie with Audrey Hepburn, that I JUST NEED TO READ IT! ❤ Sounds like a fun and lovely YA!
- The Farther He Runs, by Lynda Aicher (Kick #3)
After years away from home, Tanner Dorsey is back and sorting through feelings that have him in a stranglehold. The hardened Marine will do anything for a fallen comrade, so when an accident leaves Finn Kelley fighting for his life, Tanner’s eager to be there for him. In fact, Tanner’s ready and willing to do anything Finn asks—especially if it means finally acting on the sexual tension that’s always kept him craving more.
Finn senses it too—when he brushes against Tanner’s stubbled jaw, when he inhales the scent of the T-shirt that clings to Tanner’s body like a second skin. Now that he’s more vulnerable than ever, Finn knows the time is right to take control, even if it means risking the heart and soul of their friendship. The bond they share goes beyond desire; it’s a bond of brotherhood, forged under conditions few could imagine. But once they cross that line, there will be no more secrets. No more boundaries. And no turning back.
Why should I wait for this book? BECAUSE IT’S THE BEST ONE I HAVE EVER READ BY LYNDA AICHER!!! ❤ This series is made of standalone books that can be read independently. If I had a choice, I’d have stuck with The Farther He Runs /o/ If you like deep and emotional gay romance with a good ounce of drama, this book will be your perfect Christmas read!
- How Will I Know You?, by Jessica Treadway
On a cold December day in northern upstate New York, the body of high school senior Joy Enright is discovered in the woods at the edge of a pond. She had been presumed drowned, but an autopsy shows that she was, in fact, strangled. As the investigation unfolds, four characters tell the story from widely divergent perspectives: Susanne, Joy’s mother and a professor at the local art college; Martin, a black graduate student suspected of the murder; Harper, Joy’s best friend and a potential eyewitness; and Tom, a rescue diver and son-in-law of the town’s police chief. As a web of small-town secrets comes to light, a dramatic conclusion reveals the truth about Joy’s death.
Why should I wait for this book? HAVE YOU READ THIS BLURB? I arrest my case. This sounds like an awesome thriller ❤
- The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book, by Marissa Meyer and Kathryn Gee (Illustrator)
People, places, and scenes from Marissa Meyer s bestselling and beloved intergalacticadventure come to life in this enchanting coloring book. Castles, costumes, andcharacters inspired by fairy tales are detailed with intricate anddecorative drawings perfect for coloring. Along with new text from the author, including never-before-published commentary about the series, this is a volumethat Lunartics (old fans and new) will want to own.
Why should I wait for this book? I’m on neutral ground here, as I still haven’t picked up The Lunar Chronicles, but I’d love to know from you guys if there are princesses to color on this book – I really like princesses, haha!
- Perfume: A Century of Scents, by Lizzie Ostrom
Join Lizzie Ostrom on an olfactory adventure as she explores the trends and crazes that have shaped the way we’ve spritzed. One hundred perfumes and scents in all their fragrant glory reveal a fascinating social history of the past century. From the belle epoque through the swinging sixties, to the naughty nineties and beyond, Ostrom brings intelligence and wit to this most ravishing of subjects.
There was the patriotic impact of English Lavender during World War I and perfumes that captured the Egyptomania of the 1920’s. Estee Lauder created “Youth Dew” and with it, distilled the essence of 1950’s suburbia. Patchouli Oil—the “anti-perfume” of the 1960s—was sure to keep money out of the hands of corporations and “the man.” And who could forget the fervor created by the grunge androgyny of CK One? Scent is truly the passport to memory, making Perfume both a lush treat and an insightful examination of the twentieth century through the most mysterious of the five sense.
Why should I wait for this book? If you, like me, it’s crazy about fashion, beauty and their history, this book is not only a must-read, but also a must-have! Perfumes are one of my favorite beauty products, along nail polishes, lipsticks and mascaras, so naturally SANTA NEEDS TO BRING THIS TO MEEEE *whiny*
- Red Queen: The Official Coloring Book, by Victoria Aveyard, Yvonne Gilbert (Illustrator) & Ryan Hamrick (Letterer)
The world of Red Queen comes to life in this stunningly illustrated coloring book companion to the #1 New York Times bestselling series by Victoria Aveyard. With both original black-and-white line drawings and beautiful hand-lettered quotes, this coloring book brings to life the high-stakes moments in Mare’s journey, which continues to thrill and captivate readers. Relive every adventure, from Mare’s first night as the little lightning girl to the royal betrayal that changed everything—and get ready to rise, Red as the Dawn.
Why should I wait for this book? I’m not Red Queen’s biggest fan, but again, I’d love to hear from you guys your opinion on those coloring books inspired in books alone and, of course, if there are princesses and beautiful dresses to color inside this volume. I’m not kidding when I say I love those #childhoodneverwentaway
- Wild Wicked Scot, by Julia London (Highland Grooms #1)
Born into riches and groomed in English luxury, Margot Armstrong didn’t belong in a Scottish chieftain’s devil-may-care world. Two years ago she fled their marriage of convenience and hasn’t looked back–except to steal memories of moments spent in wild, rugged Arran McKenzie’s embrace. But as their respective powerful kingdoms unite and political upheaval rings around them, she’s forced to return to her husband in order to interrupt his secret plans to invade her country.
Red-haired, green-eyed Margot is a beautiful threat. The bride Arran lost has haunted him for ages. As the Highlands tremble with whispers of her people’s plot to seize McKenzie territory, he must outmaneuver her in games of espionage…and seduction. Yet as their secrets entwine and their lands fall prey to a political war, there’s nothing to prevent love from capturing them both and leading them straight to danger.
Why should I wait for this book? Because we always need more sugared historical romances, of course ❤ I’m a sucker for those, you guys have nooooo idea!! Hahahaha
For now, we are done. But stay tuned on my weekly edition of the Bookish News to hear more about new books =D Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on these particular releases!
Are you pinning for a special release this month? Tell me everything and hide nothing, haha!
Love you all,