Ladies and Gents, I’m back with my annual list of the books I’m looking forward to in February. Considering the bane of my reading life, mandatory overtime is ENDING THE NEXT WEEK – I literally just got the email and I almost jumped for joy – my reading time is back under my control. That means I’m not as upset about going a little overboard with my book buying this month. Oh well.
At the Edge of the Universe – Shaun David Hutchinson. An interesting sci-fi premise – the universe is shrinking? Excuse me, what does that mean exactly??? – and an LBGT lead character trying to save his missing boyfriend ? Sign me up. Release Date: February 7th
Daughter of the Pirate King – Tricia Levenseller. Oh my god this sounds like my kind of book. Kickass heroine, pirates, treasure hunts and a side of romance? Its giving me Pirates of the Caribbean vibes and OH MY GOD GIVE ME THE THING. I will admit I thought the cover was a bit cheesy at first, but it’s starting to grow on me. Release Date: February 28th
Dreamland Burning – Jennifer Latham. I went into a lot of detail about all the reasons that I want to read this book in a recent Waiting on Wednesday post. Basically, this is another one of those little known aspects of American history that I don’t understand why I never learned in school and that have relevance in today’s world and I REALLY want to read this book. Release Date: February 21st.
The Education of Margot Sanchez – Lilliam Rivera. I will be completely honest – I have no idea why I want to read this book. There isn’t a particular reason that I can pick up off the top of my head. It might be my desire to read more diversely. It might be the comparison to Pretty in Pink. It might be this bit from the synopsis:
THINGS/PEOPLE MARGOT HATES:
Mami, for destroying my social life
Papi, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal
Junior, for becoming a Neanderthal
I mean, how can you not? This sounds like it will be enlightening and entertaining and I really want to read it. Release Date: February 21st.
Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza. Another example of my current sci-fi kick rearing its head again. I don’t know a whole lot about this book and, honestly, I don’t know if I want to. Every once in a while, I want to go into a book not knowing all that much. This one: Girl wants to reclaim her royal throne in space. I’m game. Release Date: February 7th
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas. There’s a lot of buzz about this book – so much so that it already has a movie deal and it hasn’t even been released yet (which I keep forgetting and wondering why I haven’t read it yet – AKA I’m still an idiot). This an extremely topical book focusing on police bias and brutality and inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. I’m very interested in this and have been for a while and I actually can’t wait for the book to come out. Release Date: February 28th.
King’s Cage – Victoria Aveyard. I know, I know, I still haven’t read Glass Sword. This will give me incentive to read that one so I can read this one. It never works but you can’t blame a girl for trying right? Release Date: February 7th.
The Last of August – Brittany Cavallaro. I just read the first book in this Sherlock Holmes retelling series about the original Holmes and Watson’s teenaged descendants, Charlotte and Jamie, solving cases of their own. I knew the title of the second book going into the first and now, knowing what August refers to, I am in a DESPERATE need to get my hands on this book. Like I’m reading it the minute it touches my doorstep. Plus, I kind of have a thing for Jamie Watson. I kind of love him and need more of his narration in my life. Release Date: February 14th.
Long May She Reign – Rhiannon Thomas. New high-fantasy about a girl a long, long way down the line of secession who becomes Queen after a Red Wedding/Designated Survivor like massacre. I’ve never read one of Thomas’s novels – she has a fairly popular series that’s a retelling based on Sleeping Beauty called A Wicked Thing that flew under my radar – but this standalone sounds just like my kind of book and I’m really looking forward to it. Release Date: February 21st.
Rebels Like Us – Liz Reinhardt. Another book with a timely social issue at its core – this time the issue of segregated proms in certain states. There was a documentary that came out when I was in high school called Prom Night in Mississippi about a high school holding its first ever integrated prom in the late 2000s. This was something that took me by complete surprise – that this was a thing that happened in this day and age – and as soon as I read the synopsis to this book, I knew that this was something that I needed to read. Release Date: February 28th.
The Ship Beyond Time – Heidi Heilig. ANOTHER edition in an ongoing series where I haven’t read the previous book in the duology, The Girl from Everywhere, and am preordering in hopes of pushing myself to read the first one. Will it work? We shall see. I’ve been SUPER interested in the first book in this series and just have never gotten around to reading it. It’s about time I changed that. Release Date: February 28th.
The Valiant by Lesley Livingston. Badass heroine. Gladiators. Ancient Celts. Forbidden Romance. Literally everything that I could ever want in novel. Basically, I want the thing. Gimme the thing. Release Date: February 14th
Wintersong – S.Jae-Jones. My ears heard this based to some extent on Labyrinth. My head translated that to images David Bowie in leather pants. My heart said “Buy the thing,” and proceeded to jam to Magic Dance for days on end. It’s probably not based that heavily on the film, but just the thought that there might be a reference or two is enough for me to preorder the book. Release Date: February 7th.
That’s it for me this time. What books are you looking forward to in February?