#BookBattles is a monthly post where I have you vote for your most anticipated new release of the month (from specially selected match-ups, that is!) Which are you most excited to read and why?
That’s not all. If you release a review on any #BookBattle books during the month, post a link in the comments below to help readers build their TBRs. In return, I ask that you link back to this blog to let more people know about #BookBattles.
One last thing! The point of #BookBattles is not to say “one book is bad and the other is good.” It’s a way to see what piques your personal interest. No criticism is given to any author(s)!
This month is a SPECIAL EDITION of #BookBattles! I’ll be matching up Middle Grade fiction, instead of the usual YA. 1) Because I was not vibing with enough of the YA releases to create three match-ups and 2) it’s all part of my personal 2019 goal to read more MG.
Let the #BookBattles begin!
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Match-Up NUMBER ONE
While this book is marketed for middle grade, I think it’s dancing riiiight on the edge since its protagonist, Anna, is thirteen years old. When the King of the Wraiths attacks her home, leaving her the sole survivor, Anna makes the dangerous journey to the last human settlement to join an army that vows to stop the terrible King. While this book sounds like it will deal with mature themes, it might also be a perfect fantasy pick for younger readers. RELEASE DATE: Dec. 11 2018
Halan was once a powerful princess, and is now the rightful queen of her nation. Nalah used to be a powerful pauper, and is now seated as the Queen’s Sword. The pair work together to protect the Magi Kingdom, but a dark threat draws closer. I prefer not to include sequels on this list, but since I never had a close eye on MG in the first place, I didn’t even KNOW this beauty existed. RELEASE DATE: Dec. 4 2018
Match-Up NUMBER TWO
This summary read super hilariously and I expect great funnies from Samantha Spinner. Sam’s uncle Paul disappeared, leaving her sister a hefty check, her brother the literal New York Yankees, and Sam … a rusted umbrella with a cryptic note and the tingling suspicion that his disappearance was not voluntary. RELEASE DATE: (paperback) Dec. 11 2018
I’m loving how alll the mythology is making it into the book market. In Pandora’s Legacy, three siblings accidentally break open Pandora’s box while on vacation at their grandparents, and must find a way to right their terrible mistake. RELEASE DATE: Dec. 4 2018
Match-Up NUMBER THREE
Meet Nan and Clarion, two apprentice vets who take care of all the witch familiars—from cats to pygmy phoenixes! I don’t think I ever considered who would take care of a witches’ best friend, but now I want to learn more about this duo! Hex Vet is a graphic novel. RELEASE DATE: Dec. 18 2018
I’m cheating with this one, because I actively know it’s a January re-release (the biggest cheat ever), but I really wanted something contemporary for this #BookBattle and I couldn’t find anything in Dec! Clover and Danny are the best of friends. Then Danny comes down with an illness the doctors can’t pinpoint. Clover only knows one thing: Danny is better when she’s around. I don’t need to cry but sometimes books just demand my tears. RELEASE DATE: (paperback) January 9 2019
And that is it for this month’s #BookBattles! If this doesn’t get me in an MG mood, what will?? You also may or may not have noticed how I totally flopped on listing 100% just new releases. Um. Can we just agree December is a very quiet month in book pubbing?
Comment away on the ones you want most to read and link up to your own reviews if you have them posted for December (and December only).