Friday, February 27, 2015

The Cephalopod Coffehouse: Best Books of February

It's the last Friday of the month, which means it's time to reveal the best books of the month. It's part of the Cephalopod Coffeehouse:



I'm very proud of myself this month! I read four books, which is especially impressive since February is such a short month. As a result, I had a great reading month! Here are the great books I read in February.


It starts with Cindy Callaghan's Lucky Me. Cindy rocks for two reasons: one, she writes for my publisher, Simon & Schuster/Aladdin M!x. Second, her book has been made into a TV series, which has been picked up by Amazon Prime. That's the best thing ever!!! So...I indulged in her July 2014 release:



February was the perfect month to read Lucky Me because I can tell you about it now--right before St. Patrick's Day. If you're looking for an Irish-themed read for March, this is your book! Meghan McGlinchey is very superstitious--so superstitious that when she receives a chain letter, she has to respond. It can't hurt to forward it on by email, right? Wrong! If you have a tween girl in your life, get her this book as a St. Patrick's Day gift. She'll love it!

If you're a regular around here, you probably know Cathrina Constantine. I'm happy to say she's not only a great blogger, but an amazing writer, as well. I plan to read her latest book, but in the meantime I read Wickedly They Come:



The book kicks off with a major action scene, pulling you in right away. I don't want to give too much away, but Cathrina's main character, Jordan, could give Buffy a run for her money! I can't wait to read Cathrina's latest.

I also read The Chemistry of Fate by my blogging friend Meradeth Houston. Check out this enchanting cover:



First I have to emphasize that paranormal isn't really my thing and I loved this book. It is, first and foremost, a romance and a new adult one at that. You couldn't help but root for Tom and Ari (the Sary!) from page one all the way to the end. Plus, it's only $.99!!!

Next up is This is How It Ends by Jen Nadol, which I read as part of an ARC tour. Yay for ARC tours because one book can travel around the country, meeting many readers along the way. This tour introduced me to an amazing book:



This is just the kind of book I love. A little bit of supernatural, a little bit of murder mystery. A group of kids glimpse the future through a pair of binoculars...and that's where the adventure begins. Jen has created a great group of relatable characters. I was glad I got to read it! It reminded me of the Harlan Coben books that are my eternal addiction.


What was the best book you read in February? Want to join in? Enter your link below and post your favorite book(s) of the month.

57 comments:

  1. Cathrina is awesome. Have all of her books. Will probably dive into Tallas first.

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  2. I have two of these on my TBR!
    Really love the denim-clad images on Cathrina's book covers.

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    1. I know--the denim definitely lets the reader know it's a YA.

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  3. I've only read to books (or read one and listened to the unabridged audio of another) in February. My favorite, "The Most They Ever Had" I have already blogged about. The other, "Testimony: Talking Ourselves into Being Christian" I probably won't, but it is okay. Have a great day.

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    1. When I commuted to work every day, audiobooks got me through!

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  4. haven't read much this month... been busy translating a John le Carre book and now translating RED RISING trilogy from gorgeous Pierce Brown

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    1. I didn't know you translated books.

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    2. you have interviews with me in DEZZ ON TOUR button at my place

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  5. You did have a good reading month! I I only read 2 books in February but I'm hoping to do better in March.

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    1. Yeah--two books is a normal month for me. I'm trying to get to four a month...but middle grade books are shorter than adult books, so those are quicker reads.

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  6. Cool! All great options. I know I'll be recommending LUCKY ME to my MG author friends! and Jen Nadol's books sounds fascinating. I just read WHEN by Victoria Laurie which has a parallel plot--a teen has the ability to see people's death dates...it was excellent.
    Best,
    Veronica

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    1. When I first read about When, I wondered if she was inspired by the episode of Medium where she was seeing strange numbers hovering above people. Eventually she figured out the numbers revealed how many days people had to live. Of course, I can't say Medium didn't steal that idea from somewhere else... The episode was "The Future's So Bright."

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  7. Looks like an interesting array of books you have read this month! I did read this month, LOL, finished several books too, but they obviously didn't make an impression with me because now I can't remember a one :)

    betty

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    1. I'm glad you're settled into your new place enough to find reading time!

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  8. I read 'Folly Beach' to try to warm me up.

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    1. Sounds like a good idea. We should always read summer books in the winter and winter books in the summer!

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  9. So many recommendations! :-) Thanks. I quite liked the sound of the Irish-themed book.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. It did remind me of my trip to England, actually... I was fortunate to get to stay with a local family and see the area the way locals do. The main character in Lucky Me gets to tour Ireland with a local boy and really see the area.

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  10. Thanks so much for the shout-out! Really happy you enjoyed Tom & Ari's story :)

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    1. It was great! The characters were so enjoyable. That's exactly the kind of book I like!

