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My February Book Haul & Wrap Up

I purchased four books in February and two are from my February anticipated releases list. In this post, I’ll share the books I purchased and the books I read for the month.

My February Book Haul

Let’s start with the ones I purchased.

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

The Obsession by Jesse Q. Sutanto

The Afterlife of the Party by Marlene Perez

The Haunting of Locker 31 by Deidre Bjorson

End of the month Stats

Total Books Read: 13

Genres Read: 3 Thrillers, 5 Fantasy, 1 Historical, 1 Romance, 3 Contemporary  (8 young adult, 4 adult and 1 middle grade).

Genders: 12 books by females and 1 by males.

Formats Read: 6 paperbacks, 5 hardbacks and 2 audiobooks.

Ratings: 4 (3 Stars), 4 (4 Stars), 5 (5 Stars)

New Authors To Me

Rena Barron

W. R. Gingell

Jim Butcher

K. J. Sutton

Randi Pink

Talia Hibbert

Frankie Y. Bailey

J. Elle

Jewell Parker Rhodes

Books DNF’d

I didn’t DNF any books this month, which is a good thing.

February was good reading month for me. The majority of the books I read were by authors new to me and I love it. I listened to more audiobooks than usual this month. I’m trying to give them a chance and out of the three I listened to, The Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson was my favorite.

I also completed the short story I’ve been working on and more editing for my upcoming book.

What books did you read in February? Which books are you anticipating in March?

 

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Cover Reveal: Dag Elementals CT MC by Alexi Ferreira

Dag

Elemental’s Cape Town MC Book 3

by Alexi Ferreira

Genre: Paranormal MC Romance

Cover Design By JessFX

DAG

How do you convince someone that has been betrayed since the day they were born that you are being true. I can feel the pain that betrays Esmeralda’s courage, the pain that is like a shield holding her in limbo from living a full and joyful life. The scars on her body are nothing like the scars that bleed deep in her soul. How can I protect and care for her if she doesn’t open herself to the fact that I would give my very life to keep her safe. I wont rest until she feels the joy that she deserves, the joy of being loved and loving others.

ESMERALDA

He might have found me, might even make me feel like I have never felt before, but sooner or later the pain and betrayal will once again rear its head. He swears to protect me, to care for me, but who will protect him from me? Who will protect him from the evil that always follows me?

 

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She currently lives in Lincoln, United Kingdom.

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My January Book Haul & Wrap UP

I am really late posting this but the month went by pretty fast.

I didn’t buy a lot of books in January, but was given one book by a co-worker. I was able to purchase two books off my January anticipated releases list. In this post, I’ll share the books I purchased and the books I read for the month.

My January Book Haul

Let’s start with the ones I purchased.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

Wings of Ebony by J. Elle

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Look for Me by Lisa Gardner

The Wanted by Robert Crais

House of Secrets by Richard Hawke

All of these are new authors to me except Angie Thomas. I look forward to reading their work and learning more about them.

What books did you purchase in January?

My January Wrap Up

Let’s talk about the books I finished reading for January. As usual I read a variety of books for the month.

End of the month Stats

Total Books Read: 13 and DNF’d only 2.

Genres Read: 7 Thrillers and 6 Fantasy (7 young adult, 5 adult and 1 middle grade).

Genders: 8 books by females and 5 by males.

Formats Read: 3 paperbacks, 6 hardbacks and 4 audiobooks.

Ratings: 3 (3 Stars), 6 (4 Stars), 2 (5 Stars)

New Authors To Me

Layne Fargo

Natalie D. Richards

Rivers Solomon

Jessica Goodman

Chloe Gong

Claire Eliza Bartlett

Shayne Silvers

Books DNF’d

The Deep by Rivers Solomon-I could not get into the audiobook. The narrator was not right for me so I will try the physical book.

They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman- I was bored with the audiobook. I believe it was just the narrator so I will be trying the physical book.

January was a pretty good reading month for me. I also was able to get editing done for my upcoming book.

 

What books did you read in January? Which books are you anticipating in February?

 

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My February Anticipated Releases

There are so many books releasing in the month of February. It is a little overwhelming. I’m just sharing the ones I’m most likely to purchase and read.

