7 ya books to keep your eyes on – december 2016

Happy first day of December! Ah, so this is what happens when you throw a watch. Time flies.

Though the year may be coming to an end, my love for reading YA certainly isn’t ending! In this post, you can expect to find books expected to be published in December 2016. I’ve tossed in a few holiday reads as well, just for the fun of it.

28114396Title: Ever the Hunted

Author: Erin Summerill

Expected Publication Date: 27 December 2016

Synopsis: 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.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

 

blackmoon-hiresAuthor: Romina Russell

Expected Publication Date: 6 December 2016

Synopsis: One final secret stands between Rho and the enemy. But will the devastating truth be enough to destroy her first?

Rho, the courageous visionary from House Cancer, lost nearly everything when she exposed and fought against the Marad, a mysterious terrorist group bent on destroying balance in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now, the Marad has disappeared without a trace, and an uneasy peace has been declared.

But Rho is suspicious. She believes the Master is still out there in some other form. And looming over all are the eerie visions of her mother, who died many years ago, but is now appearing to Rho in the stars.

When news of a stylish new political party supported by her best friend, Nishi, sends Rho on another journey across the galaxy, she uses it as an opportunity to hunt the hidden master and seek out information about her mother. And what she uncovers sheds light on the truth–but casts darkness upon the entire Zodiac world.

wayfarer_final_coverTitle: Wayfarer (Passenger, #2)

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Expected Publication Date: 3 January 2017 (Okay, I cheated a little, but this was too close to not include it! It’s one of my most anticipated reads in the upcoming months.)

SynopsisAll Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.

icelingTitle: Iceling

Author: Sasha Stephenson

Expected Publication Date: 13 December 2016

Synopsis: Lorna’s adopted sister, Callie, is part of a mysterious group of non-lingual teens, Icelings, born on a remote Arctic island, who may not be entirely human. Now Callie wants to go home.

Seventeen-year-old Lorna loves her adoptive sister, Callie. But Callie can’t say “I love you” back. In fact, Callie can’t say anything at all.

Because Callie is an Iceling—one of hundreds of teens who were discovered sixteen years ago on a remote Arctic island, all of them lacking the ability to speak or understand any known human language.

Mysterious and panicked events lead to the two sisters embarking on a journey to the north, and now Lorna starts to see that there’s a lot more to Callie’s origin story than she’d been led to believe. Little does she know what’s in store, and that she’s about to uncover the terrifying secret about who—and what—Callie really is.

29093326Title: What Light

Author: Jay Asher

Synopsis: Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

51sqcuypm9l-_sx307_bo1204203200_Title: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Author: C.S. Lewis

Synopsis: ‘They say Aslan is on the move. Perhaps he has already landed,’ whispered the Beaver. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delightful strain of music had just floated by. And Lucy got that feeling when you realize it’s the beginning of summer. So, deep in the bewitched land of Narnia, the adventure begins.

They opened a door and entered a world–Narnia–the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Lucy is the first to stumble through the back of the enormous wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old country house, discovering the magic world beyond. At first, no one believes her. But soon Edmund, Peter and Susan, too, discover the magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. And in the blink of an eye, they are changed forever.

81pqonpy7jlTitle: Let it Snow

Authors: John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

Synopsis: Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks.

Side note: If Sarah J. Maas wrote a book all about Prythian’s Winter Court, you know that would be up on this list too. 😉

Did you add any books to your tbr list? I’d love to know what some of your favourite Christmassy reads are! I can’t quite believe we’re almost through with 2016. Even if you’re 12 books behind on your goodreads challenge, I BELIEVE IN YOU. Finish the year strong, my loves!

the chainsmokers book tag

I was tagged by Anj from @seaweedbooks to do The Chainsmokers book tag!

Everyone knows about The Chainsmokers right? They’re the vocal duo who first started the whole “but first, let me take a #selfie” business! I love one of their more recent, mainstream songs, Closer.

So let’s begin!

ROSES- a book or series that you didn’t want to end

The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. A trilogy counts right? The Infernal Devices (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess) remains my all-time favourite trilogy because 1) the MC is NOT a whiny brat who always depends on her love interest to save her sorry butt and 2) both love interests, Jem and Will, are so special and strong in their own ways. Clockwork Princess was my favourite out of the three books, and it’s one of the only books that has ever brought tears to my eyes. I remember staying up until 3 am to finish it when it first came out!

