While we’re not *quite* ready to commit to reading 50 books this year, one of our New Year’s resolutions for 2017 is to read more. To set ourselves up for success, we’ve already gathered our cozy must-haves and prepped our fridge with no-fuss healthy snacks (AKA a binge-reading essential!) — now it’s time to find the perfect books to keep us motivated to flip those pages. So without further ado, here are the nine young-adult novels out in February that we can’t wait to read.
1. King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard ($20): If you haven’t heard about Victoria Aveyard’s epic Red Queen series yet, get ready to start your next fangirl-worthy adventure. In this highly anticipated third installment, everything is amplified: Prepare for allegiances to be tested, lies to be outed… and war to begin.
2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ($18): Caught between the poor neighborhood where she lives and her posh suburban prep school, Starr Carter’s life is changed forever when her unarmed best friend is murdered by a police officer right in front of her. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this YA novel is a powerful testimony that’s all too relevant in today’s political climate.
3. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones ($19): If you love stories with a touch of magic, you’re going to swoon for Jae-Jones’ newest coming-of-age novel about a fierce protagonist with a dangerous ambition.
4. Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer ($19): If you thought Chris Colfer’s biggest talent was his amazing falsetto showcased on Glee, think again. In his newest young adult novel, the star shows off his literary prowess focusing on a subject he knows all too well: how a young actor copes with being on a hit TV show.
5. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour ($18): Sitting alone in an empty dorm room, Marin is waiting for her old friend Mabel to come visit. But she’s waiting for much more than that — Marin is waiting for the tragedy of her past to catch up with her. Nina LaCour’s newest novel is an honest and raw portrayal of grief that’ll bring you to tears.
6. At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson ($18): When Ozzie’s boyfriend Tommy vanishes, Ozzie begins to believe that the universe is slowly shrinking, as things that he remembers are being erased from other’s memories. This LGBT coming-of-age novel features amazingly diverse characters that you’ll instantly love… we guarantee it.
7. American Street by Ibi Zoboi ($18): Drawing off of her own experiences as a young Haitian immigrant, Ibi Zoboi’s fantastic new novel tells the story of coming-of-age as an American immigrant. Mixed with magical realism and vodou culture, it’s a wonderfully honest tale that we’re already looking forward to re-reading.
8. The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale ($18): Alys was just seven years old when the soul eaters came and destroyed her village. In Peternelle van Arsdale’s newest epic fantasy, a young woman with a secret gift has to balance being a teenager with saving her community.
9. 10 Things I Can See from Here by Carrie Mac ($18): As a young woman riddled with anxiety, leaving home for six months to visit your not-quite sober father and very pregnant stepmother is definitely, shall we say, nerve-racking. But in the midst of all of the chaos, she just might stumble into love with a carefree girl… and find her authentic self in the process.
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