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February 2020 YA Releases to TBR

Tirzah Price

Senior Contributing Editor

Most of Tirzah Price's life decisions have been motivated by a desire to read as many books as humanly possible. Tirzah holds an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has worked as an independent bookseller and librarian. She’s also the author of the Jane Austen Murder Mysteries, published by HarperTeen, and Bibliologist at TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations. Follow her on Twitter @TirzahPrice.

This list of February 2020 YA books is sponsored by Get Booked: The Handsell.

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February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s definitely not short on great new YA releases! From exciting collaborations to long-awaited sequels to new books by incredible authors, we’ve got an outstanding line up. And lucky for us, it’s a leap year—you’re going to need the extra day to get to all of those great books!

Deathless DivideDeathless Divide by Justina Ireland

Fans of Dread Nation, rejoice! The sequel has landed with a fierce cover. This book follows Jane as she heads west to California, hoping to put as much distance between her and Summerland as possible. But the past is not so easy to outrun…

Yes, No, Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed book coverYes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

In this fun collaboration, Albertalli and Saeed introduce readers to Jamie and Maya, two strangers paired up to canvas for their local senator. Although they don’t know each other, they have to get out of their comfort zones and take a few risks to get the job done…and fall for each other on the way.

The Gravity of Us book coverThe Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

Cal is used to sharing things about his life online, but when his dad is chosen to serve as an astronaut on a mission to Mars, his entire family is thrust in the spotlight. That’s when he meets Leon, another teen whose parent is headed to space, and the two form a bond that quickly deepens into romance. When Cal uncovers a secret about the mission, he’s left trying to figure out how to tell the truth without hurting the people he loves.

Turtle Under IceTurtle Under Ice by Juleah del Rosario

Rowena’s family began to splinter when her mother died, and she and her sister Ariana grew apart. But when Ariana disappears one day, it’s up to Rowena to figure out where she’s gone…and face the reasons why she disappeared.

Of Curses and KissesOf Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

In a new series, romcom author Menon retells “Beauty and the Beast” in an exciting new way. Jaya is a princess who attends a prestigious boarding school. Her family’s archenemies are the Emersons. Angry at the Emersons for harm they’ve inflicted on her sister, Jaya decides to ultimate punishment is to make Grey Emerson fall for her and then break his heart.  But not everything goes as planned…

The Blossom and the FireflyThe Blossom and the Firefly by Sherri L. Smith

In 1945, Hana has stopped going to school in order to join the war effort. After narrowly surviving the bombing of the field where she was working, Hana is convinced she’s no longer alive. Taro is a gifted musician, and a kamikaze pilot. When the two meet, they both feel more alive than they ever have, but it cannot last.

Red HoodRed Hood by Elana K. Arnold

Arnold is back with another powerful book about what it means to be a woman and owning your own power. Bisou lives with her grandmother in a small house in Seattle. She has a quiet life…until homecoming night, when she’s left running through the woods, pursued by wolves. She fights back, but after that night, everything changes.

We Unleash the Merciless StormWe Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia

After the events of We Set the Dark on Fire, Carmen’s identity is exposed, and she returns to the headquarters of the resistance. But all is not well there, and very soon she must choose between the resistance, or protecting the girl she loves.

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