Top spot for the prettiest fantasy book covers are taken by Enchantée by Gita Trelease (pub. Feb 5) and Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (pub. Feb 5). The first book is “debut fantasy about an orphaned girl who uses dark magic to save her sister and herself from ruin”. The latter is touted to be an African Game of Thrones, “In the stunning first novel in Marlon James’s Dark Star trilogy, myth, fantasy, and history come together to explore what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.”
Covers of two YA contemporary novels caught my eye: Tell Me Everything by Sarah Enni (pub. 26 Feb) and Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner (pub. 26 Feb). I like the colours of the covers and the fonts used. Enni’s book is about a shy girl fascinated by an anonymous art sharing app, who decides to finally go all in and show herself. Zentner’s novel is ” a contemporary novel about two best friends who must make tough decisions about their futures–and the TV show they host–in their senior year of high school.” The cover of The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray has a different feel than two precious ones, it’s bright and colourful. The book is described as ““The Mothers meets An American Marriage” (HelloGiggles) in this dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you.”
Those three books that I put together under category ‘Fiction’ have completely different feels and represent completely different subgenres of the general fiction. The Lost Night by Andrea Bartz is a mystery thriller, follows Lindsey’s complicated journey to find out what happened to her best friend on the night she died. The light and gentle cover of Willa & Hesper by Amy Feltman brings us a historical fiction story of two young women who fall in love. “When they fall apart, they unwittingly take the same path to heal from their breakup, seeking answers in the lands of their ancestors. From Tbilisi, Georgia to the war sites of Germany, they discover what can break and what can mend when you look to the past to understand your present.” The playful, pink cover of Vacuum in the Dark by Jen Beagin represents a humorous, edgy story about cleaning lady Mona and her struggles with moving forward in life.
There’s only one non-fiction cover that caught my attention in the list of February releases and it’s Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman (pub. 12 Feb).“When aspiring violinist Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman lands a job with a professional ensemble in New York City, she imagines she has achieved her lifelong dream. But the ensemble proves to be a sham. When the group “performs,” the microphones are never on. Instead, the music blares from a CD. The mastermind behind this scheme is a peculiar and mysterious figure known as The Composer, who is gaslighting his audiences with music that sounds suspiciously like the Titanic movie soundtrack. On tour with his chaotic ensemble, Hindman spirals into crises of identity and disillusionment as she “plays” for audiences genuinely moved by the performance, unable to differentiate real from fake.”