Month: February 2020

10 Books for Valentines Day

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY EVERYONE ❤

Today I wanted to share a list of 10 books I feel are fitting for the day of love! I know I have always enjoyed this day. I just love cute things and I love love what can I say! I have always been into watching romantic movies and I always enjoy a good romance in a book, however, only recetly have I started to read rom-com books. I find them SO FUN and I love the cute romance in them!!

So here is my list of rom-com I think you should read to get into the Valentines Day spirit!!

Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane

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If there’s one thing worse than being fired from the grottiest restaurant in town, it’s coming home early to find your boyfriend in bed with someone else.

Reeling from the indignity of a double dumping on the same day, Georgina snatches at the next job that she’s offered – barmaid in a newly opened pub, which just so happens to run by the boy she fell in love with at school: Lucas McCarthy. And whereas Georgina (voted Most Likely to Succeed in her school yearbook) has done nothing but dead-end jobs in the last twelve years, Lucas has not only grown into a broodingly handsome man, but also has turned into an actual grown-up with a business and a dog along the way.

Meeting Lucas again not only throws Georgina’s rackety present into sharp relief, but also brings a dark secret from her past bubbling to the surface. Only she knows the truth about what happened on the last day of school, and why she’s allowed it to chase her all these years…

*** I read this one and LOVED IT!!!! I wrote a review about it if you’d like to find out more 🙂

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

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Where do you see yourself in five years?

When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.

After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.

That is, until four-and-a-half years later, when by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision.

*** This is not out yet! I am currently reading the ARC I received and loving it so far! Pub date is March 10!

The Kissing Game by Marie Harte

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“I bet you a kiss you can’t resist me.”

Game on.

Rena Jackson is ready. She’s worked her tail off to open up her own hair salon, and she’s almost ready to quit her job at the dive bar. Rena’s also a diehard romantic, and she’s had her eye on bar regular Axel Heller for a while. He’s got that tall-dark-and-handsome thing going big time. Problem is, he’s got that buttoned-up Germanic ice man thing going as well. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Rena’s about ready to give up on Axel and find her own Mr. Right.

At six foot six, Axel knows he intimidates most people. He’s been crushing on the gorgeous waitress for months. But the muscled mechanic is no romantic, and his heart is buried so deep, he has no idea how to show Rena what he feels. He knows he’s way out of his depth and she’s slipping away. So, he makes one crazy, desperate play…

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

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After seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie Summers is ready to finally get the promotion she deserves. But now the TV and film agency she’s been running behind the scenes is in trouble, and Evie will lose her job unless she can convince the agency’s biggest and most arrogant client, Ezra Chester, to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy.

The catch? Ezra is suffering from writer’s block–and he’ll only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. With the future of the agency in jeopardy, Evie embarks on a mission to meet a man the way Sally met Harry or Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts.

But in the course of testing out the meet-cute scenes from classic romantic comedies IRL, not only will Evie encounter one humiliating situation after another, but she’ll have to confront the romantic past that soured her on love. In a novel as hilarious as it is heartwarming, debut author Rachel Winters proves that sometimes real life is better than the movies–and that the best kind of meet-cutes happen when you least expect them

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

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Sam Brandis was Tate Jones’s first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak.

During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.

Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Ami, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of… lucky.

What if its Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

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Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan

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To celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, Grace has planned the surprise of a lifetime for her husband—a romantic getaway to Paris. But she never expected he’d have a surprise of his own: he wants a divorce. Reeling from the shock but refusing to be broken, a devastated Grace makes the bold decision to go to Paris alone.

Audrey, a young woman from London, has left behind a heartache of her own when she arrives in Paris. A job in a bookshop is her ticket to freedom, but with no money and no knowledge of the French language, suddenly a summer spent wandering the cobbled streets alone seems much more likely…until she meets Grace, and everything changes.

Grace can’t believe how daring Audrey is. Audrey can’t believe how cautious newly single Grace is. Living in neighboring apartments above the bookshop, this unlikely pair offer each other just what they’ve both been missing. They came to Paris to find themselves, but finding this unbreakable friendship might be the best thing that’s ever happened to them…

Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

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Will the princess save the beast?

For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…

As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.


PLUS some stories that are just timeless and forever popular!!


