These are the best books to read this February before the warm weather reaches us. Fantasy, love, action, and crappy weather are dePepi’s picks for this month. Some of the titles have been out for a while; others are brand new. Take your picks for February, make some coffee or tea, and relax with a good book.
Given to the Sea [The Book Depository] [Waterstones] by Mindy McGinnis has magnificent waves. Khosa was born to be fed to the sea, to prevent waves as the ones that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille. However, she cannot be sacrificed until she produces an heir. But, she hate human contact. The only ones that can touch her are the Indiri. The last of the kind are Dara and Donil. Witt leads the Pietra, the fierce warriors who march to the Kingdom of Stille. He wants to conquer everything because his people are in survival mode.
Vincent stands to inherit the throne of Stille, but he has no wife yet. When Kohsa arrives, he falls for her. However, his father will see that she fulfills her duty. Torn by his duty of protecting his kingdom and the woman he loves, Vincent’s loyalty ends up at odds with his heart.
War is looming. Khosa must fulfill her destiny. Vincent is torn in two. How will they survive the waves that are coming?
Roar [The Book Depository] [Waterstones] by Cora Carmack is interesting. In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them. Aurora Pavan belongs to one of the oldest Stormling families in the land. However, she seems to have no magic. No one in the kingdom knows. Only her mother. In order to protect her people, Aurora’s mother arranges a marriage. She’s to marry a dark and brooding Stormling Prince from the Kingdom of Locke.
At first, the prince seems like the perfect match and the solution to all their problems. But he has a plan to take up Pavan along with his family. Aurora discovers that there’s more to him than sweetness. She follows him one night and discovers a black market that deals in storm magic, the very thing she cannot control. And she meets storm hunters who are able to control them.
Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by doing what the hunters do now. If she’s to join them, could she have magic too? If so, she doesn’t need to marry at all. She decides to steal the magic from a storm, but will it have a price?
Heart of Iron [The Book Depository] [Waterstones] by Ashley Poston looks amazing. Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel. She was found as a child in space with a sentient android called D09. They were saved by a fearsome captain and a grizzled crew. D09 is one of the last remaining illegal Metals. There’s a problem: he has a gitch. Ana will try to fix him whatever the cost.
Desperate, she ends up on a quest to steal the coordinates of the last lost ship that could have the answer to save D09. But, at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats her! When everything goes wrong, they both end up as fugitives.
They find something in the lost corner of the Universe that will change their lives forever. But, in the quest Ana must take a choice: protect the kingdom that wants her dead, or save the Metal love she loves.
Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter #1) [The Book Depository] [Waterstones] by Lana Popović is thrilling. All the women of Iris and Malina’s family can gleam, that’s manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and can turn her kaleidoscope visions into amazing glasswork. Malina interprets moods as music. Despite this, their mother is very strict and keeps their gifts secret. Iris and malina aren’t allowed to share their magic with anyone. And, they cannot fall in love.
However, when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sister will have to unravel what happened. Soon, they discover a wicked curse that haunts their family. The magic that binds them is also the cause that will make them apart. How can they solve the situation? Moreover, what happened to their mother?
The Queen’s Rising (Untitled Trilogy #1) [The Book Depository] [Waterstones] by Rebecca Ross (Goodreads Author) looks aluring. When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. She was born in the sourther Kingdom of Valenia at the famous magnalia House. While many saw their abilities bloom, she struggled to find hers until she chose to study knowledge. However, things go wrong and she is left without a patron.
Months later, a disgraced lord offers her patronage. First she is suspicious, but without any other choices, she agrees. Soon she discovers that the lord has seek her for his vengeful gain. He wants to overthrow the king of Maevana and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne.
War is loming between the two lands, and Brienna must choose her side. Will she remain loyal to passion, or blood? So, who will be the queen that will reclaim the crown?
And, finally, The Shape of Water [The Book Depository] [Waterstones] by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus looks enchanting. The story is set in a Cold War-era in Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center. They have an amphibious man that they captured in the Amazon. As the scientists start to study the amphibious man, a romance unfolds with one of the janitors on the staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with him.
I know this is a book from a movie, and I expect the movie to be extremely beautiful. However, I bet that this book is also going to be a masterpiece, so that’s why I included it in the list too.
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