Welcome to February.
And welcome to books. It’s a good month for new releases, so here’s 7 new titles we’re looking forward to diving into this month.
From thrillers to drama to YA fiction, there’s something for everyone. And if there’s not, hit up your local bookshop, sure. They’d be delighted to sort you out.
1. The Gilded Ones – Namina Forna
16 year old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.
In this YA fantasy novel, a young girl decides to leave the only life she’s ever known, only to discover that the great walled city she thought she knew holds many surprises.
Release date: February 9, 2021.
2. No One Is Talking About This – Patricia Lockwood
Lockwood’s eagerly anticipated novel tells the story woman who has recently been elevated to prominence for her social media posts, who travels around the world to meet her adoring fans.
She is overwhelmed by navigating the new language and etiquette of what she terms “the portal,” where she grapples with an unshakable conviction that a vast chorus of voices is now dictating her thoughts.
3. A History of What Comes Next – Sylvain Neuvel
Over 99 identical generations, Mia’s family has shaped human history to push them to the stars, making brutal, wrenching choices and sacrificing countless lives. Her mission: to lure Wernher Von Braun away from the Nazi party and into the American rocket program, and secure the future of the space race.
But Mia’s family is not the only group pushing the levers of history: an even more ruthless enemy lurks behind the scenes.
Release date: February 2, 2021.
4. The Sanatorium – Sarah Pearse
Elin Warner doesn’t want to spend her time off from her detective gig up the Swiss Apls in a former sanatorium, current hotel – but here she is, in this book, doing just that.
The hotel creeps her out, but no more than her brother Isaac, who seemingly invited her there to celebrate his engagement to his fiancée, Laure. But when the lights go out and Laure goes missing, it’s only a matter of time before Elin’s detective skills are put to good use.
Release date: February 18, 2021.
5. The Paris Library – Janet Skeslien Charles
A novel that explores the consequences of our choices and the relationships that make us who we are, The Paris Library shows that extraordinary heroism can sometimes be found in the quietest of places.
Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this book is sure to tug on your heart strings as it tells its true story of bravery and kinship.
Release date: February 9, 2021.
6. We Run The Tides – Vendela Vida
A story of female friendship, betrayal, and a mysterious disappearance set in the changing landscape of San Francisco, We Run The Tides is a suspense-filled thriller filled with mystery, intrigue as a potential kidnapping shakes a quiet community and threatens to expose unspoken truths.
Release date: February 4, 2021.
7. The Smash-Up – Ali Benjamin
Disillusioned with life and dissatisfied with, well, life, Ethan Frome is a middle aged guy with middle aged problems. In this reimagining of the classic 1911 book, Ali Benjamin presents a modern retelling of a man with nothing to do and nowhere to go.
As the country meanders through the Trump administration (and Ethan meanders through his feelings for his live-in baby sitter), the Frome’s lives are close to being turned upside-down by potential infidelity, misguided activism, and a little red pill that just won’t quit.
Release date: February 23, 2021.
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