Book Releases and Reviews February 1, 2022

These February 1 book releases are taking the month of love from one extreme to another with grumpy/sunshine romance and a look at poisons through history.

A Taste for Poison: Eleven Deadly Molecules and the Killers Who Used Them by Neil Bradbury


A book about poisons and the killers who used them. This reminded me a bit of the The Poisoner’s Handbook by Deborah Blum but with more emphasis on the chemical side of various poisons from the obvious (cyanide) and archaic (belladonna) to the surprising (insulin). We might not think of all of these as deadly compounds but after all the dose makes the poisons. A really intriguing and informative, if at times a bit gruesome, read.

Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur


An adorable rom-com about ex-friends turned lovers who get into a mess of misunderstandings because neither will communicate their true feelings. Margot and Olivia were best friends before a brief fling in high school and a series of miscommunications ended their friendship. Now they’ve been thrust back into each other’s lives as Olivia is tasked with taking over event planning for the wedding of one of Margot’s best friends. All the sparks are still there and things quickly get physical, but both women think the other doesn’t like them as much as they do. I’ll be honest, that aspect definitely got annoying at times (I mean, just talk to each other already!) but I am a sucker for the ‘grumpy person falls for sunshiney person and is really soft for them and them alone’ trope so I still really enjoyed it.

Some other great February 1 book releases we’re looking forward to checking out are A Lullaby for Witches by Hester Fox, Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, Fire Becomes Her by Rosiee Thor, and Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston.