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14 YA Books Coming Out February 2020

Updated: Feb 11

Hello!


It's February, and here are some of my favorite books hitting the bookstores and libraries this month! Today I'm already on hold for some of these books in the library and I know which are automatic buys for me. I hope you add new reads to your TBR and that you find your next favorite read.

Let's get started:


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All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace - Feb. 4


Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom


#Fantasy #Adventure

#FirstinSeries


Thoughts: Mermaids, pirates, and a princess pushed to the edge really sound like the right elements of a great book.

Level of Excitement: Medium/High

Length: 384 pages


Add All the Stars and Teeth to your Goodreads shelf, here.


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Below by Alexandria Warwick - Feb. 4


From the author of The Demon Race comes a YA dark fantasy series inspired by Inuit mythology.

In the heart of the frigid North, there lives a demon known as the Face Stealer. Eyes, nose, mouth—nothing and no one is safe. Once he returns to his lair, or wherever it is he dwells, no one ever sees those faces again.

When tragedy strikes, Apaay embarks on a perilous journey to find her sister's face—yet becomes trapped in a labyrinth ruled by a sinister girl named Yuki. The girl offers Apaay a deal: find her sister's face hidden within the labyrinth, and she will be set free. But the labyrinth, and those who inhabit it, is not as it seems. Especially Numiak: darkly beautiful, powerful, whose motives are not yet clear.

With time slipping, Apaay is determined to escape the deadly labyrinth with her sister's face in hand. But in Yuki's harsh world, Apaay will need all her strength to survive.

Yuki only plays the games she wins.


#Fantasy #Mythology

#FirstinSeries


Thoughts: I have so many questions about this book and how mythology plays a role into it all. It feels different, and I'm always super open to explore new mythology.

Level of Excitement: Medium

Length: 320 pages


Add Below to your Goodreads shelf, here.


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Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian - Feb. 4


The thrilling conclusion to the series that began with the instant New York Times bestseller “made for fans of Victoria Aveyard and Sabaa Tahir” (Bustle), Ember Queen is an epic fantasy about a throne cruelly stolen and a girl who must fight to take it back for her people.

Princess Theodosia was a prisoner in her own country for a decade. Renamed the Ash Princess, she endured relentless abuse and ridicule from the Kaiser and his court. But though she wore a crown of ashes, there is fire in Theo’s blood. As the rightful heir to the Astrean crown, it runs in her veins. And if she learned nothing else from her mother, she learned that a Queen never cowers.

Now free, with a misfit army of rebels to back her, Theo must liberate her enslaved people and face a terrifying new enemy: the new Kaiserin. Imbued with a magic no one understands, the Kaiserin is determined to burn down anyone and everything in her way.

The Kaiserin’s strange power is growing stronger, and with Prinz Søren as her hostage, there is more at stake than ever. Theo must learn to embrace her own power if she has any hope of standing against the girl she once called her heart’s sister.


Thoughts: I've been all in with this series since Ash Princess, so I was sooo looking forward to this book the moment I finished Lady Smoke. Definitely one of my favorite series, so I won't miss the grand finale. Automatic buy for me.

Level of Excitement: High!!!

Length: 512 pages


Add Ember Queen to your Goodreads shelf, here.

If you want to begin the series, add Ash Princess to your Goodreads TBR, here.


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The Queen's Assassin by Melissa De La Cruz - Feb. 4


Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Red Queen, this is the first novel in a sweeping YA fantasy-romance duet about a deadly assassin, his mysterious apprentice, and the country they are sworn to protect from #1 NYT bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.

Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovia's deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in brawn or brains, which is why he's the Guild's most dangerous member and the Queen's one and only assassin. He's also bound to the Queen by an impossible vow--to find the missing Deian Scrolls, the fount of all magical history and knowledge, stolen years ago by a nefarious sect called the Aphrasians.

Shadow has been training all her life to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunts--to become skilled enough to join the ranks of the Guild. Though magic has been forbidden since the Aphrasian uprising, Shadow has been learning to control her powers in secret, hoping that one day she'll become an assassin as feared and revered as Caledon Holt.

When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they're forced to team up as assassin and apprentice to hunt down a new sinister threat to Renovia. But as Cal and Shadow grow closer, they'll uncover a shocking web of lies and secrets that may destroy everything they hold dear. With war on the horizon and true love at risk, they'll stop at nothing to protect each other and their kingdom in this stunning first novel in the Queen's Secret series.


#Fantasy

#FirstInSeries - 2 books


Thoughts: I got a sampler of this book at YALLFest and it seriously sounds amazing. I know Melissa De La Cruz is an established author, and I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't read any of her books, but this might me a good start for me.

Level of Excitement: Medium

Length: 384 pages


Add The Queen's Assassin to your Goodreads shelf, here.


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Malice by Pintip Dunn - Feb 4


What I know: a boy in my school will one day wipe out two-thirds of the population with a virus.

What I don’t know: who he is.

In a race against the clock, I not only have to figure out his identity, but I’ll have to outwit a voice from the future telling me to kill him. Because I’m starting to realize no one is telling the truth. But how can I play chess with someone who already knows the outcome of my every move? Someone so filled with malice they’ve lost all hope in humanity? Well, I’ll just have to find a way—because now they’ve drawn a target on the only boy I’ve ever loved...


#SciFi

#Standalone


Thoughts: In my mind, this book has the potential of so edgy action and I would love just that. This seems like the kind of SciFi I would enjoy, and that's why this book made it to my TBR.

Level of Excitement: Medium

Length: 400 pages


Add Malice to your Goodreads shelf, here.


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What Kind of Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel - Feb 4


Girl In Pieces meets Moxie in this unflinching exploration of the many forms of abuse society inflicts upon women, and the strength it takes to rise above it all to claim your worth.

The girls at North Bay Academy are taking sides. It all started when Mike Parker's girlfriend showed up with a bruise on her face. Or, more specifically, when she walked into the principal's office and said Mike hit her. But the students have questions. Why did she go to the principal and not the police? Why did she stay so long if he was hurting her? Obviously, if it's true, Mike should be expelled. But is it true?

Some girls want to rally for his expulsion—and some want to rally around Mike. The only thing that the entire student body can agree on? Someone is lying. And the truth has to come out.


#Contemporary #MentalHealth

#Standalone


Thoughts: We are how we stand for each other and how we manage our anger when if comes to issues that we care about and really want to make a change. This book feels like the promise of a lesson and I'm here for that.

Level of Excitement: Medium/High

Length: 384 pages


Add What Kind of Girl to your Goodreads shelf, here.


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Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal - Feb. 11


A lush, dark YA fantasy debut that weaves together tattoo magic, faith, and eccentric theater in a world where lies are currency and ink is a weapon, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake.

Celia Sand and her best friend, Anya Burtoni, are inklings for the esteemed religion of Profeta. Using magic, they tattoo followers with beautiful images that represent the Divine’s will and guide the actions of the recipients. It’s considered a noble calling, but ten years into their servitude Celia and Anya know the truth: Profeta is built on lies, the tattooed orders strip away freedom, and the revered temple is actually a brutal, torturous prison.

Their opportunity to escape arrives with the Rabble Mob, a traveling theater troupe. Using their inkling abilities for performance instead of propaganda, Celia and Anya are content for the first time . . . until they realize who followed them. The Divine they never believed in is very real, very angry, and determined to use Celia, Anya, and the Rabble Mob’s now-infamous stage to spread her deceitful influence even further.

To protect their new family from the wrath of a malicious deity and the zealots who work in her name, Celia and Anya must unmask the biggest lie of all—Profeta itself.


#Fantasy #LGBTQ

#FirstInSeries - Duology. Second book (Curse of the Divine schedule to publish Feb. 9th, 2021)


Thoughts: The idea of inklings feels mind blowing, and the world seems dark. I'm undeniably attracted to it.

Level of Excitement: Medium/High

Length: 448 pages


Add Ink in the Blood to your Goodreads shelf, here.


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Night Spinner by Addie Thorley - Feb 11

A must-read for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, transforming The Hunchback of Notre Dame into a powerful tundra-inspired epic.

Before the massacre at Nariin, Enebish was one of the greatest warriors in the Sky King’s Imperial Army: a rare and dangerous Night Spinner, blessed with the ability to control the threads of darkness. Now, she is known as Enebish the Destroyer―a monster and murderer, banished to a monastery for losing control of her power and annihilating a merchant caravan.

Guilt stricken and scarred, Enebish tries to be grateful for her sanctuary, until her adoptive sister, Imperial Army commander Ghoa, returns from the war front with a tantalizing offer. If Enebish can capture the notorious criminal, Temujin, whose band of rebels has been seizing army supply wagons, not only will her crimes be pardoned, she will be reinstated as a warrior.

Enebish eagerly accepts. But as she hunts Temujin across the tundra, she discovers the tides of war have shifted, and the supplies he’s stealing are the only thing keeping thousands of shepherds from starving. Torn between duty and conscience, Enebish must decide whether to put her trust in the charismatic rebel or her beloved sister. No matter who she chooses, an even greater enemy is advancing, ready to bring the empire to its knees.


#Fantasy #Retelling

#FirstInSeries - Duology


Thoughts: I expect action and powerful magic. This book doesn't seem to promise romance. but as long as I get action and magic I'll be alright.

Level of Excitement: Medium

Length: N/A


Add Night Spinner to your Goodreads shelf, here.


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Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon - Feb 18

From the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi comes the first novel in a brand-new series set at an elite international boarding school, that’s a contemporary spin on Beauty and the Beast.

Will the princess save the beast?

For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can't shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…

As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.


#Contemporary #Retelling #Romance #Fantasy

#FirstInSeries #Trilogy - St. Rosetta's Academy # 1


Thoughts: I have read Sandhya Menon's When Dimple Met Rishi and it was the cutest contemporary romance book ever. I like her storytelling and I have a feeling I will enjoy this book..

Level of Excitement: High

Length: 384 pages


Add Of Curses and Kisses to your Goodreads shelf, here.


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Solstice by Lorence Alison - Feb 18

A music fest goes wrong in this comic YA thriller as selfie-mad concert-goers wake up to realize their tropical island fantasy is a deadly nightmare.

When Adri is offered an all-expenses-paid trip to the exclusive Solstice Festival, she throws caution, her prestigious summer internship, and her parents goodwill to the wind. She just wants to live a little before the first day of the rest of her life, planned and scheduled in accordance to her parents’ law school dreams.

But when she and a horde of affluent, entitled teen partiers arrive at the island paradise, it looks nothing like the luxury vacation they were promised. There’s barely any food, nowhere to stay, and not nearly enough porta-potties. Pretty soon, the festival’s trending on social media for all the wrong reasons, and the music acts are cancelling left and right.

And then the first dead body washes up on the beach.

Adri has a front-row seat as everything devolves into chaos—and she's in a prime position to put together the clues to who—or what—is killing off the helpless attendees. But even if she finds the killer, how can she hope to stop them?

Check your privilege at the door—before it gets you killed. This is one vacation you can’t escape.


#Horror #Thriller

#Standalone


Thoughts: When I read the description for this book, the first thing that came to my mind was Fyre festival. Solstice seems like a worst case scenario of what could have happened back then, and truly, that is what pulls me towards this book.

Level of Excitement: Medium/High

Length: 288 pages ebook


Add Solstice to your Goodreads shelf, here.


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The Upside of Falling by Alex Light - Feb 18

It’s been years since seventeen-year-old Becca Hart believed in true love. But when her former best friend teases her for not having a boyfriend, Becca impulsively pretends she’s been secretly seeing someone.

Brett Wells has it all. Being captain of the football team and one of the most popular guys in school, he should have no problem finding someone to date, but he’s always been more focused on his future than who to bring to prom. When he overhears Becca’s lie, Brett decides to step in and be her mystery guy. It’s the perfect solution: he gets people off his back for not dating and she can keep up the ruse.

Acting like the perfect couple isn’t easy though, especially when you barely know the other person. But with Becca still picking up the pieces from when her world was blown apart years ago and Brett just barely holding his together now, they begin to realize they have more in common than they ever could have imagined. When the line between real and pretend begins to blur, they are forced to answer the question: is this fake romance the realest thing in either of their lives?


#Contemporary #Romance

#Standalone


Thoughts: I think I can sense a cute romance , and it's February, so why not? The plot seems a bit generic, but I'm willing to give this a chance.

Level of Excitement: Medium

Length: 416 pages


Add The Upside of Falling to your Goodreads shelf, here.


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Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold - Feb 25


You are alone in the woods, seen only by the unblinking yellow moon. Your hands are empty. You are nearly naked.

And the wolf is angry.

Since her grandmother became her caretaker when she was four years old, Bisou Martel has lived a quiet life in a little house in Seattle. She’s kept mostly to herself. She’s been good. But then comes the night of homecoming, when she finds herself running for her life over roots and between trees, a fury of claws and teeth behind her. A wolf attacks. Bisou fights back. A new moon rises. And with it, questions. About the blood in Bisou’s past and on her hands as she stumbles home. About broken boys and vicious wolves. About girls lost in the woods—frightened, but not alone.

Elana K. Arnold, National Book Award finalist and author of the Printz Honor book Damsel, returns with a dark, engrossing, blood-drenched tale of the familiar threats to female power—and one girl’s journey to regain it.


#Retelling #Fantasy

#Standalone


Thoughts: I have a lot of great expectations for how this book will deliver the Red Riding Hood tale, and they are because I'm familiar with Arnold's storytelling through Damsel, which was powerfully feminist. I know she will probably do something similar here, but it seems to be a bit more contemporary than Damsel. I cant wait to see how that'll turn out.

Level of Excitement: High!!!

Length: 368 pages


Add Red Hood to your Goodreads shelf, here.


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The Shadow Between Us by Tricia Lavenseller - Feb 25

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King. 2) Marry him. 3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

#Fantasy #Romance

#Standalone


Thoughts: Alessandra seems to be smart, cunning and powerful. I can't wait to see how she's challenged and I truly hope the prose matches the beauty of this cover.

Level of Excitement: Medium/High

Length: 448 pages


Add Ink in the Blood to your Goodreads shelf, here.


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We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia - Feb 25

In this nail-biting sequel to Tehlor Kay Mejia’s critically acclaimed fantasy novel We Set the Dark on Fire, La Voz operative Carmen is forced to choose between the girl she loves and the success of the rebellion she’s devoted her life to.

Being a part of the resistance group La Voz is an act of devotion and desperation. On the other side of Medio’s border wall, the oppressed class fights for freedom and liberty, sacrificing what little they have to become defenders of the cause.

Carmen Santos is one of La Voz’s best soldiers, taken in when she was an orphaned child and trained to be a cunning spy. She spent years undercover at the Medio School for Girls, but now, with her identity exposed and the island on the brink of civil war, Carmen returns to the only real home she’s ever known: La Voz’s headquarters.

There she must reckon with her beloved leader, who is under the influence of an aggressive new recruit, and with the devastating news that her true love might be the target of an assassination plot. Will Carmen break with her community and save the girl who stole her heart—or fully embrace the ruthless rebel she was always meant to be?


#Fantasy #LGBTQ #Latinix

#Series #Duology - Last book (We Set the Dark on Fire # 2)


Thoughts: I really loved the fist book and how it reflected the current struggles of our country's immigration. It felt like a powerful message, and as a latina, I was 100% her for it. This is a series I connected with, and I can't wait for the conclusion.

Level of Excitement: High!!!

Length: 400 pages


Add We Unleash the Merciless Storm to your Goodreads shelf, here.

Thank you so much for checking out this list, and I hope you are able to find new books to read and keep up with each month's new releases.


I'm currently reading Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez and Tenth Girl by Sara Faring. I'm also listening to the audiobook of Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan.


There are two book reviews I'm yet to post (The King's Questioner and Call Down the Hawk) and there are other non-literature posts I'd love to publish.


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