Top Ten Tuesday: February TBR (Freebie)


The Broke and the Bookish make Tuesday's fun (for bookworms!) with their meme - Top Ten Tuesday. 

It's been quite some time since I've done a TTT! But I needed a post (idea) for this week so I went back to my old roots. I did Top Ten Tuesday every Tuesday about a year ago but I gave up because it was actually a draining inspiration from me. I plan on trying it again (not weekly! more as a monthly thing) so keep your eyes peeled.

This week's TTT is a freebie (of course) but the hosts recommended tackling a bookish list. So, here I am, talking about my most anticipated February books/TBR. (in no order)


Unconventional 
by Maggie Harcourt

Expected publication: February 1st 
by Usborne Publishing Ltd

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For fans of Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins 

Lexi Angelo is a Convention Kid - she's got a clipboard and a walkie talkie to prove it. Aidan Green is a messy-haired, annoyingly arrogant author and he's disrupting her perfect planning. In a flurry of awkward encounters, lost schedules and late-night conversations, Lexi discovers that some things can't be planned... Things like falling in love.

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My thoughts:

To be honest, I was sold right at "For fans of Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins". I love Rainbow and Stephanie's books! And Unconventional sounds right up their alley. I'm always down for cute, awkward love stories - I think I need to read more anyway. I can get frustrated with insta-love and the character's relationships but, fingers crossed, that Unconventional doesn't fall under any cliches.


The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes #2) 
by Brittany Cavallaro

Expected publication: February 14th
 by Katherine Tegen Books

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In the second brilliant, action-packed book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Jamie and Charlotte are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families.

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson’s growing feelings for each other. When Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring—the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers. 

So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.

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My thoughts:

Gimme this please! I just finished the first book (A Study in Charlotte) and I want more Jamie and Charlotte. I'm also Sherlock trash. I found the first book to be slow, clumpy from time to time but I loved the plot and Jamie and Charlotte. If you like BBC's Sherlock, in a genderbend, thrilling story A Study in Charlotte is for you. We could wait together for The Last of August haha! 


We Are Okay 
by Nina LaCour

Expected publication: February 14th 
by Dutton Books for Young Readers

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"You go through life thinking there’s so much you need. . . . Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother."

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

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My thoughts:

First off, CAN WE LOOK AT THAT COVER?! IT'S SO GORGEOUS I MIGHT CRY. Does anyone know the artist/designer? I really wanna look at their work! 😍 Anywho, We Are Okay itself looks so interesting and all the positive hype makes things better. With We Are Okay stunning cover and captivating blurb, it's a must read for me!


#famous 
by Jilly Gagnon

Expected publication: February 14th 
by Katherine Tegen Books

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In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price? Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.

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My thoughts:

#famous looks like the the most adorable, love story in 2017. And that's saying something! I mean, this book has the cutest cover (!!!) and the sweet, short title and blurb?! Adorable. I obviously need it. And, if you can't wait (like me), you can read the first two chapters here!


 A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) 
by V.E. Schwab

Expected publication: February 21st
by Tor Books

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The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab. 

London's fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.

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My thoughts:

So, let's move away from the lovey dovey books and talk about this beast. The Shades of Magic series is ending and I'm not(?) ready. I know A Conjuring of Light is going to destroy me (it's schwab here people) and am I ready?! Am I ready to read the (most likely) the most epic book of 2017? But to see/read one of my favorite series end? Please advise fellow bookworms. 


Dreamland Burning
by Jennifer Latham

Expected publication: February 21st 
by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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Some bodies won’t stay buried. Some stories need to be told. 

When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family's property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a summer of painful discoveries about the past... and the present. 

Nearly one hundred years earlier, a misguided violent encounter propels seventeen-year-old Will Tillman into a racial firestorm. In a country rife with violence against blacks and a hometown segregated by Jim Crow, Will must make hard choices on a painful journey towards self discovery and face his inner demons in order to do what's right the night Tulsa burns. 

Through intricately interwoven alternating perspectives, Jennifer Latham’s lightning-paced page-turner brings the Tulsa race riot of 1921 to blazing life and raises important question about the complex state of US race relations – both yesterday and today.

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My thoughts:

Dreaming Burning falls under historical fiction - one of my least liked genres. But honestly? I really want to read this! Dreaming Burning looks thrilling, breathtaking and just amazing. It's got over 20+ reviews (on Goodreads) and they'll gave this book five stars. So yeah - I want this.


