Novel sequels hitting shelves this month include the further undertakings of a black girl trained to fight the undead in 1880s America; the finale of a supernatural historical quartet set in the 1920s; a historical duology conclusion pitting a gifted French teen reporter against a serial killer; more middle grade adventures for a Mexican-American bruja and her family of magical bakers; and more.

Arlo Finch in the Kingdom of Shadows

by John August (Roaring Brook, Feb. 4, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-62672-818-9)

Back in Pine Mountain, Colo., this conclusion to the Arlo Finch trilogy features the return of Arlo and Blue Patrol, with a few new Rangers. Arlo, Jaycee, and Wu are determined to travel through the Long Woods in order to rescue the Finch patriarch from Guangzhou, where he is a U.S. fugitive. But the Eldritch have other plans that, once revealed, present Arlo with an unbearable decision.

Deathless Divide

by Justina Ireland (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, Feb. 4, $18.99, ISBN 978-0-06-257063-5)

Jane McKeene and Katherine Deveraux are back in this sequel to the alternate history novel Dread Nation, in which the dead rise after the Battle of Gettysburg and black girls are trained to be Attendants to wealthy white society. After the fall of Summerland, Jane and her band of survivors are on the run, attempting to reach Nicodemus, the fabled safehaven. But when they reach the town, they find a few familiar faces that portend burgeoning trouble.

The King of Crows

by Libba Bray (Little, Brown, Feb. 4, $19.99, ISBN 978-0-316-12609-0)

In this conclusion to the Diviners quartet, after Before the Devil Breaks You, the Diviners must face the King of Crows and his army of the dead, as well as the U.S. government. With the help of a girl named Sarah Beth Olson, whom Isaiah sees in a vision, the gifted group must find a way to defeat the King of Crows.

A Mixture of Mischief

by Anna Meriano, illus. by Mirelle Ortega (Walden Pond, Feb. 4, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-06-291590-0)

In the third helping of the Love Sugar Magic series, Leonora “Leo” Logroño and her Mexican-American family of brujas-cum-bakers must deal with a fresh batch of challenges in Rose Hill, Tex. With the Logroños’ baking relics disappearing, a new bakery opening nearby, and secrets galore, the family has a full plate—and that’s before a long-lost relative shows up.

Nikki Tesla and the Fellowship of the Bling

by Jess Keating, illus. by Lissy Marlin (Scholastic Press, Feb. 4, $16.99, ISBN 978-1-338-29525-2)

In this sequel to the illustrated middle grade series opener Elements of Genius #1: Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray, tween inventor Nikki Tesla and the Genius Academy squad are bent on stealing a priceless ring in order to thwart the plans of a mad scientist. They’re even more determined to stop him after he kidnaps one of their crew.

Rumi’s Riddle

by Eliot Schrefer (HarperCollins/Tegen, Feb. 4, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-06-249120-6)

The finale of the middle grade Lost Rainforest trilogy features the shadowwalkers in a final battle to save Caldera. As the volcano beneath the jungle awakens, a mysterious evil also rises in Caldera—the Elemental of Darkness has appeared and is rallying followers. When the shadowwalkers have to divide and conquer, will scholarly tree frog Rumi have what it takes to step up as leader?

Heart of Flames

by Nicki Pau Preto (Simon Pulse, Feb. 11, $19.99, ISBN 978-1-5344-2465-4)

The sequel to the YA fantasy novel A Crown of Feathers finds the future of the Phoenix Riders hanging in the balance. Veronyka, Tristan, and Sev must do all they can in order to stop the impending war between the empire and the Phoenix Riders.

The Oddyssey

by David Slavin, illus. by Adam J.B. Lane (Harper, Feb. 11, $13.99, ISBN 978-0-06-283955-8)

Misfit Oddonis and his perfect twin Adonis’s troubles resume in this sequel to the middle grade mythological series starter Odd Gods. On Zeus’s birthday, Oddonis’s lackluster present to his hard-to-please father is replaced by a poem from revenge-seeking Hades, and when Zeus reads it aloud, he turns into a baby. The only way to reverse the spell is for Oddonis to venture into the Underworld with a troop of select companions.


by Jodie Lynn Zdrok (Tor Teen, Feb. 11, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-7653-9971-7)

In this conclusion to the supernatural historical YA duology that began with Spectacle, 18-year-old reporter Nathalie Baudin must catch a serial killer at the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris.


by Peter Bunzl (Jolly Fish, Feb. 11, $12.99 trade paper, ISBN 978-1-63163-431-4)

In the third Cogheart adventure, 14-year-old Cogheart possessor Lily Hartman, her best friend Robert, and her mechanimal fox Malkin accept a mysterious invitation to board a sky circus. But in pursuit of answers, the trio soon find that ringmistress Madame Lyon-Mane has sinister plans for Lily.

Knights vs. the End (of Everything)

by Matt Phelan (Greenwillow, Feb. 11, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-06-291097-4)

In this third illustrated middle grade adventure, the four knights plus archer-magic novice Mel set out to save Camelot. Searching for their enemies, the evil queen Morgause and her son Mordred, the team enters the Faerie Realm after they receive a tip from the infamous Green Knight.

We Unleash the Merciless Storm

by Tehlor Kay Mejia (HarperCollins/Tegen, Feb. 25, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-06-269134-7)

Following Mejia’s fantasy debut We Set the Dark on Fire comes this return to the island of Medio, which is on the brink of civil war. Carmen Santos, one of resistance group La Voz’s best operatives, must choose between rescuing the girl she loves and committing to the rebellion she’s spent her life fighting for.