2021 · February 2021 · New YA Releases

Series We Need To Say Goodbye To (February Edition)

Hello Fellow Readers,

And Happy Weekend!! I hope you are well and ending your February surrounded by lovely reads.

This month there is only one series ending, but I thought it’s still worth a mention:

Seafire Trilogy – Natale C. Parker

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all . . . or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

This trilogy tells the story of a captain of an all-female ship on their journey to taking down a corrupt warlord and his massive fleet. If you are looking for a story with a female pirate, and a mix of Mad Max in the sea, with sci-fi and dystopian traits, well, the Seafire trilogy is for you. The last book of this much beloved trilogy Stormbreak is out on 9 February.

And in case you missed it…

The Desolations of Devil’s Acre – Ransom Riggs

The fate of peculiardom hangs in the balance in this epic conclusion to the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series.

The last thing Jacob Portman saw before the world went dark was a terrible, familiar face.

Suddenly, he and Noor are back in the place where everything began – his grandfather’s house. Jacob doesn’t know how they escaped from V’s loop to find themselves in Florida. But he does know one thing for certain: Caul has returned.

After a narrow getaway from a blood-thirsty hollow, Jacob and Noor reunite with Miss Peregrine and the peculiar children in Devil’s Acre. The Acre is being plagued by desolations – weather fronts of ash and blood and bone – a terrible portent of Caul’s amassing army.

Risen from the Library of Souls and more powerful than ever, Caul and his apocalyptic agenda seem unstoppable. Only one hope remains – deliver Noor to the meeting place of the seven prophesied ones. If they can decipher its secret location.

I am very ignorant about Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, sorry! Never read it and never watched the movie (or movies?, oh dear…). What I know is this series is coming to an end with its sixth book – The Desolations of Devil’s Acre. I’m not even sure if this is YA or MG, but I know there are lots of fans out there with a broken heart, so I thought I’d mention it. The last book is out on 23 February.

That’s it for this month. Ready for March? I seriously am not. I have lots of pre-orders coming in the next couple of weeks, it will be so hard to catch up with everything, while working full time and blogging.

Speak with you again on Monday.

Let me know in the comments if you read any of these series?

What is your most awaited release of March?

2021 · February 2021 · January 2021 · New YA Releases · Sequels

YA Sequels Coming Out This February

Hello Fellow Readers,

How are you? I hope you are always keeping safe and warm. It’s finally the weekend and the sun is shining! After spending a couple of hours reading in bed and blogging, I think I’ll take advantage of this rare spell of warm weather and go out for a walk. First, let’s catch up on the sequels coming out this month.

All The Tides of Fate (All The Stars and Teeth #2) – Adalyn Grace

Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses.

No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul.

To save herself and Visidia, Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything―but it comes at a terrible cost. As she tries to balance her loyalty to her people, her crew, and the desires of her heart, Amora will soon discover that the power to rule might destroy her.

I have my copy of All The Tides of Fate waiting in my bookshelf section of “physical TBR pile”. I loved the first book, it was such an interesting story of magic and pirates – you can read my review of All The Stars and Teeth here. I can’t wait to read the ending of this duology! The second book is out on 2 February.

Reaper of Souls (Kingdom of Souls #2) – Rena Barron

After so many years yearning for the gift of magic, Arrah has the one thing she’s always wanted—at a terrible price. Now the last surviving witchdoctor, she’s been left to pick up the shattered pieces of a family that betrayed her, a kingdom in shambles, and long-buried secrets about who she is.

Desperate not to repeat her mother’s mistakes, Arrah must return to the tribal lands to search for help from the remnants of her parents’ people. But the Demon King’s shadow looms closer than she thinks. And as Arrah struggles to unravel her connection to him, defeating him begins to seem more and more impossible—if it’s something she can bring herself to do at all.

I don’t think this title needs much introduction. Reaper of Souls is the most awaited sequel of this month. The second book of Kingdom of Souls is the epic sequel of this tale of voodoo and folk magic. It will be available on 16 February.