The Education of Margot Sanchez 
by Lilliam Rivera

Expected publication: February 21st 
by Simon & Schuster

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Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera

THINGS/PEOPLE MARGOT HATES:

Mami, for destroying my social life 
Papi, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal 
Junior, for becoming a Neanderthal 
This supermarket 
Everyone else 

After “borrowing” her father's credit card to finance a more stylish wardrobe, Margot Sanchez suddenly finds herself grounded. And by grounded, she means working as an indentured servant in her family’s struggling grocery store to pay off her debts. 

With each order of deli meat she slices, Margot can feel her carefully cultivated prep school reputation slipping through her fingers, and she’s willing to do anything to get out of this punishment. Lie, cheat, and maybe even steal… 

Margot’s invitation to the ultimate beach party is within reach and she has no intention of letting her family’s drama or Moises—the admittedly good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood—keep her from her goal.

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My thoughts:

Guess where I was sold? Rrrriiiiiigggggnnntttttt at "bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families". I mean, PLEASE! This looks awesome. And the blurb just kept getting better and better. Margot "borrowed" her father's credit card to buy clothes. Clothes! Talk about bold haha! Margot's story is totally on my TBR.


Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King #1) 
by Tricia Levenseller

Expected publication: February 28th 
by Feiwel & Friends

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A 17-year-old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to get captured by enemy pirates in this thrilling YA adventure.

If you want something done right . . . 

When the ruthless pirate king learns of a legendary treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there's only one pirate for the job—herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship, confident in her ability to overcome any obstacle. After all, who's going to suspect a seventeen-year-old girl locked in a cell? Then she meets the (surprisingly perceptive and unfairly attractive) first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. Now it's down to a battle of wits and will . . . . Can Alosa find the map and escape before Riden figures out her plan?

Debut author Tricia Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale.

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My thoughts:

I don't know about you but I need more YA pirates in my life! And Daughter of the Pirate King sounds like a great place to start. A 17-year-old female pirate captain ready to save everybody butts? Yes please!


Rebels like Us 
by Liz Reinhardt

Expected publication: February 28th 
by Harlequin Teen

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"It's not like I never thought about being mixed race. I guess it was just that, in Brooklyn, everyone was competing to be exotic or surprising. By comparison, I was boring, seriously. Really boring."

Culture shock knocks city girl Agnes "Nes" Murphy-Pujols off-kilter when she's transplanted mid–senior year from Brooklyn to a small Southern town after her mother's relationship with a coworker self-destructs. On top of the move, Nes is nursing a broken heart and severe homesickness, so her plan is simple: keep her head down, graduate and get out. Too bad that flies out the window on day one, when she opens her smart mouth and pits herself against the school's reigning belle and the principal.

Her rebellious streak attracts the attention of local golden boy Doyle Rahn, who teaches Nes the ropes at Ebenezer. As her friendship with Doyle sizzles into something more, Nes discovers the town she's learning to like has an insidious undercurrent of racism. The color of her skin was never something she thought about in Brooklyn, but after a frightening traffic stop on an isolated road, Nes starts to see signs everywhere—including at her own high school where, she learns, they hold proms. Two of them. One black, one white.
Nes and Doyle band together with a ragtag team of classmates to plan an alternate prom. But when a lit cross is left burning in Nes's yard, the alterna-prommers realize that bucking tradition comes at a price. Maybe, though, that makes taking a stand more important than anything.

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My thoughts:

Rebels like Us looks like it deals with serious topics yet gives off a fun, "teen spirit" (cheesy i know welp) vibe. Also a self-discovery novel. And I'm all down for it. I find these books to be very captivating and informational. Definitely a must read for me!


The Hate U Give 
by Angie Thomas

Expected publication: February 28th 
by Balzer + Bray

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Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice. 

Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.

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My thoughts:

If you haven't heard/seen/read The Hate U Give then, fellow bookworm, you have been living under a rock. The hype around this book is still sky-rocketing! And it already has movie rights?! And, damn, it looks amazing! I'm so ready for this book. Where are you February?

Happy Tuesday! Are any of these books on your February TBR? Who, here, is ready for 'A Conjuring of Light'? Or how about 'Daughter of the Pirate King'? Let's chat about it!

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6 comments

  1. Rebels Like Us and The Last of August look so good! And I DEFINITELY need to start the Shades of Magic books.

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

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    1. Agreed! yoU MUST I KNOW YOU'LL LOVE IT

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  2. I've not started the first two in The Conjuring of Light series but am currently reading The Archived by the same author and it does not disappoint. I am looking forward to reading more of her books!

    Lydia @ Thoughts of a Librarian

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    1. Nice! I loved The Archived. Schwab is one of my favorite authors. <3

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  3. I cannot wait for ACOL! Also really excited for The Daughter of The Pirate King :)
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/24/top-ten-tuesday-93/

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