Well that is it for today folks! Happy Valentines Day to all of my bookish friends 🙂

REVIEW: Hotel for the Lost

Hi friends 🙂 I recently read Hotel for the Lost and I loved it! It was on my TBR for a really long time haha and then I got it off of BookOutlet and soooo happy I did! Sad I waited so long!

Here is my review! Enjoy 🙂

Stay tonight. Stay forever.

When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.

Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn’t have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.

The more Audrey learns about the new people she’s met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between in a place that is so much more than it seems…

And the 13th chapter will only add to the mystery behind the 13th floor of Hotel Ruby…and ultimately, what it means for Audrey.

Welcome to the Ruby.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was exactly as I hoped it would be. It was full of mystery, twists, romance, and excitement!

The Hotel Ruby was so mysterious! “Stay tonight, stay forever” is the tagline of the hotel which makes you wonder what exactly does that mean?? The people staying and working at the hotel make you wonder even more! Weird things happen in the hotel and no one really seems to want to answer any questions.

Audrey is a typical girl but has recently experienced a tragedy – her mother died suddenly. This changed her life and her whole family dynamic. Her father was not the same and her brother was really emotionally damaged. Her father’s solution is to pack the kids up and take them to grandmas so he no longer needs to deal with them and the trauma.

They stop at the Hotel Ruby on the way as a rest stop. While they stay, things get weird. Audrey’s father starts acting different, her brother is happier, they decide to stay for more than one night…. Audrey tries to piece together the mystery herself and as a result, finds out some really disturbing things about the Ruby and the people inside.

One character I particularly like is Elias. He is the love interest in this story and he is just so perfect. Charming, well spoken, sweet, caring.. he fits the bill for sure! He has a horribly tragic past that gets discovered by Audrey which really made the book!!

I do have to say – there is a HUGE twist towards the end of the story. I had a bit of a hunch it was going to end up like that… I wasn’t 100% sure but I knew something was going to happen. So it wasn’t totally alarming but still a big twist!

I personally LOVED the ending. I was all for it. I always want that kind of happy ending and while the ending was not even close to happy, it was heartwarming and it just felt right.


My Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Goodreads Monday – Feb 10, 2020

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it!

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

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Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass and cedar palace on an island in British Columbia. Jonathan Alkaitis works in finance and owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it’s the beginning of their life together. That same day, Vincent’s half-brother, Paul, scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship. Weaving together the lives of these characters, The Glass Hotel moves between the ship, the skyscrapers of Manhattan, and the wilderness of northern Vancouver Island, painting a breathtaking picture of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts.


Why I Want To Read This:

I read Station Eleven and while it wasn’t my most favourite book, I really liked the authors writing! I saw she came out with this one and immediately added it to my TBR! I like the idea of this book AND as an added little fun aspect, it is set on Vancouver Island. Not very often a book will be set in a place you actually know (I live in BC – from the mainland in Langley).

I also enjoy mysteries and as weird and specific as this is… I enjoy books set in hotels, schools, scary mansions…. things like that 😂 so this books fits the bill!


What do you think of this book? Is it on your TBR?

BOOK TAG: Quick Fire Tag

Welcome! This is the Quick Fire book tag, where you have to put the first answer that pops into your head when answering the questions! I discovered this tag over at  The Reading Nook and had to give it a go!

1. E-Book or physical book?

Physical book!!! I have recently started reading ebooks and while I do enjoy it, I still enjoy a physical book more!

2. Paperback or hardback?

Paperback! I enjoy the lightness and flexibility of a paperback. Hardcovers are pretty and if the whole series is all matching in hardbacks that looks nice. However, for reading – I pick paperbacks!!

3. Online or in-store book shopping?

Online! I sure enjoy browsing the books in store and just LOVE the atmosphere of the book store. But, I tend to get overwhelmed or cant find what I was looking for! Where as, online everything is easy to find and more often there are SALES 🙂

4. Trilogies or series?

I don’t really care either way. There are many trilogies I have thoroughly enjoyed! But there have been series I enjoyed too! I don’t have a preference

5. Heroes or villains?

Oooooo – this can be difficult! Sometimes I like both. More often I would say probably heroes but a well put together villain can be so good!!

6. A book you want everyone to read?

Hotel for the Lost – Suzanne Young

7. Recommend an underrated author?

Hmmmm… I’m not too sure if she is “underrated” but I would recommend – Brittany Cavallaro

8. The last book you finished?

Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer Chow

9. Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?

