February may be a little quiet on publishing, but it didn’t make the choice for Book of the Month any easier.
We’re sure that our top pick is going to be a winner, but why don’t you take a look for yourself and let us know what you think?
(Bloomsbury Publishing PLC 9781408878859)
Jess would never have looked twice at Nicu if her friends hadn’t left her in the lurch. Nicu is all big eyes and ill-fitting clothes, eager as a puppy, even when they’re picking up litter in the park for community service. He’s so not her type. Appearences matter to Jess. She’s got a lot to hide.
Nicu thinks Jess is beautiful. His dad brought Nicu and his mum here for a better life, but now all they talk about is going back home to find Nicu a wife. The last thing Nicu wants is to get married. He wants to get educated, do better, stay here in England. But his dad’s fists are the most powerful force in Nicu’s life, and in the end, he’ll have to do what his dad wants.
As Nicu and Jess get closer, their secrets come to the surface like bruises. The only safe place they have is with each pther. But they can’t be together, forever, and stay safe – can they?
Six of the Best
Here are six of our close contenders for Book of the Month. Find yourself some more gems for your shelves.
Krakow, 1939, is no place to grow up. There are a million marching soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. And Anna Lania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father and suddenly, she’s alone.
Then she meets the Swallow Man. He is a mystery, strange and tall. And like Anna’s missing father, he has a gift for languages: Polish, Russian, German, Yiddish, even Bird. When he summons a bright, beautiful swallow down to his hand to stop her from crying, Anna is entranced.
Over the course of their travels together, Anna and the Swallow Man will dodge bombs, tame soldiers, and even, despite their better judgement, make a friend. But in a world gone mad, everything can prove dangerous…
When Gwendolyn Bloom realises that her father has been kidnapped, she has to take matters into her own hands. She traces him from New York City across the dark underbelly of Europe, taking on a new identity to survive in a world of brutal criminal masterminds.
As she slowly leaves behind her schoolgirl self, she realises that she must learn the terrifying truth about herself. To overcome cruelty she encounters, she must also embrace it.
Every day, Zoe struggles to keep going. The cruel winter took her father’s life and left her angry and broken-hearted. As she carries her little brother through a snowstorm that could kill him in minutes, her only thought is finding shelter.
The cabin beyond the woods is far from the place of safety she hoped it would be, but it is there that she meets a man whose muscular body, marked with strange and primitive tattoos, hints at an extraordinary story.
He has the power to light up the lake, and with it, Zoe’s world. Zoe calls the stranger X. He is a bounty hunter, tormented by the evils of his victims, which course through his veins. X has never known anything but hate, until he meets Zoe. She shows him what a heart is really for and, if they can find a way to be together, just maybe, his pain can help Zoe forget her own.
Picture a world where every significant moment is tattooed on your skin forever. When Leora’s father dies, she knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to record his good life. But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she knew him at all.
Sherlock: A Study in Pink (Manga Edition) by Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Jay (Titan Comics 9781785856150)
Adapted from the hugely popular TV series, using Steven Moffat’s screenplay, this manga edition of Study in Pink is now available in an English language translation. This edition flows in the traditional style (from right to left) and is filled with black and white artwork by artist, Jay.
While not a new story, I’ve let this one creep into the recommended books this month because it’s an excellent crossover. The popularity of Sherlock is undeniable, but for some, the classic text can be confusing. I can see reluctant readers getting along well with this version of it, and hopefully it’ll jump them into other classic retellings.
Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever.
The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help.
After centuries of cushy retirement on Earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task of saving the world – and solving Elliot’s problems too?
Slightly younger than our usual selection, but we’re frequently asked for alternatives to Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan. Also, I spied on Twitter that there’s a flick book Pegasus at the bottom… and I always love a book that multi-tasks!
We see lots of super reps every month, and Bloomsbury dropped us off a copy of We Come Apart to sink our teeth into… jump over to our book review and see what we thought of it.