6 New Books Coming Out This Month That I Can’t Wait To Read

February 9, 2021 in Books
Books on a shelf - February 2021 Most Anticipated Book Releases


Books really are something else, aren’t they? They’re portable little adventures, an escape from the harsh reality of our world. And there’s a constant stream of new books to amaze, inspire, educate and entertain. January was a fantastic month for new releases so I’m gutted that I never managed to squeeze in a most anticipated releases post. But hey, I’m here now. So today I’m going to be talking about six books being released in February 2021 that I am most excited about!

 

The Project by Courtney Summers

The Project
by Courtney Summers


Publisher:
Wednesday Books
Release Date:
2nd February 2021
Genre:
Young Adult • Thriller

Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo’s sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there’s more to the group than meets the eye. She’s spent the last six years of her life trying—and failing—to prove it.

When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all. When her investigation puts her in the direct path of its leader, Lev Warren and as Lo delves deeper into The Project, the lives of its members it upends everything she thought she knew about her sister, herself, cults, and the world around her—to the point she can no longer tell what’s real or true. Lo never thought she could afford to believe in Lev Warren . . . but now she doesn’t know if she can afford not to.


Why I’m Excited To Read It

Sadie is one of those books that has been on my radar for a long time but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. But Summers’ latest release sounds even more exciting!

I absolutely love stories that centre a cult-like following. There’s something so fascinating about what drives people into the hands of a cult and how easily any of us can be manipulated by falsehoods that we want to believe in. So I’ll always be compelled to read these kinds of books. And unlike Sadie, I swear I will read this in a timely manner.

 

Muted by Tami Charles

Muted
By Tami Charles

Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: 2nd February 2021
Genre: Young Adult • Contemporary

For seventeen-year-old Denver, music is everything. Writing, performing, and her ultimate goal: escaping her very small, very white hometown.

So Denver is more than ready on the day she and her best friends Dali and Shak sing their way into the orbit of the biggest R&B star in the world, Sean “Mercury” Ellis. Merc gives them everything: parties, perks, wild nights — plus hours and hours in the recording studio. Even the painful sacrifices and the lies the girls have to tell are all worth it.

Until they’re not.

Denver begins to realize that she’s trapped in Merc’s world, struggling to hold on to her own voice. As the dream turns into a nightmare, she must make a choice: lose her big break, or get broken.

Inspired by true events, Muted is a fearless exploration of the dark side of the music industry, the business of exploitation, how a girl’s dreams can be used against her — and what it takes to fight back.


Why I’m Excited To Read It

Last year, I was lucky to receive an ARC of Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson which had very similar themes. I loved that and I fully expect to love this too. There’s something about the dark side of fame that draws me in immediately. And the fact that this is a novel-in-verse only makes me more intrigued. I can’t wait to read this!

 

Fake Accounts by Lauren Oyler

Fake Accounts
by Lauren Oyler

Publisher: Fourth Estate
Release Date: 4th February 2021
Genre: Fiction • Contemporary

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On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, a young woman snoops through her boyfriend’s phone and makes a startling discovery: he’s an anonymous internet conspiracy theorist, and a popular one at that. Already fluent in internet fakery, irony, and outrage, she’s not exactly shocked by the revelation. Actually, she’s relieved—he was always a little distant—and she plots to end their floundering relationship while on a trip to the Women’s March in DC. But this is only the first in a series of bizarre twists that expose a world whose truths are shaped by online lies.

Suddenly left with no reason to stay in New York and increasingly alienated from her friends and colleagues, our unnamed narrator flees to Berlin, embarking on her own cycles of manipulation in the deceptive spaces of her daily life, from dating apps to expat meetups, open-plan offices to bureaucratic waiting rooms. She begins to think she can’t trust anyone–shouldn’t the feeling be mutual?


Why I’m Excited To Read It

Although this one has very mixed reviews, I’m super intrigued by it. This sounds like a really interesting take on fake news and the deceptive nature of the internet. (Also I’m really drawn in by that cover!)

 

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

The Sanatorium
by Sarah Pearse

Publisher: Bantam Press
Release Date: 18th February 2021
Genre: Mystery • Thriller

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Half-hidden by forest and overshadowed by threatening peaks, Le Sommet has always been a sinister place. Once a sanatorium treating tuberculosis patients, it was abandoned years ago and had fallen into disrepair. Long plagued by troubling rumors, it has recently been renovated into a lavish hotel.

An imposing, isolated getaway spot high up in the Swiss Alps is the last place detective Elin Warner wants to be. But Elin’s on a career break, scarred by a particularly brutal case she just can’t shake. So when her estranged brother, Isaac, and his fiancé, Laure, invite her to celebrate their engagement at the hotel, Elin really has no reason not to accept.