Liberté (Enchantée #2) – Gita Trelease

Camille Durbonne gambled everything she had to keep herself and her sister safe. But as the people of Paris starve and mobs riot, safety may no longer be possible…

…Not when Camille lives for the rebellion. In the pamphlets she prints, she tells the stories of girls living at society’s margins. But as her writings captivate the public, she begins to suspect a dark magic she can’t control lies at the heart of her success. Then Louis XVI declares magic a crime and all magicians traitors to France. As bonfires incinerate enchanted books and special police prowl the city, the time for magic—and those who work it—is running out.

In this new Paris where allegiances shift and violence erupts, the answers Camille seeks set her on a perilous path, one that may cost her the boy she loves―even her life. If she can discover who she truly is before vengeful forces unmask her, she may still win this deadly game of revolution.

In case you are confused by the cover like I was, Liberté is the sequel to Enchantée, and they are also known respectively as Everything That Burns and All That Glitters. I guess the publisher opted to relaunch this duology with different titles. Liberté is out on 2 February.

Curse of the Divine (Ink in the Blood #2) – Kim Smejkal

Return to the world of inklings, tattoo magic, and evil deities as Celia uncovers the secrets of the ink in order to stop Diavala once and for all. This eagerly anticipated sequel to Ink in the Blood is perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Wicked Saints.

Celia Sand faced Diavala and won, using ink magic to destroy the corrupt religion of Profeta that tormented her for a decade. But winning came with a cost. Now Celia is plagued with guilt over her role in the death of her best friend. When she discovers that Diavala is still very much alive and threatening Griffin, the now-infamous plague doctor, Celia is desperate not to lose another person she loves to the deity’s wrath.

The key to destroying Diavala may lie with Halycon Ronnea, the only other person to have faced Diavala and survived. But Halcyon is dangerous and has secrets of his own, ones that involve the ink that Celia has come to hate. Forced to choose between the ink and Diavala, Celia will do whatever it takes to save Griffin—even if it means making a deal with the devil himself.

Curse of the Divine is the sequel of Ink in The Blood, a story of tattoo magic, inklings and evil deities. This duology has been pitched for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Wicked Saints. Have you read it? The sequel and ending of the Ink in The Blood duology is out on 2 February.

That’s it for this week.

Next Saturday, I’ll post a list of all the series ending this month.

Which sequel are you most excited to read?

2021 · February 2021 · New YA Releases

This Week New YA Releases – 16 Feb 2021

Hello Fellow Readers,

I hope you are well. How is your February going? It has been a couple of busy weeks for me, getting adjusted to a new client and trying to find time to read and blog, and at the same time to keep my sanity in check.

This week’s new releases are all amazing fantasy titles and this time it’s not an exaggeration, but I really want to read them all. Let’s dig in.

Fantasy:

Amelia Unabridged – Ashley Schumacher

Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.

In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.

When a mysterious, rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives, Amelia is convinced that it somehow came from Jenna. Tracking the book to an obscure but enchanting bookstore in Michigan, Amelia is shocked to find herself face-to-face with the enigmatic and handsome N. E. Endsley himself, the reason for Amelia’s and Jenna’s fight and perhaps the clue to what Jenna wanted to tell her all along.

I’ve read only positive things about Amelia Unabridged and it has been sitting on my TBR for a couple of months already. This is Ashley Schumacher’s debut novel, about finding hope and strength within yourself and maybe fall in love in the process. I recommend reading this amazing spoiler free review by The Elven Warrior, and look out for the book on publication day, 16 February.

We Are The Fire – Sam Taylor

In the cold, treacherous land of Vesimaa, children are stolen from their families by a cruel emperor, forced to undergo a horrific transformative procedure, and serve in the army as magical fire-wielding soldiers. Pran and Oksana―both taken from their homeland at a young age―only have each other to hold onto in this heartless place.

