New releases: February 2018 – young adult

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Wednesday! Young Adult! New releases! GO!
(Sorry, no inspiration for the first paragraph)

  1. Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce (The Numair Chronicles #1)
    Publication date: February 6th, 2018
    Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate … fated for trouble. Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. And as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram’s heart, Arram begins to realize that one day soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie. In the Numair Chronicles, readers will be rewarded with the never-before-told story of how Numair Salmalín came to Tortall. Newcomers will discover an unforgettable fantasy adventure where a kingdom’s future rests on the shoulders of a talented young man with a knack for making vicious enemies.
  2. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles #1)
    Publication date: February 6th, 2018
    Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born grey, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favourite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision. With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.
  3. The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross (Untitled Trilogy #1)
    Publication date: February 6th, 2018
    When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron. Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes. With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?
  4. A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
    Publication date: February 27th, 2018
    A timeless exploration of high-stakes romance, self-discovery, and the lengths we go to love and be loved. Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the subject of endless gossip at school.  You don’t want to get involved with a girl like that, they say. So how is it that eighteen-year-old Porus Dumasia has only ever had eyes for her? And how did Zarin and Porus end up dead in a car together, crashed on the side of a highway in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia? When the religious police arrive on the scene, everything everyone thought they knew about Zarin is questioned. And as her story is pieced together, told through multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that she was far more than just a girl like that.
  5. Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
    Publication date: February 27th, 2018
    Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him. Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them. When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive. What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

So there are two main days for new young adult novels apparently, the 6th and the 27th of February. Other new releases of February 2018 can be found by genre right here on Goodreads. Three new series are starting! I really like the first series, it sounds interesting. But it seems to be somewhat of a prequel series to another series? I must check out the other series then, because the world really does sound good! The second “Belle” series sounds like something I’ve already read and something new at the same time. I’ll put it on my maybe list, I first want to see the other books come out! And the third book series also sounds really interesting! Something of a more fantasy-inspired version of Divergent? Yum! The fourth book really does not sound like my cup of tea, I like my reading light and happy! That sounds like a very depressing and heavy book, and I want to forget the world when I’m reading, not be reminded of all its wrongs. The fifth book also sounds interesting. I’ve checked out the author, she’s apparently inspired a lot by fan fiction. And this book does sound like a young adult, female-driven version of Firefly, doesn’t it? I loved that show! So this book will go on my TBR-list, for sure. But first I need to find out if it is a standalone book or not. It appears to be so, but the first reviewers also mention a sequel to find out what happens next. I want to read this entire story in one go, because it sounds really good, so I’ll just wait to see how many books there’ll be.

Other new releases of February 2018 can be found by genre right here on Goodreads.

Happy reading,

Loes M.

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