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9 New Books To Read In February 2021

9 New Books To Read In February 2021
The best new book releases to get your hands on this month
By Jianne Soriano
By Jianne Soriano
February 04, 2021
From epic stories of hope, to science-fiction mysteries and some good ol' romance, we're listing the best new books coming out in February

If you've watched everything on Netflix––from new movies to French sleeper-hit, Lupin and Regency-era romance, Bridgerton––maybe it's time to close your laptop and pick up a book instead. We have already rounded up some of the most anticipated book releases of 2021, and you'll be pleased to know that February is blessing us with so many more new titles.

Whether you're looking for an epic story of hope, a science-fiction mystery or some good ol' romance, there is something for everyone to enjoy. We're breaking down the best new books coming out in February that you should start reading.

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1/9 Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

Open Water follows the story of two Black British youths who keep crossing paths, first meeting at a pub in South East London, both won scholarships to private schools that struggle to belong and both are artists—a photographer and a dancer—trying to make their mark. Fate seems to bring the two together who ultimately fall in love along the way. But even as destiny pulls them together, violence and fear tear them apart.

This book by best-selling author Caleb Azumah Nelson tells a tender and achingly beautiful love story as well as an insight into race and masculinity—asking its readers what it means to be a person in a world that only sees you for the colour of your skin.

Release date: February 2

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2/9 The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah's The Four Winds is an epic tale of love, heroism and hope, all of which we seem to need during these tough times. The novel is set against the Great Depression and follows the story of sacrifice and reams through the eyes of an Elsa Martinelli during 1934 Texas.

Putting millions out of work, farmers struggle on what to do with their land and livelihood with Elsa faced with a tough choice: to fight for her land or travel to California is search for a better life.

Release date: February 2

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3/9 This Close To Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith

Leesa Cross-Smith's This Close To Okay is a cathartic novel about a life-changing weekend shared between two strangers. It's a rainy October night in Kentucky and recently divorced therapist, Tallie Clark spots a man standing at the edge of a bridge.

Noticing what he may be about to do, she convinces him to join her for a cup of coffee instead to which he agreed and reluctantly shares his name, Emmett. Tallie goes on a mission over the weekend to provide a comfortable and safe space for Emmett. Little does she know that Emmett has secrets of his own. This Close To Okay is an uplifting story of how one encounter can change our lives in the way we don't expect.

Release date: February 2

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4/9 The Survivors by Jane Harper

Jane Harper's fourth novel, The Survivors was first published in Australia last year and will make its UK and US release in January and February respectively. This standalone mystery is set on the Tasmanian coast and follows Kieran Elliot who after a reckless mistake, sees his life changed forever.

Following devasting consequences of his actions, the guilt he feels resurfaces during a visit to his family's small coastal community upon a body being discovered on the beach. Kieran's long-held secret start to emerge. The book also scored a TV adaptation according to author Jane Harper's post on Instagram.

Release date: February 2

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5/9 When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson

Award-winning foreign correspondent turned novelist, Gina Wilkinson makes her debut with When the Apricots Bloom, inspired by her own experiences when she was stationed in Bagdad. The evocative debut novel follows a secretary, an artist and a diplomat's wife as they navigate the complexities of trust, friendship and motherhood under Saddam Hussein's rule.

Release date: February 2

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6/9 The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa

If you read Julie Kagawa's The Iron Fey series when you were younger, it's time to bring the nostalgia back with her new book, The Iron Raven, part of the new Iron Fey trilogy. Kagawa gives voice to the infamous prankster, Puck, to tell his story and stand with new and old allies in order to save Faery and the world.

Release date: February 9

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7/9 A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

February is the month of love, with Valentine's Day in tow, it also seems right to read this romantic comedy novel from Loan Le about two Vietnamese-American teens. The story of Bao Nguyen, a self-described rock for being strong and steady but not particularly interesting and Linh Mai, self-described firecracker for being full of potential for joy and fire is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet with the Mais and the Nguyen being at odds for years.

The two have always ignored each other but a chance encounter brings Linh and Bao, much to their dismay, sparks start to fly and the two wonder what took so long for them to connect only to circle back to their family feud. Can the two star-crossed loves make their love work amidst their family feud and history? Read A Pho Love Story to find out.

Release date: February 9  

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8/9 The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

Looking to escape reality? Read Sarah Gailey's science-fiction novel, The Echo Wife especially if you're a fan of TV shows such as Killing Eve and Westworld or Stepford Wives. It tells the story of Martine, a genetically cloned replica made from Evelyn Caldwell's research project. Martine is patient, gentle and obedient and everything Evelyn imagined her to be. But she's also having an affair with Evelyn's husband. Actually, Evelyn's husband left her for Martine, whom he secretly created.

Then, the cheating husband dies and Evelyn and Martine both have to clean up the mess. What follows is a story filled with drama, suspense merged with sci-fi elements.

Release date: February 16

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9/9 The Desolations of Devil's Acre (Miss Peregrine's #6) by Ransom Riggs

Ransom Rigg's best-selling Miss Peregrine's series is coming to an end with its sixth instalment, The Desolations of Devil's Acre. In this epic conclusion to the series, the fate of peculiardom hangs in the balance as Jacob and Noor find themselves back to the place where everything began—his grandfather's house. And worst, Caul has returned, more powerful than ever.

In order to defeat him, the two reunite with Miss Peregrine and the peculiar children to find the meeting place of the seven prophesied ones, if they can find it. Hang on tight for the final adventure in the beloved series.

Release date: February 23

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