Well, hello there book lovers! How long has it been? Over a month it seems (I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve sat down and blogged, let alone thought about books. It’s been such a busy start of the month and with so much going on, I’ve barely had enough time to read or open up my dashboard to write a review.) But here we are, and I’m definitely feeling February’s theme to the max for this post:
YA Romance Books to read in February 2019!
First up, we have this S T U N N I N G novel by Emma Mills that looks (and sounds) like the perfect start to love month. It’s out on the first of February (so perfect timing) and if the downright gorgeous cover alone doesn’t make you want to dive straight in, read the blurb below to get more info:
For Sophie, small-town life has never felt small. She has the Yum Yum Shoppe, with its famous fourteen flavors of ice cream; her beloved marching band, the pride and joy of Acadia High (even if the football team disagrees); and her four best friends, loving and infuriating, wonderfully weird and all she could ever ask for.
Then August moves in next door. A quiet guy with a magnetic smile, August seems determined to keep everyone at arm’s length. Sophie in particular.
Country stars, revenge plots, and a few fake kisses (along with some excellent real ones) await Sophie in this hilarious, heartfelt story.
Fall in love, break the curse.
It once seemed so easy to Prince Rhen, the heir to Emberfall. Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year over and over, he knew he could be saved if a girl fell for him. But that was before he learned that at the end of each autumn, he would turn into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. That was before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.
Nothing has ever been easy for Harper Lacy. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother barely holding their family together while constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, she learned to be tough enough to survive. But when she tries to save someone else on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s instead somehow sucked into Rhen’s cursed world.
Break the curse, save the kingdom.
A prince? A monster? A curse? Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. But as she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.
Now, Katie McGarry is one of my ALL TIME favourite Authors out there. So you best believe I’ve been counting the days until Only A Breath Apart was due out, and now, it’s finally here! I haven’t got around to ordering it just yet (I’m way behind on literally everything) but it’ll be making it’s way to me very soon. A little about this book and why it’s perfect for love month:
Bestselling author Katie McGarry’s trademark wrong-side-of-the-tracks romance is given a new twist in the gritty YA contemporary novel, Only a Breath Apart.
Jesse Lachlin is cursed.
So the town folklore says, but while Jesse’s had his fair share of tragedy, the only curse he believes is in his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year, Scarlett Copeland.
Scarlett Copeland is psychic.
Glory Gardner tells Scarlett she has hidden psychic abilities, but Scarlett thinks Glory is delusional. What is real is Scarlett’s father’s irrational fears, controlling attitude, and the dark secrets at home. Scarlett may have a way to escape, but there’s a hitch: she’ll have to rely on the one person she used to trust, the same boy who broke her heart, Jesse Lachlin.
Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other. But as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…
When I was doing research for this little post, I stumbled upon Our Year of Maybe by absolute mistake. But it fits here in this post like a glove. It’s got heartbreak, love, friendship, the WORKS. And as a child, I loved dandelions and the cover just feels super reminiscent of those days and it’s beyond pretty. Cover envy!
Aspiring choreographer Sophie Orenstein would do anything for Peter Rosenthal-Porter, who’s been on the kidney transplant list as long as she’s known him. Peter, a gifted pianist, is everything to Sophie: best friend, musical collaborator, secret crush. When she learns she’s a match, donating a kidney is an easy, obvious choice. She can’t help wondering if after the transplant, he’ll love her back the way she’s always wanted.
But Peter’s life post-transplant isn’t what either of them expected. Though he once had feelings for Sophie too, he’s now drawn to Chase, the guitarist in a band that happens to be looking for a keyboardist. And while neglected parts of Sophie’s world are calling to her—dance opportunities, new friends, a sister and niece she barely knows—she longs for a now-distant Peter more than ever, growing increasingly bitter he doesn’t seem to feel the same connection.
Peter fears he’ll forever be indebted to her. Sophie isn’t sure who she is without him. Then one blurry, heartbreaking night twists their relationship into something neither of them recognizes, leading them to question their past, their future, and whether their friendship is even worth fighting for.
Do you follow those lists on Goodreads that give you recommendations for the month? Well, because I read What If It’s Us (an epic LGBT love story of 2018), it recommended me The Music of What Happens which is coming out at the end of January. And despite the cover not reeling me in too much, as soon as I read the synopsis, I was DEFINITELY changed. I did the ~okay, cool, let’s just add it to my TBR like right now~ dance.
Max: Chill. Sports. Video games. Gay and not a big deal, not to him, not to his mom, not to his buddies. And a secret: An encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one that he doesn’t want to think about, ever.
Jordan: The opposite of chill. Poetry. His “wives” and the Chandler Mall. Never been kissed and searching for Mr. Right, who probably won’t like him anyway. And a secret: A spiraling out of control mother, and the knowledge that he’s the only one who can keep the family from falling apart.
Throw in a rickety, 1980s-era food truck called Coq Au Vinny. Add in prickly pears, cloud eggs, and a murky idea of what’s considered locally sourced and organic. Place it all in Mesa, Arizona, in June, where the temp regularly hits 114. And top it off with a touch of undeniable chemistry between utter opposites.
Over the course of one summer, two boys will have to face their biggest fears and decide what they’re willing to risk — to get the thing they want the most.
Is it really a year if there’s not a Kasie West book released? Queen of Summer romances is back with Fame, Fate and the First Kiss, which sounds like an absolute dream. I am counting the days until it’s in my hands. I think I have every single book she’s ever released and I regret nothing.
Lacey Barnes has dreamt of being in a movie for as long as she can remember. However, while her dream did include working alongside the hottest actor in Hollywood, it didn’t involve having to finish up her senior year of high school at the same time she was getting her big break. Although that is nothing compared to Donavan, the straight-laced student her father hires to tutor her, who is a full-on nightmare.
As Lacey struggles to juggle her burgeoning career, some on-set sabotage, and an off-screen romance with the unlikeliest of leading men, she quickly learns that sometimes the best stories happen when you go off script.
So, did you find anything you might like to delve into this love month? Or are you totally Galentine-ing this one with some friendship books? Or maybe, ditching the whole contemporary feel and going straight for Horror to make a very bloody Valentine’s month?! The choices are totally up to you, but I hope that you found something that you might like to add to your Goodreads, buy for yourself as a little gift or grab from the Library.
happy reading, loves!