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February Releases

February 2, 2016

So many amazing books are coming out this month! These are the February releases that I’m looking for forward to:

22718738Release Date: February 2, 2016

The author of Between Shades of Gray returns to WWII in this epic novel that shines a light on one of the war’s most devastating—yet unknown—tragedies.

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are  Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

I’m a huge fan of historical fiction, especially WWII pieces. I’ve had Ruta Sepetys’s Between Shades of Gray in my TBR pile for awhile now, and I’m excited to read Salt to the Sea, which takes on a story during WWII that I’m not as familiar with.

 

22718738Release Date: February 2, 2016

The enchantment continues….

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.

 

The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series. It’s no secret that I love fairytales, especially retellings. I absolutely love the way Marissa set up her new world and the different takes she has on the classic fairytales. Not to mention the way each of the stories connect to create one overall plot. I still have yet to read Winter, but I’m looking forward to reading it and Stars Above afterwards.

 

22718738Release Date: February 2, 2016

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.

High fantasy YA. Assassins. Star-crossed love story. I couldn’t ask for anything more out of a novel, and I’m stoked to read this one.

 

22718738Release Date: February 2, 2016

For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.

But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.

The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.

With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?

As I said earlier, I’m a fan of fairytale retellings. I read and adored Tiger Lily, but I haven’t read any other Peter Pan/Neverland stories so I’m excited for Unhooked.

 

22718738Release Date: February 9, 2016

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

I loved Red Queen when I read last year and even featured it as one of my Friday Favorite’s. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Glass Sword and I’m thrilled to be able to read this sequel early. Review to come.

 

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Release Date: February 9, 2016

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

Blackhearts has been showing up in my twitter feed quite a but these past few months so I’m ready to finally see what everybody’s talking about! Plus, that cover? Gorgeous!

 

22718738Release Date: February 9, 2016

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadowsis Sophie Jordan at her best.

Again, a high fantasy and a star-crossed romance? Sign me up!

 

22718738Release Date: February 16, 2016

Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

Eeee! Another fairytale retelling, and man doesn’t that synopsis just lure you in. Can’t wait!

 

22718738Release Date: February 16, 2016

It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer.

Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times – although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix’s father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix’s existence rather dangerously in question…

Nix has grown used to her father’s obsession, but only because she’s convinced it can’t work. But then a map falls into her father’s lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it’s that losing the person you love is a torment that no one can withstand. Nix must work out what she wants, who she is, and where she really belongs before time runs out on her forever.

Another novel that has been showing up in my twitter feed. Time-traveling is a genre that I want to explore more of, and it looks like 2016 is shaping up to be a year with just the novels for me to check out.

 

22718738Release Date: February 23, 2016

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world… 

When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years — a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin.

So many fairytale retellings coming out this month! I love it! And doesn’t this Aladdin one sound wonderful? I’m definitely psyched.

14 Comments

  • Reply Brianna @ Fable's Library February 3, 2016 at 6:36 AM

    SO MANY GOOD BOOKS *FLAILS*!! Which one are you most excited for? Besides Blackhearts, I’m TOO excited for The Girl From Everywhere <3 but seriously this list is full of books that really too good XD and I am on a book buying ban 🙁

    • Reply Jordan February 13, 2016 at 1:38 PM

      I actually already have ARCs for four of the books on my list so I’m excited about those! Of the ones I don’t already have copies of, I’m really excited for The Shadow Queen! Hopefully you can get copies of some of them from your library soon!

  • Reply Natasha Persaud February 3, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    I am so excited for Reign of Shadows
    Heard a lot of good things about it

    • Reply Jordan February 13, 2016 at 1:43 PM

      I haven’t actually heard too many things about Reign of Shadows, but the synopsis sounds so good!!

  • Reply Anissa @ She Reads Too Much February 4, 2016 at 2:25 AM

    AHHH, SO many delicious books! I just received Assasin’s Heart yesterday, and have preordered The Forbidden Wish and Glass Sword, thinking of ordering Reign of Shadows but think I will order The Shadow Queen first for now 🙂 I’m currently reading Rebel of the Sands which came out this month and is really good (especially after the first 100 pages!). Great selection!

    • Reply Jordan February 13, 2016 at 1:50 PM

      I have copies of Assassin’s Heart and Glass Sword already and I’m excited to read them. I’m actually already half way done with Glass Sword! I’m so excited for Rebel of the Sands, but it doesn’t come out until next month in the US!

  • Reply Bashayer February 10, 2016 at 12:09 PM

    Exciting! Magic, love and wishes! Sounds interesting. 🙂

    • Reply Jordan February 13, 2016 at 1:56 PM

      Yes, I’m definitely a fan of magic and romances! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Bashayer February 10, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    I think Blackhearts and Glass Sword are promising releases! Can’t wait to get my hands on those.

    • Reply Jordan February 13, 2016 at 1:58 PM

      I’m halfway through Glass Sword right now! I hope you enjoy them both!

  • Reply Nori February 10, 2016 at 2:36 PM

    Oooh I have Salt to the Sea and can’t wait to read it! I have already read Assassin’s Heart, Glass Sword, Reign of Shadows, The Shadow Queen, and The Girl From Everywhere. OOOOH did you know I’m hosting a twitter chat on Sunday with the authors of Unhooked and Blackhearts???

    • Reply Jordan February 13, 2016 at 1:53 PM

      I have ARCs of Salt to the Sea, Assassin’s Heart, Glass Sword, and The Girl From Everywhere, and I’m excited to read them! I’m especially excited for The Shadow Queen—how did you like it?

  • Reply Dawn February 15, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    I always love the beginning of the year because of all the new books. Great list of exciting reads.

    • Reply Jordan February 15, 2016 at 9:09 AM

      There sure are a ton of books coming out this month! What are you most looking forward to?

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