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  11. That is awesome when ones book gets made into a tv series.

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    1. Amazing. And hopefully those kids will want to read more of Cindy's books after watching the series... Anything that gets kids reading is a win, I think! Plus--her book/TV series has cupcakes. Cupcakes are always a good thing.

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  12. Congrats to your friend Cindy. A TV series is quite a kudo!

    I haven't had a chance to read Cathrina's books, but I have them on my list to check out.

    Best book I read this month? Kidnapped by Suzanne Ferrel. Humor, suspense, danger and great ending!

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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    1. Ooh...I like the sound of Kidnapped.

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  13. Harlan Coben is my obsession!! I've read every book, and love his YA series as well. Can't wait for his new mystery in March. I'll have to read Jen's book!! These all sound great. I just picked up another M!X book, breaking the ice, bc it sounds awesome and I love ice skating (I can't skate ha but I love to watch it)

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    1. Me, too! It all started when I found a show called "Disappeared" on Netflix. (Investigate Discovery) It's not on Netflix anymore but you can find some free episodes on YouTube. Anyway, there was something fascinating to me about someone who just vanishes and nobody knows what happens. That led me to Harlan's books. I LOVED Six Years. For a while there it was a little Twilight Zone-ish. I couldn't figure out how everything this man had known had happened in his past could have just vanished like it never happened!

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  14. How fun. My best book this month is Private Vegas by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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    1. I've never read a James Patterson book but I've heard good things about him.

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  15. Some great sounding books. My great-granddaughter would like Lucky Me. She reads constantly. A TV series would make it even more exciting. Thanks.

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    1. She'd love Just Add Magic, too (the book the TV series was based on). And Lost in London was awesome. I just realized I've read al of Cindy's books but one--Lost in Paris, which comes out next month. I just need to take a month of and catch up on my reading!

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  16. YA books is a group that I haven't read much of. I must have read some with daughter but we all read book all over the spectrum.
    I reviewed a children's book today, that is where my artist interests are.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Picture books? Definitely a match for an artist's mind! There are so many beautiful ones out there.

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  17. That's really cool about Cindy's book being made into a TV series.

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    1. I know! So excited for her. It's the best exposure an author can get.

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  18. I love that you have recommendations for all ages! Hope it is a great weekend.

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  19. I'm jealous, dear Stephanie! I'm reading too many things on my "have to" list and not enough on my fun list. These sound great and I do love Catharina's work. Thanks!

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  20. And what a fun variety of books. Love!

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  21. Any book with wicked in the title makes me nervous. The first book looks cute.

    Love,
    Janie

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  22. I love the variety in the books you read in February! So many interesting books. I read Meradeth's book and hope you read the rest of the series. :) I loved all of them!

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  23. They all sound like such good reads and I totally agree with you on The Chemistry of Fate's cover... beyond gorgeous!

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  24. Sounds like you've had a fine month of reading. Huzzah for Cindy, getting picked up for a TV show. That's exciting!

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  25. You read some awesome books this month. With the exception of beta reads- I read half a book. LOL.

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  26. Ooh, I love this idea! I just signed up. :)

    Those all sound like great reads, especially the ones with romance. What can I say...I love my romance. :)

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  27. You have been one busy reader and these books sound great to disappear in to.

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  28. An awesome group of reads, Stephanie! You make me want to read this weekend!!

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  29. Wow, you've been busy!

    By the way, if you're interested, my latest post has information on how you can get a free Kindle download of a short comic book story I wrote. But you have to act before Monday, March 1st, to get it for free!

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  30. I love the cover for Cathrina's book! I definitely want to read that one!

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  31. These all sound like great recommendations for my niece. Well, I might like them, too.

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  32. Wicked they Come sounds like the kind of book I would like and is most definitely what I would choose when it comes to trying out one of these! I think the best book I have read this month would have to be... The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons!

    Can't believe February is already over! March, here we come ;)

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  33. I enjoyed Chemistry of Fate. I'll have to look into the other ones.

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  34. Glad to have found your site. Maybe I'll discover something for my 12 year old.

    I just cracked 'Wherever I Wind Up' by R.A. Dickey, still have most of it to go.

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  35. I barely have time to read anything at the moment. Whenever I have time to read, it's either blogs or some scripts I have to learn for a play I'm doing.

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  36. Recently I read something outside of what I normally read...was super.

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  37. Hi Steph, You've introduced me to several books and authors I've yet to try. Thank you. And a Harlan Coban fan...I used to devour his books, though I haven't read one in awhile.

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  38. You are a reading machine! :D

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  39. Four books in one month is some pretty heavy reading from the way I see it. I finished up one that I started in January and then started another which I'm still reading. That probably adds up to just one book for the month. You did well.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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