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Girl Power Book Club: Top 3 February Reads
by Aurora Rodriguez

As a fan of everything that has to do with books, I am constantly searching for new and amazing upcoming reads that I can enjoy, especially on a Sunday morning snuggled up with a cup of coffee. No matter how crazy life gets, I always find time for a book and have made it a decision of mine to read as many as I can this year. I am a believer that it’s healthy to grab a book as many times as you can and escape to far away worlds that will distract you from everyday stressful situations.

This is why I have decided to start giving you my top book picks for the month of February and I plan to give you some more picks in the future, because ladies there’s nothing sexier than a woman who reads and owns it.

Below are my top picks of novels coming out in February that you can use to escape and enjoy on your time off, all written by strong and fierce femmes. There’s definitely nothing better than sitting down with a book and a nice glass of wine and supporting girl power all at the same time.

1. “Shift” by Karina Espinosa (February 10)

You might say I am a little biased since Karina Espinosa is my bestie and a fellow Dirty and Thirty author, but she’s also a talented author with a Young Adult series up her sleeve as well. The upcoming novel “Shift” tells the story of Mackenzie Grey, a werewolf going through some interesting situations. According to the book preview, it’s hard enough being an undergraduate student, an intern at Downtown Manhattan’s police station, and a bouncer at a local bar. Add her now ex-boyfriend who recently dumped her for the school’s resident bimbo. Grey meets her match when she is kidnapped by the Brooklyn Pack and tossed between Sebastian and Jonah—the Alpha and the Beta. Being a lone-wolf in the city is dangerous, and now that the Pack has found her, so can every supernatural being in the Tri-State area. And not even her sarcastic, smart mouth can get her out of this.  When a string of kidnappings involves Mackenzie in supernatural politics, she questions her new acquaintances and finds unlikely allies. Can she escape Pack law and keep her freedom—or will she be condemned to an unwanted path? Find out February 10th when this book hits the streets.


2. “City of Savages” by Lee Kelly (February 3)

I received this novel recently as an ARC and it has me captured and currently itching to finish it. The new novel from Simon and Schuster’s upcoming division Saga Press by author Lee Kelly, 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. What follows is a series of adventurous events that will have you on the edge of your reading chair once you pick it up February 3rd.


3. “Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard (February 10)

This Young Adult novel has already been garnering a lot of buzz before it’s release February 10th. According to the synopsis, the book tells the tale of the poverty stricken Reds who are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers. And to Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change. Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control. But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win? Find out in this page turner released soon. I will surely be picking it up.


So, what novels are you looking most forward to in February? Tweet me at @AuroraMiami and tweet us @DirtyandThirty with your book picks. I’m always looking for something new and exciting to read!


Aurora Rodriguez

Aurora Rodriguez is the editor for Where South Florida magazine. She lives in sunny Miami, Florida. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she considers herself a tropical girl at heart. Her passions include champagne, pop music, her friends and her husband Sebastian.

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