Happy February, readers! I hope this month will treat you well. Of course, near the end of 2019 I published my most anticipated releases for 2020. You can find it here! But after taking a closer look at the list of new releases on Goodreads, I realized that there are definitely some books coming out this month worth mentioning.
I have to admit that sometimes when I write my anticipated releases posts I look only at authors whose books I already own. And I definitely don’t include books in series I haven’t caught up with yet. I think it’s time I change that though, because sometimes it’s just good to spread the word! So here are some February releases to be excited for:
All the Stars and Teeth by Adelyn Grace – Expected 4 February
Okay first of all, can I just mention that this cover is absolutely gorgeous?! This book sounds like it has an awesome magic system and an exciting plot. And it has pirates. I love stories that involve pirates. Early reviewers on Goodreads seem to love this book as well, and that’s always a good sign. Goodreads also says the expected publication date is February 4th, and since that’s the day after tomorrow I hope they’re right.
Read the blurb below:
Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.
She will reign.
As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.
When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.
But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.
I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.
The King of Crows by Libba Bray – 4 February
Full disclosure: I’ve only read the Diviners. I really need to get on with this series, but I have so many books, and so little time. Anyway, I can’t say much about this book because reading the blurb will definitely spoil the series for me. But I wanted to include it because I noticed a lot of people were so excited for this one!
Read the blurb (that I copy – pasted without looking) below:
The breath-taking finale to the epic New York Times bestseller, The Diviners, from Printz winner and beloved author, Libba Bray.
After the horrifying explosion that claimed one of their own, the Diviners find themselves wanted by the US government, and on the brink of war with the King of Crows.
While Memphis and Isaiah run for their lives from the mysterious Shadow Men, Isaiah receives a startling vision of a girl, Sarah Beth Olson, who could shift the balance in their struggle for peace. Sarah Beth says she knows how to stop the King of Crows-but, she will need the Diviners’ help to do it.
Elsewhere, Jericho has returned after his escape from Jake Marlowe’s estate, where he has learned the shocking truth behind the King of Crow’s plans. Now, the Diviners must travel to Bountiful, Nebraska, in hopes of joining forces with Sarah Beth and to stop the King of Crows and his army of the dead forever.
But as rumors of towns becoming ghost towns and the dead developing unprecedented powers begin to surface, all hope seems to be lost.
In this sweeping finale, The Diviners will be forced to confront their greatest fears and learn to rely on one another if they hope to save the nation, and world from catastrophe…
The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood – Expected 11 February
I clicked on this book on Goodreads because I liked the cover and the overall ratings were good, that’s it. Luckily for me, the premise sounds incredibly promising. This one will probably be my favorite release of the month, and I haven’t even read it yet! Also good to know is that according to the early reviewers, it has queer rep!
Read the blurb below:
What if you knew how and when you will die?
Csorwe does — she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice.
But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard’s loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power.
But Csorwe will soon learn – gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller – 25 February
It seems that this month’s new releases are set around badass female characters only, no exceptions. I’m here for it! The premise of this book sounds entirely unique to me, and after scrolling through some of the reviews I noticed that the overall consensus is that the execution is really well done. I loved Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of the Pirate King / Siren Queen duology, so I’m hoping to love this one, too!
Read the blurb below:
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?