I don’t really use anything unusual for book marks haha, maybe my phone? Sometimes if I need to get up quickly and have nothing around Ill throw my phone into the book for a quick second!

10. Used books – yes or no?

Yes, I am fine with used books! I enjoy a good thrift store run to find some hidden gems!

11. Top three favourite genres?

Mystery, Science Fiction, pretty much anything YA

12. Borrow or buy?

BUY! I am sorry I just cannot borrow books. I like to own and display them. I love the idea of the library but as of right now, it is just not for me!

13. Character or plot?

Both? I mean, I do love a good character and sometimes a character can make the whole book. However, a plot is needed and depending on the type of book you’re reading… the plot could be the difference between a ‘okay’ book and a GREAT book. I pick both.

14. Long or short books?

I prefer shorter books but I will still read a long book. I like to keep my books in the 300-400 page range. I find those the most doable for me!

15. Name the first three books you think of?

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

16. Books that make you laugh or cry?

Laugh! I don’t like to feel sad! I would rather have a comedy than a sad romance. I appreciate a book that can make you cry but I’d rather laugh 🙂

17. Our world or fictional?

Fictional. I like books to take me on a journey! I lean towards books that are somewhere else, different worlds, or even different times in our world. I just like to be taken away from my own reality while I read

18. Audiobooks, yes or no?

I have never listened to one so I have no comment on that!

19. Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

Yes!

20. Book to movie or book to tv?

Hmmm… I think book to TV!

21. A movie or tv show that you preferred to the book?

I haven’t come across one yet! Although I will say I enjoyed the Divergent movies, but still the books were better for me!

22. Series or standalones?

Both! Recently I’ve enjoyed standalones more, but in the past I read nothing but series!


Still loving the book tags 🙂 I think they are so fun and I love to read others book tags! I think its a fun way to get to know someone and what they enjoy reading!!

If you want to take part in this book tag go ahead 🙂 I am tagging everyone who wants to do it!!

WWW Wednesday – Feb 5, 2020

HELLO THERE 🙂

It is time for WWW Wednesday again! Wow , I have been slacking on this… oops. I will try to be better with this one haha

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of WordsIt’s open to everyone to participate! Why not join in and let me know what’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

A Question of Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Recently Finished

  • Hotel for the Lost by Suzanne Young
  • Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer Chow

What I’ll Read Next

It is always soooooo hard to pick what I will read in advance. I am such a mood reader! So I will do my usual and give a few options!!

  • Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow
  • The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

I said I would read The Grace Year the last time I did WWW Wednesday and guess what…. I didnt LOL but it is still at the top of my TBR so I just need to do it!!!


Anyone else struggle with sticking to a reading list?

REVIEW: Don’t You Forget About Me

Hello friends! Happy February!

I am so looking forward to this month for a few reasons:

  • January is over!!
  • Its the month of LOVE
  • I get a super duper looooong weekend during the Valentines weekend which I am SO looking forward to

So to the book and my review – a few things first. I do not read these types of ‘chick-lit’ books and I have to be honest, the only reason I even read it was because it was $1.99 on my Kobo app haha. BUT, I have to say that I was so SURPRISED by how wonderful the book was and how much I loved reading it! So thank you Kobo for making this book so cheap which led me to finding out about this wonderful genre of books that I now love!!

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If there’s one thing worse than being fired from the grottiest restaurant in town, it’s coming home early to find your boyfriend in bed with someone else.

Reeling from the indignity of a double dumping on the same day, Georgina snatches at the next job that she’s offered – barmaid in a newly opened pub, which just so happens to run by the boy she fell in love with at school: Lucas McCarthy. And whereas Georgina (voted Most Likely to Succeed in her school yearbook) has done nothing but dead-end jobs in the last twelve years, Lucas has not only grown into a broodingly handsome man, but also has turned into an actual grown-up with a business and a dog along the way.

Meeting Lucas again not only throws Georgina’s rackety present into sharp relief, but also brings a dark secret from her past bubbling to the surface. Only she knows the truth about what happened on the last day of school, and why she’s allowed it to chase her all these years…

WOW! I was really surprised by this book and my heart was so full by the end, I ACTUALLY cried a bit which is not normal for me!!

I do not usually read these types of books and to be honest I wasn’t really sure what I was going to think about it. But I was shocked by how much I enjoyed this!! My heart was on a roller coaster ride of love, sadness, tragedy, confusion, more love…. the list goes on.