Pran dreams of one day rebelling against their oppressors and destroying the empire; Oksana only dreams of returning home and creating a peaceful life for them both.

When they discover the emperor has a new, more terrible mission than ever for their kind, Pran and Oksana vow to escape his tyranny once and for all. But their methods and ideals differ drastically, driving a wedge between them. Worse still, they both soon find that the only way to defeat the monsters that subjugated them may be to become monsters themselves.

We Are The Fire is another thrilling debut of this week. This fantasy novel has been pitched as perfect for fans of An Ember in The Ashes with bits of the legend of Spartacus (I am officially squeaking). I can’t wait to read this novel which comes out tomorrow on 16 February.

Of Silver and Shadow – Jennifer Gruenke

Ren Kolins is a silver wielder—a dangerous thing to be in the kingdom of Erdis, where magic has been outlawed for a century. Ren is just trying to survive, sticking to a life of petty thievery, card games, and pit fighting to get by. But when a wealthy rebel leader discovers her secret, he offers her a fortune to join his revolution. The caveat: she won’t see a single coin until they overthrow the King.

Behind the castle walls, a brutal group of warriors known as the King’s Children is engaged in a competition: the first to find the rebel leader will be made King’s Fang, the right hand of the King of Erdis. And Adley Farre is hunting down the rebels one by one, torturing her way to Ren and the rebel leader, and the coveted King’s Fang title.

But time is running out for all of them, including the youngest Prince of Erdis, who finds himself pulled into the rebellion. Political tensions have reached a boiling point, and Ren and the rebels must take the throne before war breaks out.

From what I’ve gathered, Of Silver and Shadow may not add anything unusual to the YA fantasy genre, but it has been praised for the writing style and unique diverse representation. This book has been on my radar since last year, and I can’t wait to finally put my hands on it. This is out on 16 February.

The Wide Starlight – Nicole Lesperance

Never whistle at the Northern Lights, the story goes, or they’ll sweep down from the sky and carry you away.

Sixteen-year-old Eline Davis knows it’s true. She was there ten years ago, on a frozen fjord in Svalbard, Norway, the night her mother whistled at the lights and then vanished.

Now Eli lives an ordinary life with her dad on Cape Cod. But when the Northern Lights are visible over the Cape for just one night, she can’t resist the possibility of seeing her mother again. So she whistles—and it works. Her mother appears, with snowy hair, frosty fingertips and a hazy story of where she’s been all these years. And she doesn’t return alone.

Along with Eli’s mother’s reappearance come strange, impossible things. Narwhals swimming in Cape Cod Bay, meteorites landing in Eli’s yard, and three shadowy princesses with ominous messages. It’s all too much, too fast, and Eli pushes her mother away. She disappears again—but this time, she leaves behind a note that will send Eli on a journey across continents, to the northern tip of the world:


Find me where I left you. 

This novel tells the story of a sixteen year old girl who tries to remember details of her mother’s disappearance in a freezing Norwegian night under the Northern Lights. It has been described as The Hazel Wood meets The Astonishing Color of After. The Wide Starlight is out on 16 February.

Wings of Fury – Emily R. King

My mother told me that men would speak about the Golden Age as a time of peace and happiness for all… However, the women of our age would tell a very different story…

Cronus, God of Gods, whose inheritance is the world. Among his possessions: women, imprisoned and fated to serve. The strong-minded Althea Lambros controls her own fate and lives to honor her dying mother’s plea to protect her two sisters at all costs. Althea’s journey toward crushing the tyranny has begun. It is a destiny foretold by the Fates. And she is following their visions.

On the southern isle of Crete, hidden among mortal women who have fled the Titans, is the Boy God, son of Cronus and believed dead. He shares Althea’s destiny to vanquish the Almighty—fate willing. Because Cronus has caught wind of the plot. He’s amassing his own forces against Althea’s righteous rebellion and all those who will no longer surrender or run. There will be war. If she’s to survive to write their history, the indomitable Althea must soar higher than any god.

