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February Top 5 Books

It’s the second month of 2021 and I’m so glad you are here to check out my February Top 5 Books.

A Closer Look at the Top 5 Books of February 2021

This month is packed with diverse reads that feature LGBTQ rep and a number of Mystery Thrillers that I hope you’ll be picking up and reading. Mazie by Melanie Crowder. The Project by Courtney Summers. What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo.

There is also Rena Barron’s second book in her Kingdom of Souls series, Reaper of Souls.

And let’s not forget the incredible romance (because Valentine’s day is around the corner) A Pho Love Story by Loan Le!

Plus, I have a plus one for February that I wanted readers to check out Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher.

What books I’m reading in February

I’m planning on ticking more books from my backlist. My goal is to read at least two or three books off my backlist each month. I’ll also be including a new release sprinkled in too (I had to compromise). But the goal is reading more books off of my shelf.

Each of these books on my Top Five are on my radar to read this year, my most anticipated pick for February is A Pho Love Story by Loan Le. I was fortunate enough receive an advance readers copy and I absolutely fell in love with Loan’s captivating writing and narrative. You can find my review below in the book recommendations.

Remember, as we continue to read, make sure that we keep adding Own Voices, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+ reads to our shelves. Keep the momentum friends of broadening our bookshelves to reflect the diverse topography of the world.

You can check out all the latest books hitting shelves this month on our YA Book Release Calendar.

Need suggestions for your next read?

Sheaf & Ink has you covered.

Check out this months Top 5 book recommendations for February 2021

Top 5 Books of February

Contemporary Romance Fiction

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

Seaf & Ink Book Review Read Here >>

Bao Nguyen and Linh Mai are rivals. Well, maybe not them, but their parents’ Vietnamese restaurants are. But as all good love stories go these two teens are far from enemies. After chance brings them together, their feelings begin to grow into something more as they spend more time with each other. But the question is can they be together with their families complex history?

Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.

In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.


Eleanor Zarrin has been estranged from her wild family for years. When she flees boarding school after a horrifying incident, she goes to the only place she thinks is safe: the home she left behind. But when she gets there, she struggles to fit in with her monstrous relatives, who prowl the woods around the family estate and read fortunes in the guts of birds.

Eleanor finds herself desperately trying to hold the family together — in order to save them all, Eleanor must learn to embrace her family of monsters and tame the darkness inside her.

Lo Denham is used to being on her own. After her parents died, Lo’s sister, Bea, joined The Unity Project, leaving Lo in the care of their great aunt. Thanks to its extensive charitable work and community outreach, The Unity Project has won the hearts and minds of most in the Upstate New York region, but Lo knows there’s more to the group than meets the eye. She’s spent the last six years of her life trying—and failing—to prove it.

When a man shows up at the magazine Lo works for claiming The Unity Project killed his son, Lo sees the perfect opportunity to expose the group and reunite with Bea once and for all.


Rocked by revelations and betrayals, Arrah must now come to terms with a reality that has completely changed.

Where before she lacked the power to call and harness magic, now Arrah is the only one in the world who can. Blessed with the powers of all the chieftains as part of their last stand against the Demon King, Arrah must live up to her lineage – and come to terms with finally getting what she wished for.

Arrah’s mother was corrupted by magic and her father was defeated by it. Her lover, Rudjek, is repelled by it. But despite what it may do to her, Arrah needs magic in order to save the world; for the forces of the Demon King are rising now. Daho, the Demon King, wants her – and he is prepared to tear down orishas, gods, queens and cities to get her.

Historical Fiction

Mazie has dreamed of being on Broadway since she could walk. Growing up in her small Nebraska town, that always seemed like an impossible dream. But when Mazie’s grandmother dies and leaves her a letter and enough money for a six-week stay in New York City, Mazie jumps at the chance to follow her dream, leaving behind everything–and everyone–she’s ever known.

With her money running out, and faced with too many rejections to count, Mazie finally lands a role. But there’s a catch: the tour is an industrial musical designed to sell farm equipment, bringing Mazie right back to the cornbelt of her hometown she was all too eager to escape.

See any February 2021 YA books you can’t wait to read?

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