Georgina – the main character: I really felt for her. She didn’t finish college, worked at a bar, had bad boyfriend after bad boyfriend, a poor relationship with her family, and of course, some background relationship trauma. BUT, that being sad, Georgina was strong and independent and a good friend. I respected her for those qualities

Lucas – the love interest: I LOVE HIM. Literally my favorite character in this entire book. I couldn’t get enough of him. Like seriously, dream boyfriend style stuff here. He is like the kind of boy who would stand on the mountain tops and confess his undying love for you, he is like the kind of boy who would wait a lifetime just to be with you….. he is THAT boy!

I won’t spend much time with the plot because really it is your typical love story. However, I reallllyy enjoyed the twist of how Lucas comes back into Georgina’s life. I was a little shook, not going to lie. It was an interesting turn of events that I was all for!

I liked how the characters actually grew quite a bit throughout the story. Not all of the characters were just flat and always the same. Georgina’s mother and Georgina’s sister really grew as people and I liked the relationship transformation between the family. It was heartwarming and felt real and like something many people could relate to. I also liked how there was some real life situations spoke about such as harassment, manipulation, and sexual assault. It was not so heavy that it was hard to read but it was emotional and created this connection with the characters and the story. It again, felt real, like something MANY women have experienced, especially in that age of high school and young adulthood!

The ending of the book was magical. It made me feel things I didn’t know I could feel. It was amazing, loving, sweet… so many words for it. I am SO HAPPY I got the ending I soooo wanted and needed. It really was the perfect ending for Georgina’s story.

It was a wonderful read. Really the only reason it didn’t get 5 stars was because I found the beginning to be a little slow and dragged on. However, once I got going I could not be stopped.


My Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

New Releases – Feb 2020

Hi everyone 🙂

I usually do a “my monthly picks” for the months releases I am looking forward to! I am still doing this, just going to label is as “new releases”. I love being up to date with the latest books and authors! Doing my research for the months new releases helps me stay in the loop and also discover some really cool books that I might not have come across.

Of course, I wont be highlighting every single book that is resealed in Feb because well there are a lot and many are not my style 🤷‍♀️ but I plan on touching on the most popular and then some that seem interesting to me!! Hope everyone is on board with this idea! If so – read on my bookish friends and find out what books could be filling your shelves in the near future 🔮


The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

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Publish date: Feb 18

Upstate NY, 1982. Every small town like Fell, New York, has a place like the Sun Down Motel. Some customers are from out of town, passing through on their way to someplace better. Some are locals, trying to hide their secrets. Viv Delaney works as the night clerk to pay for her move to New York City. But something isn’t right at the Sun Down, and before long she’s determined to uncover all of the secrets hidden…

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

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Publish date: Feb 15

Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star hotel on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. On the night she meets Jonathan Alkaitis, a hooded figure scrawls a message on the lobby’s glass wall: “Why don’t you swallow broken glass.” Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for Neptune-Avradimis, reads the words and orders a drink to calm down. Alkaitis, the owner of the hotel and a wealthy investment manager, arrives too late to read the threat, never knowing it was intended for him. He leaves Vincent a hundred dollar tip along with his business card, and a year later they are living together as husband and wife.

High above Manhattan, a greater crime is committed: Alkaitis is running an international Ponzi scheme, moving imaginary sums of money through clients’ accounts. He holds the life savings of an artist named Olivia Collins, the fortunes of a Saudi prince and his extended family, and countless retirement funds, including Leon Prevant’s. The collapse of the financial empire is as swift as it is devastating, obliterating fortunes and lives, while Vincent walks away into the night. Until, years later, she steps aboard a Neptune-Avramidis vessel, the Neptune Cumberland, and disappears from the ship between ports of call.

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

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Publish date: Feb 18

Sadie and Will Foust have only just moved their family from bustling Chicago to small-town Maine when their neighbor, Morgan Baines, is found dead in her home. The murder rocks their tiny coastal island, but no one is more shaken than Sadie, who is terrified by the thought of a killer in her very own backyard.

But it’s not just Morgan’s death that has Sadie on edge. It’s their eerie old home, with its decrepit decor and creepy attic, which they inherited from Will’s sister after she died unexpectedly. It’s Will’s disturbed teenage niece Imogen, with her dark and threatening presence. And it’s the troubling past that continues to wear at the seams of their family.

