December 2018 bookish new releases
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Book Releases (December 1 – 7, 2018)

Welcome to my Book Release Radar (December 1 – 7, 2018)

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I absolutely love holding a newly released book in my hand. Problem is book releases are hard to keep on top of. Between changes in the date, the tile, even the synopsis how is anyone supposed to figure out what is being released when. Luck for you I keep a pretty close eye on books being released in the near future. So here are my most anticipated book releases for December 1 – 7, 2018. Enjoy!

I know what you’re thinking: what the heck is a bookish release radar?

I’m so glad you asked. You see, although this is a bookish blog it runs on caffeine and spreadsheets. One of those spread sheets details the release dates of all the books that have piqued my interest. It doesn’t mean I’ll read them all, in fact there’s 14 just on this list.

As much as I want to read every single one of them, I still have this pesky real life and job thing to deal with. So once you read these, let me know what you think. I want to spend my time reading the best books.

But, I thought since I keep a list of the most promising new book releases by date, it’s only polite to share it. So here is what’s coming out this week. Pre-order them now. 🙂

There is bound to be something on this list for everyone. From YA, Sci-fi, fantasy, romance, cozy mysteries, psychological thrillers, there is bound to be something for everybody.

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December 2018 bookish new releases

Most Anticipated Bookish New Releases

*** These books are listed alphabetically by release date.

December 1 – 7, 2018

Bleak Harbor by Brian Gruley

Release: December 1

Their son is gone. Deep down, they think they’re to blame.

Summertime in Bleak Harbor means tourists, overpriced restaurants, and the Dragonfly Festival. One day before the much-awaited and equally chaotic celebration, Danny Peters, the youngest member of the family that founded the town five generations ago, disappears.

When Danny’s mother, Carey, and stepfather, Pete, receive a photo of their brilliant, autistic, and socially withdrawn son tied to a chair, they fear the worst.

Rapid Falls by Amber Cowie

Release: December 1

Forgive and forget? The past and present collide for two sisters who survived a tragedy—and must now survive the truth behind it.

It’s been twenty years since Cara’s boyfriend died in a horrible accident and her sister, Anna, went to prison. The tragedy has become a local legend, but Cara has moved past her grief to have a successful career and a happy family.

The Frame Up by Meghan Scott Molin

Release: December 1

MG Martin lives and breathes geek culture. She even works as a writer for the comic book company she idolized as a kid. But despite her love of hooded vigilantes, MG prefers her comics stay on the page.

But when someone in LA starts recreating crime scenes from her favorite comic book, MG is the LAPD’s best—and only—lead. She recognizes the golden arrow left at the scene as the calling card of her favorite comic book hero. The thing is…superheroes aren’t real. Are they?

The River Widow by Ann Howard Creel

Release December 1

In 1937, with flood waters approaching, Adah Branch accidentally kills her abusive husband, Lester, and surrenders his body to the raging river, only to be swept away herself.

So begins her story of survival, return to civilization, defense against accusations of murder, and the fight to save herself and her stepdaughter, Daisy, from the clutches of her husband’s notoriously cruel family, who have their sights set on revenge for Lester’s death.

Winter Loon by Susan Bernhard

Release: December 1

Abandoned by his father after his mother drowns in a frozen Minnesota lake, fifteen-year-old Wes Ballot is stranded with coldhearted grandparents and holed up in his mother’s old bedroom surrounded by her remnants and memories. As the wait for his father stretches unforgivably into months, a local girl, whose own mother died a brutal death, captures his heart and imagination, reminding Wes that hope always floats to the surface.

Rough Trade by Sidney Bell

Release: December 3

Quick-witted hustler Ghost is no stranger to living dangerously; survival has always been the name of the game.

He’s just always gone it alone.

Now he’s got the wrong people breathing down his neck, and the only way out demands placing his trust in the unlikeliest of heroes.

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Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak

Release: December 4

Something happened to her mother that night. Something no one wants to talk about. But she’s determined to uncover her family’s dark secrets, even if they bury her.

Five-year-old Sloane McBride couldn’t sleep that night. Her parents were arguing again, their harsh words heating the cool autumn air. And then there was that other sound–the ominous thump before all went quiet.

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

Release: December 4

Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s a female-serial-killer expert who’s quick with a deflection joke and terrible at getting personal. And she, just like her four best guy friends and fellow professors, is perma-single.

So when a routine university function turns into a black tie gala, Mille and her circle make a pact that they’ll join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the event.

Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts

Release: December 4

They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed.

Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before—the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted…

Once a King by Erin Summerill

Release: December 4

For twenty years, Channelers—women with a magical ability—have been persecuted in Malam by those without magic. Now King Aodren wants to end the bloody divide and unite his kingdom. But decades of hatred can’t be overcome by issuing decrees, and rumors of a deadly Channeler-made substance are only fueling people’s fears. Lirra has every reason to distrust Aodren. Yet when he asks for help to discover the truth behind the rumors, she can’t say no.

December 2018 bookish new releases

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Release: December 4

A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child.

Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life.

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassadra Clare

Release: December 4

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead.

Realm of Ruins by Hannah West

Release: December 4

Valory’s power is different . . . it’s dangerous, unruly, and destructive. But can she channel it to crush a cunning enemy and save the realm from chaos?

Welcome to Nissera, land of three kingdoms and home to spectacular magic.

A century after her legendary ancestors overcame a bloodthirsty tyrant, seventeen-year-old Valory Braiosa attends a training academy for elicromancers, immortal beings with magical gifts. Yet Valory’s immense power seems impossible to tame, and she faces imprisonment by the Nisseran authorities

Tripping on a Halo by Alessandra Torre

Release December 7

It’s really hard to save a guy’s life when he keeps running from you.

You might be asking yourself why I’m waving an inflatable penis in the air and screaming at the top of my lungs. If I took time to explain, Declan Moss would get hit by a bus.

Let me back up. I didn’t ask for this. I was perfectly happy—and perfectly sane—before I was tasked with keeping Declan Moss alive.

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