Young Adult Novels to Look Forward to This February


From epic fantasy to profound contemporary, February of 2019 has something in store for all readers. February is a month to be remembered due to the multitude of young adult novels being released.

Angie Thomas, author of the popular novel and movie “The Hate U Give,” will be releasing another contemporary, “On The Come Up.” It is to be released Feb. 5.

The novel will follow Bri, a 16-year-old girl who aspires to be the best rapper yet. She wants to follow the footsteps of her father who was an underground rap legend but died before he had the chance to get big. But for now, she is stuck in her neighborhood. When her mom loses her job and homelessness is too real of an outcome, she has to make it big, for both her family and herself.

Also coming out Feb. 5 is “Stolen Time” by Danielle Rollins. This is the first book of the Dark Stars series, which is expected to be a duology.

The story takes place in two different time periods. In 1913, Dorothy is cornered into an engagement. The man is wealthy, and she is expected to help her mother live comfortably. She flees her old life to avoid the wedding. In 2077, Ash is on a quest to save the professor that figured out time travel. He jumps through time in order to find him.

When he ends up in 1913, he runs into Dorothy. She sees Ash as an opportunity to leave her prison-like life behind. Together, they end up back in 2077, where the world is close to absolute destruction. Dorothy and Ash must work together to save this wretched world.

Susan Dennard's Witchlands series gains another installment Feb. 12. “Bloodwitch” will be the third novel in the series, following “Truthwitch” and “Windwitch.” Each novel focuses on a different character. The first novel followed Truthwitch Safi, and the second followed Windwitch Merik.

The new edition to the series will focus on the Bloodwitch, Aeduan. The monastery where Aeduan spent his younger years is threatened by raiders. These raiders want to take the secrets hidden inside and leave it in ruin. Aeduan joins Threadwitch Iseult and the mysterious young girl named Owl in order to protect this monastery from destruction.

Contemporary novel “Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee” is to be published Feb. 26. Delia and Rosie, best friends, obtain the aliases of Rayne Ravencroft and Delilah Darkwood every Friday night. As their aliases, they host a horror movie feature show called “Midnite Matinee.”

The end of their high school career is coming close and they have big decisions to make. Josie worries for graduation as she has to choose whether to leave for a university or chase her dream in a role on mainstream TV. But a talented boy on the show is making her choice even harder.

Delilah’s main goals are to have her father reach out to her and for Josie to stay. Her dad left her family years ago and the last connection she has to him is scary movies. She hopes that if “Midnite Matinee” gains enough fame, her father will see it and want to be apart of her life again and Josie will stay. Josie and Delilah work through the tumultuous times of growing up, and their friendship is put to the ultimate test.

Fans of historical fiction will love “Dear George, Dear Mary: A Novel of George Washington’s First Love.” Thriller enthusiasts will die for “We Told Six Lies.” Fantasy buffs will live for “Crown of Feathers.” All of these books show that matter what type of reader you may be, your TBR pile will be growing. February will truly be one for the books.

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