New releases #2: February 2014

The following list DOESN’T feature all February YA releases. These are ONLY the ones I find interesting and possibly want to read.

2014/02/04 Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers: OK, so I’ll be the first to admit that at this point the phrase ‘mysterious/enigmatic/handsome exchange/new student’ causes me to instantly roll my eyes because it’s one of the biggest clichés you can put in a YA book blurb but ALIEN EXCHANGE STUDENT? What’s more, living with said alien exchange student? Sign me up! Who would’ve thought that changing just one word would have such an effect on me? I shamelessly want this book now!

2014/02/04 Burn (Pure #3) by Julianna Baggott: Pure took me completely by surprise when it came out 2 years ago in the best possible way. It’s unique and imaginative and pretty creepy at times, and I can’t wait to find out how everything wraps up.

2014/02/04 Cress (The Lunar chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer: do I even need to elaborate on this one? I’m finally starting this series after Cress comes out, and expect to breeze through all 3 books in no time. I have insanely high expectations but for once I’m sure they will all be met.

2014/02/04 The seers (Holders #2) by Julianna Scott: the second book in an interesting-sounding trilogy I haven’t started yet.

2014/02/04 Vengeance (Fracture #2) by Megan Miranda: Megan Miranda’s books have been on my radar for a while now, and this one sounds interesting, though I should probably read Fracture first.

2014/02/04 Landry Park (Landry Park #1) by Bethany Hegen: already explained this one. Downton Abbey comparison means I want it, even though I know it’s not a guarantee for anything.

2014/02/04 Teen spirit by Francesca Lia Block: this one sounds like the kind of cute contemporary read I seem to be slowly growing out of, but it has a ghost element which could be fun, I guess? I don’t know, it’s getting some mixed reviews on goodreads.

2014/02/06 The sound of letting go by Stasia Ward Kehoe: did I mention exchange students? Well, this one has ‘Irish exchange student and brilliant musician Cal’ in the blurb, but I might take a chance on it anyway. It seems like a good read with some substance.

2014/02/11 Counting to D by Kate Scott: a book with a heroine who has a learning disability? Count me in.

2014/02/11 Three (Article 5 #3) by Kristen Simmons: Article 5 is dystopian trilogy I keep hearing great things about lately, and I’m looking for a good dystopian read right now, so it’s going on the list.

2014/02/11 Split second (Pivot point #2) by Kasie West: again, the second book in an interesting-sounding trilogy I haven’t started yet.

2014/02/11 White spaces (Dark passages #1) by Ilsa J. Blick: this book is pitched as Matrix meets Inkheart which means absolutely nothing to me except that I barely got through the first Matrix movie (sorry, if that offends anyone, it just wasn’t for me). But the whole ‘jumping between the pages of a book’ concept sounds really cool, because seriously, who wouldn’t want to do that if given the opportunity? Jumping into Harry Potter and just wander around Diagon Alley or Hogwarts a little? I know it’s not just me… 🙂

2014/02/11 All that glows by Ryan Graudin: this is a book with a faerie bodyguard who has to protect the ‘partying bad boy and soon-to-be king’ (again, who comes up with these blurbs???) which doesn’t really make it my kind of book, but it’s getting some good early reviews from respected bloggers, so I might check it out.

2014/02/11 Pieces of me by Amber Kizer: last month it was Origin, this month it’s Pieces of me that appeals to my scientific side. This book deals with things like organ donation, which is a pretty serious issue and I took 2 semesters of bioethics classes that touched on this very subject among other things, so I’m curious. It might give me angry feels (depending on what stand the author takes) but I will read it nonetheless.

2014/02/11 Fates (Fates #1) by Lanie Bross: this is one of those ‘the heroine is destined to kill this guy so of course she’s going to fall in love with him instead and then trouble happens’ type of books, and I actually never read one of those before, so here’s my chance. And the rest of the synopsis sounds pretty intriguing too.

2014/02/11 Arcadia falls (Arkadien #3) by Kai Meyer: this one is tentatively on the list. It’s the last of a trilogy that was originally written in German years ago, and it’s finally translated into English now. It has Sicily, the mafia and a Romeo and Juliet type of forbidden romance and the first two of those things set it apart from everything else I read these days, so I’m intrigued.

2014/02/18 Perfect lies (Mind games #2) by Kiersten White: love Kiersten White, so anything she writes will be on the list.

2014/02/25 Fire & flood (Fire & flood #1) by Victoria Scott: Victoria Scott seems to be a very popular author lately with her Dante Walker trilogy, and this book sounds pretty interesting, so I’m putting it on the list.

2014/02/25 Burn bright (Dark star #2) by Bethany Frenette: Dark star is one of those books I keep putting off to read other books instead, don’t ask me why. But it has superheroes and superpowers and zero love triangles so I have to stop making excuses and just read it already.

2014/02/25 Better off friends by Elizabeth Eulberg: cute contemporary romance #2. I read Elizabeth Eulberg’s first 2 books, but nothing since then. Maybe this one?

2014/02/25 Killer frost (Mythos Academy #6) by Jennifer Estep: I’m familiar with Jennifer Estep’s Elemental assassin series which is more in the urban fantasy category, and last year became aware of her YA books. Killer frost is the last in this series, hopefully I’ll get around to reading it at some point (I’d say soon but it feels like I say that to everything these days so I’m setting a more realistic goal here).

2014/02/25 Unforgotten (Unremembered #2) by Jessica Brody: once again, the second book in an interesting-sounding trilogy I haven’t started yet.

2014/02/25 Faking normal by Courtney C. Stevens: this is one of those emotionally crippling stories (if done right) that I seem to be in the mood for lately even more than usual and it’s getting some good early reviews, so I have high hopes.

2014/02/27 Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick: recently I’ve been talking to several different people about the need for more books set in Russia and historical fiction in general, so this one is like an answer to our prayers. What’s more, it seems to take place in the early 20th century if the Alexei Romanov connection is any indication, so even more points for that.

P.S.: Apologies to anyone who expected Ignite me on the list, but I’m in a hate-hate relationship with that series. It sucks because everyone else loves it and it would be so much easier if I did too, but it just isn’t for me.

P.P.S.: It’s not technically a book, but the last of the Bane chronicles comes out on February 18th, The course of true love (and first dates). Alec & Magnus are the only two Mortal Instruments characters I still love with all my heart so I’m actually ridiculously excited for this one and will be reading it the second I can get my hands on it.

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