The Fandom’s Most Anticipated YA Books: December 2018

So we’re a little late this month, but that’s no excuse NOT to celebrate the most fascinating books hitting shelves in December! Let’s get to it!

Listed in alphabetical order.

We loved Everless‘ literal take on “time is money,” it’s spectacular world building and OMG… that ending! We can’t wait to see how author Sara Holland rounds it all out now that the secrets of Jules’ life have been unraveled and true allegiances are falling into place! We’ve got mystery, magic, and a bit of romance coming our way and we are VERY happy about that.

Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.

The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Jules must delve into the stories that she now recognizes are accounts of her own past. For it is only by piecing together the mysteries of her lives that Jules will be able to save the person who has captured her own heart in this one.

Out December 31st. Preorder now via Amazon or Indiebound!

Prepare for a world of heists, rescues, and FREAKING WERE-DRAGONS (aka wyverns) in this fantastical tale! Sky is ready for her first heist, but as it approaches, she realizes the dark secrets of the community, including those involving her ex-boyfriend and her missing mother. Can Sky gather a crew and pull off the heist of a lifetime or will her family be shunned?

In Sky Hawkins’s family, leading your first heist is a major milestone–even more so than learning to talk, walk, or do long division. It’s a chance to gain power and acceptance within your family, and within society. But stealing your first treasure can be complicated, especially when you’re a wyvern–a human capable of turning into a dragon.

Embarking on a life of crime is never easy, and Sky discovers secrets about her mother, who recently went missing, the real reason her boyfriend broke up with her, and a valuable jewel that could restore her family’s wealth and rank in their community.

With a handpicked crew by her side, Sky knows she has everything she needs to complete her first heist, and get her boyfriend and mother back in the process. But then she uncovers a dark truth about were-dragon society–a truth more valuable and dangerous than gold or jewels could ever be.

Out now. Snag a copy via Amazon or Indiebound!

Arwen Elys Dayton is tapping into the creepy side of futuristic tech and the race to create the “perfect” human with her latest book. Featuring six interconnected stories, this speculative sci-fi is sure to give you chills AND get you thinking!

For fans of television shows Black Mirror and Westworld, this compelling, mind-bending novel is a twisted look into the future, exploring how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimen and what it means to be human at all.

Set in our world, spanning the near to distant futures, Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is a novel made up of six interconnected stories that ask how far we will go to remake ourselves into the perfect human specimens, and how hard that will push the definition of “human.”

This extraordinary work explores the amazing possibilities of genetic manipulation and life extension, as well as the ethical quandaries that will arise with these advances. The results range from the heavenly to the monstrous. Deeply thoughtful, poignant, horrifying, and action-packed, Arwen Elys Dayton’s Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful is groundbreaking in both form and substance

Out now. Snag a copy via Amazon or Indiebound!

Sometimes more drama isn’t the most helpful thing this time of year, which is why we’re really glad that M.K. England‘s The Disasters is coming out soon! It’s a space adventure with a comedic edge about a group of misfits blamed for a horrific crime who go on wild mission to clear their names. Have some fun and save the day with space rebels!

Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours.

But Nax’s one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy. Nax and three other washouts escape—barely—but they’re also the sole witnesses to the biggest crime in the history of space colonization. And the perfect scapegoats.

On the run and framed for atrocities they didn’t commit, Nax and his fellow failures execute a dangerous heist to spread the truth about what happened at the Academy.

They may not be “Academy material,” and they may not get along, but they’re the only ones left to step up and fight.

Out December 18th. Preorder now via Amazon or Indiebound!

We don’t have time for holiday stress, we’re too busy reading the final book in The Dark Artifices series! After the devastating ending to Lord of Shadows, we desperately need to see how everything shakes out. Where is Annabel? Can the Cohort be stopped? Can the Blackthorns stay safe? Can Jules and Emma finally be together? WE NEED TO KNOOOOOW!

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 blight 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. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

Out now. Snag a copy via Amazon or Indiebound!

Happy reading!

By Kait

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary

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