Most Anticipated Releases – December 2016

I don’t know if my #DiversityDecBingo announcement has gotten me into the habit of finding diverse books or it’s just a coincidence that the only releases I’m eager to get my hands on this month are diverse books, but either way this is my most diverse most anticipated releases post.

Note: A book was removed from this list after some very recent awful behavior of the author was brought to my attention.

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32182684The Blazing Star by Imani Josey

Sixteen-year-old Portia White is used to being overlooked—after all, her twin sister Alex is a literal genius.

But when Portia holds an Egyptian scarab beetle during history class, she takes center stage in a way she never expected: she faints. Upon waking, she is stronger, faster, and braver than before. And when she accidentally touches the scarab again?

She wakes up in ancient Egypt—her sister and an unwitting freshman in tow.

Great.

Mysterious and beautiful, Egypt is more than they could have ever imagined from their days in the classroom. History comes alive as the three teens realize that getting back to the present will be the most difficult thing they’ve ever done. Stalked by vicious monsters called Scorpions, every step in the right direction means a step closer to danger.

As Portia and the girls discover that they’re linked to the past by more than just chance, they have to decide what it truly means to be yourself, to love your sister, and to find your way home.

I was fortunate enough to get an eARC of this book, so I am currently reading it as part of the #DiversityDecBingo. I’m not very far in so I can’t comment on how good it is but my hopes are high for this. Also, can we talk about how stunning that cover is?

This book was released December 6th 2016

25165389The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee

An evocative novel about a teen aroma expert who uses her extrasensitive sense of smell to mix perfumes that help others fall in love while protecting her own heart at all costs

Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.

At once hopeful, funny, and romantic, Stacey Lee’s The Secret of a Heart Note is a richly evocative coming-of-age story that gives a fresh perspective on falling in love and finding one’s place in the world.

If you read my TBR posts you would’ve seen I mentioned one of Lee’s previous novels, Under a Painted Sky, as the Keep It Diverse book club‘s book of the month. I sadly didn’t get to it, but I still really want to read it eventually. The premise doesn’t sound like something I would normally read but the reviews have been really good so far, which has made me want to read it.

This book is released on December 27th 2016

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What releases are you most anticipating this month? Tell me in the comments!

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