Book Riot Insiders’ Most Anticipated New Releases – February 2018

Book Riot Insiders’ Most Anticipated New Releases – February 2018


Hi everyone. It’s sharifah. I am a book riot
associate editor and today we are talking about new releases out this
month. So February new releases, all of the books that sound exciting and are
really buzzy particularly with our book riot insiders, who are basically our
power readers in the exclusive digital group for book riot. And the first book
I’m going to talk about is one I have heard so many good things about. I’ve
been hearing about it everywhere, seeing this beautiful cover, and that is the
lost girls of camp forevermore by Kim Fu. This story comes to us from Kim Fu
who’s the award-winning author of for today I am a boy. And the story
follows five young women who go to camp forevermore. The story is set in the
Pacific Northwest and in the beginning it starts out you know you’re doing your
usual camping things. If you’ve ever been to sleepaway camp or anything like that,
you know what that stuff is. So you know, your swimming, your friendship
bracelets, that sort of thing. And then one night the girls decide to go out to
a nearby island on a kayaking trip by themselves and they get stranded there.
And that’s when things take a turn. So you get to see these girls and follow
them and as they become women and you basically discover their heartbreaks and
losses and you get to see how this event affected their life and how they come to
define themselves. This one got a big thumbs up from our very own Liberty
Hardy who curates the new release index, which is part of book riot insiders. And
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bookriot.com/insiders. Okay on to the next book and this one is actually a
graphic novel. It’s a young adult graphic novel. It’s by Jen Wang and it’s the
prince and the dressmaker. So this is a romantic tale about identity, young love,
art, and family. And it’s about Prince Sebastian. This takes place in Paris at
the dawn of the modern age. So Prince Sebastian’s family is trying to look for
a bride for him and unbeknownst to them he’s leading a secret life as the
fashion icon of Paris. He’s a young man who wears dresses. Prince Sebastian
becomes Lady Crystallia. Sebastian’s secret weapon is the dressmaker Francis
who’s also his best friend and also the only other person who knows his secret.
And as his dressmaker, she can’t really claim her greatness because she’s also a
secret. She is part of this secret life he’s living and she has to protect her
friend and sort of sacrifice her greatness. So that question comes into
play of how much are you willing to do for your friend. I’ve seen some of the
art for this book and it looks incredible and beautiful and I can’t
wait to pick it up and read it myself. So again that was the prince and the
dressmaker by Jen Wang. Okay I couldn’t not mention this book because it has a
library in the title and it’s, it’s summer hours at robber’s library by Sue
Halpern. I can see already why it’s popular. It is a book for book lovers.
It takes place in a library. It’s about head librarian kit who lives
in a small suburban town. She’s kind of trying to forget her problems, the things
that have happened in her past that are mysterious and cryptic. We don’t know
what happened. And then something happens that sort of changes that. A girl named
sunny ends up getting arrested for stealing a dictionary and she has
to do community service. And she meets kit the head librarian. And she’s trying
to get away from, Sunny’s trying to get away from her sort of hippie parents and
she ends up for befriending kit and sort of making her open up a little. And then
they’re joined by another person named rusty who’s this Wall Street big-name
who has suddenly had a complete change of circumstance. And the three of them
are to becoming this sort of like offbeat group of friends. And they also
have other people coming into the library who are offbeat regulars as well.
So it sounds like it’s just a bunch of really quirky, interesting people who
have all sorts of things happening in their lives that you have to unravel. And
it’s all taking place in this library in this small quiet town. This is a story, of
course, about family, the kind you come from and the kind you create. But if that
sounds great to you that was summer hours at the robbers library by Sue
Halpern. Next up is a science fiction novel by Jeff Vandermeer who of course
is the author of annihilation, which is being turned into a movie, and this book
by Jeff Vandermeer is called the strange bird: a borne story. Now this
story comes from the world of borne. Borne is the book Jeff Vandermeer wrote just
last year. So in April of 2017, I believe. And that story took place in a dystopia
and it’s a ruined, nameless city. And that whole story unravels. I heard a lot about
it and it sounded totally out there and very strange and this book sounds no
different. Now this story is actually already out on Kindle but it’s coming
out in paperback on February 27th. And it’s actually rather short. So if you’re
looking for something short and you maybe read born and really like that
world or want to sort of dip your toe into the water of the world of borne, this
is probably a good option. It’s only 128 pages and the story follows the strange
bird, which is a new creation that was created in a lab. And it ends up escaping
with a bunch of these other creations. But as she flies around in
this new world that she’s discovering and she meets other types of wildlife
and other creations just like herself, she finds herself rejected and she finds
a world that’s populated with all sorts of strange technology that was created
by this organization called the company. But as she happens upon humans who are
basically scrambling to survive in this dystopia, she feels like she has more
kinship with them. But who are the ones who are going to think of her as a
possession and as something to exploit is the question. This sounds like a
really interesting book from a really unique, well-thought-out world. And again
that was the strange bird: a borne story by Jeff Vandermeer. So that’s it for
February new releases. I hope that you find something excellent to read this
month. And if you are interested in finding out more about book riot
insiders, go to bookriot.com/insiders and discover the wonder of the
new release index.

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