February’s ​​Most-Anticipated Books

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Look no further for your next read. The amount of great new books hitting shelves each month can be overwhelming but we’ve rounded up ten books coming out this February that both the NetGalley team and members can’t wait for. If you were approved for any of these books on NetGalley, you can read them directly in your NetGalley Shelf app. Don’t forget to leave a review!

The House of Eve by Sadeqa Johnson

Start your month with a journey to 1950s Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Sadeqa Johnson, author of Yellow Wife, introduces readers to two different young women who unexpectedly learn that they’re pregnant. In Philadelphia, Ruby Pearsall plans to become the first in her family to attend college and finds herself unsure of where her future now leads. Meanwhile, Eleanor Quarles is swept up into one of DC’s most prominent Black families and struggles to find her place among them.

The Fires by Sigríður Hagalín Björnsdóttir, translated by Larissa Kyzer

Icelandic author Sigríður Hagalín Björnsdóttir sets her latest thriller at the Reykjanes Ridge. Earthquakes leave locals concerned over an impending eruption, and volcanologist Anna Arnardóttir is tracking the activity while juggling an illicit liaison with freelance photographer Tómas Adler—having no idea that disaster is about to strike her home and her life in one fell swoop.

Radiant Sin by Katee Robert

Katee Robert returns to the Dark Olympus series with a scorching romance between Apollo and Cassandra. All Cassandra Gataki wants is to be allowed to leave Olympus behind once and for all. When Apollo, the city’s official spymaster, asks her for a favor she sees her one opportunity to escape. He needs a fake date for a week-long house party, and Cassandra is more than happy to play along if he’ll use the secrets he hoards for the rich and powerful to help her leave. Wicked Beauty was one of our team’s favorite books of 2022, so we won’t be missing this new installment!

Meru by S.B. Divya

Sci-fi fans eager to explore new worlds will want to put the first book in S.B. Divya’s Alloy Era series at the top of their TBR. This space opera kicks off with the discovery of Meru, an Earth analog. For centuries, humans have been confined to Earth and guarded over by alloys, post-human descendants. Jayanthi, a human adopted by two alloy parents, sets out for Meru to show that humankind is ready to explore the universe once again.

Always the Almost by Edward Underhill

Miles Jacobson, a 16-year-old trans pianist, struggles to keep his New Year’s resolutions in this young adult novel. All Miles wants is to win back his ex Shane and best his piano nemesis at an upcoming classical competition. Unfortunately, Shane won’t speak to him and his piano teacher says he isn’t playing like himself. When he meets Eric, a queer cartoonist, it makes Miles reconsider what it might be like to have someone like him for exactly who he is.

Night Angels by Weina Dai Randel

Weina Dai Randel’s latest work of historical fiction draws inspiration from true events to tell the story of Dr. Ho Fengshan and his wife Grace. Set in 1938, the book picks up with the two settling into Vienna. Grace struggles to connect with other diplomats’ wives and instead forms a friendship with Lola, her Jewish tutor. As violence begins to escalate, Grace and Dr. Ho realize he can save Lola’s family and more if he issues them visas to Shanghai.

Stone Cold Fox by Rachel Koller Croft

Bea is ready to pull one final con. She’s spent years as her mother’s swindling partner and is ready to leave that life behind to settle down. Only someone of obscene wealth is worthy enough and Bea has her target locked on Collin Case. She expects some challenges in gaining his family’s approval, but she failed to realize that Gale Wallace-Leicester, Collin’s best friend, would prove the most difficult mark she’s faced yet.

End of Story by Kylie Scott

Susie Bowen is less than thrilled to discover that the contractor for the fixer-upper she inherited is Lars, her ex’s best friend. She’s determined to keep things professional between them, but they’re brought together by a strange discovery: divorce papers, dated ten years in the future, with both of their names attached. The two set out to solve the mystery of the paper’s origin—whether it’s fate or an odd prank by her late aunt—and along the way start to feel a spark of attraction. But is their love already doomed?

The Crane Husband by Kelly Barnhill

Fans of retellings will want to clear their schedule near the end of the month for Kelly Barnhill’s contemporary reimagining of “The Crane Wife.” The story follows an unnamed 15-year-old who works to raise her younger brother and keep the family finances straight while her mother focuses on her art. When her mom suddenly brings home a crane, the girl cannot stop her mother from dropping everything to weave a tapestry ordered by the crane.

The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole Novoa

End your reading month with a high-seas adventure! Gabe Cole Novoa’s YA novel is a Latinx fantasy featuring a transmasculine nonbinary pirate named Mar who is offered a deal with el Diablo. When their father is kidnapped, Mar can choose to forfeit their own soul to save him or never see him again. Instead, Mar finds help from an unlikely source and learns to tap into the magic ability they’ve long hidden. Soon a plan is forming to take down el Diablo and save Mar’s father.

Which February release are you most excited for?

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Kelly Gallucci

Kelly Gallucci is the Executive Editor of We Are Bookish, where she oversees the editorial content, offers book recommendations, and interviews authors and NetGalley members. When she's not working, Kelly can be found color coordinating her bookshelves, eating Chipotle, and watching way too many baking shows.


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