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Book Releases: February

There are a lot of books coming out this month, and here are just some of the ones that look interesting. Each cover leads to its goodreads page.

Alienated by Melissa Landers

Melissa Landers - Alienated Release date: 4th February

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a  bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not  only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the  mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to  skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly  identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain  about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

Bethany Hagen - Landry Park Release date: 4th February

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline  Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering  father won’t allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family  estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating  consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate. As Madeline begins to question  everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling  David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and  David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty – her family and  the estate she loves dearly – and desire.

Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine - Prince of Shadows Release date: 4th February

In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to  fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls  are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day  they are born.

Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his  house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the  greatest thief in Verona—and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he  sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of  many in Verona…

…And will rewrite all their fates, forever.

Something Real by Helen Demetrios

Heather Demetrios - Something Real Release date: 4th February

There’s nothing real about reality TV.

Seventeen-year-old Bonnie™ Baker has grown up on TV—she and her twelve siblings are the  stars of one-time hit reality show Baker’s Dozen. Since the show’s cancellation and the  scandal surrounding it, Bonnie™ has tried to live a normal life, under the radar and out of the  spotlight. But it’s about to fall apart…because Baker’s Dozen is going back on the air.  Bonnie™’s mom and the show’s producers won’t let her quit and soon the life she has so  carefully built for herself, with real friends (and maybe even a real boyfriend), is in danger of  being destroyed by the show. Bonnie™ needs to do something drastic if her life is ever going  to be her own—even if it means being more exposed than ever before.

Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville

Eliza Granville - Gretel and the Dark Release date: 6th February

Gretel and the Dark is Eliza Granville’s dazzling novel of darkness, evil – and hope.Vienna,  1899.

Josef Breuer – celebrated psychoanalyst – is about to encounter his strangest case yet.  Found by the lunatic asylum, thin, head shaved, she claims to have no name, no feelings – to  be, in fact, not even human. Intrigued, Breuer determines to fathom the roots of her  disturbance.

Years later, in Germany, we meet Krysta. Krysta’s Papa is busy working in the infirmary with  the ‘animal people’, so little Krysta plays alone, lost in the stories of Hansel and Gretel, the Pied Piper, and more. And when everything changes and the real world around her becomes as frightening as any fairy tale, Krysta finds that her imagination holds powers beyond what she could have ever guessed . . .

Counting to D by Kate Scott

Kate Scott - Counting to D Release date: 11th February

The kids at Sam’s school never knew if they should make fun of her for being too smart or too  dumb. That’s what it means to be dyslexic, smart, and illiterate. Sam is sick of it. So when her  mom gets a job in a faraway city, Sam decides not to tell anyone about her little illiteracy  problem. Without her paradox of a reputation, she falls in with a new group of highly  competitive friends who call themselves the Brain Trust. When she meets Nate, her charming  valedictorian lab partner, she declares her new reality perfect. But in order to keep it that way,  she has to keep her learning disability a secret. The books are stacked against her and so are  the lies. Sam’s got to get the grades, get the guy, and get it straight—without being able to  read.

White Space by Ilsa J. Bick

Ilsa J Bick - White Space Release date: 11th February

Ilsa Bick’s WHITE SPACE, pitched as The Matrix meets Inkheart, about a seventeen-year-old  girl who jumps between the lines of books and into the white space where realities are created  and destroyed – but who may herself be nothing more than a character written into being from  an alternative universe, to Greg Ferguson at Egmont, in a two-book deal, by Jennifer Laughran  at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (NA).

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Elizabeth Eulberg - Better Off Friends Release date: 25th February

For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can’t be just  friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families  are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan’s friends. They are platonic and  happy that way.

Eventually they realize they’re best friends — which wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t keep  getting in each other’s way. Guys won’t ask Macallan out because they think she’s with Levi,  and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with  his date. They can’t help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off  without making it even more complicated?

From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again — and one kiss away from true love?

Grim

Grim Release date: 25th February

Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories  from some of the best voices in young adult literature today:

Ellen Hopkins, Amanda Hocking, Julie Kagawa, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins, Kimberly Derting, Myra McEntire, Malinda Lo, Sarah Rees-Brennan, Jackson Pearce, Christine Johnson, Jeri Smith Ready, Shaun David Hutchinson, Saundra Mitchell, Sonia Gensler, Tessa Gratton & Jon Skrovan.

All summaries are taken from goodreads, as are the release dates.

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