Everyone rejoice for the best month of the year, which also happens to be my birthday month! February is coming in with some exciting new releases that I have been (not so) patiently waiting for from a variety of genres.
Before we jump into all these gorgeously designed new releases, I want to briefly highlight Kosoko Jackson’s newest work I’m So (Not) Over You. Once again, thank you to Berkley Romance for providing me with a finished copy. I’ve been itching for another romcom that would cause my belly to ache from laughter, and Jackson’s first foray into adult romance didn’t disappoint. I’m So (Not) Over You is hilarious with a capital EVERYTHING. Being inside Kian’s head is like having a good friend unknowingly go off on a monologue, complete with random, spot-on, and not-so-obscure-but-also-super-obscure-yet-totally-relevant pop culture references. Kian is surrounded by a solid support group of his bff Divya and brother Jamal. Divya and Jamal are such fleshed out characters; I totally wouldn’t mind a love story between the two. I’m So (Not) Over You by Kosovo Jackson comes out February 22nd!
Because I’m nothing if not a lover of categorizing information, this list is organized by genre. Along with links to each book’s StoryGraph page, I’ve also given brief synopsis summaries.
Black Love Matters (02/01): An incisive, intersectional essay anthology that celebrates and examines romance and romantic media through the lens of Black readers, writers, and cultural commentators.
Ramón & Julieta (02/01): When fate and tacos bring Ramón and Julieta together on the Day of the Dead, the star-crossed pair must make a choice: accept the bitter food rivalry that drives them apart or surrender to a love that consumes them.
Sci-Fi & Fantasy:
Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms (02/01): The people of Chidani have been waiting for the last Descendant to return and save them . . . is Cameron ready to be the hero they need? Inspired by West African and Igbo history and mythology, this adventurous middle-grade fantasy celebrates the triumphs and challenges of a boy finding his true path to greatness.
This Woven Kingdom (02/01): Clashing empires, forbidden romance, and a long-forgotten queen destined to save her people—bestselling author Tahereh Mafi’s first in an epic, romantic trilogy inspired by Persian mythology.
A Comb Of Wishes (02/01): Set against the backdrop of Caribbean folklore, Lisa Stringfellow’s spellbinding middle grade debut tells of a grieving girl and a vengeful mermaid and will enchant readers.
Reclaim The Stars: 17 Tales Across Realms and Space (02/15): From stories that take you to the stars, to stories that span into other times and realms, to stories set in the magical now, RECLAIM THE STARS takes the Latin American diaspora to places fantastical and out of this world.
The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea (02/22): Swept away to the Spirit Realm, a magical city of lesser gods and mythical beasts, Mina seeks out the Sea God, only to find him caught in an enchanted sleep. With the help of a mysterious young man named Shin—as well as a motley crew of demons, gods and spirits—Mina sets out to wake the Sea God and bring an end to the killer storms once and for all.
Required Reading For the Disenfranchised Freshmen (02/01): A striking debut novel about racism on elite college campuses. Fans of Dear White People will embrace this activist-centered contemporary novel about a college freshman grappling with the challenges of attending an elite university with a disturbing racist history–that may not be as distant as it seems.
You Truly Assumed (02/08): In this compelling and thought-provoking debut novel, after a terrorist attack rocks the country and anti-Islamic sentiment stirs, three Black Muslim girls create a space where they can shatter assumptions and share truths.
Miss Pearly’s Girls (02/22): In this captivating family drama from award-winning, bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley, four estranged sisters must return to rural Arkansas when their mother is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Their mother wants them to repair their shattered relationships, but first they’ll have to face the lies and obstacles they’ve worked so hard to leave behind…
Horror & Thriller:
Mirror Girls (02/08): As infants, twin sisters Charlie Yates and Magnolia Heathwood were secretly separated after the brutal lynching of their parents, who died for loving across the color line. Now, at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, Charlie is a young Black organizer in Harlem, while white-passing Magnolia is the heiress to a cotton plantation in rural Georgia. They couldn’t be more different, but they will need each other to put the hauntings of the past to rest, to break a mirrors’ deadly curse–and to discover the meaning of sisterhood in a racially divided land.
Bitter (02/15): Bitter is thrilled to have been chosen to attend Eucalyptus, a special school where she can focus on her painting surrounded by other creative teens. But outside this haven, the streets are filled with protests against the deep injustices that grip the town of Lucille.
What February new releases are you super excited about? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to check out I’m So (Not) Over You by Kosoko Jackson, which releases on the 22nd!
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