New YA Releases

This Week New YA Releases – 23 Feb 2021

Hello Fellow Readers,

How are you? How is your life going?

We arrived at the last week of February, this month was incredibly fast. Next month I will have lots of pre-orders coming and I am not sure how I am going to keep up with everything. I’ll keep it short, and let’s have a look together at the last new releases of this month:

Urban Fantasy:

A Dark and Hollow Star – Ashley Shuttleworth

Choose your player.

The “ironborn” half-fae outcast of her royal fae family.
A tempestuous Fury, exiled to earth from the Immortal Realm and hellbent on revenge.
A dutiful fae prince, determined to earn his place on the throne.
The prince’s brooding guardian, burdened with a terrible secret.

For centuries, the Eight Courts of Folk have lived among us, concealed by magic and bound by law to do no harm to humans. This arrangement has long kept peace in the Courts—until a series of gruesome and ritualistic murders rocks the city of Toronto and threatens to expose faeries to the human world.

Four queer teens, each who hold a key piece of the truth behind these murders, must form a tenuous alliance in their effort to track down the mysterious killer behind these crimes. If they fail, they risk the destruction of the faerie and human worlds alike. If that’s not bad enough, there’s a war brewing between the Mortal and Immortal Realms, and one of these teens is destined to tip the scales. The only question is: which way?

Wish them luck. They’re going to need it.

I am still in awe of how awesome this story was. A Dark and Hollow Star is absolutely a book you need to add to your TBR, above all if you love urban fantasy, and stories with evil fae royals and great queer representation. You can read my review here and make sure to order your copy for the publication date, 23 February.


The Initial Insult – Mindy McGinnis

Welcome to Amontillado, Ohio, where your last name is worth more than money, and secrets can be kept… for a price.

Tress Montor knows that her family used to mean something—until she didn’t have a family anymore. When her parents disappeared seven years ago while driving her best friend home, Tress lost everything. She might still be a Montor, but the entire town shuns her now that she lives with her drunken, one-eyed grandfather at what locals refer to as the “White Trash Zoo,” – a wild animal attraction featuring a zebra, a chimpanzee, and a panther, among other things.

Felicity Turnado has it all – looks, money, and a secret that she’s kept hidden. She knows that one misstep could send her tumbling from the top of the social ladder, and she’s worked hard to make everyone forget that she was with the Montors the night they disappeared. Felicity has buried what she knows so deeply that she can’t even remember what it is… only that she can’t look at Tress without having a panic attack.

But she’ll have to.

Tress has a plan. A Halloween costume party at an abandoned house provides the ideal situation for Tress to pry the truth from Felicity – brick by brick – as she slowly seals her former best friend into a coal chute. With a drunken party above them, and a loose panther on the prowl, Tress will have her answers – or settle for revenge.

The Initial Insult seems an interesting start to a duology which takes inspiration from Edgar Allan Poe. This novel comes from the writer of Be Not Far From Me and promises to unravel a mystery through different points of view. It will be published on 23 February.

Contemporary romance:

Some Other Now – Sarah Everett

Before she kissed one of the Cohen boys, seventeen-year-old Jessi Rumfield knew what it was like to have a family—even if, technically, that family didn’t belong to her. She’d spent her childhood in the house next door, challenging Rowan Cohen to tennis matches while his older brother, Luke, studied in the background and Mel watched over the three like the mother Jessi always wished she had.

But then everything changed. It’s been almost a year since Jessi last visited the Cohen house. Rowan is gone. Mel is in remission and Luke hates Jessi for the role she played in breaking his family apart. Now Jessi spends her days at a dead-end summer job avoiding her real mother, who suddenly wants to play a role in Jessi’s life after being absent for so long. But when Luke comes home from college, it’s hard to ignore the past. And when he asks Jessi to pretend to be his girlfriend for the final months of Mel’s life, Jessi finds herself drawn back into the world of the Cohens. Everything’s changed, but Jessi can’t help wanting to be a Cohen, even if it means playing pretend for one final summer.

This is a novel which will tells a story of a girl caught between two brothers. The three of them will have to navigate family, loss and love. It’s recommended for fans of Far From the Tree and Emergency Contact. It will be out on 23 February.

Love Is For Losers – Wibke Brueggemann

Did you know you can marry yourself? How strange / brilliant is that?

Fifteen-year-old Phoebe thinks falling in love is vile and degrading, and vows never to do it. Then, due to circumstances not entirely in her control, she finds herself volunteering at a local thrift shop. There she meets Emma . . . who might unwittingly upend her whole theory on life.

This is a laugh-out-loud exploration of sexuality, family, female friendship, grief, and community. With the heart and hilarity of Netflix’s critically-acclaimed Sex Education, Wibke Brueggemann’s sex positive debut is required reading for Generation Z teens. Think of this as Bridget Jones’ Diary, if it were written by Bridget’s daughter.

This is another promising contemporary romance. Love is For Losers will tell you Phoebe’s story, who realises that falling in love is not just for losers. This debut novel will be out on 23 February.

Which book are you adding to your TBR this month?

Have you read any of these books?? See you again in March!

17 thoughts on “This Week New YA Releases – 23 Feb 2021

  1. I’m excited to read A Dark and Hollow Star! It looks really good and as a Canadian I’m just excited to see a book set close to home as there isn’t too many books like that I’ve found. I also love that beautiful cover! – Amber

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  2. A Dark and Hollow Star sounds interesting, plus it’s set in my home city which I so rarely come across in novels. I’m usually a bit wary of books involving fey and the Fair Folk because it has become a more common theme recently, but with such a great review, I will definitely have to check this one out!

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