So many amazing books are launching in February! Here are our Spark Girl picks for the ones you simply can’t miss!
Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
The enchantment continues…
For fans of: The Lunar Chronicles
How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies? Stars Above includes nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland!
We are card-carrying fangirls of this world, so of course we think Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles. The characters, the plot, the writing! We can’t get enough of the series, which only gets better with each book. If you haven’t started reading these books yet, you need to get busy!
Starflight by Melissa Landers
The universe is at stake!
For fans of: These Broken Stars & Firefly
Solara Brooks needs a fresh start, so in exchange for passage on the spaceliner Zenith, she indentures herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable in high school. When a twist of fate lands them on the Banshee, a ship with a dubious reputation, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy!
Non-stop action, the futuristic setting, a mystery, and of course, the romance (!!), make this an irresistible page turner! It even has crazy space pirates! Starflight kept us on the edge of our seats from the first page to the last.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Heartbreaking and hopeful
For fans of: Between Shades of Gray
World War II is drawing to a close and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom. Among them are Joana, Emilia and Florian, who meet en route to a ship that promises escape. Then, just as freedom seems within their grasp, tragedy strikes.
A powerful story of brutality and bravery as told through the eyes of three reluctant heroes. Salt to the Sea made us realize the stuff we obsess over is nothing compared to the terrifying life-or-death challenges some have faced.
Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan
A star-crossed romance!
For fans of: Sophie Jordan, of course
Luna, the lost Princess of Relhok, sets forth on a journey with Fowler, the mysterious archer who crosses her path, in order to find safety in Allu. Throughout their travels, the two face the dangers that await in the forest, and even the dangers of falling in love. With the King’s decree weighing heavily on them, Luna and Fowler will brave the world of shadows and darkness that they live in, or die trying.
Prepare to be swept away into the kingdom of Relhok! A tale of fantasy twisted with darkness, Reign of Shadows is fast paced, heart pounding and euphoric; it’s easy to read, full of life and has characters that flow right off the page! Don’t miss the epic, romance-filled story of Luna and Fowler!
These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas
Adventure and paranormal romance in Victorian London!
For fans of: Jane Austen & X-Men
In England, 1822, Evelyn finds herself bored with the high expectations of society, and ventures into London alongside her friend Mr. Kent to find her sister Rose after she disappears. Her journey takes a shocking twist when Sebastian Braddock claims that she and her sister have power beyond their wildest dreams and are in more danger than they could ever imagine. Thrust into a world of greed, power, deception and mystery, Evelyn must face her true self in order to save not only her sister, but her heart.
A heroic tale set in 19th century England? Count us in! These Vicious Masks is a remarkable story packed with action, humor, romance and mysterious twists that explode off the page. And we LOVE Evelyn’s character! Her ferocious strength and will to fight shape this fascinating tale and redefine the term heroine.
Riders by Veronica Rossi
These horses are everything.
For fans of: Altered, I Am Number Four
When Gideon dies in an accident, he wakes up with powers and a cuff he can’t remove. His death made him War, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Now he and the other horsemen are brought together by a beautiful but secretive girl in order to save humanity from an ancient evil.
We’re suckers for books with guys as the MC, and brave but flawed soldier Gideon delivers the perfect mix of charm, bravado and vulnerability. And these horses made of shadow, light, ash and fire? They’re as fierce and explosive as Riders‘ nail-biter plot.
The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne Rice
Two sisters. One text.
For fans of: Sarah Dessen, Lauren Oliver & Gayle Forman
After Roo McCabe responds to a text while driving, she winds up in a hospital bed, paralyzed. Everyone thinks she’s in a coma, but Roo can see and hear everything around her. Her sister Tilly was the one who texted Roo, so she’s struggling with overwhelming guilt and her growing feelings for Roo’s boyfriend, Newton.
Characters with huge hearts and a tragedy with a huge impact made this one unputdownable. We loved this look at the inescapable bonds between sisters, the infectious impact of guilt and the healing power of hope.