This month I’ll no doubt be playing catch-up, trying to finish my End of the Year TBR and a few new selections from the library, but even so, I can’t help but fall down the rabbit hole of new releases! I’m very excited to see new histories on both Marie Antoinette AND Lady Jane Grey this month – two of the most tragically misunderstood royals in history. I can’t wait to read them, it’s just a question as to when!
Marie Antoinette’s Darkest Days: Prisoner No. 280 in the Conciergerie by Will Bashor – Dec. 1st
A compelling new look at the infamous life of Marie Antoinette, told from her darkest of days, August 2, 1793, the day she was tragically torn from her family and taken to the Conciergerie, otherwise known as the waiting room of Ms. Guillotine. A vivid retelling of her horrific two and a half month wait for her execution, Bashor paints a terrifyingly vivid scene of the fallen queen’s sentence, from debilitating humiliations to truly intolerable cruelties. (392 Pages)
Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey by Nicola Tallis – Dec. 6th
Known to history as “the Nine Days Queen” Lady Jane Grey’s story is a well-known story, but in Crown of Blood, comes an epic retelling of her tragic tale. Set at the time of her ruination and following her journey through her trial and execution, Tallis reveals an entirely new narrative using never before published primary source material in order to better paint the heartbreaking tale of a young woman tragically betrayed by her family in exchange for trivial amounts of power. (400 Pages)
Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine by Sarah Lohman – Dec. 6th
Eight Flavors is a bravely unique tale of American history. From legendary explorers, merchants, botanists to today’s farmers and chefs, Lohman takes us on a culinary adventure through time as she explains the eight influential ingredients of American cuisine: black pepper, vanilla, curry powder, chili powder, soy sauce, garlic, MSG, and Sriracha. I’m already hungry! (304 Pages)
Forever, Again by Victoria Laurie – Dec. 13th
We all know I’m hopelessly devoted to Laurie’s Psychic Eye series and, now, Ghost Hunter series, but this month she’ releasing a YA mystery! Lily Bennett is hardly thrilled to be the new kid at school, especially during her junior year of high school, but after meeting a new friend, she quickly discovers an inexplicable bond to her knew town, particularly to Amber Greely. More than thirty years before, Amber was a graduating senior who snapped, killing her boyfriend and taking her own life, but feeling a mysterious link to Amber’s tragedy, Lily is determined to prove otherwise. Full of dark family secrets and intimate betrayals, I can’t wait to read this one! (368 Pages)
Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill – Dec. 27th
A brand new YA fantasy series following seventeen year-old Britta Flannery who spends her days tracking criminals with her bounty hunter father, until he’s brutally murdered. Now, alone and without rights to her family home, she’s forced out into the familiarity of the Ever Woods, but when she’s caught poaching by the royal guards, she’s surprised to find her punishment in the form of an offer: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer – if only her prize would be that simple. Alas, her father’s killer is none other than his former apprentice, and her only friend in the world. Facing a dangerous world of warring kingdoms and dark magic, Britta sets out to find the true killer and prove her friend’s innocence. (400 Pages)
What will you be reading this month?