Hello Reading Rockstars! Welcome or welcome back to my blog. It is February which means three things, time for our February 2023 TBR, Valentine’s Day, and Black History Month— stay tuned for a post on Black and people of color authors you should read. And a new month means a new opportunity to set me up with a new reading goal for the month. So let’s get into the February 2023 TBR.
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The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones- set in the same world as The Bone Houses but with a whole new, unforgettable cast of characters—This heist novel, is part dark fairy tale, part mythology retelling.
If I Stay by Gayle Forman?- The only one to survive a devastating car accident involving her family. Mia finds herself in a coma, teetering between life and death.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo-As Alina struggles to fit into her new life, a threat to the kingdom of Ravka grows?one that will test old alliances and challenge the very limits of magic, one that will forge a leader from a frightened girl.
This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp-Everyone fears the boy with a gun. Told from four perspectives over the span of 54 harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes – Guy Fawkes’ son must join his father’s plot to kill the king if he’s to survive the plague overtaking his body in this reimagined fantastical history of the Gunpowder Plot. Remember, remember the fifth of November.
February means love ??and fantasy ??????????
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by VE Schwab ?- A life no one will remember. A story you will never forget. France, 1714: In a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever – and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman- Where does the story of the Owens bloodline begin? Under the care of Hannah Owens, Maria learns about the “Nameless Arts.” Hannah recognizes that Maria has a gift and she teaches the girl all she knows. It is here that she learns her first important lesson: Always love someone who will love you back.
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini- Kira Navárez dreamed of a life in new worlds. Now she’s awakened a nightmare. While Kira faces her own horrors, Earth and its colonies stand on the brink of annihilation. Now, Kira might be humanity’s greatest and final hope . . .
Recent additions count right?!
Fable by Adrienne Young- I knew I had to add this to my February TBR!
Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.
As the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home seventeen-year-old Fable has ever known.
Now, It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm.
The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one, and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her.
Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon- I added it to my February TBR. It is time.
A world divided. A queendom without an heir. An ancient enemy awakens. The divided East and West refuse to parley, forcing chaos to rise from their sleep.
Do you feel the love? The February 2023 TBR continues…
Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid- Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready, to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo- Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse.
In fact, by age twenty, she is the sole survivor of horrific, unsolved multiple homicides. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most prestigious universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
Adding sequels to the TBR
The Cage of Dark Hours by Marina Losetter?- Krona and her Regulators survived their encounter with Charbon, the long-dead serial killer who returned to their city, but the illusions of their world were shattered forever.
Allied with an old friend they will battle the elite who have ruled their world. Filled with deception, cold steel, and tight control of the magic that could threaten their power. While also confronting beasts from beyond the foggy barrier that binds their world.
Now they must follow every thread to uncover the truth behind the Thalo. Once thought of as only a children’s tale, who are the quiet, creeping puppet masters of their world.
Golden Son by Pierce Brown- A lamb among wolves in a cruel world. Darrow finds friendship, respect, and even love—but also the wrath of powerful rivals. Now, he must wage and win the war that will change humankind’s destiny. Darrow must confront the treachery arrayed against him, and overcome his all-too-human desire for retribution.
Striving not for violent revolt but a hopeful rebirth. In truth, the road ahead is fraught with danger and deceit. And Darrow must choose to follow Eo’s principles of love and justice to free his people.
February’s 2023 TBR wouldn’t be complete without a little romance…
A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab- While Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Element Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned.
As darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, the once precarious balance of power among the four Londons has reached its breaking point.
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi ?- What does it mean for a family to lose a child they never really knew?
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson- All sorcerers are evil. At least, Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather.
Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire, and Elisabeth is implicated in the crime. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant. As a result, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Furthermore, not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.
We’re so sad the TBR list is almost over ???
Belladonna by Adalyn Grace- Nineteen-year-old Signa Farrow, orphaned as a baby, has been raised by a string of guardians, each more interested in her wealth than her well-being—and each has met an untimely end. Her last remaining relatives are the Hawthornes, an eccentric family living at the glittering and gloomy estate of Thorn Grove.
Thorn Grove’s patriarch, Elijah, mourns his late wife, Lillian, through wild parties and drink, while eldest son Percy grapples for control of the family’s waning reputation, and daughter Blythe suffers from the same mysterious illness that killed her mother. As a result, when Lillian’s spirit confronts Signa and claims she was poisoned, Signa realizes that Blythe could be next to die.
Exiled No More by T.L Price- an epic adventure into the exiled world of elementals, demigods, and bioengineered humans as they face rising dangers in Earth’s dystopian future, driven by love and natural forces. Finally,
Fairest of All by Serena Valentino ?- Why exactly is the wicked Queen so nasty, particularly to Snow White? Perhaps it has something to do with the creepy-looking man in the magic mirror who’s not just some random spooky visage.