February 2023 is set to be an exciting month for fans of young adult literature. With many highly anticipated novels set to be released, readers can look forward to diving into new worlds, meeting captivating characters, and experiencing the thrill of adventure. From contemporary romance to science fiction, there is something for every reader on the list of most anticipated young adult novels of February 2023. So get ready to mark your calendars and grab a copy of your most eagerly awaited book – the next great YA novel is just around the corner!
Most Anticipated Young Adult Novels of February 2023
- The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole Novoa
- She Is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran
- Remind Me to Hate You Later by Lizzy Mason
- The Island by Natasha Preston
- Nightbirds by Kate J. Armston
- Delicious Monsters by Liselle Sambury
- Immortality: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz
- Last Violent Call by Chloe Gong
- After Glow by Phil Stamper
- A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon
The Wicked Bargain by Gabe Cole Novoa
On Mar León-de la Rosa’s 16th birthday, they are visited by el Diablo, seeking to collect on a wicked bargain made by Mar’s father. As a transmasculine non binary teen pirate with the magical ability to manipulate fire and ice, Mar must confront el Diablo and make a choice: give up their soul to save their father and the crew of their ship by the Harvest Moon, or never see them again. When Mar is rescued by a pirate crew, they find unexpected allies in Bas, an arrogant and handsome pirate, and Dami, a mysterious gender fluid demon. With their newfound courage, Mar must use their magic to save their father, but the risk of death looms.
She Is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran
Jade Nguyen travels to Vietnam to visit her estranged father, with the goal of pretending to be a happy family for five weeks in the French colonial house he is restoring. With the promise of college money, Jade hopes to keep up the façade, but the house has other intentions. Night after night, she is paralyzed and experiences strange occurrences, including encountering the ghost of a bride who leaves cryptic warnings. Despite her father and sister’s disbelief, Jade teams up with a delinquent girl to uncover the truth about the house and her ancestors. As she uncovers the rot within the house, Jade must also confront her own identity and work to save her family from its dangerous grasp.
Remind Me to Hate You Later by Lizzy Mason
Jules, a 17 years-old, lived her life in the spotlight under her mother’s “parenting influencer” persona. Her mother, Britt, shares every detail of Jules’ life on social media, making it unbearable for Jules. But suddenly, Jules is gone. Natalie, Jules’ best friend, must come to terms with her death, only to learn that Britt plans to publish a memoir about Jules’ life and death. Nat knows that Jules hated the pressure and in authenticity of her mother’s persona and sets out to expose the truth. With the help of Jules’ boyfriend, Carter, Nat aims to understand what really happened and who is responsible.
The Island by Natasha Preston
A must-read thriller from the bestselling YA author, following the success of “The Twin” and “The Lake”. Six social media influencers, Liam, James, Will, Ava, Harper, and Paisley, were invited for a VIP weekend at the exclusive Jagged Island amusement park before it opens. They were excited for a fun weekend of posting and reporting their experiences. When they arrive, they are amazed by the beauty of the park and their luxurious rooms. But things take a dark turn when they realize they may not make it off the island alive.
Nightbirds by Kate J. Armston
“The Nightbirds are a secret in Simta. They are young women from powerful families with magic in their veins. They can give their magic to others by kissing them. Magic is forbidden, especially for women, but the Nightbirds are protected by their families. Matilde, Aesa, and Sayer are this season’s Nightbirds and they sell their magic to clients. After their season, they are supposed to marry wealthy men and have children. But they discover the truth and want more. They learn that the Nightbird system is a way to control them. They must choose to stay in their privileged lives or fight for freedom.”
Delicious Monsters by Liselle Sambury
Daisy is plagued by the sight of spirits and this is something she cannot escape in Toronto, a city overflowing with ghostly presences. Despite her best efforts to cope with this unusual ability, she is completely taken aback when her boyfriend breaks up with her. In a bid to escape, Daisy joins her mother who has inherited a secluded mansion in northern Ontario where she spent her childhood summers. However, the house is not what Daisy expected and she soon realizes that her previous encounters with the paranormal may not have prepared her for her mother’s secrets or what lies within the walls of the mansion.
