Febuarary 2015 Reads: A GIF-Guide

Hi everyone! I’m in shock that February is here, and with it comes some of the biggest books of the year! January felt like a slow publishing month to me, but suddenly, with February around the corner, I’ve found myself scrambling for my leftover B&N gift cards from Christmas and marking the biggest publishing dates on all of my calenders, planning strategic visits to the bookstore in hopes of grabbing the new titles I want  on the same day.

Without further ado, here are the biggest YA releases of February 2015, with a few GIFS to match!

~Fantasy~

fantasy gif

This month’s spotlight is Red Queen!

red queen coverRed Queen (Red Queen  Trilogy #1)

By: Victoria Aveyard

Publication: February 10th, 2015

Find it: ~Goodreads~Amazon~B&N~

Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?
Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard–a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

I’ve heard Red Queen is epic, but some other reviewers have also said it fell flat. Either way, the synopsis has me excited!

Other fantasy titles:

A Darker Shade of Magic                           A Wicked Thing                                     Beastkeeper

A Darker Shade final for Irene    a wicked thing  beastkeeper cover

 

~Contemporary~

crying-waterfalls gifs

 

Now, I chose this GIF for a very specific reason, because contemporary books can be cutesy and feel-good reads, heartwarming coming-of-age stories, or sad, I-want-to-cry-my-eye-out-now books. Some of the big books of this month match the last description in their themes and stories.

My contemporary spotlight for February is not one, but two books.  And from all the early reviews from some of my Goodreads friends, they  fit hand-in-hand with each other in terms of the topics they explore, and both seem to give readers reactions like the GIF above. My advice: stock up on the tissues!

The first spotlight goes to My Heart and Other Black Holes

My Heart and other black holesMy Heart and Other Black Holes

By: Jasmine Warga

Publication: February 10th, 2015

Find it: ~Goodreads~Amazon~B&N~

 Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.
There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner.
Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

The next spotlight is: The Last Time We Say Goodbye

the last time we say goodbyeThe Last Time We Say Goodbye

By: Cynthia Hand

Publication: February 10th, 2015

Find it: ~Goodreads~Amazon~B&N~

 There’s death all around us.
We just don’t pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment.
Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be.
As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there’s a secret she hasn’t told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.
Lex’s brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn’t have to be real to keep you from moving on.
From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.

Both of these books tackle the hard issues of suicide and grief, and I think that they will become must-reads for teenagers and adults-alike.
Other contemporary titles:

7 Days                                                    When Reason Breaks                 I’ll Meet You There

7 days goodreads cover when reason breaks cover il meet you there

The Distance Between Lost and Found   Better Than Perfect

distancebetween_final cover_4_1.indd       better than perfect

~Thriller/Mystery~

thriller gif

This month’s spotlight is Shutter

shutter cover Shutter

By:Courtney Alameda

Publication: February 3rd, 2015

Find it: ~Goodreads~Amazon~B&N~

 Horror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.
Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She’s aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera’s technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.
When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn’t exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she’s faced before . . . or die trying.
Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.

So, Shutter looks awesome, no? Probably scarier and weirder than my usual reads, but I’m up for it this month!

Other thriller/mystery titles:

Scripted                                                   The Third Twin

scripted cover the third twin

 

Next, I would usually have a science fiction category, depending on the books being published this month. But, February is unique and I’ve some books that are mixed genres and are hard to classify. So, here’s my mixed category:

mixing gif

 

The two books featured in the mixed category are unique and very intertwined into different genres. Introducing, City of Savages, a science fiction thriller set in a dystopian world.

city of savages coverCity of Savages

By: Lee Kelly

Publication: February  3rd, 2015

Find it: ~Goodreads~Amazon~B&N~

 It’s been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp, ruled by Warden Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. For 17-year-old Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage that keeps her from the world beyond the city’s borders. But for Sky’s 16-year-old sister, Phee, the P.O.W. camp is a dangerous playground of possibility, and the only home she’d ever want.
When Sky and Phee discover their mom’s hidden journal from the outbreak of the war, they both realize there’s more to Manhattan—and their mother—than either of them had ever imagined. And after a group of strangers arrives at the annual P.O.W. census, the girls begin to uncover the island’s long-kept secrets. The strangers hail from England, a country supposedly destroyed by the Red Allies, and Rolladin’s lies about Manhattan’s captivity begin to unravel.
Hungry for the truth, the sisters set a series of events in motion that ends in the death of one of Rolladin’s guards. Now they’re outlaws, forced to join the strange Englishmen on an escape mission through Manhattan. Their flight takes them into subways haunted by cannibals, into the arms of a sadistic cult in the city’s Meatpacking District, and, through the pages of their mom’s old journal, into the island’s dark and shocking past. Sky and Phee are dependent on each other, and their ragged posse, for survival, but as their feelings grow toward the handsome English boy Ryder, love and jealousy threaten to break them apart.
While primarily a thriller, City of Savages is also a story about the many meanings of sisterhood, told across two generations of New York women—those who survived a terrible tragedy, and those who were raised to live in its aftermath.

We also have The Glass Arrow, a dystopian science fiction book.

the glass arrow

The Glass Arrow

By: Kristen Simmons

Publication: February 10th, 2015

Find it: ~Goodreads~Amazon~B&N~

 The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.
In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.

There you go, those are the top titles publishing in February 2015 and some super awesome GIFS to match!

What books are you planing to read this month? which books from each genre are you most excited for?which gif from this post is your favorite?

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