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Four Your Consideration // February 2020

Four Your Consideration is a monthly feature on Raine Reads. This feature highlights four upcoming releases in the next month. Today I’m discussing four releases I’m looking forward to in February!

42595554Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

Elle and her friends Mads, Jenny, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Elle’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Elle as their next target.

They picked the wrong girl.

Sworn to vengeance, Elle transfers to St. Andrew’s. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly.

Can I just say that this cover is stunning in ways I didn’t think possible. It’s loud, brash, and unapologetic, just as I suspect Foul is Fair will be. Admittedly, I’ve never been one for Shakespeare, but I do love a good retelling (and maybe a revenge story). It doesn’t hurt that the advanced reviews for this are looking quite good.


The Upside of Falling by Alex Light45891343

It’s been years since seventeen-year-old Becca Hart believed in true love. But when her former best friend teases her for not having a boyfriend, Becca impulsively pretends she’s been secretly seeing someone.

Brett Wells has it all. Being captain of the football team and one of the most popular guys in school, he should have no problem finding someone to date, but he’s always been more focused on his future than who to bring to prom. When he overhears Becca’s lie, Brett decides to step in and be her mystery guy. It’s the perfect solution: he gets people off his back for not dating and she can keep up the ruse.

Acting like the perfect couple isn’t easy though, especially when you barely know the other person. But with Becca still picking up the pieces from when her world was blown apart years ago and Brett just barely holding his together now, they begin to realize they have more in common than they ever could have imagined. When the line between real and pretend begins to blur, they are forced to answer the question: is this fake romance the realest thing in either of their lives?

If this just doesn’t give you the most February romance vibes then I don’t know what will. Sometimes, I just want a cute and cheesy romance, and it sounds like the Upside of Falling can totally deliver. It’s hard to say no to a good fake dating trope, after all.


41074675This Train is Being Held by Ismée Amiel Williams

When private school student Isabelle Warren first meets Dominican-American Alex Rosario on the downtown 1 train, she remembers his green eyes and his gentlemanly behavior. He remembers her untroubled happiness, something he feels all rich kids must possess. That, and her long dancer legs. Over the course of multiple subway encounters spanning the next three years, Isabelle learns of Alex’s struggle with his father, who is hell-bent on Alex being a contender for the major leagues, despite Alex’s desire to go to college and become a poet. Alex learns about Isabelle’s unstable mother, a woman with a prejudice against Latino men. But fate—and the 1 train—throw them together when Isabelle needs Alex most.

I get such summer-y vibes from this book. It sounds like the time span for this novel can make it a really interesting study in character development. I tend to prefer books set over longer periods of time (at least, as opposed to a twenty-four hour period), so this book could be perfect for me.


40672188. sy475 The Last Confession of Autumn Casterly by Meredith Tate

When band-geek Ivy and her friends get together, things start with a rousing board game and end with arguments about Star Wars.

Her older sister Autumn is a different story. Enigmatic, aloof, and tough as nails, Autumn hasn’t had real friends–or trusted anyone–in years. Even Ivy.

But Autumn might not be tough enough. After a drug deal gone wrong, Autumn is beaten, bound, and held hostage. Now, trapped between life and death, she leaves her body, seeking help. No one can sense her presence–except her sister.

When Autumn doesn’t come home, Ivy just knows she’s in trouble. Unable to escape the chilling feeling that something isn’t right, Ivy follows a string of clues that bring her closer to rescuing her sister… and closer to danger.

Autumn needs Ivy to find her before time runs out. But soon, both sisters realize that finding her also means untangling the secrets that lead to the truth–about where they’re hiding Autumn, and what Autumn has been hiding.

Pitched as If I Stay meets One of Us is Lying, this book is just crazy enough that it might work. To be honest, I think I’m attracted to this book out of sheer curiosity. It seems like a lot of things are going to be happening in this novel, so I’m very interested to see how it’s pulled off.


February is only our second batch of new releases for 2020, but there are already so many good books to look forward to! Let me know what your anticipated releases for the month are this February!

Until next time!

Ivy

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