7 February 2021

Can't Wait Books. February 2021

Let's pretend February has just begun, and I'm not a thousand years late to announce my can't wait books of the month. πŸ˜‹ Yes, this is a new feature on the blog that many other content creators already do. Since I was not able to share my can't wait books of 2021 at a reasonable time, I decided it would be better to fangirl about all the books I'm dying to read on a monthly basis. Shall we take a look?

Title: What Big Teeth [book depository]
Author: Rose Szabo
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Published: 2nd February 2021
Why I Can't Wait: I was not very fond of Wilder Girls (even though I did present a paper on it), so I'm a little worried about the comparison. Nevertheless, a Gothic retelling of Red Riding Wood is something I can't wait to read! You know how much I love retellings. ❤️
Rose Szabo's thrilling debut is a dark and thrilling novel about a teen girl who returns home to her strange, wild family after years of estrangement, perfect for fans of Wilder Girls.

Eleanor Zarrin has been estranged from her wild family for years. When she flees boarding school after a horrifying incident, she goes to the only place she thinks is safe: the home she left behind. But when she gets there, she struggles to fit in with her monstrous relatives, who prowl the woods around the family estate and read fortunes in the guts of birds.

Eleanor finds herself desperately trying to hold the family together — in order to save them all, Eleanor must learn to embrace her family of monsters and tame the darkness inside her.

Exquisitely terrifying, beautiful, and strange, this fierce gothic fantasy will sink its teeth into you and never let go.


Title: Fat Chance Charlie Vega [book depository]
Author: Crystal Maldonado
Publisher: Holiday House
Published: 2nd February 2021
Why I Can't Wait: I got Fat Chance Charlie Vega from Edelweiss (download section since my requests are always ignored or declined), but  I did not read it on time. Of course now I'm dying to read this coming of age story about love, friendship, and acceptance.
Coming of age as a Fat brown girl in a white Connecticut suburb is hard. Harder when your whole life is on fire, though.

Charlie Vega is a lot of things. Smart. Funny. Artistic. Ambitious. Fat.

People sometimes have a problem with that last one. Especially her mom. Charlie wants a good relationship with her body, but it's hard, and her mom leaving a billion weight loss shakes on her dresser doesn't help. The world and everyone in it have ideas about what she should look like: thinner, lighter, slimmer-faced, straighter-haired. Be smaller. Be whiter. Be quieter.

But there's one person who's always in Charlie's corner: her best friend Amelia. Slim. Popular. Athletic. Totally dope. So when Charlie starts a tentative relationship with cute classmate Brian, the first worthwhile guy to notice her, everything is perfect until she learns one thing--he asked Amelia out first. So is she his second choice or what? Does he even really see her? UGHHH. Everything is now officially a MESS.

A sensitive, funny, and painful coming-of-age story with a wry voice and tons of chisme, Fat Chance, Charlie Vega tackles our relationships to our parents, our bodies, our cultures, and ourselves.


Title: Rise of the Red Hand [book depository]
Author: Olivia Chadha
Publisher: Erewhon
Published: 2nd February 2021
Why I Can't Wait: I shall never resist an appealing (and appalling) dystopia. I love how dark Rise of the Red Hand sounds so terrifying and how it tackles major social issues, such as climate change and inequality.
A rare, searing portrayal of the future of climate change in South Asia. A streetrat turned revolutionary and the disillusioned hacker son of a politician try to take down a ruthlessly technocratic government that sacrifices its poorest citizens to build its utopia.

The South Asian Province is split in two. Uplanders lead luxurious lives inside a climate-controlled biodome, dependent on technology and gene therapy to keep them healthy and youthful forever. Outside, the poor and forgotten scrape by with discarded black-market robotics, a society of poverty-stricken cyborgs struggling to survive in slums threatened by rising sea levels, unbreathable air, and deadly superbugs.

Ashiva works for the Red Hand, an underground network of revolutionaries fighting the government, which is run by a merciless computer algorithm that dictates every citizen’s fate. She’s a smuggler with the best robotic arm and cybernetic enhancements the slums can offer, and her cargo includes the most vulnerable of the city’s abandoned children.

When Ashiva crosses paths with the brilliant hacker Riz-Ali, a privileged Uplander who finds himself embroiled in the Red Hand’s dangerous activities, they uncover a horrifying conspiracy that the government will do anything to bury. From armed guardians kidnapping children to massive robots flattening the slums, to a pandemic that threatens to sweep through the city like wildfire, Ashiva and Riz-Ali will have to put aside their differences in order to fight the system and save the communities they love from destruction.

Title: The Gilded Ones [book depository]
Author: Namina Forna
Publisher: Delacorte
Published: 9th February 2021
Why I Can't Wait: Do you know for how long I've been waiting for The Gilded Ones?! I can't believe it will be finally out after its releasing date being pushed so many times! Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating, and it was only pushed one time. πŸ˜‹ Anyway, I'm dying to finally meet Deka.
Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel like she belongs.