But when Elin wakes the following morning to discover Laure is missing, Elin must trust her instincts if they hope to find her. And she soon realizes that Laure is not the first person to have vanished mysteriously from the old sanatorium.

As one of the worst snowstorms in thirty years descends, Elin starts to connect the dots between Laure’s disappearance and the hotel’s troubling history. Just when she thinks she’s making progress, a body is found, staged to send a terrifying message. With avalanches closing off all access to the hotel, Elin is under pressure to uncover the sanatorium’s secrets and find her brother’s fiancé before the killer strikes again.


Why I’m Excited To Read It

With most of the UK covered in snow, now is the best time to settle down with an atmospheric wintery thriller. (It barely snowed here but I digress.) To be fair, thrillers are great all year round and this one sounds intense. It’s very high up on my list!

 

Where Hope Comes From by Nikita Gill

Where Hope Comes From
By Nikita Gill

Publisher: Trapeze
Release Date: 18th February 2021
Genre: Non-Fiction • Poetry

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In Where Hope Comes From: poems for a broken world, Instagram superstar and poet Nikita Gill returns to her roots with her most personal collection yet. Sharing a number of poems that she wrote when the world went into lockdown, this collection will include the phenomenal Love in the Time of Coronavirus which was shared across social media over 20,000 times, as well as her poems of strength and hope How to Be Strong and Silver Linings. This collection will be fully illustrated by Nikita with beautiful line-drawings, and moves her into an exciting new space in the market as she tackles themes such as mental health and loneliness.


Why I’m Excited To Read It

I’m not sure how but Gill’s work ALWAYS ends up on my radar. This collection sounds like a timely and poignant read. I’m hoping that it radiates hope as much as the description suggests because I think we all need some right now.

 

The Coven by Lizzie Fry

The Coven
by Lizzie Fry

Publisher: Sphere
Release Date: 25th February 2021
Genre: Fiction • Sci-Fi & Fantasy

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“Let me repeat myself, so we can be very clear. Women are not the enemy. We must protect them from themselves, just as much as we must protect ourselves.”

Imagine a world in which witchcraft is real. In which mothers hand down power to their daughters, power that is used harmlessly and peacefully.

Then imagine that the US President is a populist demagogue who decides that all witches must be imprisoned for their own safety, as well as the safety of those around them – creating a world in which to be female is one step away from being criminal…

As witches across the world are rounded up, one young woman discovers a power she did not know she had. It’s a dangerous force and it puts her top of the list in a global witch hunt.

But she – and the women around her – won’t give in easily. Not while all of women’s power is under threat.


Why I’m Excited To Read It

Okay so full disclosure: I have already read this book. And it is every bit as thrilling as it sounds.

What drew me to it in the first place was the witchy element in an urban alternate present-day setting. I’m always drawn to books that centre witches but I loved that this differed from the usual a few teenage girls in a coven and things go wrong type of story. Instead there’s this global conspiracy to rid the world of magic and there’s a lot of bloodshed. It’s essentially a return to the witch hunting era but in our time. (My full review will be coming very soon! But you can read some of my thoughts in my week 6 reading log.)


Which book releases are you most excited about this month? Let me know in the comments!

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9 Comments

  • Jenny in Neverland February 9, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    The Sanatorium is going straight on my to-read and to-buy list. The cover made me shiver. That looks like a book that’s right up my street! x

    • Hayley February 9, 2021 at 12:57 pm

      Right?? The cover is super creepy!

  • Paige Schildkamp February 9, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    Oh I definitely have had my eye on Muted. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Hayley February 10, 2021 at 3:57 pm

      No problem, Paige! Happy to help haha. 🙂

  • Cristina Rosano February 11, 2021 at 11:31 am

    The Coven and The sanatorium both sound exciting! Will add them to my TBR! Thanks for sharing x

  • ShootingStarsMag February 11, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    I have The Project, which I hope to read soon. It sounds amazing. The Sanatorium is on my wish list!! I love a good mystery/thriller. I didn’t realize Muted was a novel in verse – I’m more curious now!!!

    -Lauren

    • Hayley February 25, 2021 at 12:55 pm

      Ooh I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on The Project! My copy of The Sanatorium arrived today so hopefully I’ll get around to reading it soon…

  • Heather @ RandomRedheadedRamblings March 4, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    I managed to get an arc last year of The Sanatorium and really enjoyed it, such a good read. I’m really curious about Fake Accounts mostly due to reading about the Qanon craziness!

    • Hayley March 5, 2021 at 1:59 pm

      Fake Accounts is really intriguing right?? I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed The Sanatorium, that bodes well for me! 🙂

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