My guilty level is through the roof right now. I read the first book of the Hundredth Queen series ages ago and honestly, I remember I devoured it. Unfortunately, I never got to read the rest. Now Emily R. King is publishing this new trilogy about ancient Greek, Titans and treachery and I am so intrigued! Wings of Fury is out on 16 February.

Which book are you adding to your TBR this month? Have you read any of these books??

Also, if there is any upcoming book you have reviewed and you would like me to add a link to it on one of my next “This Week New YA Releases” posts, get in touch!

February 2021 · New YA Releases

This Week New YA Releases – 9 Feb 2021

Hello Fellow Readers,

How are you? How is your life going?

It’s quite cold here in London – at least for London standard. We are in the middle of an ice storm, called “Storm Darcy“. When my friend told me the name I laugh out loud, as I couldn’t help but think about Pride and Prejudice. It’s not majorly snowing, but it was enough to kill a few plants in my terrace. Anyway, I am digressing as usual – lol, sorry guys. Let’s move on to more fun topics – this week’s new releases:

Fantasy:

The Gilded Ones – Namina Forna

Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.

Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.

Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.

I read this book last year and if you are looking for a West African-inspired world building, with lots of badass female warriors, you will love this book. It was pitched as Children of Blood and Bone meets Black Panther and it’s a perfect description for this novel. The Gilded Ones is out on 9 February.

The Iron Raven – Julie Kagawa

You may have heard of me…

Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Prankster, joker, raven, fool… King Oberon’s right-hand jester from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The legends are many, but the truth will now be known as never before, as Puck finally tells his own story and faces a threat to the lands of Faery and the human world unlike any before.

With the Iron Queen Meghan Chase and her prince consort, Puck’s longtime rival Ash, and allies old and new by his side, Puck begins a fantastical and dangerous adventure not to be missed or forgotten.
 

I guess, this novel is the proof that the “rebooting” trend is now affecting the literature world as well. I haven’t read The Iron Fey series, and for those who don’t know it, The Iron Raven is a continuation of the story from the perspective of Puck. The Iron Raven is officially out on 9 February.

The Girl from Shadow Springs – Ellie Cypher

Everyone in Shadow Springs knows that no one survives crossing the Flats. But the threat of a frozen death has never deterred the steady stream of treasure hunters searching for a legendary prize hidden somewhere in the vast expanse of ice. Jorie thinks they’re all fools, which makes scavenging their possessions easier. It’s how she and her sister, Brenna, survive.

Then Jorie scavenges off the wrong body. When the dead man’s enemy believes Jorie took something valuable from the body, he kidnaps Brenna as collateral. He tells Jorie that if she wants her sister back, she’ll have to trade her for the item he thinks she stole. But how can Jorie make a trade when she doesn’t even know what she’s looking for?

Her only source of information is Cody, the dead man’s nephew and a scholar from the South who’s never been hardened by the harsh conditions of the North. Though Jorie’s reluctant to bring a city boy out onto the Flats with her, she’ll do whatever it takes to save her sister. But anything can happen out on the ice, and soon Jorie and Cody find they need one another more than they ever imagined—and they’ll have to trust each other to survive threats beyond their darkest nightmares.

This debut novel is a fantasy story about two teens who must survive the dangers of a frozen wasteland and find a way to save their loved ones, while uncovering a deadly secret. This debut novel has been pitched as The Revenant meets True Grit. It’s out on 9 February.

Game Changer – Neal Shusterman

All it takes is one hit on the football field, and suddenly Ash’s life doesn’t look quite the way he remembers it.

Impossible though it seems, he’s been hit into another dimension—and keeps on bouncing through worlds that are almost-but-not-really his own.

The changes start small, but they quickly spiral out of control as Ash slides into universes where he has everything he’s ever wanted, universes where society is stuck in the past…universes where he finds himself looking at life through entirely different eyes.

