Rock stars, rebel queens, refugees, diverse MCs, starships, library defenders,mysterious killers, disappearing worlds, goblin kings, daughters of pirates, magic and much more…. February might be the shortest month, but it’s long on YA releases.  Get ready to fall in love with these One To Watch Books for February.

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February 2nd 

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This Beats Perfect by Rebecca Denton Out February 2nd

Amelie has great taste in music. So when she finds herself backstage at one of the world’s most popular fluff bands, she’s surprised to find she likes the musicians, if not the music. But when a picture of her backstage goes viral, Amelie suddenly finds herself in the spotlight.

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February 7th

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King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard Out February 7th

The final installment to the Red Queen series is finally here! Mare Barrow and the rebellion have been bested by the mad boy king Maven. Will Mare be able to regain her powers and raise the resistance or is she doomed to be Maven’s plaything for life?

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Starfall (Starflight #2) by Melissa Landers Out February 7th

Starfall picks up where Starflight #1 left off. Princess Cassia Rose managed to escape an arranged marriage only to hunted by bounty hunters and forced to return. Will her unruly crew be able to rescue her?

 Check our full review of book #1 here.

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Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza Out February 7th

An Empress out for revenge. A fugitive trying to clear his name. And a madman threatening to destroy the galaxy. When these three collide no one’s future is certain.

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Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2) by Brenda Drake Out February 7th

Gia is finally getting used to her new job as a Sentinel, protector of humans from mystical creatures. But things aren’t going as smoothly as Gia had hoped. Her boyfriend Arik seems to have a wondering eye and the world is in danger…again.

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At The Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson Out February 7th

What if the person you loved was suddenly gone? Not just missing, but gone from everyone’s memory but your’s. Ozzie’s boyfriend Tommy is gone and he’s the only one who remembers him. The more time that passes, the less likely it is that Ozzie will be able to bring Tommy back.

At The Edge of the Universe promises to offer as much mystery and heart break as last year’s  We Are The Ants.

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A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom Out February 7th

Living with bi-polar disorder keep thing interesting for 16 year-old Mel Harrington. Mel avoids getting too close to anyone but Mel is finding it hard to ignore her growing feelings. But a revelation from a former friends is bad timing for Mel’s already fragile world. Mel fears that if she reveals the truth of her condition to her friends, she will find herself alone.

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Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan Out February 7th

“The richly suspenseful sequel to Sophie Jordan’s romantic fantasy Reign of Shadows.”- Goodreads

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones Out February 7th

In Wintersong we enter the underground world of the Goblin King, a world where a sacrifice must be made in order for there to be growth for life above. When Liesl agrees to marry the Goblin King to save her sister’s life, neither of them know the extent of the bargain they have made.

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Island of Exiles (The Ryogan Chronicles #1) by Erica Cameron Out February 7th

On the Island of Shiara survival means putting the needs of the clan above the needs of the individual. But when protecting Khya’s brother means going against the clan, Khya is left with not choice but to rebel against the only life she’s known.

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To Catch A Killer by Sheryl Scarborough Out February 7th

Erin Blake was only a child when her mother was brutally murdered in a case that was never solved. Now 14 years later, Erin finds herself in the media spotlight once again when she finds the body of her biology teacher. Erin has the sinking suspicion that that the two murders are related and that she may be the next victim unless she can find the killer first.

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February 14th 

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American Street by Ibi Zoboi Out February 14th

Fabiola left Haiti with her mother for a better life with cousins in Detroit. But things don’t go as planned when Fabiola’s mother is detained at US customs leaving Fabiola to navigate her new life and family in America alone. Just as Fabiola starts to get her footing she is forced to make a hard decision about what price she’s wiling to  for pay for this new American life.

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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour Out February 7th

Marin walked away from everything when she left California for college in New York. Now her best friend Mable is coming to visit after months of silence and Marin will have to face the tragedy she tried to outrun.

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The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro Out February 14th

“In the second brilliant, action-packed book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Jamie and Charlotte are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families.” -Goodreads

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Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts #1) by Vic James

“A girl thirsts for love and knowledge. A boy dreams of revolution. And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.”-Goodreads

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The Wish Granter (Ravenspire #2) by C.J. Redwine

Action, adventure and romance abound in this fantastic retelling of Rumpelstiltskin.

