Another month has gone by and that can only mean one thing: more books added to the shelf! I’ve added yet another four books to my growing collection, three of which were Valentine’s Day presents from my amazing boyfriend 😊 And like every other book on my TBR list, I cannot wait to read them. Below is a list of my February haul and I just hope I could at least read one of them.
Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
Publisher/Publication Date: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers/November 20, 2018
Edition/Pages: Hardcover/288 pages
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
When I first saw Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson on screen together during a movie trailer, I was a bit intrigued. And then when I learned that Five Feet Apart was a book, I was even more intrigued. I’m a sucker for wanting to read books that will soon be movies (and a lot of YA novels will be on the big screen this year!). Five Feet Apart focuses on two teens, Stella and Will, who are battling cystic fibrosis. Drawn toward each, the pair are forbidden to be less than six feet apart. Stella, who usually sticks to the restrictions of her illness, finds it hard to stay away from Will and is willing to sacrifice an inch just to be a bit closer to him. Will, who is the complete opposite of Stella, wants to get rid of the bubbles that his illness puts him in. Will just five feet apart, instead of six, be the end of a romance destined to fail?
I haven’t read a book similar to this in a while. I’ve only read one other story like this and that is the infamous The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I don’t know what to expect from this, but I’m along for the ride. Let’s just hope it doesn’t crash and burn.
by John Green. I don’t know what to expect from this, but I’m along for the ride. Let’s just hope it doesn’t crash and burn.
King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Publisher/Publication Date: Imprint/January 29, 2019
Edition/Pages: Hardcover/528 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
The Grishaverse is back with our favorite privateer! We first met Nikolai Lantsov in the Shadow and Bone series under the alias of privateer Strumhond. After a brief cameo in the Six of Crows duology, Ravka’s king is finally telling his own story. Taking place after the events of Six of Crows, King of Scars follows three characters from both series: Nikolai, Zoya, and Nina. Nikolai is hiding the events of the civil war that changed him, both mentally and physically. There’s a darkness that grows within him without a cure insight and threatens to destroy everything he’s built. Talented Grisha Zoya is trying to help Nikolai secure his rightful place on Ravka’s throne but is surrounded by enemies. And Nina is in the north, waging war on those who would like to see all the Grisha perish. All three must work together, past the barriers of science and magic to risk all that they have in order to save their broken nation.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Publisher/Publication date: Balzer + Bray/February 5, 2019
Edition/Pages: Hardcover/464 pages
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction
On the Come Up is one of my most anticipated releases for 2019. Angie Thomas delivered a phenomenal story in The Hate U Give. Now, she returns to the same universe of Garden Heights to give us Bri’s story. Bri’s life is going downhill. Her mother lost her job, the bills are piling up, and she will soon be homeless. As an aspiring rapper, Bri knows that she has to make it big for the sake of her family. On the Come Up is a story of passion, drive and the will to survive in a world that’s against you every step of the way.
What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon
Publisher/Publication date: Lake Union Publishing/February 1, 2019
Edition/Pages: Hardcover/416 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
This book was also on my anticipated February release list and I’m so happy that I now own it. I’ve only read a small amount of Amy Harmon’s work and I’ve enjoyed each of them. Amy Harmon gives us a time-traveling story set in the early 1900s. While spreading the ashes of her grandfather at his childhood home, Anne Gallagher is pulled back to 20th century Ireland in the midst of war. She awakes to find Dr. Thomas Smith caring for her and a small boy who is mistaken as her son. Tensions in Ireland rise and Anne is drawn to the conflict and Dr. Smith. Ultimately, she must decide if she wants to trade in her previous life for an impossible love.