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from left to right: Jem (Clockwork Prince), Tessa (Clockwork Princess), Will (Clockwork Angel)

DON’T LET ME DOWN- a book you have high expectations for

I screamed a little (okay, maybe more than a little) when Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo arrived on my doorstep a whole day earlier than I’d expected. (Thank you, Amazon!!) The red lined pages are so beautiful I almost want to cry. Everyone was raving about CK while I was on my longest lasting book buying ban EVER, and believe me when I say I felt those pangs of jealousy! But now that I have this beauty in my hands…I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE KAZ AND HIS CREW KICK SOME SERIOUS ASS. Sorry for the bad language.

INSIDE OUT- beautiful story + beautiful cover

A.G. Howard’s recently published NA novel, The Architect of Song. Goodness, can we just talk about how the writing is a literal work of art and so is the stunning cover?! I actually just finished The Architect of Song on Sunday, and it’s everything I hoped for–steamy romance, bearable love triangle (hello TWO dreamy guys who happen to be…okay sorry, I’m not giving away spoilers), strong-willed, deaf main character, and with hints of historical fiction/Gothic elements? Check for all of the above! And have I mentioned that the cover is gorgeous? Scroll down and take a look below if you don’t believe me.

UNTIL YOU WERE GONE- a book you read when it was not trending

Back in 2012, I first picked up Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass because the girl on the cover was so striking, with her piercing, blue, blue eyes. The minute I read the blurb, I was sold. And guess what? I ended up devouring that book in a single sitting. That was back when ToG was just published– it wasn’t popular yet, but look at it now!

CLOSER- a book you wish you didn’t read

I’m sorry, but I really didn’t like Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. I originally picked it up for its stunning cover, but the story was just so strange I couldn’t help but feel just a bit creeped out. Also, I’d like to know who names their child Wink. I think the book might be enjoyable for people who like weird, dark mysteries but unfortunately, it wasn’t for me.

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WATERBED- a book that gave you too many feels

TOO MANY FEELS. OMG. LET ME JUST GET MY THOUGHTS IN CHECK.

too many feels, you ask? A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, aka my favourite read of this year so far! Rhysand is my #1 book crush at the moment. He melts my heart and I sometimes forget my own name when I’m reading about him. Feyre’s so damn lucky. After the way ACOMAF left off…well, I wouldn’t say it’s a cliffhanger, but I so want to see Tamlin get his arse kicked by our lovely High Lady. There were some really beautiful, moving moments between Rhys and Feyre, like the Starfall scene. And can we talk about multi-coloured paint and chapter 55? *insert winky faces here*

KANYE- expensive book(s) that you really want

If you’ve seen my goodreads ‘to-read’ shelf, you know exactly how my tbr list stubbornly refuses to be conquered year after year because there’s only so much time in this world and so many books I want to read!

Bookstagram (you can follow me here) introduced me to the Harry Potter illustrated editions of The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets, and now, I would love to own copies of both! But together in a set, they cost $65, a price my poor wallet would faint dead away at. #brokestudentstrugglesarereal

SELFIE- a photogenic book

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner has one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen on a YA novel. Or any novel, for the matter. In fact, the entire Starbound trilogy is worth picking up just to drool over the covers! (Zelle, get a hold of yourself!)

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*heavy breathing* LOOK. AT. THESE. COVERS. OMG.

GOOD INTENTIONS- a book with a lot of rave reviews, and you hope you will love it too

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I heard that the author actually wrote the novel during NaNoWriMo, which is totally cool! The premise is so promising and I’ve heard so many people rave about how amazing this book is, especially lovely CiCi from @therusticwindow. I recently received a candle called “Circus of Dreams” by Tris from BurningPagesCandles, inspired by The Night Circus, so if the book is as wonderful as the candle smells (and as everyone says it is) I look forward to reading it!

NEW YORK CITY- a book you stayed up to read, possibly moved to tears

Heartless by Marissa Meyer has already torn a hole halfway through my heart. I stayed up late to read a few more chapters, and then I made the dreadful mistake of skipping ahead and spoiling the ending for myself! My initial reaction was, of course, a bad pun: Surely Ms. Meyer, you Jest? It can’t end like this!! Even though I already know the ending is going to thoroughly destroy my heart, (will I become Heartless? hahah) I plan on finishing Heartless sometime this week. I have never in my life read a more vivid, complex Alice in Wonderland retelling of the Red Queen.

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That concludes today’s post. I hope you found this blog post fun to read! Maybe you even added a few more books to your tbr list, who knows?

I tag:

Tiffany , Rachael , Mariana, Alaina, Tina, AlexMariana,

 

…and anyone who would like to do this tag!