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The Valiant by Lesly Livingston Out February 14th

Fallon is the daughter of a Celtic King, and as such she is destined to join her father’s war party on her seventeenth birthday, to avenge the death of her sister at the hands of Julius Caesar’s army. But instead Fallon is kidnapped and sold as a female gladiator to no other than Julius Caesar himself. Fallon must use her wits as well as her physical strength if she hopes to survive.

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Dare You (Nikki Kill #2) by Jennifer Brown Out February 14th

Dare Me is the follow up to Shade Me , Book One of the Nikki Kill Trilogy. Nikki has discovered the killer of Peyton Hollis, but now she’s been framed for the murders herself. Nikki must use her skills and her synesthesia if she hopes to save herself.

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February  21st

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A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab February 14th

“The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab.”-Goodreads

Read our review of Book One is the series here.

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Dreamland Buring by Jennifer Latham Out February 14th

When Rowan Chase has found a skeleton in her backyard she had no idea how much she was digging up. 100 years earlier, Will Tillman finds himself in a racial firestorm that ignites the Tulsa race riots. Told in alternate perspectives, Rowan in the present and Will in the past,  Dreamland Burning uncovers a history that needs to be told.

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Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage Out February 21st

Mira and Francesca are two sisters who live in a sheltered world. When they drowned themselves in a quarry, Ben, a young man who touched one of the sisters, finds himself on a quest to make sense of a letter they left behind. But some secrets should stay buried.

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Optimist Die First by Susin Nielsen Out February 21st

Petula is a girl afraid. She fears crossing the street, bug bits, germs…She’s convinced life is out to get her. When Petula is paired on a project a boy named Jacob with a prosthetic arm in her lame art therapy group, she starts to let go of some of her fears. But when Petula learns the full story behind what landed Jacob in the art therapy class, she’ll have to face her fears if she wants to move forward.

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Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas Out February 21st

Freya is of royal blood. But she’s so far down the line of ascension, just about every other member of the royal family would have to die before the sits on the throne. And then  there is a deadly royal feast where the worst happens. Freya is now the queen no one expected to have, most of all Freya herself. With the kingdom counting on her failure and a killer still on the loose, Freya will have to fight if she’s going to survive.

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Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin Out February 21st

We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet, but we’ve never heard it told quite like this. Laskin turns this classic on its head by setting the tragic love story amidst the conflict between Israel and Palestine. And it’s told in verse! We can’t wait for this beautiful heart-breaker.

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The Piper’s Price by Audrey Greathouse Out February 21st

We’re headed back to Neverland in book two of the Neverland Wars series. Neverland is in need of an army and Peter is the one to lead it.

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The Dragon’s Price by Bethany Wiggins Out February 21st

When Princess Sorrowlynn is given the choice between marrying a barbarian prince or a fire breathing dragon, she picks the dragon. The spurned barbarian prince follow her into the dragon’s lair in hopes of being her champion and winning her hand, but the dragon has other plans….

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Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman Out February 21st

“Like Wild for teens! In the tradition of Sara Zarr and A. S. King, a girl must survive an extreme wilderness experience to prove to her mother that she has the strength to pursue her dreams.” -Goodreads

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February 28th 

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

We’ve been waiting long, long months for Angie Thomas’s The Hate you Give.

“Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.”-Goodreads

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Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

This highly anticipated February release is all about double-crossing badassery! 17 year old pirate Alosa allows herself to be captured by her enemies in order to steal an ancient treasure map. Although she is alone on enemy territory, Alosa can handle her own, but she just may have met her match in the clever (and handsome) ship’s first mate Riden.

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One Blood Ruby (Seven Black Diamonds #2) by Melissa Marr

Now that Lilywhite Abernathy is the heir to the Hidden Lands, everything is about to change.

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A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho

Fin and Betty were the closet of friends. When Betty turns up missing and her boyfriend confesses to drowning her, Fin thinks justice will at least be served. That is until the confession is thrown out and her killer goes free. Now it’s up to Fin to make sure Betty’s killer gets what she deserves.

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Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer Out February 28th

Imagining asking your teen idols to join to and your friends on a road trip and they say yes. Cash Carter is beyond famous, but when he jokingly gets an invite from fans, he decides to take them up on it. But there is much more to Cash Carter than these fans see on TV.

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Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot

“The story of a teen girl’s struggle with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder and how love helps her on the road to recovery.”-Goodreads

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I’ll be back next month with more OTWB for March. Until then, happy reading!

Ann-Eliza

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