So we all know that buying brand-new books is not in most of our budgets. At least not all the time. So here are a few last minute releases to add to your Christmas list!
(Though be aware, most publishers don’t release much during December. They want you to ask for the ones you’ve already been ogling all year apparently!)
1. The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee
“Most people don’t know that heartache smells like blueberries.”
As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of using her extraordinary sense of smell to mix base notes, top notes, and heart notes into elixirs that help others fall in love—all while remaining incurably alone.
But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman, Mim has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, to help fix the situation.
Oh, and did we mention that falling in love makes her magical nose skill break? I wonder what’s going to happen with the lovesick woman’s son?…
2. Air by Ryan Gattis
17-year-old Grey is shipped off to live with his aunt in inner-city Baltimore. Grey’s new friend introduces him to the enigmatic Kurtis, the leader of a group that uses high-octane sports as a form of social activism. By challenging the police with death-defying stunts and then posting videos of them online, Kurtis, Grey, and their group become unlikely heroes in the fight against the prejudice that surrounds them.
The lines between social activism and criminal behavior blur and their escalating stunts become a rallying point for the underprivileged and disenfranchised around the country. How far will Grey and Kurtis go to push their message, and can their fragile alliance withstand their growing power?
Interesting way to look at activism. At what point is protest no longer simply a protest, but instead becomes something darker? Sounds like a timely and fascinating read to me!
3. Forever, Again by Victoria Laurie
Lily Bennett is less than thrilled to be the new kid as she starts her junior year. But soon after classes begin, she meets Cole Drepeau, with whom she forms an immediate and intimate bond. As Cole and Lily grow closer, Lily learns about the murder that divided the town more than thirty years before. In 1985, graduating senior Amber Greeley snapped, killing her boyfriend Ben—Cole’s uncle—and taking her own life.
This story is told in alternating perspectives, Lily in the present and Amber in the past. I love stories told in dual timelines (when it’s done well) and this one definitely feels like a page turner!
Okay, so yes, this one doesn’t come out until the Tuesday after Christmas, but who says you can’t ask for a pre-order to be shipped right to your door by Amaz–uh, I mean SANTA CLAUS for an added bonus after all the other presents have been unwrapped??
Admit it, you’ve always wanted to try your hand at coloring those fancy dresses on the covers of those gorgeous books! No? Just me then? Okay…
As a small p.s. be aware that the pictures inside are from ALL 5 BOOKS so if you haven’t finished the series yet, you should get on that before you spoil yourself!!
5. Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill
Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.
So I know they can get cliche, but I’m all about girls with mad skills. And this is a girl (like Katniss) that was raised this way. She didn’t suddenly develop these talents through a magic charm or something. And I’m pretty sure the dude that killed her dad is her ex, which is about to make things all kinds of interesting!!
Also…I kind of want to color that cover….
Okay, kids, so that’s literally IT. Like, nothing else new in hardcover that’s not already part of a series. But it makes building those Christmas lists a bit easier, doesn’t it? Not much to stress over as far as missing something new. And heck, maybe if you’re really lucky and loved, you’ll get some book-related gift cards that’ll let you go shopping on your own!
Hey, it’s how I was able to buy the entire Percy Jackson series at once a few years ago, so if you’re gifting to a book lover, don’t discount those gift cards quite yet!
What books are you looking forward to finding under that tree or in your stocking?! Let us know in the comments down below and we’ll see you next year!!!