Book List

The Anti-Valentine’s Day Booklist

February 9, 2017
Catherine Hayden
Riveted Editorial Board

Let’s face it, Valentine’s Day isn’t for everyone. There’s nothing wrong with being a romantic and enjoying the holiday but there’s plenty of reasons to abstain! Maybe you’ve recently had your heart broken, or maybe you’ve been playing the singles game for a while. Perhaps you’re just more into Galentines Day. You might even be in a relationship but just not into the whole lovey-dovey Hallmark romance of it all. Whatever your reason, you probably want to just stay in this February the 14th with some good, romance-free reading featuring badass and complicated heroines (or anti-heroines). Well, have I got a list for you!

What’s your favorite romance-free read? Let me know in the comments!

The Young Elitesby Marie Lu

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Ms. Marvel, Volume One: No Normalby G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

If you love all things super hero, this is for you! Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City – until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Kamala has no idea either. But she’s comin’ for you, New York!

Nimonaby Noelle Stevenson

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

Under a Painted Skyby Stacey Lee

All Samantha wanted was to move back to New York and pursue her music, which was difficult enough being a Chinese girl in Missouri, 1849. Then her fate takes a turn for the worse after a tragic accident leaves her with nothing and she breaks the law in self-defense. With help from Annamae, a runaway slave she met at the scene of her crime, the two flee town for the unknown frontier.

Strange Truthby Maggie Thrash

Twin Peaks meets Pretty Little Liars in acclaimed author Maggie Thrash’s new Strange Truth series.


It’s better to know the truth. At least sometimes.

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