MOST ANTICIPATED February 2020 YA RELEASES

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I’m only into the second month of this series and I already deeply regret my decision as my bank account is in tears. However, is it worth it? Totally. As I said in the previous part, these are 9 books I’m excited for in the upcoming month but I have a separate series featuring 2020 releases with LGBTQ+ characters so make sure to check that one out separately so I don’t repeat titles! (x) These are all either standalones or starts of series so make sue to check out all the sequels coming out this year! Also, let me know in the comments what your favourite read in January was!

 

42595554Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin
Release Date: February 4th

Not only are we blessed with the most amazing cover which I admit, is the reason I clicked on this book – we have also got a feminist re-imagining of Macbeth so this book was clearly written for me. We follow Elle, who alongside her group of friends, runs their LA circle. They have power, they own the town and they are untouchable. However, on the night of Elle’s 16th birthday party, she is targeted by the boys at St. Andrew’s. Sworn on vengeance, Elle transfers to their school and plots to take the boys down, one by one. I’d definitely recommend checking out trigger and content warnings provided by the author here.

 

 

 

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace38325332._SY475_
Release Date: February 4th

This YA fantasy sounds right up my street and I decided that as soon as I saw the word mermaid. We follow Amora Montaraprincess of an island kingdom who has spent her entire life training to become the Master of Souls. She has no choice over her magic and must secure the thrown by mastering a dangerous magic. However, when he demonstration backfires, she flees and recruits the help of pirate, Bastian who agrees to help if Amora helps him reclaim his stolen magic. Cue sailing through a dangerous kingdom, mermaids who seek vengeance through song and a lot of monsters.

 

 

 

44901351What Kind of Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Release Date: February 4th

This hard-hitting YA contemporary explores the ‘different forms of abuse society inflicts upon women.’ When Mike Parker’s girlfriend comes into school with a bruise on her face and tells the principal it was Mike, it isn’t long before accusations start flying. Why didn’t she go to the police? Why is she still with Mike? Is she telling the truth? With the school split down the middle, with half believing Mike and the others believing his girlfriend, it’s not long before the truth has to come out. This book, of course, deals with abuse and victim blaming so please be aware before you read it.

 

 

 

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Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
Release Date: February 4th

A YA contemporary by two much-loved authors tells the story of Jamie Goldberg, a volunteer for his local state senate who is much more comfortable behind the scenes than he is talking to people. Until he meets Maya. Maya Rehman is not having the best Ramadan – her best friend is busy and her parents are separating. However, when he mother suggests political canvassing, she soon finds herself getting closer to Jamie as well as entering the world of activism.

 

 

Turtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario 40668756._SY475_
Release Date: February 11th

After gazing at the cover for a good five minutes, I finally read the synopsis and immediately added it to my TBR. Recommended to fans of Elizabeth Acevedo, I believe this book is written in dual POV verse so I am very excited. Teenager, Rowena is struggling with grief and guilt after the disappearance of her sister, Ariana as well as the death of their mother years previously. Waking up in an empty bedroom, Rowena must piece together the mystery of Ariana’s disappearance as well as battling her involvement in it.

 

 

45891343The Upside of Falling by Alex Light
Release Date: February 18th

Although YA romance is not usually a genre I go towards, sometimes you just need a healthy dose of it and this month it comes in the form of the story of Becca, who after being teased about not having a boyfriend by her best friend, decides to pretend to be seeing somebody. In walks Brent, captain of the football team and all-round popular guy. After overhearing Becca’s lie, he decides to volunteer himself as the mystery boyfriend. Moral of the story – fake dating to real dating? Sign me up.

 

 

 

Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon43985469._SY475_
Release Date: February 18th

Ok, so I’m going to sneak one more YA romance in. Set in an international boarding school, we follow the story of Princess Jaya Rao, who after learning of the Emerson’s clan’s plan (har har) to target her sister, decides to exact revenge. When she finds out she’ll be attending the same school as Grey Emerson, she sees it as the perfect opportunity to make him fall in love with her and then break his heart. But let’s face it? Is that going to work out? A contemporary spin on Beauty & the Beast!

 

 

 

43721070Red Hood by Elana K. Arnold
Release Date: February 25th

Make 2020 the year of feminist fairytale retellings! This take on Little Red Riding Hood follows the story of Bisou Martel who’s lived a quiet life in Seattle with her grandmother. However, on the night of Homecoming, she finds herself being chased through the woods by a wolf who attacks her. However, Bisou fights back and stumbles home with blood on her hands. What follows is a series of questions about that night and all the girls lost in the woods.

 

 

 

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller 35702241
Release Date: February 25th

This book was sold to me as soon as I read the first few lines of the synopsis – ‘1) Woo the Shadow King. 2) Marry him. 3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.’ I mean? Alessandra wants power and she knows how to get it – by taking down the current Shadow King who can command shadows to do his bidding. However, nobody truly knows the extent of his powers. However, Alessandra is not the only one who wants him dead and she soon finds herself choosing between her head and her heart. What better for a Shadow King than a villainous Queen?


 

Which one are you most excited for?
Lots of Love,
Angharad
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