And if he isn’t careful, the world he’s learning to see more clearly could blink out of existence…

Game Changer is a more contemporary fantasy story, probably one of the first YA books which briefly mentions the pandemic. I wrote my review a couple of months ago and I still highly recommend this story as it offers an interesting analysis of our modern society while bringing the character in alternative realities. Game Changer is out on 9 February.

Romance:

A Pho Love Story – Loan Le

If Bao Nguyen had to describe himself, he’d say he was a rock. Steady and strong, but not particularly interesting. His grades are average, his social status unremarkable. He works at his parents’ pho restaurant, and even there, he is his parents’ fifth favorite employee. Not ideal.

If Linh Mai had to describe herself, she’d say she was a firecracker. Stable when unlit, but full of potential for joy and spark and fire. She loves art and dreams pursuing a career in it. The only problem? Her parents rely on her in ways they’re not willing to admit, including working practically full-time at her family’s pho restaurant.

For years, the Mais and the Nguyens have been at odds, having owned competing, neighboring phở restaurants. Bao and Linh, who’ve avoided each other for most of their lives, both suspect that the feud stems from feelings much deeper than friendly competition.

But then a chance encounter brings Linh and Bao together despite their best efforts and sparks fly, leading them both to wonder what took so long for them to connect. But then, of course, they immediately remember.

Can Linh and Bao find love in the midst of feuding families and complicated histories?

This is a romantic comedy about two Vietnamese-American teens who fall in love but have to mitigate their respective family in managing their rival restaurants. It’s described as a mix of When Dimple Met Rishi and Ugly Delicious. This novel is out on 9 February.

As Far As You’ll Take Me – Phil Stamper

Marty arrives in London with nothing but his oboe and some savings from his summer job, but he’s excited to start his new life–where he’s no longer the closeted, shy kid who slips under the radar and is free to explore his sexuality without his parents’ disapproval.

From the outside, Marty’s life looks like a perfect fantasy: in the span of a few weeks, he’s made new friends, he’s getting closer with his first ever boyfriend, and he’s even traveling around Europe. But Marty knows he can’t keep up the facade. He hasn’t spoken to his parents since he arrived, he’s tearing through his meager savings, his homesickness and anxiety are getting worse and worse, and he hasn’t even come close to landing the job of his dreams. Will Marty be able to find a place that feels like home?

A sweet coming-of-age story about a guy who leaves his super religious family to move to London to find a place he belongs in, and a way to start a career as a musician. You can check my review here. As Far As You’ll Take Me is out on 8 February.

We Are The Ashes, We Are the Fire – Joy McCullough & Maia Kobabe

Em Morales’s older sister was raped by another student after a frat party. A jury eventually found the rapist guilty on all counts–a remarkable verdict that Em felt more than a little responsible for, since she was her sister’s strongest advocate on social media during the trial. Her passion and outspokenness helped dissuade the DA from settling for a plea deal. Em’s family would have real justice.

But the victory is short lived. In a matter of minutes, justice vanishes as the judge turns the Morales family’s world upside down again by sentencing the rapist to no prison time. While her family is stunned, Em is literally sick with rage and guilt. To make matters worse, a news clip of her saying that the sentence “makes me want to use a fucking sword” goes viral.

From this low point, Em must find a new reason to go on and help her family heal, and she finds it in the unlikely form of the story of a 15th-century French noblewoman, Marguerite de Bressieux, who is legendary as an avenging knight for rape victims.

We Are the Ashes, We Are the Fire is a searing and nuanced portrait of a young woman torn between a persistent desire for revenge and a burning need for hope.

This is an interesting new contemporary YA novel, written in prose and verse, about a girl struggling to seek revenge after her sister’s rapist escapes with no prison time. From the author of Blood Water Paint, We Are The Ashes, We Are the Fire is out on 8 February.

Which of these books will you add to your TBR?

