February Wrap-Up

 

Hey guys! So thankfully February ended up being a really good month for me. I read a lot more than I did in January. So I am very happy about that. I’m still behind on my goodreads challenge. I hope that I can change that in the month of March. Now let’s see what I read in February.

IlluminaeIlluminae By Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Fiction
Pages: 602 pages
Published: October 20th 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Plot: This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.


The French GirlThe French Girl By Lexie Elliot

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction
Pages: 304 pages
Published: February 20th 2018
Publisher: Berkley Books
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Plot: They were six university students from Oxford–friends and sometimes more than friends–spending an idyllic week together in a French farmhouse. It was supposed to be the perfect summer getaway–until they met Severine, the girl next door.

For Kate Channing, Severine was an unwelcome presence, her inscrutable beauty undermining the close-knit group’s loyalties amid the already simmering tensions. And after a huge altercation on the last night of the holiday, Kate knew nothing would ever be the same. There are some things you can’t forgive, and there are some people you can’t forget, like Severine, who was never seen again.

Now, a decade later, the case is reopened when Severine’s body is found in the well behind the farmhouse. Questioned along with her friends, Kate stands to lose everything she’s worked so hard to achieve as suspicion mounts around her. Desperate to resolve her own shifting memories and fearful she will be forever bound to the woman whose presence still haunts her, Kate finds herself buried under layers of deception with no one to set her free.

My Review


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn HugoThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 400 pages
Published: June 13th 2017
Publisher: Atria Books
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Plot: Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

My Review


The Secret HistoryThe Secret History By Donna Tartt

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Contemporary
Pages: 559 pages
Published: September 11th 1992
Publisher: Vintage
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Plot: Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.


Gray Wolf IslandGray Wolf Island By Tracey Neithercott

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Magical Realism, Fantasy
Pages: 336 pages
Published: October 10th 2017
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Plot: Right before Sadie died, she begged her sister, Ruby, to do the one thing she could never do herself: Find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.

With just a mysterious treasure map as a guide, Ruby reluctantly allows some friends to join her on the hunt, each of whom is touched by magic: a boy allegedly born to a virgin, a girl who never sleeps, a boy who can foresee his own death, and a boy with deep ties to the island. Each of them is also keeping a secret—something they’ll have to reveal in order to reach the treasure.

As the secrets come to light, Ruby will have to decide: Can she make peace with her friends’ troubled pasts and continue to trust them? Can she forgive herself for doing the unspeakable? Deep in the wilderness of Gray Wolf Island, Ruby’s choices will determine if they make it out with the treasure—or merely with their lives.

From debut author Tracey Neithercott comes a darkly compelling tale of profound friendship, adventure, and finding the strength to tell the truth.


Give Me Your HandGive Me Your Hand By Megan Abbott

Genre: Thriller, Fiction, Adult, Mystery
Pages: 352 pages
Publication Date: July 17th 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Plot: Kit Owens harbored only modest ambitions for herself when the mysterious Diane Fleming appeared in her high school chemistry class. But Diane’s academic brilliance lit a fire in Kit, and the two developed an unlikely friendship. Until Diane shared a secret that changed everything between them.

More than a decade later, Kit thinks she’s put Diane behind her forever and she’s begun to fulfill the scientific dreams Diane awakened in her. But the past comes roaring back when she discovers that Diane is her competition for a position both women covet, taking part in groundbreaking new research led by their idol. Soon enough, the two former friends find themselves locked in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse that threatens to destroy them both.


The Chalk ManThe Chalk Man By C.J. Tudor

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 280 pages
Published: January 9th 2018
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Plot: You can feel it in the woods, in the school and in the playground; you can feel it in the houses and at the fairground. You can feel it in most places in the small town of Anderbury . . . the fear that something or someone is watching you.

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran – the Chalk Man.

He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body.

Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure.

Is history going to repeat itself?

Was it ever really over?

Will this game only end in the same way?


Human RemainsHuman Remains By Elizabeth Haynes

Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense
Pages: 438 pages
Published: August 20th 2013
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Plot: Annabel, a police analyst, is shocked when she discovers her neighbor’s decomposing body in the house next door. And she’s appalled to think that no one noticed her absence.

Back at work, she sets out on her own to investigate, and finds that such cases are frighteningly common in her hometown.


People Like UsPeople Like Us By Dana Mele

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary, LGBT
Pages: 384 pages
Published: February 27th 2018
Publisher: G.P. Putman’s Sons Books for Young Readers
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Plot: Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple.

The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened.

My Review


Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens AgendaSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda By Becky Albertalli

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance
Pages: 303 pages
Published: April 7th 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Plot: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


Have you guys read any of these books? If so what did you think? What books did you guys end up reading in February? I would love to hear from you!

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11 thoughts on “February Wrap-Up

  1. I read my first Taylor Jenkins Reid in February and now I really want to read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, she’s a great writer. I usually love Megan Abbott’s books, but I struggled with her last one – so it’ll be interesting to see how Give Me Your Hand is once it comes out 🙂 Great wrap up!

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    1. Which Taylor Jenkins Reid book did you read? I highly recommend The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. It’s so good. I can’t wait to read more of her books. Oh no. I’ve had a rocky start with Megan Abbott. I didn’t like Dare Me but I did like You Will Know Me. So I feel it’s a hit or miss sometimes. Hopefully you end up enjoying Give Me Your Hand.

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      1. I read One True Loves, it was amazing. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo sounds just as good. That’s so funny – I actually loved Dare me and couldn’t get into You Will Know Me. Still haven’t given up on it though, it just didn’t hook me right away.

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      2. Oh nice! I’ve been wanting to read another book by her soon so maybe I’ll check out that one next. Oh man that is funny. I really want to check out The End of Everything by her.

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