December’s Most-Anticipated Books

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Look no further for your next read. The amount of great new books hitting shelves each month can be overwhelming so we’ve rounded up ten books coming out next month that both the NetGalley team and members can’t wait for. If you were approved for any of these books on NetGalley, you can read them directly in your NetGalley Shelf app. Don’t forget to leave a review!

Medusa by Jessie Burton

End the year with a fresh take on an old myth. Jessie Burton’s novel follows Medusa as she’s exiled after suffering grave abuse at the hands of gods. When Perseus arrives on the island, it seems as though Medusa’s solitude has come to an end. But can he be trusted? Madeline Miller, the author of The Song of Achilles, called this retelling of the Greek myth of Medusa “beautiful and profound”—which is all we needed to hear before adding it to our TBR!

The Other Mothers by Katherine Faulkner

Stay-at-home mom Tash Carpenter thinks she may have found the break she needs when she learns about the mysterious death of a local nanny. Longing to make more time to work as a freelance journalist, she begins investigating the case—beginning with making friends with the other mothers in her son’s new playgroup. She’s brought quickly into the fold, but when another death occurs in the neighborhood, Tash starts to wonder how much she can trust them.

Caught in a Bad Fauxmance by Elle Gonzalez Rose

Elle Gonzalez Rose’s debut is a contemporary rom-com for young adults. Lake Andreas’ annual Winter Games sparked an intense rivalry between the Baez family and the undefeated champions the Seo-Cookes. So when Julian Seo-Cooke expresses the need for a fake boyfriend, Devin Baez jumps at the chance to get close to the enemy and plan his family’s victory in the upcoming games. Devin may win the games this year, but he’s definitely losing his heart along the way to Julian.

Sunset, Water City by Chris McKinney

Chris McKinney brings his sci-fi noir trilogy to a close next month. This installment picks up ten years after the second book, which saw the human population of Earth either possessed or killed by the scientist once thought to be their savior. The series’ unnamed narrator and his daughter work together to survive the post-apocalyptic world and to hunt for a way to start anew. Series fans can jump right in, and new readers should start at the beginning!

The Fake Mate by Lana Ferguson

Halloween may be behind us, but it’s always shifter season for romance readers. In this paranormal romance, wolf shifters Mackenzie Carter and Noah Taylor find themselves in need of a mate and agree to fake a relationship. At first all seems well: MacKenzie’s grandmother will stop hounding her about settling down, and cardiologist Noah can smooth over his relationship with the hospital board. But as they spend time together, they realize that their fake setup is resulting in very real feelings. If you can’t get enough omegaverse stories, don’t miss out on this one.

Her Dark Wings by Melinda Salisbury

Young adult readers can take a trip to the Underworld this December with this reimagining of the Persephone myth. Seventeen-year-old Corey is shattered after the sudden death of Bree. Not only were they best friends, but Bree recently betrayed Corey and left their friendship in ruins. Half convinced that her own desire for harm to come to Bree led to her death, Corey journeys with Hades to the Underworld to learn what truly happened to Bree.

Flores and Miss Paula by Melissa Rivero

Readers who love family stories will want to check out this book about a Peruvian immigrant and her millennial daughter. Martín once was the glue that held his wife and daughter together, but in the wake of his death, the two struggle to find common ground. When Paula and Flores learn that they may be forced to leave their Brooklyn home, they begin to reflect on the years spent there together and the ways that they may be more similar than they believed.

Second Chances in New Port Stephen by TJ Alexander

One of our must-read books of fall and winter, this holiday romance features a reunion between a trans hero and his high school ex. When a scandal threatens to ruin his career, Eli Ward reluctantly returns home to New Port Stephen, Florida to wait out the storm. He’s hoping to keep his head down—an impossible task after he runs into Nick Wu, a divorced single father and former keeper of Eli’s heart. Once reunited, Eli and Nick realize that they can let the past control them or try to build a new future together.

All the Hidden Paths by Foz Meadows

In this follow-up to A Strange and Stubborn Endurance, Foz Meadows invites readers back into a fantasy world packed with political intrigue. Velasin and Caethari are hoping to settle into married life after the tumultuous events of the last book, but a summons demanding their presence before the monarch presents them with new dangers and enemies. In a city where everyone is out for power, the only ones they can trust are each other.

Fall by Tracy Clark

Tracy Clark takes readers to Chicago, where Detective Harriet Foster is tasked with hunting down a serial killer. When the bodies of two city aldermen are discovered (each with a strange calling card: thirty dimes left by the killer), Harriet and her partner Detective Vera Li begin to dig into the lives of the victims in an attempt to understand why they were targeted and where the killer may plan to strike next.

Which December release are you most excited about?
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Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.

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