This Week’s Hottest Releases: 12/6 – 12/12

This Week’s Hottest Releases: 12/6 – 12/12

Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the 10 titles that our editors are most excited to add to their TBR shelves. For even more hot new releases, check out our Fall Previews for the best books coming out this season.


With Dogs at the Edge of Life

In this book, Colin Dayan argues that dogs are more than just man’s best friend; they’re a connection to morality, ethics, life, and even death. Through an exploration of her own relationships with dogs and looking at the rights of dogs in the eyes of the law, Dayan shows the strong link connecting man and beast. If you’re interested in animal studies, politics, or your own humanity, this is the book for you.

The Invention of Science

Named one of Kirkus’ Best Books of 2015, this is a must-read title for science fans. Historian David Wootton claims that the Scientific Revolution was the greatest event in human history, and in this book he explains why. He takes readers back over five hundred years to explore the five key events that led to the Scientific Revolution and forever changed the way that humans saw the world around them. Wootton also explores how politics, religion, and societal beliefs have impacted the way science is practiced and viewed.

Ashley Bell

Dean Koontz is back with an all new thriller series. Twenty-two-year-old Bibi Blair is miraculously cured of cancer after being told by doctors that she had little time left to live. Convinced that her life was spared so that she could save someone named Ashley Bell, Bibi takes off on a dangerous and wild adventure in search of Ashley. Her journey takes her into the dark underbelly of her California town as she slowly unravels the truth behind why she was saved and who Ashley Bell truly is.


Killing Trail

Dog lovers, this series starter is for you. Officer Mattie Comb is proud to be a part of her town’s first K-9 unit, and she loves her new four-legged partner, Robo. Mattie plans on taking Robo to a local school for their first day on the job, but instead they’re sent into the mountains of Timber Creek, where the body of a young girl has been found. When they arrive, another dog is standing guard over the body. Local vet Cole Walker identifies the new dog as Belle and tells Mattie that Belle’s owner is friends with his daughter. With Cole and Robo’s help, Mattie must solve the case and find out why a little girl was murdered before another victim is claimed.

A Dream of Ice

While X-Files fans eagerly await the premier of the new series, they can spend a bit of time in a world created by Agent Scully… I mean, Gillian Anderson. This is the second novel in her Earthend Saga and it continues the journey of child psychologist Caitlin O’Hara. Gifted with newfound powers, Caitlin is amazed with her ability to heal her young patients. But great powers come with great danger, and she soon finds herself being stalked. Between protecting her son from whoever is after her and learning to use her new powers, Caitlin is also working with field agent Mikel Jasso to learn more about the ancient civilization of Galderkhaani.


The Forgotten Recipe

Pies are the key to healing in this Amish romance. Veronica Fisher finds comfort in her mother’s old pie recipes after the death of her fiancé. She’s sure she’ll never find a love like theirs again, and instead pours all of her time and heart into raspberry pies. When Jason, an attractive customer, becomes a regular at her pie stand, Veronica can feel a spark of hope lighting within her. But Jason has something to tell her before they go any further, and it could change how she feels forever. This is a sweet novel about second chances, healing, and sweet pastries.

Instructions for the End of the World

Nicole’s survivalist father moved her and her family off the grid in the hopes of avoiding disaster. But the move proves to be too much for Nicole’s mother, who takes off during the night. Nicole and her sister Isabel are left alone when her father goes in search of their mother, and things quickly take a turn for the worse when the area’s forest fires start creeping closer to the house. That’s when Wolf steps in. He lives in a spiritual commune and knows a thing or two about surviving far away from the modern world. Sparks fly between the two, as he teaches her what he knows, and Nicole’s forced to make a decision to pursue her feelings for him or back off, knowing that her father would disapprove. Told in alternating perspectives, this young adult novel is about learning to live through the things you can’t prepare for.

The Trouble with Destiny

Readers will find nothing but stormy seas in this young adult romance. The story begins with a high school marching band entering a competition on a cruise ship. But drum-major Liza is the only member of the band who knows that if they don’t win the $25,000 first prize, their program will be canceled in the next round of school budget cuts. Winning is no easy task when their rehearsals keep ending in disaster, and her rival, Demi, is out to sabotage her every move. Add in Lenny, Liza’s childhood-friend-turned-hottie, and Russ, Demi’s attractive ex, and you’ve got all the makings of a fun rom-com read.


Alabaster Shadows

Let this spooky graphic novel replace your middle grader’s Saturday morning cartoons this week. Siblings Carter and Polly aren’t too sure about their new neighborhood. Their parents seem to like it, but the kids can sense that something is off. Maybe it’s the fact that the other adults seem to hate children, or maybe it’s the creepy portal in their basement. Together they travel through the portal into a dream world filled with monsters who are plotting to take over their town! Carter and Polly must band together with other children in their neighborhood to save their parents and their town from the nightmarish world lurking beneath their streets.


Bear and Bunny

Young readers will love this silly pair of friends. Bear is certain that his friend Bunny is just a very tiny bear, and Bunny is positive that Bear is a very large bunny. Their confusion is charming and gives this picture book a whimsical quality, especially as the two decide to adopt a kitty that looks suspiciously like a frog. Simple and enjoyable, this is a picture book that shows how lovely a comfortable friendship can be.


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