As the eyes of suspicion turn toward the new family in town, Sadie is drawn deeper into the mystery of Morgan’s death. But Sadie must be careful, for the more she discovers about Mrs. Baines, the more she begins to realize just how much she has to lose if the truth ever comes to light.

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

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Publish date: Feb 4

As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus.

Amidst the chaos, Cal meets sensitive and mysterious Leon, another “Astrokid,” and finds himself falling head over heels—fast. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.

The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates #1) by A.K Larkwood

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Publish date: Feb 11

Csorwe does — she will climb the mountain, enter the Shrine of the Unspoken, and gain the most honored title: sacrifice.

But on the day of her foretold death, a powerful mage offers her a new fate. Leave with him, and live. Turn away from her destiny and her god to become a thief, a spy, an assassin—the wizard’s loyal sword. Topple an empire, and help him reclaim his seat of power.

But Csorwe will soon learn – gods remember, and if you live long enough, all debts come due.

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli

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Publish date: Feb 4

YES
Jamie Goldberg is cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate—as long as he’s behind the scenes. When it comes to speaking to strangers (or, let’s face it, speaking at all to almost anyone), Jamie’s a choke artist. There’s no way he’d ever knock on doors to ask people for their votes…until he meets Maya.

NO
Maya Rehman’s having the worst Ramadan ever. Her best friend is too busy to hang out, her summer trip is canceled, and now her parents are separating. Why her mother thinks the solution to her problems is political canvassing—with some awkward dude she hardly knows—is beyond her.

MAYBE SO
Going door to door isn’t exactly glamorous, but maybeit’s not the worst thing in the world. After all, the polls are getting closer—and so are Maya and Jamie. Mastering local activism is one thing. Navigating the cross-cultural romance of the century is another thing entirely.

Malice by Pintip Dunn

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Publish date: Feb 4

What I know: a boy in my school will one day wipe out two-thirds of the population with a virus.

What I don’t know: who he is.

In a race against the clock, I not only have to figure out his identity, but I’ll have to outwit a voice from the future telling me to kill him. Because I’m starting to realize no one is telling the truth. But how can I play chess with someone who already knows the outcome of my every move? Someone so filled with malice they’ve lost all hope in humanity? Well, I’ll just have to find a way—because now they’ve drawn a target on the only boy I’ve ever loved…

Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman

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Publish date: Feb 1

Lisa Power is a tortured ghost of her former self. The author of a bestselling thriller called Thief River Falls, named after her rural Minnesota hometown, Lisa is secluded in her remote house as she struggles with the loss of her entire family: a series of tragedies she calls the “Dark Star.”

Then a nameless runaway boy shows up at her door with a terrifying story: he’s just escaped death after witnessing a brutal murder—a crime the police want to cover up. Obsessed with the boy’s safety, Lisa resolves to expose this crime, but powerful men in Thief River Falls are desperate to get the boy back, and now they want her too.

Lisa and her young visitor have nowhere to go as the trap closes around them. Still under the strange, unforgiving threat of the Dark Star, Lisa must find a way to save them both, or they’ll become the victims of another shocking tragedy she can’t foresee

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

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Publish date: Feb 4

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

Coconut Layer Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #25) by Joanne Fluke

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Publish date: Feb 25

Bakery owner Hannah Swensen is leaving Lake Eden to help a friend in sunny California. But an unexpected phone call swiftly brings her back to a cold Minnesota winter . . . and murder . . .

When Hannah learns that her sister Michelle’s boyfriend, Detective Lonnie Murphy, is the prime suspect in a murder case, she goes straight from a movie studio sound stage to the Los Angeles airport.

Back in frigid Minnesota, she discovers that proving Lonnie’s innocence will be harder than figuring out what went wrong with a recipe. Lonnie remembers only parts of the night he went out to a local bar and ended up driving a very impaired woman home. He knows he helped her to her bedroom, but he doesn’t recall anything else until he woke up on her couch the following morning. When he went to the bedroom to check on her, he was shocked to discover she was dead.

Hannah doesn’t know what to believe—only that exonerating a suspect who can’t remember is almost impossible, especially since Lonnie’s brother, Detective Rick Murphy, and Lonnie’s partner, Chief Detective Mike Kingston, have been taken off the case. Before everything comes crashing down on Lonnie like a heaping slice of coconut layer cake, it’ll be up to Hannah to rack up enough clues to toast a flaky killer


What do you think of some of the February releases? I have a few there that I want to read! Let me know what you think in the comments!