Releases

February Releases

January 31, 2018

Even though February is the shortest month of the year, there are still a ton of new releases this month! What books are you excited to read this month?

22718738Release Date: February 6, 2018

An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate.

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth—that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

I keep hearing amazing things about American Panda, and I can’t wait to read it! Also, it’s a YA college book!! AND the cover is so cute!

 

22718738Release Date: February 6, 2018

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.

With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

After reading the first couple of chapters of The Belles, I was completely hooked! I really enjoyed the writing style and I’m excited to find out what happens next!

 

22718738Release Date: February 6, 2018

Before, Peyton was a star soccer player with the perfect boyfriend, Reed. Now, she has a torn knee ligament, a scholarship on the line, and a shattered sense of self. No one believes Reed pushed her, causing her injury, and Peyton just wants to leave the trauma behind. Living with her uncle and twin cousins in their small, football-obsessed town seems like a great escape plan.

There, Peyton meets Owen—high school classmate and local MMA fighter. Though Owen is charming and gentle, Peyton is determined to repress her growing attraction. But when her old and new life collide, Peyton must reclaim the truth of her past in order to save her future.

I have never read a Kami Garcia novel before, but quite a few have been in my TBR pile for years now. I am fan of contemporary romances (especially when they involve sports!), and Broken Beautiful Hearts sounds very similar to Katie McGarry’s novels, which I love!

 

 

22718738Release Date: February 13, 2018

A CIA prodigy’s cover is blown when he accidentally becomes an internet sensation in #Prettyboy Must Die, inspired by the #Alexfromtarget story.

When Peter Smith’s classmate snaps a picture of him during a late night run at the track, Peter thinks he might be in trouble. When she posts that photo—along with the caption, “See the Pretty Boy Run,”—Peter knows he’s in trouble. But when hostiles drop through the ceiling of his 6th period Chem Class, Peter’s pretty sure his trouble just became a national emergency.

Because he’s not really Peter Smith. He’s Jake Morrow, former foster-kid turned CIA operative. After a massive screw-up on his first mission, he’s on a pity assignment, a dozen hit lists and now, social media, apparently. As #Prettyboy, of all freaking things.

His cover’s blown, his school’s under siege, and if he screws up now, #Prettyboy will become #Deadboy faster than you can say, ‘fifteen minutes of fame.’ Trapped in a high school with rabid killers and rabid fans, he’ll need all his training and then some to save his job, his school and, oh yeah, his life.

If you know me, you know I’m a huge fan of spies. #PrettyBoy Must Die sounds like a fun take that I can’t wait to read!

 

22718738Release Date: February 13, 2018

Set a year before Truthwitch, Sightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain. As the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, and as they brave one close call after another, a tentative friendship forms between them—one that might one day grow into something more.

Sightwitch is told through Ryber’s journal entries and her sketches, as well as through supplementary materials (such as other journals, pieces of songs, clippings from history books, flashbacks, etc.). Though meant as a companion novella, this story serves as a set up to Bloodwitch as well as an expansion of the world.

I LOVE the Witchlands series, and I am so excited for this prequel novella! Plus illustrations are included, which is one of my favorite things in books!

 

 

22718738Release Date: February 27, 2018

Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won’t stop her from being drawn back into her father’s palace politics. He’s the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well—and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home. The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what—and who—it is they’re fighting for.

Ooooohhh I’m intrigued that the main character’s father is on the bad side and that she’s kidnapped by rebels from the good side!

 

 

 

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Release Date: February 27, 2018

A timeless exploration of high-stakes romance, self-discovery, and the lengths we go to love and be loved.

Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school. You don’t want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that.

This beautifully written debut novel from Tanaz Bhathena reveals a rich and wonderful new world to readers. It tackles complicated issues of race, identity, class, and religion, and paints a portrait of teenage ambition, angst, and alienation that feels both inventive and universal.

After taking a college course on Muslim Women Writers last semester, A Girl Like That caught my eye because of the hijab on the cover and Saudi Arabia mentioned in the synopsis. This debut novel sounds intriguing and I’m very curious about how all of the perspectives will be pieced together! Note: Tanaz Bhathena is not a Muslim—A Girl Like That is #ownvoices for Zoroastrianism and expat life in Saudi Arabia

 

22718738Release Date: February 27, 2018

A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?

Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living, took more courage than dying?

This seems like an interesting contemporary novel! I’m curious to find out about the similar dreams they are having and finding out what actually happened to the twin brother/heart donor.

 

22718738Release Date: February 27, 2018

Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple.

The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened.

 I love boarding school and mysteries SO combining those two seems like something right up my alley!

 

 

 

What February YA releases are you most excited for?

8 Comments

  • Reply Sophie Eloy January 31, 2018 at 12:03 PM

    I loved This Heart of Mine!!!!

    • Reply Jordan February 17, 2018 at 1:13 PM

      So glad you loved it! Hopefully I’ll enjoy it as much as you did!!

  • Reply Karen January 31, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    I have A Girl Like That and I’m also looking forward to American Panda.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

    • Reply Jordan February 17, 2018 at 1:12 PM

      I keep hearing phenomenal things about American Panda and can’t wait to read it! Plus the cover is adorable!!

  • Reply Veronika @ The Regal Critiques February 3, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    I think I’m the most excited for A Girl Like That (I looove the premise and the cover) and People Like Us. I read that People Like Us has a cast that is mostly female, so that’s freaking exciting. Plus, it sounds so dark and kinda creepy – and a boarding school seems like the perfect setting for such story. Hope you’ll enjoy all these books!

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

    • Reply Jordan February 17, 2018 at 1:12 PM

      Yes!! I love that it’s supposed to be mainly girls and boarding school settings are my favorite! Hopefully we’ll both love it!!

  • Reply Marta @thecursedbooks February 22, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    I’m currently reading American Panda and I adore it, it’s really cute and funny and sometimes very relatable when it comes to college stuff. I hope you get to read it. Also, I’m so excited about The Belles and A Girl Like That, I need to read them as soon as possible because they both sound absolutely amazing and those covers are gorgeous.
    Lovely post!

    • Reply Jordan February 25, 2018 at 7:38 PM

      The covers really are gorgeous! I’m so glad you’re loving American Panda! I definitely plan to read it this year, but it won’t probably be until the summer when I have more time 😀

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