But on the day of the ceremony, her blood runs gold, the color of impurity--and Deka knows she will face a consequence worse than death.

Then a mysterious woman comes to her with a choice: stay in the village and submit to her fate, or leave to fight for the emperor in an army of girls just like her. They are called alaki--near-immortals with rare gifts. And they are the only ones who can stop the empire's greatest threat.

Knowing the dangers that lie ahead yet yearning for acceptance, Deka decides to leave the only life she's ever known. But as she journeys to the capital to train for the biggest battle of her life, she will discover that the great walled city holds many surprises. Nothing and no one are quite what they seem to be--not even Deka herself.

Title: Fireheart Tiger [book depository]
Author: Aliette de Bodard
Publisher: Tor.com
Published: 9th February 2021
Why I Can't Wait: Aliette de Bodard always creates enthralling settings and complex characters (I know, I know -- I have only read one of her books, but I have most of her books on my wishlist). Fireheart Tiger seems another amazing tale.
Award-winning author Aliette de Bodard returns with a powerful romantic fantasy that reads like The Goblin Emperor meets Howl’s Moving Castle in a pre-colonial Vietnamese-esque world.

Fire burns bright and has a long memory….

Quiet, thoughtful princess Thanh was sent away as a hostage to the powerful faraway country of Ephteria as a child. Now she’s returned to her mother’s imperial court, haunted not only by memories of her first romance, but by worrying magical echoes of a fire that devastated Ephteria’s royal palace.

Thanh’s new role as a diplomat places her once again in the path of her first love, the powerful and magnetic Eldris of Ephteria, who knows exactly what she wants: romance from Thanh and much more from Thanh’s home. Eldris won’t take no for an answer, on either front. But the fire that burned down one palace is tempting Thanh with the possibility of making her own dangerous decisions.

Can Thanh find the freedom to shape her country’s fate—and her own?

Title: The Wide Startlight [book depository]
Author: Nicole Lesperance
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: 16th February 2021
Why I Can't Wait: The cover of The Wide Starlight is so beautiful! 😍 A beautiful cover for a heart-breaking and magical story. Right? I read some early readers reviews, which claim this novel has a fairy-tale touch, and I'm so excited about it!
The Hazel Wood meets The Astonishing Color of After in this dreamy, atmospheric novel that follows sixteen-year-old Eli as she tries to remember what truly happened the night her mother disappeared off a glacier in Norway under the Northern Lights.

Never whistle at the Northern Lights, the story goes, or they'll sweep down from the sky and carry you away.

Sixteen-year-old Eline Davis knows it's true. She was there ten years ago, on a frozen fjord in Svalbard, Norway, the night her mother whistled at the lights and then vanished.

Now Eli lives an ordinary life with her dad on Cape Cod. But when the Northern Lights are visible over the Cape for just one night, she can't resist the possibility of seeing her mother again. So she whistles—and it works. Her mother appears, with snowy hair, frosty fingertips and a hazy story of where she's been all these years. And she doesn't return alone.

Along with Eli's mother's reappearance come strange, impossible things. Narwhals swimming in Cape Cod Bay, meteorites landing in Eli's yard, and three shadowy princesses with ominous messages. It's all too much, too fast, and Eli pushes her mother away. She disappears again—but this time, she leaves behind a note that will send Eli on a journey across continents, to the northern tip of the world:

Find me where I left you.

Title: Playing Cupid
Author: S.C. Alban
Publisher: The Parliament House Press
Published: 23th February 2021
Why I Can't Wait: So far, every book I've read published by The Parliament House Press has been a little disappointing. However, the premise of Playing Cupid sounds so intriguing (who wouldn't like to be the Cupid for a day?) that I'm giving it a chance.
For the past five years, seventeen-year-old Megan Cooper has built a wall around her heart with little room to experience true feelings. However, her entire world shifts the moment she hits Cupid with her car driving home from finals. With his shooting arm significantly injured, she has no choice but to take his place.

Now, as Megan races to find Cupid’s final three love matches in order to meet his quota by the start of the new year, she comes face to face with the very emotions she’s been pushing away for so long.

Caught between what her head is saying and what her heart longs for, Megan must face old wounds, find forgiveness, and track down the perfect match for the one boy she can’t stand.

This YA debut is a touching and heartwarming shot through the heart for teen and adult readers alike!

What are you can't wait books of February?

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  1. I liked Charlie Vega. There are many parts of her story that were relatable for me. I hope you get to it and enjoy it.

  2. Charlie Vega! I need to read that one for sure. I’ve seen a lot of good reviews for it.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. I so hear your heart with "let's just pretend time doesn't fly by so quickly while we actually still planned a couple of really, really awesome blog posts..."

    Same here! I haven't heard of any of your books, but they sure look lovely and if they are getting you excited to start reading them - yea!!

    Hope you are well and things are working out well for you.

    Take are of yourself!

    Elza Reads

  4. There are some beautiful covers here. I think my favourite is What Big Teeth. I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts about it.

  5. These all sound really good, I’m seeing the Gilded Ones pop up all over.

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