Let’s discuss this week’s releases together in the comments!

2021 · February 2021 · New YA Releases

This Week New YA Releases – 2 Feb 2021

Hello Fellow Readers!

Happy Monday! I hope you are well. A new month has started and guys, you are not ready for this.

There are so many new releases this week, it’s not even a joke. I hear my wallet squirming already…

Without further chit chat, let’s get started.

Fantasy

Of Wicked Blood – Olivia Wildenstein & Katie Hayoz

No rest for the wicked… or the cursed.

SLATE
I didn’t mean to steal the Bloodstone from the De Morel’s crypt.
Scratch that, I did mean to steal it.
Until I realized it was a curse-magnet that only comes off if I, along with a jolly trio, successfully defeat four curses.
If any of us fail, I’m dead.
I’ve never been a glass half-empty sort of person, but my glass looks in dire need of a refill right about now.
The only highlight of this wicked treasure hunt: feisty, entitled Cadence de Morel.

CADENCE
I was raised on tales of magic, in a small town reputed to be the birthplace of French witchcraft.
Did I believe all the stories I heard? Absolutely not. I mean, if magic existed, Maman wouldn’t have died, and Papa wouldn’t be stuck in a wheelchair, right?
Wrong.
The night Slate Ardoin waltzes into my life, wearing a ring he stole from my mother’s grave, I call him a monster.
But then I meet real ones, and Slate, well . . . he becomes something else to me.
Something frustrating to live with but impossible to live without.
Something I will fight for, no matter the cost.

I think this will easily be the next new urban fantasy series that everyone is obsessed about. There is supernatural, magic and slow burn romance. I recommend reading this great review from Yolanda @Past Midnight to learn more about this title. Of Wicked Blood is out on 2 February.

This Golden Flame – Emily Victoria

Orphaned and forced to serve her country’s ruling group of scribes, Karis wants nothing more than to find her brother, long ago shipped away. But family bonds don’t matter to the Scriptorium, whose sole focus is unlocking the magic of an ancient automaton army.

In her search for her brother, Karis does the seemingly impossible—she awakens a hidden automaton. Intelligent, with a conscience of his own, Alix has no idea why he was made. Or why his father—their nation’s greatest traitor—once tried to destroy the automatons.

Suddenly, the Scriptorium isn’t just trying to control Karis; it’s hunting her. Together with Alix, Karis must find her brother…and the secret that’s held her country in its power for centuries.

This debut, standalone, novel is perfect if you are looking to explore a new world with ancient-Greece vibes and mysterious automatons. If you are curious to find out more, you can also read my review here. This Golden Flame is out on 2 February.

What Big Teeth – Rose Szabo

Eleanor Zarrin has been estranged from her wild family for years. When she flees boarding school after a horrifying incident, she goes to the only place she thinks is safe: the home she left behind. But when she gets there, she struggles to fit in with her monstrous relatives, who prowl the woods around the family estate and read fortunes in the guts of birds.

Eleanor finds herself desperately trying to hold the family together — in order to save them all, Eleanor must learn to embrace her family of monsters and tame the darkness inside her.

Exquisitely terrifying, beautiful, and strange, this fierce gothic fantasy will sink its teeth into you and never let go. 

This highly awaited debut by Rose Ssazo is a dark novel about a teen girl who returns home to her weird family after years of living separately. What Big Teeth is recommended for fans of Wilder Girls and it’s out on 2 February.

Thriller/Mystery

The Project – Courtney Summers

Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo’s sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there’s more to the group than meets the eye. She’s spent the last six years of her life trying—and failing—to prove it.

When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its leader, Lev Warren and as Lo delves deeper into The Project, the lives of its members it upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around her—to the point she can no longer tell what’s real or true. Lo never thought she could afford to believe in Lev Warren . . . but now she doesn’t know if she can afford not to. 

The Project is one of the most awaited releases of February. From the bestselling writer of Sadie, this thriller novel has been described by the writer as “a book that will make you reconsider everything you think you know about yourself“. The Project is out on 2 February.

