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February 2014 young adult book releases: Historical Fiction

Fools' Gold
Simon Pulse

These books are being released in February 2014. For other February releases, please see the links at the bottom of the article. Stay tuned for more February releases.

In this list:

  • "Fools' Gold" (Order of Darkness #3) by Philippa Gregory
  • "Love Me" (Starstruck #2) by Rachel Shukert
  • "Prince of Shadows" by Rachel Caine
  • "Willow" by Tonya Cherie Hegamin

The list only contains summaries of the stories. For more information and reviews, please check out the individual titles on goodreads.com.

Fools' Gold
Fools' Gold Simon Pulse

Fools' Gold

Title: Fools' Gold (Order of Darkness #3)
Author: Philippa Gregory
Release date: February 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Tasked to expose a coin counterfeiting scheme, Luca and Isolde travel to Venice just in time for Carnival. Amid the masks, parties, and excitement, the romantic attraction between the two reaches a new intensity that neither can deny.

Their romance is interrupted by the arrival of the alchemist, who may be the con artist they’ve been looking for. But as Luca starts to investigate the original charge, the alchemist reveals his true goal—he plans to create the Philosopher’s Stone, a mystical substance said to be capable of turning base metals into gold and producing the elixir of life.

With pounds of undocumented gold coins and an assistant who claims to be decades older than she appears, all evidence points to the possibility that the alchemist has succeeded in his task. But as Luca and Isolde get closer to the truth, they discover that reality may be more sinister than they ever could have imagined.

Love Me
Love Me Delacorte Press

Love Me

Title: Love Me (Starstruck #2)
Author: Rachel Shukert
Release date: February , 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Amanda is heartbroken. She's tried, but she can't get over her breakup with hotshot writer Harry Gordon. If only she could talk to him, she could convince him that their love story is bigger than any screenplay. But Amanda isn't the only one in Hollywood keeping a secret—Harry's got one too.

Margo has to pinch herself: there's talk of her getting an Oscar nom for her first film role, and she's living with the Dane Forrest, the gorgeous movie star millions—including herself—swoon over. But if the public finds out about their domestic arrangement, her career will be over. The studio has a plan to fix it all . . . but is Margo prepared to pay the price?

Gabby's drinking is out of control, but who cares? She's bored and depressed. She needs someone who will treat her like the woman she is beneath the silly stage costumes and pigtails. And she's sure unpredictable musician Eddie Sharp is The One. But playing with bad boys like Eddie isn't for little girls.

Prince of Shadows
Prince of Shadows NAL

Prince of Shadows

Title: Prince of Shadows
Author: Rachel Caine
Release date: February 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Publisher: NAL
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born.

Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona—and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of many in Verona…

…And will rewrite all their fates, forever.

Willow
Willow Candlewick

Willow

Title: Willow
Author: Tonya Cherie Hegamin
Release date: February 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Publisher: Candlewick
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

In 1848, an educated slave girl faces an inconceivable choice — between bondage and freedom, family and love.

On one side of the Mason-Dixon Line lives fifteen-year-old Willow, her master’s favorite servant. She’s been taught to read and has learned to write. She believes her master is good to her and fears the rebel slave runaways. On the other side of the line is seventeen-year-old Cato, a black man, free born. It’s his personal mission to sneak as many fugitive slaves to freedom as he can. Willow’s and Cato’s lives are about to intersect, with life-changing consequences for both of them. Tonya Cherie Hegamin’s moving coming-of-age story is a poignant meditation on the many ways a person can be enslaved, and the force of will needed to be truly emancipated.