I’m back again with more new books to be excited about. There are so many books on my anticipated list for 2022 and a lot of them are out in February. I wanted to share the ones that I am most excited about. Here are the new book releases I’m excited for in February!
The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh
Deadly storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland for generations. Floods sweep away entire villages, while bloody wars are waged over the few remaining resources. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the Sea God’s bride, in the hopes that one day the “true bride” will be chosen and end the suffering.
Many believe that Shim Cheong, the most beautiful girl in the village—and the beloved of Mina’s older brother Joon—may be the legendary true bride. But on the night Cheong is to be sacrificed, Joon follows Cheong out to sea, even knowing that to interfere is a death sentence. To save her brother, Mina throws herself into the water in Cheong’s stead.
I read Axie Oh’s debut novel last year and absolutely adored it. So, of course I had to add her latest release to this list. This book seems to be getting a whole bunch of hype online and I cannot wait to read it and see what I think. Bonus, how beautiful is the cover of this book!
22nd February 2022
Finding Her Edge by Jennifer Iacopelli
Adriana Russo is figure skating royalty.
With gold-medalist parents, and her older sister headed to the Olympics, all she wants is to live up to the family name and stand atop the ice dance podium at the Junior World Championships. But fame doesn’t always mean fortune, and their legendary skating rink is struggling under the weight of her dad’s lavish lifestyle. The only thing keeping it afloat is a deal to host the rest of the Junior Worlds team before they leave for France.
That means training on the same ice as her first crush, Freddie, the partner she left when her growth spurt outpaced his. For the past two years, he’s barely acknowledged her existence, and she can’t even blame him for it.
When the family’s finances take another unexpected hit, losing the rink seems inevitable until her partner, Brayden, suggests they let the world believe what many have suspected: that their intense chemistry isn’t contained to the ice. Fans and sponsors alike take the bait, but keeping up the charade is harder than she ever imagined. And training alongside Freddie makes it worse, especially when pretending with Brayden starts to feel very real.
As the biggest competition of her life draws closer and her family’s legacy hangs in the balance, Adriana is caught between her past and present, between the golden future she’s worked so hard for, and the one she gave up long ago.
I read Jennifer Iacopelli’s first book Break the Fall a few years back and loved it. It gave me a look into sports worlds I’ve never been a part of and it was a moving read. I cannot wait to read another book by her that focuses on a different sport as well!
8th February 2022
These Deadly Games by Diana Urban
Let’s play a game.
You have 24 hours to win. If you break my rules, she dies. If you call the police, she dies. If you tell your parents or anyone else, she dies.
Are you ready?
When Crystal Donavan gets a message on a mysterious app with a video of her little sister gagged and bound, she agrees to play the kidnapper’s game. At first, they make her complete bizarre tasks: steal a test and stuff it in a locker, bake brownies, make a prank call.
But then Crystal realizes each task is meant to hurt–and kill–her friends, one by one. But if she refuses to play, the kidnapper will kill her sister. Is someone trying to take her team out of the running for a gaming tournament? Or have they uncovered a secret from their past, and wants them to pay for what they did…
As Crystal makes the impossible choices between her friends and her sister, she must uncover the truth and find a way to outplay the kidnapper… before it’s too late.
This sounds like a mystery book that is right up my street. It seems like a book you’d pick up one afternoon and read in one sitting. I haven’t seen much about this book but I am planning on picking it up and reading it as soon as possible!
1st February 2022
Must Do Better by Kate Weston
16-year-old Kat has suffered through mortifying incidents, muddling moments and Instagram hell – but her extreme teenage confusion isn’t over yet.
It’s a new term, and Kat is determined to spread the word about DOING GOOD FEMINISM to all her fellow students. But her new Feminist Society does not exactly go to plan (why is everyone more confused than she is?!) and she’s left feeling more of a failure than ever. And with best friends Millie and Sam both going through difficult times, Kat wants to be there for them.
But there’s a class trip to France to look forward to, and a reunion with Kat’s former fling and TOTAL DREAMBOAT Sébastien. This is exactly what they all need … until Kat’s plans begin to unravel.
If Kat is doing her best, why does she always feel as if she must do better?
I loved the first book in this series so I am very excited to see what happens next. Kate Weston writes hilarious books and I love reading a book that will make me laugh. I cannot wait to give this one a read!
3rd February 2022
What February releases are you excited about? Let me know in the comments!