The Obsession – Jesse Q. Sutanto

Nobody knows Delilah like Logan does. Nobody. He makes sure of it by learning everything he can through her social media and watching her through a hidden camera he has trained on her house. Some might call him a stalker. Logan prefers to be called “romantic.”

But after Logan sees Delilah killing her abusive stepfather, he realizes there’s still more about her to discover. His sweet, perfect Delilah isn’t so perfect after all.

Delilah knows she should feel guilty, but all she feels is free. She’s so over the men in her life controlling her. Except Logan saw what she did, and he won’t let her forget it.

Delilah is done being the victim. And she refuses to be a character in Logan’s twisted fantasy. If Logan won’t let her go… she’ll make him.

The Obsession stars as a classic love story, however, someone may end up getting killed. The Obsession, a new mystery/thriller is out on 2 February.

Historical Fiction

Muse – Brittany Cavallaro

The year is 1893, and war is brewing in the First American Kingdom. But Claire Emerson has a bigger problem. While her father prepares to reveal the mighty weapon he’s created to showcase the might of their province, St. Cloud, in the World’s Fair, Claire is crafting a plan to escape.

Claire’s father is a sought-after inventor, but he believes his genius is a gift, granted to him by his daughter’s touch. He’s kept Claire under his control for years. As St. Cloud prepares for war, Claire plans to claim her life for herself, even as her best friend, Beatrix, tries to convince her to stay and help with the growing resistance movement that wants to see a woman on the throne. At any cost.

When her father’s weapon fails to fire on the fair’s opening day, Claire is taken captive by Governor Remy Duchamp, St. Cloud’s young, untried ruler. Remy believes that Claire’s touch bestows graces he’s never had, and with his governing power weakening and many political rivals planning his demise, Claire might be his only and best ally. But the last thing that Claire has ever wanted is to be someone else’s muse. Still, affections can change as quickly as the winds of war. And Claire has a choice to make: Will she quietly remake her world from the shadows—or bring it down in flames? 

This book has been described as American Royals meets The Winner’s Curse. This is a new duology from the bestselling writer of the Charlotte Holmes series. Muse is set on an alternative history American monarchy, where a girl is trying to get control of her life during unexpected war time. I recommend this great spoiler free review by The Elven Warrior to read more about this novel. This is out on 2 February.

Yesterday is History – Kosoko Jackson

Weeks ago, Andre Cobb received a much-needed liver transplant.

He’s ready for his life to finally begin, until one night, when he passes out and wakes up somewhere totally unexpected…in 1969, where he connects with a magnetic boy named Michael.

And then, just as suddenly as he arrived, he slips back to present-day Boston, where the family of his donor is waiting to explain that his new liver came with a side effect—the ability to time travel. And they’ve tasked their youngest son, Blake, with teaching Andre how to use his unexpected new gift.

Andre splits his time bouncing between the past and future. Between Michael and Blake. Michael is everything Andre wishes he could be, and Blake, still reeling from the death of his brother, Andre’s donor, keeps him at arm’s length despite their obvious attraction to each other.

Torn between two boys, one in the past and one in the present, Andre has to figure out where he belongs—and more importantly who he wants to be—before the consequences of jumping in time catch up to him and change his future for good.

Yesterday is History is a romantic novel about letting go of the past and trying to figure out what you want to do in the future. This is out on 2 February.

Contemporary:

A Taste of Love – Jennifer Yen

To her friends, high school senior Liza Yang is nearly perfect. Smart, kind, and pretty, she dreams big and never shies away from a challenge. But to her mom, Liza is anything but. Compared to her older sister Jeannie, Liza is stubborn, rebellious, and worst of all, determined to push back against all of Mrs. Yang’s traditional values, especially when it comes to dating.

