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Anticipated Releases: February 2018

Hi Guys! As I’ve mentioned before I’m trying to read my own damn books in 2018 and so far that’s been going pretty well. I’ve been very good with my book buying, but this month is testing me. There are so many interesting new books coming out in February! If I was going to list them all we’d be here a while, so I’m only including the ones I’m personally interested in reading. And that’s till eighteen books, guys.


The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – Feb. 6th

Like everyone else I’m super hyped for this gorgeous fantasy novel set in a world where beauty is a commodity coveted above all else and the Belles are the only ones who can control it.

Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones – Feb. 6th

This is the sequel to Wintersong. In the first book Liesl journeyed to the realm of the goblins to rescue her sister and embarked on a romance with the Goblin King himself. I loved the atmosphere and mood of the story, so I look forward to being back in Liesl’s world.

American Panda by Gloria Chao – Feb. 6th

There’s quite a few diverse contemporaries coming out in 2018 and that makes me so happy. American Panda is about Mei, a Taiwanese-American teen who’s parents expect her to become a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer. But Mei’s afraid of germs, bored by biology lessons and crushing on her Japanese classmate.


Winterfolk by Janel Kolby – Feb. 6th

Rain is a homeless teen living with her father in the woods outside Seattle, near a community of other homeless people called the Winterfolk. But now the city’s planning to clear the woods of people, and Rain is forced to face Seattle. I’ve never read book with a homeless teen protagonist before, so I’m really looking forward to diving into this one.

When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A.J. Steiger – Feb. 6th

It’s rare to see a neurodivergent main character in YA, so I’m very glad we’re getting this YA romance about a girl with Asperger’s syndrome and a boy with a chronic illness.

Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot – Feb. 6th

I really want to make it a priority to read more books by Native American voices in 2018. Maiholt’s memoir about coming of age Seabird Island Indian Reservation in a dysfunctional family and being diagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Bipolar II, is one I’d really like to get to.


Paris Adrift by E.J. Swift – Feb. 6th

The only things I know about this book is that it’s set in Paris and involves time-travel, which is honestly all I need to know. Plus acquadimore made it sound awesome in her review.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – Feb. 6th

An American Marriage is an adult novel about newlyweds who are ripped apart when the husband is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime his wife knows he didn’t commit.

Folk by Zoe Gilbert – Feb. 8th

I’ve seen pretty mixed reviews for this book already, but I just can’t resist a book about an island where a girl is snatched by a water bull. a babe is born with a wing for an arm and children ask their fortunes of an oracle ox. Also: look at that cover.


Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard – Feb. 8th

I’ve been interested in every book Sars Barnard’s written, but I stil don’t own any. This one is about a girl who’s best friend runs away with her boyfriend – their music teacher.

The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale – Feb. 8th

This is a book about a magical toy shop set in 1917 London. What else do you need to know?

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang – Feb. 13th

The Prince and the Dressmaker is a graphic novel set in Paris about a Prince who like to wear dresses and the girl who makes them. I have a feeling this one will be absolutley beautiful.


Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre – Feb. 13th

There are so many YA sci-fi books coming out in 2018 and there’s no way I can get to all of them. What makes this one stand out to me is that it involves a race of sentient alien ships and space exploration. That sounds so cool.


Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda – Feb. 20th

The second February YA sci-fi release on my list is about space scavengers and mutant aliens that kill with sounds – I’m hoping this one will be as creepy as it sounds.

Blood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza – Feb. 20th
This is the sequel to Empress of a Thousand Skies, a YA space opera I loved last year, and therefor on my autobuy list. It follows several different characters as they try to untangle an intergalactic conspiracy.


Sunburn by Laura Lippman Feb. 20th

I’ve never been interested in picking up a novel by Laura Lippman before, but the synopsis for this book about a pair of lovers locked in a passionate game of cat and mouse – reminds me so much of my favorite show, Good Behavior, that I have to give it a go.

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena – Feb. 20th

Another diverse contemporary title, this one is about a muslim teenage girl called Zarin and how she and Porus, the boy who only had eyes for her, ended up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Saudi Arabia. I already know this book will break my heart, but that won’t stop me from reading it.

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages by Saundra Mitchell – Feb 27th

For someone who claims not to like anthologies, I sure put a lot of anthologies on my tbr. But this one sounds amazing: From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain, forbidden love in a 16th-century Spanish convent or an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene.

Are any of these books on your TBR? Are any of them new to you?

9 thoughts on “Anticipated Releases: February 2018

  1. I hope you love When My Heart Joins the Thousand! Ive been fishing about it for the longest 😂
    The Prince and the Dressmaker has
    been my number one anticipated read since I found out about it in December. I have the deepest feeling it’s going to be a favorite ❤


  2. American Panda is one of my most anticipated books for February too, because I heard the main character has a phobia that influences her daily life, which is something I look for. I had never heard of When My Heart Joins the Thousands before today but it does sound interesting. And I can’t wait for the conclusion of the Empress of a Thousand Skies series, I really liked the first book.
    Paris Adrift is turning out to be a polarizing one – it is kind of a weird book, mostly because of the unusual pacing (which I loved, but didn’t work for many) – so I’m curious to see what you think of it.


  3. So many February releases to look forward to! I’m personally looking to pick up A Girl Like That, American Panda, and Heart Berries though I may need to add some of these other ones to my TBR. The cover for Folk is GORGEOUS oh my stars! Great post and thank you for the list!

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  4. Some awesome sounding books here and only one of them was on my 2018 anticipated list. Just shows how many amazing books are coming out this year! I’m definitely going to have to check out when my heart joins the thousands. Autism and chronic illness rep is so rare. Thanks!

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