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 so we’ve rounded up ten books coming out next month 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!

Wandering Stars by Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange’s follow-up to There There is a multigenerational tale that explores the lingering impacts of institutional violence and forced assimilation on the Indigenous community. The book takes readers back to 1864 when Star is sent to prison after surviving the Sand Creek Massacre. Years later, his son attends the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, an institution founded by one of the Star’s guards.

How You Get the Girl by Anita Kelly

Prepare for Anita Kelly to steal your heart with their latest queer contemporary romance. High school coach Julie Parker wishes dating was as straightforward as basketball. After venting her frustrations, a surprising source steps in with an assist: Elle Cochrane, the foster parent of one of her players and the ex-WNBA player who runs through all of Julie’s wildest fantasies. Elle, who has steered clear of sports since an injury ended her career, agrees not only to co-coach Julie’s team but also to help her navigate the dating scene.

A Step Past Darkness by Vera Kurian

Looking for a good mystery to curl up with? Vera Kurian has you covered. In the summer of 1995, a party was held in an abandoned coal mine in the quiet town of Wesley Falls. After six teens witness a terrible crime, they agree to never speak of it again. Twenty years later, one of their own has been murdered and they’re forced to gather together to figure out why.

A Tempest of Tea by Hafsah Faizal

Hafsah Faizal kicks off a new young adult fantasy duology this year. Orphan Arthie Casimir runs Spindrift, a reputable tearoom by night and by night transforms it into a bloodhouse for vampires in White Roaring, the capital city of the Ettenia empire. When the business is threatened by the empire’s guards, she strikes a bargain with one of them: She’ll retrieve a stolen ledger and in return, Spindrift will be left alone.

River Mumma by Zalika Reid-Benta

Zalika Reid-Benta’s debut contemporary fantasy draws inspiration from Caribbean myths to tell the tale of a woman sent on a magical quest in Toronto. Alicia’s everyday life is interrupted by the appearance of River Mumma, a Jamaican water deity, who demands the return of a comb stolen by a tourist. If it isn’t returned within 24 hours, River Mumma vows to let the city’s river run dry. With the help of her friends, Alicia sets off on a dangerous mission to retrieve the comb and evade the malevolent spirits determined to stop her.

The Warm Hands of Ghosts by Katherine Arden

Katherine Arden explores trauma and warfare in this blend of historical and speculative fiction set around the Great War. The book weaves together the stories of two siblings: Laura is a field nurse who travels to Belgium after receiving word that her soldier brother is missing. Meanwhile, Freddie forms a tentative alliance with an enemy in order to help them both out of a dangerous situation—an agreement that leads them to the doorstep of a mysterious stranger.

At First Spite by Olivia Dade

Olivia Dade returns this month with a new contemporary romance. After her fiancé breaks off their engagement, Athena Greydon is forced to move into the house she had bought for them. To make matters worse, it’s next door to her ex’s meddling brother Matthew. Athena wants a little payback for the role she knows Matthew played in convincing his brother to end the engagement, but what starts out as some harmless fun soon turns into her growing closer to Matthew than she ever would have imagined.

Nightwatching by Tracy Sierra

You might be sleeping with the lights on after reading this thriller. The story opens in the middle of a blizzard. An unnamed protagonist is hiding in a secret room of her home with her two children as they try to evade the home intruder who is searching for them. Through flashbacks, readers will slowly piece together who he is and what he wants.

I Hope This Doesn’t Find You by Ann Liang

Have you ever wondered what would’ve happened in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before if Lara Jean’s love letters were actually hate mail? This young adult book explores that very idea through the lens of Sadie Wen, a valedictorian who channels her frustrations with her classmates and school co-captain through email drafts. When the emails are accidentally sent out, Sadie’s perfectly constructed world comes crashing down.

Your Shadow Half Remains by Sunny Moraine

Pitched as The Last of Us meets Bird Box, this post-apocalyptic novella features a world changed by a deadly virus passed through eye contact. Anyone infected is overcome by a violent rage that drives them to kill others and then themself. Riley has remained safe by avoiding human contact near her lake-side home, but when a new neighbor moves in, she struggles to stay away. Readers looking for a horror tale packed with thrills won’t want to miss out.

Which February release are you most excited about?

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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.

1 Comment
  1. YES to The Warm Hands of Ghosts and A Tempest of Sea

    I also look forward to the following Feb releases:

    1. The Women
    2. A Love Song for Ricki Wilde
    3. Medea (this is a great Greek mythology retelling. Gave it 5 stars!)
    4. The Book of Doors
    5. The Guest

    Wishing a great reading month to everyone!

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