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My February 2020 Most Anticipated Releases

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Hello, welcome to the 2nd installment of my most anticipated releases od the year. This time around we are talking February releases I don’t have as many releases this month as last month but I still have a lot of really awesome sounding books.

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Malice by Pintip Dunn| Feb 4th

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…

I’ve been in a more Sci-Fi mood lately so this one caught my eye. I really enjoy movies with similar premises so I’m hoping this ends up in the same vein as some of those movies. I’m also stoked that this seems to be a standalone!

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed| Feb 4

YES
Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate—as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at all to almost anyone), Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya.

NO
Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing—with some awkward dude she hardly knows—is beyond her.

MAYBE SO
Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer—and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural romance of the century is another thing entirely.

Political books aren’t usually my go-to books but I really enjoy reading books from Becky Albertalli so I’m willing to give this one a chance. I’m also interested to see how the Muslim rep is going to be so I’ll be keeping my eye out for own voice reviews.

The Kissing Game by Marie Harte | Feb 4th

“I bet you a kiss you can’t resist me.”

Game on.

Rena Jackson is ready. She’s worked her tail off to open up her own hair salon, and she’s almost ready to quit her job at the dive bar. Rena’s also a diehard romantic, and she’s had her eye on bar regular Axel Heller for a while. He’s got that tall-dark-and-handsome thing going big time. Problem is, he’s got that buttoned-up Germanic ice man thing going as well. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Rena’s about ready to give up on Axel and find her own Mr. Right.

At six foot six, Axel knows he intimidates most people. He’s been crushing on the gorgeous waitress for months. But the muscled mechanic is no romantic, and his heart is buried so deep, he has no idea how to show Rena what he feels. He knows he’s way out of his depth and she’s slipping away. So, he makes one crazy, desperate play…

This sounds so cute! I love it when we have a love interest who is struggling to express himself. The reviews currently are a mixed bag and I’ve heard that even though this is marked as a standalone that it takes place in the same world as her other series. Some of the reviews said that the secondary characters were thrown in with not a lot of context since we were supposed to already know them from reading her other books. I’m a little worried about that since I haven’t read any of her other books yet.

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper |Feb 4

As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus.

Amidst the chaos, Cal meets sensitive and mysterious Leon, another “Astrokid,” and finds himself falling head over heels—fast. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.

Expertly capturing the thrill of first love and the self-doubt all teens feel, debut author Phil Stamper is a new talent to watch

Gay kids and space how could you go wrong?

If you only Knew by Prerna Pickett | Feb 11

A boy recently released from jail and the daughter of a prosecutor fall for each other against the odds in this YA novel.

Corey has just been released from jail, and all he wants is a new beginning. But when his former gang comes knocking, Corey agrees to vandalize the home of Kent Hopper, the prosecutor who put him away.

To erase the guilt she carries from getting away with a crime, Tessa spends most of her nights riding her motorcycle. When she catches Corey destroying her father’s car, she doesn’t see a criminal: She sees a way to finally right her own wrongs. So instead of turning Corey over to the police, she convinces her father to give Corey a second chance.

As Tessa and Corey spend more time with each other, it becomes difficult to ignore the pull between them. But they’re both keeping secrets, and when those secrets come to light, they’ll each have to face their demons in order to have a future together.

Hmm, interesting! I really want to know what Tessa did and how she got away with it was she never caught? or did daddy get charges dropped? A lot could happen with this general plot so I am really interested in trying it. The ratings so far are really good!

This Train is Being Held by Ismée Williams| Feb 11

When private school student Isabelle Warren first meets Dominican-American Alex Rosario on the downtown 1 train, she remembers his green eyes and his gentlemanly behavior. He remembers her untroubled happiness, something he feels all rich kids must possess. That, and her long dancer legs. Over the course of multiple subway encounters spanning the next three years, Isabelle learns of Alex’s struggle with his father, who is hell-bent on Alex being a contender for the major leagues, despite Alex’s desire to go to college and become a poet. Alex learns about Isabelle’s unstable mother, a woman with a prejudice against Latino men. But fate—and the 1 train—throw them together when Isabelle needs Alex most. Heartfelt and evocative, this romantic drama will appeal to readers of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen.

Books centered around the same place are really fun! The reviews so far are really positive so I’m hoping for good things!

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?

Fake dating is a great trope so I am really excited about this! I also didn’t notice before this but this book is from Wattpad! I love reading from Wattpad and I’m so excited to see another story from there being traditionally published!

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.

Beauty and the Beast retellings are my favorite retellings so I am stoked for this one. Also, I am really enjoying reading books by this author I really enjoy her writing so I’m excited to see her write a different type of book.

The Shadow Between Us by Tricia Levenseller | 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?

I feel like I keep running into books with this plot of a woman marrying a man to steal his kingdom from under him and I am living for it! This sounds amazing and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus | Feb 25

Liv Fleming’s father went missing more than two years ago, not long after he claimed to have been abducted by aliens. Liv has long accepted that he’s dead, though that doesn’t mean she has given up their traditions. Every Sunday, she and her lifelong friend Doug Monk trudge through the woods to check the traps Lee left behind, traps he set to catch the aliens he so desperately believed were after him.

But Liv is done with childhood fantasies. Done pretending she believes her father’s absurd theories. Done going through the motions for Doug’s sake. However, on the very day she chooses to destroy the traps, she discovers in one of them a creature so inhuman it can only be one thing. In that moment, she’s faced with a painful realization: her dad was telling the truth. And no one believed him.

Now, she and Doug have a choice to make. They can turn the alien over to the authorities…or they can take matters into their own hands.

This topic isn’t normally something I would read but I’m really curious to give it a try! Aliens isn’t a trope I tend to gravitate to so I’m hopeful for a good read but I’m not sure yet what to expect.

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What book are you most excited about coming out in February 2020?

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16 thoughts on “My February 2020 Most Anticipated Releases

  1. I love the sound of all of these books, I’m immediately going to add them all to my TBR! I’m especially excited for Yes No Maybe So and Of Curses and Kisses, the latter of which I’m going to read as part of the South Asian Reading Challenge! I’m also very interested to see how the muslim rep will be in Yes No Maybe So, as a muslim reader. Thanks for sharing such a great list x

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  2. I love the sounds of all these books, but Malice is definitely one that I am looking forward too. Thanks for sharing this list with us 🙂 x

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  3. Useful post! I want to read Bent Heavens (I love sci-fi a lot), and I even wished for it on NetGalley, but I don’t expect they to grant my wish anytime soon LOL. I went as far as to reading an excerpt on Amazon, and the writing sounds accessible but well-crafted.

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