With new books coming out every week and some getting more recognition than others it’s time again to list of book releases that I’m excited about in a particular month.
So, grab a hot drink of choice and get ready to learn about some of the books I’m looking forward to being released in February 2018.
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How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
Publisher: Viking (February 6, 2018)
Print Length: 336 pages
A love story across the ages – and for the ages – about a man lost in time, the woman who could save him, and the lifetimes it can take to learn how to live
Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. Tom has lived history–performing with Shakespeare, exploring the high seas with Captain Cook, and sharing cocktails with Fitzgerald. Now, he just wants an ordinary life.
So Tom moves back to London, his old home, to become a high school history teacher–the perfect job for someone who has witnessed the city’s history first hand. Better yet, a captivating French teacher at his school seems fascinated by him. But the Albatross Society, the secretive group which protects people like Tom, has one rule: never fall in love. As painful memories of his past and the erratic behavior of the Society’s watchful leader threaten to derail his new life and romance, the one thing he can’t have just happens to be the one thing that might save him. Tom will have to decide once and for all whether to remain stuck in the past, or finally begin living in the present.
February releases are all about time travel, I mean I think I have four novels on this list that deal with time, but out of all of them I am most excited for How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. With a synopsis that boasts scenarios that include Shakespeare and Fitzgerald, How to Stop Time seems to be the perfect read for month that includes Valentine’s Day. Well maybe not the never fall in love part but I’ve never been the biggest fan of February’s holiday.
Ink, Iron, and Glass (Ink, Iron, and Glass #1) by Gwendolyn Clare
Publisher: Macmillan/Imprint (February 20, 2018)
Print Length: 336 pages
Can she write a world gone wrong?
A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation by her mother—a noted scriptologist.
But when her home is attacked and her mother abducted, Elsa must cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative 19th-century Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of pazzerellones—young people with a gift for mechanics, alchemy or scriptology—and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and a tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.
In this thrilling debut, worlds collide as Elsa unveils a deep political conspiracy seeking to unlock the most dangerous weapon ever created—and only she can stop it.
It wouldn’t be a books to look forward to list curated by yours truly without a YA fantasy novel inclusion. Ink, Iron, and Glass made it onto this list because of its use of the written word as a weapon and its semi-19th century Italy setting. I’m so hoping Clare’s debut novel doesn’t disappoint, but if all else fails that cover is going to look mighty good on my bookshelf.
The Queen’s Rising (Untitled Trilogy #1) by Rebecca Ross
Publisher: HarperTeen (February 6, 2018)
Print Length: 464 pages
When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.
Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.
Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.
With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?
A main character who is forced to chose a side in the brewing war based on passion or blood, sign me up please. Besides an eye catching cover, seriously a broken record over here, The Queen’s Rising sounds like it ticks off many of my boxes for anticipating YA fantasy novel. Plus, gotta give the debut authors a chance to make it onto my favourite authors list, good justification for the purchasing of new books.
Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift
Publisher: Solaris (February 6, 2018)
Print Length: 320 pages
Determined to escape her old life, misfit and student geologist Hallie packs up her life in England and heads to Paris. She falls in with the eclectic expat community as a bartender at the notorious Millie’s, located next to the Moulin Rouge.
Here she meets Gabriela, a bartender who guides her through this strange nocturnal world, and begins to find a new family. But Millie’s is not all that it seems: a bird warns Hallie to get her feathers in order, a mysterious woman shows up claiming to be a chronometrist, and Gabriela is inexplicably unable to leave Paris.
Then Hallie discovers a time portal located in the keg room. Over the next nine months, irate customers will be the least of her concerns, as she navigates time-faring through the city’s turbulent past and future, falling in love, and coming to terms with her own precarious sense of self.
Besides the gorgeous cover, I mean seriously, Paris Adrift made my list of February releases you should look forward to because of its Parisian setting. If I could pack up my life as Hallie does in the novel Paris would be very high on my list of places to move to. Plus the Moulin Rouge seems like its going to play a key role in Paris Adrift and because of that I am sold.
Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (February 20, 2018)
Print Length: 384 pages
Set against a future of marauding space scavengers and deadly aliens who kill with sound, here is a frightening, fast-paced YA adventure from the author of the acclaimed horror novel, Shutter.
Tuck has been in stasis on the USS John Muir, a ship that houses Earth’s most valued artifacts—its natural resources. Parks and mountains are preserved in space.
Laura belongs to a shipraiding family, who are funded by a group used to getting what they want. And they want what’s on the Muir.
Tuck and Laura didn’t bargain on working together, or battling mutant aliens who use sound to kill. But their plan is the only hope for their crews, their families, and themselves.
In space, nobody can hear you scream . . . but on the John Muir, the screams are the last thing you’ll hear.
Because nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like deadly aliens killing book characters with sound, just me? While I haven’t read Alameda’s other novel, Shutter, I’m hoping that if I like this YA novel when I get around to reading it that I will also find incentive to pick up other works by her.
Punishment (Detective Barnes #1) by Scott J. Holliday
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (February 1, 2018)
Print Length: 240 pages
Detroit-based homicide detective John Barnes has seen it all—literally. Thanks to a technologically advanced machine, detectives have access to the memories of the living, the dying, and the recently dead. But extracting victims’ experiences firsthand and personally reliving everything up to the final, brutal moments of their lives—the sights, the sounds, the scents, the pain—is also the punishment reserved for the criminals themselves.
Barnes has had enough. Enough of the memories that aren’t his. Enough of the horror. Enough of the voices inside his head that were never meant to take root…until a masked serial killer known as Calavera strikes a little too close to home.
Now, with Calavera on the loose, Barnes is ready to reconnect, risking his life—and his sanity. Because in the mind of this serial killer, there is one secret even Barnes has yet to see…
Wow, Sara, another book with a skull on the cover? Optimistic much? I have been obsessed with the Cormoron Strike series by Robert Galbraith ever since I picked up The Cuckoo’s Calling early last year but with no publication date set for book four, Lethal White, I need to fill the void left behind in my detective fiction loving heart. My hope is that Holliday’s science fiction detective thriller will do just that. Plus, skulls are cool, especially around Valentine’s Day.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Publisher: Raven Books (February 8, 2018)
Print Length: 512 pages
At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed–again. She’s been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden’s only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle’s murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend–but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.
The premise of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton sounds down right incredible. As a sort of mix between Romeo and Juliet and The Time Traveler’s Wife, Turton seems to have taken the mystery genre and turned it on its head. I could not be more excited about this publication.
Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (February 27, 2018)
Print Length: 544 pages
In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.
Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl–a subspecies of dragon–who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.
I have to admit, the reason Tess of the Road made my most anticipated February releases is because it is aesthetically pleasing. I mean just look at that cover. The synopsis is also intriguing with its focus on a troublemaking girl with a ‘the world is mine for the taking’ attitude. My only reservation with this novel is that I don’t know if I have to read Hartman’s Seraphina series before picking up Tess of the Road. Do you know if I do? Leave a comment below!
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And those are just some of the books that are being released in February 2018 that I am excited for. Feel like I missed one of your most anticipated February releases? Leave a comment down below.