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Releases: February 9, 2021

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Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity–and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.

Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki–near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire’s greatest threat.

Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she’s ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be–not even Deka herself.

Nubia: The Real One by L. L. McKinney

Releases: February 23, 2021

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Can you be a hero…if society doesn’t see you as a person?

Nubia has always been a little bit…different. As a baby she showcased Amazonian-like strength by pushing over a tree to rescue her neighbor’s cat. But despite her having similar abilities, the world has no problem telling her that she’s no Wonder Woman. And even if she were, they wouldn’t want her. Every time she comes to the rescue, she’s reminded of how people see her: as a threat. Her moms do their best to keep her safe, but Nubia can’t deny the fire within her, even if she’s a little awkward about it sometimes. Even if it means people assume the worst.

When Nubia’s best friend, Quisha, is threatened by a boy who thinks he owns the town, Nubia will risk it all–her safety, her home, and her crush on that cute kid in English class–to become the hero society tells her she isn’t.

From the witty and powerful voice behind A Blade So Black, and with endearing and expressive art by Robyn Smith, comes a vital story for today about equality, identity, and kicking it with your squad.

The Project by Courtney Summers

Releases: February 2, 2021

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“The Unity Project saved my life.”

Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo’s sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there’s more to the group than meets the eye. She’s spent the last six years of her life trying―and failing―to prove it.

“The Unity Project murdered my son.”

When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its charismatic and mysterious leader, Lev Warren, he proposes a deal: if she can prove the worst of her suspicions about The Unity Project, she may expose them. If she can’t, she must finally leave them alone.

But as Lo delves deeper into The Project, the lives of its members, and spends more time with Lev, it upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around her―to the point she can no longer tell what’s real or true. Lo never thought she could afford to believe in Lev Warren . . . but now she doesn’t know if she can afford not to.

Welcome to The Unity Project.

Reaper of Souls by Rena Barron

Releases: February 16, 2021

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After so many years yearning for the gift of magic, Arrah has the one thing she’s always wanted—but it came at too steep a price. Now the last surviving witchdoctor, she’s been left to pick up the shattered pieces of a family that betrayed her, a kingdom plunged into chaos, and a love that can never be.

While Arrah returns to the tribal lands to search for survivors of the demons’ attack, her beloved Rudjek hunts down the remnants of the demon army—and uncovers a plot that would destroy what’s left of their world.

The Demon King wants Arrah, and if she and Rudjek can’t unravel his schemes, he will destroy everything, and everyone, standing in his way.

Set in a richly imagined world inspired by whispered tales of voodoo and folk magic, the Kingdom of Souls trilogy has been optioned for film by Michael B. Jordan and his Warner Bros. production company, Outlier Society.

Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson

Releases: February 2, 2021

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Weeks ago, Andre Cobb received a much-needed liver transplant.

He’s ready for his life to finally begin, until one night, when he passes out and wakes up somewhere totally unexpected…in 1969, where he connects with a magnetic boy named Michael.

And then, just as suddenly as he arrived, he slips back to present-day Boston, where the family of his donor is waiting to explain that his new liver came with a side effect―the ability to time travel. And they’ve tasked their youngest son, Blake, with teaching Andre how to use his unexpected new gift.

Andre splits his time bouncing between the past and future. Between Michael and Blake. Michael is everything Andre wishes he could be, and Blake, still reeling from the death of his brother, Andre’s donor, keeps him at arm’s length despite their obvious attraction to each other.

Torn between two boys, one in the past and one in the present, Andre has to figure out where he belongs―and more importantly who he wants to be―before the consequences of jumping in time catch up to him and change his future for good.

Some Other Now by Sarah Everett

Releases: February 23, 2021

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This Is Us for teens, this luminous and heartbreaking contemporary novel follows a girl caught between two brothers as the three of them navigate family, loss, and love over the course of two summers. For fans of Far From the TreeEmergency Contact, and Nina LaCour.

Before she kissed one of the Cohen boys, seventeen-year-old Jessi Rumfield knew what it was like to have a family—even if, technically, that family didn’t belong to her. She’d spent her childhood in the house next door, challenging Rowan Cohen to tennis matches while his older brother, Luke, studied in the background and Mel watched over the three like the mother Jessi always wished she had.