The one thing mother and daughter do agree on is their love of baking. Mrs. Yang is the owner of Houston’s popular Yin & Yang Bakery. With college just around the corner, Liza agrees to help out at the bakery’s annual junior competition to prove to her mom that she’s more than her rebellious tendencies once and for all. But when Liza arrives on the first day of the bake-off, she realizes there’s a catch: all of the contestants are young Asian American men her mother has handpicked for Liza to date.

The bachelorette situation Liza has found herself in is made even worse when she happens to be grudgingly attracted to one of the contestants; the stoic, impenetrable, annoyingly hot James Wong. As she battles against her feelings for James, and for her mother’s approval, Liza begins to realize there’s no tried and true recipe for love.

This retelling of Pride and Prejudice, A Taste of Love, is a romantic contemporary novel, which is perfect for readers of All The Boys I Loved Before. This is out on 2 February.

Revenge of the Sluts – Natalie Walton

As a lead reporter for The Warrior Weekly, Eden has covered her fair share of stories at St. Joseph’s High School. And when intimate pictures of seven female students are anonymously emailed to the entire school, Eden is determined to get to the bottom of it.

In tracking down leads, Eden is shocked to discover not everyone agrees the students are victims. Some people feel the girls “brought it on themselves.” Even worse, the school’s administration seems more concerned about protecting its reputation than its students.

With the anonymous sender threatening more emails, Eden finds an unlikely ally: the seven young women themselves. Banding together to find the perpetrator, the tables are about to be turned. The Slut Squad is fighting back! 

This is an interesting debut novel from Natalie Walton, which explores privacy and relationship during digital age. Revenge of the Sluts is out on 2 February.

Fat Chance, Charlie Vega – Crystal Maldonano

Charlie Vega is a lot of things. Smart. Funny. Artistic. Ambitious. Fat.

People sometimes have a problem with that last one. Especially her mom. Charlie wants a good relationship with her body, but it’s hard, and her mom leaving a billion weight loss shakes on her dresser doesn’t help. The world and everyone in it have ideas about what she should look like: thinner, lighter, slimmer-faced, straighter-haired. Be smaller. Be whiter. Be quieter.

But there’s one person who’s always in Charlie’s corner: her best friend Amelia. Slim. Popular. Athletic. Totally dope. So when Charlie starts a tentative relationship with cute classmate Brian, the first worthwhile guy to notice her, everything is perfect until she learns one thing–he asked Amelia out first. So is she his second choice or what? Does he even really see her? UGHHH. Everything is now officially a MESS.

A sensitive, funny, and painful coming-of-age story with a wry voice and tons of chisme, Fat Chance, Charlie Vega tackles our relationships to our parents, our bodies, our cultures, and ourselves.

This book is a story about a brown girl who has a complicated relationship with her body and identity. Weight issues, anxiety and self esteem issues are all topics explored in this highly acclaimed debut novel. Fat Change, Charlie Vega is out on 2 February.

Love Is a Revolution – Renée Watson

When Nala Robertson reluctantly agrees to attend an open mic night for her cousin-sister-friend Imani’s birthday, she finds herself falling in instant love with Tye Brown, the MC. He’s perfect, except . . . Tye is an activist and is spending the summer putting on events for the community when Nala would rather watch movies and try out the new seasonal flavors at the local creamery. In order to impress Tye, Nala tells a few tiny lies to have enough in common with him. As they spend more time together, sharing more of themselves, some of those lies get harder to keep up. As Nala falls deeper into keeping up her lies and into love, she’ll learn all the ways love is hard, and how self-love is revolutionary.

In Love Is a Revolution, plus size girls are beautiful and get the attention of the hot guys, the popular girl clique is not shallow but has strong convictions and substance, and the ultimate love story is not only about romance but about how to show radical love to the people in your life, including to yourself.

Another highly awaited release, Love Is a Revolution is a romantic story about a girl who finds herself and falls in love with who she really is. Out on 2 February.

Which one of these books will you add to your TBR?