February Releases I’m Excited For

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It’s hard to believe that January is almost over, but I’m so ready for February. On top of it being my birthday month (although I have to wait until the second to last day…), there are a ton of books releasing next month that look absolutely amazing. I have two books actually pre-ordered for this month which is pretty much unheard of with me. So here are some books releasing in February that  I can’t wait to get my hands on! (As usual, I had a very difficult time narrowing this down so, um, there are 12 of these. You’ve been warned.)

Oh also be aware that King’s Cage and A Conjuring of Light are not the first book in a series and so the blurbs will have spoilers for the previous books!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Releases February 28th

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas book coverSixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

I know you’re all probably sick of me talking about how excited I am for this book but I don’t care. I absolutely cannot wait for this to release. I’ve had it pre-ordered since October and the wait is killing me! It’s also acting as my birthday gift to myself since it releases the day after my birthday. 😉

King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Releases February 7th

King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard book coverIn this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother’s web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.

As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.

When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

You may (or may not) know that I absolutely love Red Queen and even though I wasn’t a huge fan of Glass Sword, I’m still ridiculously excited for King’s Cage. GS ended on such a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen. This is another one that I’ve had pre-ordered because I’m so excited for it. 🙂

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Releases February 21st

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab book coverThe battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab.

London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.

This is another one that is following a ridiculous cliffhanger. Although I don’t seem to love this series quite as much as others do, I still really enjoyed the first two books and I’m looking forward to the third.

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

Releases February 7th

 

Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza book coverEmpress
Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

Fugitive
Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.

Madman
With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.

This has been making it on a lot of bloggers’ lists of diverse books releasing this year which is how I first heard about it. It sounds really interesting and definitely like something I’ll enjoy.

Gilded Cage by Vic James

Releases February 14th

Gilded Cage by Vic James book coverNot all are free. Not all are equal. Not all will be saved.

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

This initially caught my eye because of it’s a dystopian book (and we all know that I love dystopian) but I’ve also seen quite a few people talking about how fantastic this book was which got me even more excited. Here’s to hoping I like it just as much!

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

Releases February 14th

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston book coverThe youngest daughter of a proud Celtic king, Fallon has always lived in the shadow of her older sister Sorcha’s legendary reputation as a warrior. But when Fallon was a young child, the armies of Julius Caesar invaded the island of Britain and her beloved older sister was killed in battle.

On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Fallon is excited to follow in her sister’s footsteps and earn her rightful place in her father’s royal war band. But she never gets the chance. Instead, Fallon is captured by a band of ruthless brigands who sell her to an exclusive training school for female gladiators—and its most influential patron is none other than Julius Caesar himself. In a cruel twist of fate, Fallon’s worst enemy, the man who destroyed her family, might be her only hope of survival.

Now, Fallon must overcome vicious rivalries, chilling threats and the dangerous attention of Caesar himself to survive the deadly fights that take place both in and out of the arena—and claim her place in history among the Valiant.

Female gladiators. Need I say more?

Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage

Releases February 21st

Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage book coverMira and Francesca Cillo—beautiful, overprotected, odd—seemed untouchable. But Ben touched seven parts of Mira: her palm, hair, chest, cheek, lips, throat, and heart. After the sisters drown themselves in the quarry lake, a post-mortem letter from Mira sends Ben on a quest to find notes in the seven places where they touched. Note by note, Ben discovers the mystical secret at the heart of Mira and Francesca’s world, and that some things are better left untouched.

I’m not quite sure what to say about this other than that it sounds quite creepy which I love. I’ve heard good things about Kim Savage’s other book, After the Woods, so hopefully this one is just as good, if not better!

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Releases February 14th

American Street by Ibi Zoboi book coverOn the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

This is another book that I know I’ve mentioned at least a couple of times now. This sounds like such a great and possibly heartbreaking story and I’m really looking forward to reading a book with a main character who’s an immigrant.

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom

Releases February 7th

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom book coverIn the vein of It’s Kind of a Funny Story and All the Bright Places, comes a captivating, immersive exploration of life with mental illness.

For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm’s length. And when a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.

As the walls of Mel’s compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst–that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she’s been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?

In A Tragic Kind of Wonderful, Eric Lindstrom, author of the critically acclaimed Not If I See You First, examines the fear that keeps us from exposing our true selves, and the courage it takes to be loved for who we really are.

I’m not quite sure what it is about this book, but something makes me a little nervous/hesitant about it. I think it’s just my natural nervousness about mental health representation. Anyway, I definitely still want to read this book since the main character has bipolar disorder and I’ve only recently read my first book with a bipolar MC and am now looking for more! Hopefully, this ends up being good 🙂

To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough

Releases February 7th

To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough book coverErin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case—which remains unsolved—fascinated a nation. Her father’s identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother’s best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past.

Fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother’s killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she’s secretly doing on her own.

Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she’s close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it’s too late.

In my search for more YA mysteries, this book came up and it sounds fantastic. I haven’t heard too much about it, so I’m not really sure what to expect but fingers crossed I like it!

Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher

Releases February 7th

Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher book coverWhen Savannah Gregory blows out her knee –and her shot at a gymnastics scholarship – she decides she’s done with the sport forever. Without gymnastics, she has more time for her best friend, Cassie. She’s content to let her fun, impulsive best friend plan a memorable senior year.

That is, until Cassie tries to kill herself.

Savannah wants to understand what happened, but Cassie refuses to talk about it and for the first time, Savannah has to find her own way. The only person she can turn to is Marcos, the boy who saved Cassie’s life. Being with him makes her see who she could be and what she really wants: gymnastics.

But Cassie doesn’t approve of Marcos or of Savannah going back to gymnastics, and the tighter she tries to hold onto Savannah, the farther it pulls them apart. Without Cassie to call the shots, Savannah discovers how capable she is on her own—and that maybe her best friend’s been holding her back all along.

This is another book that I’m a little unsure about, but if it’s done well, this could be really good. I guess I’ll have to wait and see.

A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho

Releases February 28th

A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho book coverCan the right kind of boy get away with killing the wrong kind of girl?

Fin and Betty’s close friendship survived Fin’s ninth-grade move from their coastal Maine town to Manhattan. Calls, letters, and summer visits continued to bind them together, and in the fall of their senior year, they both applied to NYU, planning to reunite for good as roommates.

Then Betty disappears. Her ex-boyfriend Calder admits to drowning her, but his confession is thrown out, and soon the entire town believes he was coerced and Betty has simply run away. Fin knows the truth, and she returns to Williston for one final summer, determined to get justice for her friend, even if it means putting her loved ones—and herself—at risk.

But Williston is a town full of secrets, where a delicate framework holds everything together, and Fin is not the only one with an agenda. How much is she willing to damage to get her revenge and learn the truth about Betty’s disappearance, which is more complicated than she ever imagined—and infinitely more devastating?

In addition to sounding pretty creepy and like a good mystery, the main character is also bisexual which is something that 99.999% of the time automatically makes a book get added to my TBR, haha. I’m really looking forward to this one!

February is full of great releases. Which are you excited for?


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24 thoughts on “February Releases I’m Excited For

  1. Great List! I’m mostly excited for Gilded Cage, Empress of a Thousand Skies, A Conjuring of Light, and Valiant. I’m semi-excited for King’s Cage but that’s only because I haven’t read Glass Sword yet (on the TBR for next month!). 🙂

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  2. SO MANY AMAZING RELEASES. I’m hyped for ACOL, The Hate U Give, To Catch a Killer, A Good Idea, The Valiant, Beautiful Broken Girls, and Empress of a Thousand Skies. I also haven’t read Glass Sword yet, and I really need to catch up. 😍

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  3. A Conjuring Of Light, A CONJURING OF LIGHT!!! ❤ I can't wait to get my hands on that one, although quite a few of the other titles are on my wishlist as well. 😀

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  4. Oh man. There are so many great releases this month! I never pay attention to release dates, sadly. I really should be better about that. I am personally super excited for The Hate U Give, American Street, A Conjouring of Light. I actually haven’t read the second book in Shades of Magic yet, either. I knew I’d have to binge read them after reading the first book. So, here we go! 🙂

    Great list. I love knowing all of these are about to hit the shelves.

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      • My library sometimes has books listed months in advance which has confused me more than once, so I know what you mean, haha. I remember they had Jodi Picoult’s book that released in October listed in their system back in May and I got so excited only to realize it wasn’t going to be available for months (and at that point it already had over a hundred holds on it which is ridiculous, hahaha).

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  5. Can’t believe it’s so soon until February! I’m definitely looking forward to ACOL and The Hate U Give — I’m kind of making space in my TBR so I can read ACOL as soon as it comes out and I think the anticipation is making me slump bc I don’t want to be reading anything else even now. 😛

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    • Haha, I’m in pretty much the same situation with THUG! I want it so badly! I’ll definitely be reading that as soon as I get it. Fingers crossed my pre-order arrives on release day like it’s supposed to. Especially since 2 days later, I’ll be leaving for spring break and then would have to wait over a week to get it!

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  6. I’m really looking forward to King’s Cage (I’ve quite enjoyed the previous books and can’t wait to see how the story continues!) and then for debuts I’m REALLY excited for The Hate U Give and also American Street. I had heard of a few of the other books you’ve mentioned (obviously the VE Schwab one, it’s difficult not to come by that book on lists for February releases) but also The Valiant!

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    • I’m sooo excited for King’s Cage. Although I’m getting a little nervous that it’s not going to get here on time. I pre-ordered it from Amazon (who is unfortunately notorious for being late with pre-order deliveries) and it still hasn’t shipped even though it’s supposed to be here in 2 days. Fingers crossed it somehow gets here on time so I don’t have to wait to read it!!

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      • Urgh, that sucks! I haven’t had trouble with Amazon pre-orders so far – I’ve even received pre-orders a couple of days in advance (to my surprise both times), so I hope things work out for you in the end!

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