But then everything changed. It’s been almost a year since Jessi last visited the Cohen house. Rowan is gone. Mel is in remission and Luke hates Jessi for the role she played in breaking his family apart. Now Jessi spends her days at a dead-end summer job avoiding her real mother, who suddenly wants to play a role in Jessi’s life after being absent for so long. But when Luke comes home from college, it’s hard to ignore the past. And when he asks Jessi to pretend to be his girlfriend for the final months of Mel’s life, Jessi finds herself drawn back into the world of the Cohens. Everything’s changed, but Jessi can’t help wanting to be a Cohen, even if it means playing pretend for one final summer.

The Obsession by Jesse Q. Sutano

Releases: February 2, 2021

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A classic sort of love story…except somebody might wind up dead.

Nobody knows Delilah like Logan does. Nobody. He makes sure of it by learning everything he can through her social media and watching her through a hidden camera he has trained on her house. Some might call him a stalker. Logan prefers to be called “romantic”.

But after Logan sees Delilah killing her abusive stepfather, he realizes there’s still more about her to discover. His sweet, perfect Delilah isn’t so perfect after all.

Delilah knows she should feel guilty, but all she feels is free. She’s so over the men in her life controlling her. Except Logan saw what she did, and he won’t let her forget it.

Delilah is done being the victim. And she refuses to be a character in Logan’s twisted fantasy. If Logan won’t let her go…she’ll make him.

Love is A Revolution by Renee Watson

Releases: February 2, 2021

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When Nala Robertson reluctantly agrees to attend an open mic night for her cousin-sister-friend Imani’s birthday, she finds herself falling in instant love with Tye Brown, the MC. He’s perfect, except . . . Tye is an activist and is spending the summer putting on events for the community when Nala would rather watch movies and try out the new seasonal flavors at the local creamery. In order to impress Tye, Nala tells a few tiny lies to have enough in common with him. As they spend more time together, sharing more of themselves, some of those lies get harder to keep up. As Nala falls deeper into keeping up her lies and into love, she’ll learn all the ways love is hard, and how self-love is revolutionary.

In Love Is a Revolution, plus size girls are beautiful and get the attention of the hot guys, the popular girl clique is not shallow but has strong convictions and substance, and the ultimate love story is not only about romance but about how to show radical love to the people in your life, including to yourself.

The Afterlife of the Party by Marlene Perez

Releases: February 2, 2021

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I didn’t even want to go to the party.

Seriously, I’d rather have stayed home with my librarian-witch grandmother and her mystical book club than go. But my best friend Skyler begged me. So I went.

And it was the worst party of my life. Actually, it was the last party of my life.

Not only was there something very strange about the band, but the lead singer bit me afterwards. And then took off with Skyler.

Now I’m chasing down a band of dangerous vamps with my best guy friend Vaughn―the boy I’ve been secretly crushing on forever.

But anything can happen on the road.

I thought all I wanted was for things to change with Vaughn. For him to finally see the real me. But this wasn’t what I had in mind…

Let the afterlife begin.

The Afterlife series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 The Afterlife of the Party
Book #2 I’m with the Banned

The Initial Insult by Mindy McGinnis

Releases: February 23, 2021

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Tress Montor’s family used to mean something—until she didn’t have a family anymore. When her parents disappeared seven years ago while driving her best friend home, Tress lost everything. The entire town shuns her now that she lives with her drunken, one-eyed grandfather at what locals refer to as the “White Trash Zoo.”

Felicity Turnado has it all: looks, money, and a secret. One misstep could send her tumbling from the top of the social ladder, and she’s worked hard to make everyone forget that she was with the Montors the night they disappeared. Felicity has buried what she knows so deeply that she can’t even remember what it is . . . only that she can’t look at Tress without feeling shame and guilt.

But Tress has a plan. A Halloween costume party at an abandoned house provides the ideal situation for Tress to pry the truth from Felicity—brick by brick—as she slowly seals her former best friend into a coal chute. Tress will have her answers—or settle for revenge.

 

What books are you anticipating in February?