New Book Releases for February 2016

February. Despite being the shortest month and having clunky spelling February is set to be a fantastic month for new book releases. Here are some I have already read and reviewed and a few others that have caught my eye. Click on the book covers for full reviews.

Young Adult Fiction

In Place of NeverIn Place of Never – Julie Anne Lindsey – Lyrical Press – Published 2 February 2016

With a unique, lyrical writing style, jaw-dropping romance, a heroine you can really get behind and all the intrigue of a good mystery, this book has it all.

Mercy’ sister died three years ago in a tragic drowning everyone labelled an accident. But the three-year anniversary of Faith’s death sees the return of the Lovells’ travelling performing group and a chance for Mercy to uncover what really happened at the river that fateful night three years ago.  Full review.

Young adult fiction: Mystery.

9780062360243The Shadow Queen – C.J. Redwine – Balzer+Bray – Published 16 February 2016

Once upon a time there was a princess who was unlike any other princess.

Lorelai lost almost everything the day her stepmother, Irina, killed her father and assumed the crown of Ravenspire.  For nine years she has evaded Irina, stealing from the Queen’s stores, helping the peasants who starve under Irina’s harsh rule, and planning for the day when she can take back her kingdom.   Full review.

Young adult fiction: fantasy, fairytale retelling.

The Girl From EverywhereThe Girl From Everywhere – Heidi Heilig – Greenwillow Books – Published 16 February 2016
Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.  Full review.

Young adult fiction: Fantasy.

9780062094223Take The Fall – Emily Hainsworth – Balzer+Bray – Published 16 February 2016

This is an edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting, check-over-your-shoulder, add-your-own-cliche-here kind of book. This is ultimately an epic murder mystery, with a huge list of suspects, a twist that came out of nowhere and a surprise ending.

The night Sonia was attacked in the forest, her best friend Gretchen was also attacked. Sonia survived, but Gretchen is found dead at the base of the falls. It sparks an investigation and town-wide terror as the police search for those responsible.  Full review.

Young adult fiction: Mystery.

Christian Fiction

You're The One That I WantYou’re The One That I Want – Susan May Warren – Tyndale – Published 1 February 2016

This is Owen’s story. The last in the Christiansen series, the last of the Christiansen siblings. I loved every minute of it. Romance, action, family drama of the best kind, returning to Deep Haven and the Christiansen clan, humour and a toe-curling whirlwind kind of joy that comes from beautiful writing and a touching and heartfelt story.  Full review.

Adult fiction: Christian contemporary.

Step by Step

Step By Step – Candace Calvert – Tyndale – Published 1 February 2016

Three years after a tragic accident left her a widow, ER nurse Taylor Cabot is determined to move on, checking off one item after another on her survival list. Her relationship with a handsome plastic surgeon even gives her hope for the last point—“fall in love again.” At least until crisis chaplain Seth Donovan steps back into her life, reawakening unanswered questions about her husband’s death.  Full review.

Adult fiction: Christian contemporary.

Cold ShotCold Shot – Dani Pettrey – Bethany House – Published 2 February 2016

A fantastic start to a new series, Cold Shot is engaging, edge-of-your-seat action and suspense with charming romance.

When ex-SWAT sniper and current park ranger Griffin McCray discovers a grave being robbed in the Gettysburg cemetery he is stunned to discover that the bones belong to a woman who was recently murdered. Along with Finley Scott, the forensic anthropologist working a dig at the cemetery, Griffin calls in his friends to help him discover who the woman is and to find justice for her murder.  Full review.

Adult fiction: Christian mystery-thriller.

Always WatchingAlways Watching – Lynette Eason – Revell – Published 2 February 2016 

The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have more than just skill and prowess in common–they’re also all women. When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians in order to protect his son.

Adult fiction: Christian mystery-thriller.

If I Run If I Run – Terri Blackstock – Zondervan – Published 16 February 2016

If I Run is the first book in a new crime series that will be a series-long investigation involving an innocent being accused of a crime she didn’t commit. This book sets up what promises to be a series of suspense and crime solving drama, and maybe, just maybe a touch of romance.    Full review.

Adult fiction: Christian mystery-thriller.

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