Years later, Brittney wants to free herself from the control of her abusive mother, a bestselling author who claims that her stay at “Miracle Mansion” allowed her to see the error of her ways. Brittney believes this to be a lie and decides to use her popular Haunted web series to uncover the truth behind the disappearance of a young Black girl from the mansion ten years ago. As she delves deeper into the investigation, she must choose which story is more important to reveal- Daisy’s or her own. Both timelines intertwine as the girls face the most dangerous monsters- those hiding in plain sight.
Immortality: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz
Hazel Sinnett is isolated and doubting if the events from the previous year, such as her supposed immortality and Beecham’s vial, were just a product of her imagination. She doesn’t even know if Jack is alive or dead. Her only focus now is to treat patients and preserve Hawthornden Castle as it begins to deteriorate.
After saving someone’s life, Hazel finds herself arrested and seems destined to spend the rest of her life in prison. But then she receives a message that changes everything- she has been personally selected by Princess Charlotte, the daughter of King George IV, to be her personal physician. Hazel is soon swept up in the allure and romance of the royal court, where everyone has something to hide, particularly the members of a secretive club known as the “Companions to the Death.”
As Hazel becomes more involved with the British court, she realizes that her future as a physician is not the only thing at risk. There are sinister forces at play within the monarchy and Hazel may be the only one capable of putting things right.
Last Violent Call by Chloe Gong
In A Foul Thing, Roma and Juliette are leaders of a secretive weapons operation in Zhouzhuang and maintain a quiet and anonymous life. However, when they learn about the deaths of several Russian girls in nearby towns, they decide to investigate and are shocked to find that the mystery is closer to home than they could have ever imagined.
In This Foul Murder, Roma summons Benedikt and Marshall to locate the scientist Lourens and bring him to Zhouzhuang. Their journey aboard the Trans-Siberian Express is on a tight schedule but is thrown off course when a murder occurs on board. To avoid any delays, Benedikt and Marshall convince the officer in charge to continue the journey and offer to solve the murder as pretend investigators. However, as they delve deeper into the case, they uncover unexpected ties to their own mission.
After Glow by Phil Stamper
After a life-changing summer, these four friends are finally ready for senior year. Gabriel is thrilled to create his school’s first LGBTQ+ advocacy group, but his long-distance relationship is fading from summer love to something else. Heath feels secure for the first time in years, but with his future riding on a baseball scholarship each pitch triggers his anxiety. Reese is set on pursuing a career in fashion design, but his creativity takes him in an unexpected direction, he isn’t yet ready to share. Sal wants to be in politics, specifically local politics. After a chat with his aunt, he is ready for an unlikely path.
As graduation nears and the boys prepare to enter the real world, it feels like everything is changing so fast—including their friendships. Can they find a way to make the most of their senior year even as they eagerly look to the future?
A Day of Fallen Night by Samantha Shannon
Tunuva Melim is a sister of the Priory. For fifty years, she has trained to slay wyrms – but none have appeared since the Nameless One, and the younger generation is starting to question the Priory’s purpose. To the north, in the Queendom of Inys, Sabran the Ambitious has married the new King of Hróth, narrowly saving both realms from ruin. Their daughter, Glorian, trails in their shadow – exactly where she wants to be. The dragons of the East have slept for centuries. Dumai has spent her life in a Seiikinese mountain temple, trying to wake the gods from their long slumber.
Now someone from her mother’s past is coming to upend her fate. When the Dreadmount erupts, bringing with it an age of terror and violence, these women must find the strength to protect humankind from a devastating threat. Intricate and epic, Samantha Shannon sweeps readers back to the world of A Priory of the Orange Tree, showing us a course of events that shaped it for generations to come.
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Most Anticipated Young Adult Novels of February 2023