Reading Lately: February Edition

Welcome to month two of Reading Lately! February was a good month for me reading wise. Maybe not the highest quality like last month, but several solid books. I hope you enjoy my reviews and be sure to join the linkup below. If your not a blogger, let me know in the comments what you read this month. Be sure to also visit the other co-hosts Michelle at Michelle Lately (formerly Blogs Like a Girl) and Cat at KittyKittyLaLa.

The Benighted by A.M. Dunedin: I really tried to like this book, but I just couldn’t do it. The majority of the story is told in a flashback/dream sequence. While that is fine in principle, there was no delineation between what was happening now and what happened in the past. And that annoyed me. I got to the end, and I’m pretty sure I said, “thats it?” That isn’t a good sign.
   Rating 2 out of 5  
   c/o Netgalley

Brilliance by Marcus Sakey: I really enjoyed this book. It is set in a world where a small percentage of people are born “brilliants.” They have specific talents that go beyond normal humans. Think pattern recognition, numbers, or reading (like knowing when people are lying and what they are about to do next). This has put a strain on the US as there is the us vs. them mentality from both sides. The story is all about loyalty and finding the “real truth.” I had read some reviews that said it read like a movie. I would agree with that. It isn’t a deep book, but it moves at a fast pace and there are twists and turns that keep it interesting.
   Rating 4 out of 5  
   c/o Netgalley

A Better World by Marcus Sakey: This book picks up right after Brilliance and the story continues to flow. I enjoyed trying to figure out where the character’s loyalties lie. More twists and turns and a fascinating story line. If you like stories with superheroes and the like, you will likely enjoy this series, even if there are no superheroes.
   Rating 4 out of 5  
   c/o Netgalley

The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani: The final book in the trilogy, I feel this book lived up to the first one in the series. When I read the second one, I was pretty disappointed. But this one got back on track and it was more about the relationships between the characters and growing up rather than teen angst and boy issues. While there are still boy issues (the main characters are teenage girls in a fairytale…) it didn’t take up the entire story. I was also happy with the Ever After that occurred.
   Rating 3.5 out of 5  

Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community by Joy Deangdeelert Cho: I read this as part of Lindsay at Bourbon, Lipstick & Stilettos reading challenge. It was the book that she was reading, so I just went with it. I was pretty disappointed by it, especially after reading many of the reviews. While it would be a good book for newbie bloggers or people considering starting a blog, for anyone that has put at least  a little effort into learning about blogging will find this is mostly review. It is also starting to get a bit outdated, as it was written in 2012. There are several interviews with big-time bloggers, which was the best part of the book. Unfortunately, all of the interviewees started in early to mid-2000’s. Blogging was way different back then and it would of been nice to see someone that had started closer to 2010.
   Rating 2 out of 5  

A Reaper of Stone by Mark Gelineau: This story surprised me. I’m usually not one for novellas (either not enough world building or just too rushed). But this one was able to take me into the world and characters without missing a beat. The real focus of the story is doing what is right even if you might not get anywhere rather than just accepting what would normally happen even if it goes against your morals. It helps that the main character is a bad-ass woman. That always helps. I’ve already got the second book in the queue to read.
   Rating 4 out of 5  
   c/o Netgalley

Poison Study by Maria Snyder: This is a solid fantasy story. It isn’t groundbreaking, but a fun story that kept me reading. The main character, Yelena, is in prison for killing a lord. Right before she is executed, she is offered the job of food taster for the Commander instead. She takes it (obviously) and is swept into the politics of the “palace.” Along with that, Yelena is more than meets the eye. The only thing I wasn’t a big fan of was the romance. But it didn’t take away from the story. I’m about to start the second book in the series and thinking about requesting the third from the library now so it is available when I’m ready for it. 🙂
   Rating 3.5 out of 5  

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  1. On the last Friday of every month, create a post about what you’ve read over the last month.
  2. Grab the button and include it in your post or include a text link back to the link-up.
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24 thoughts on “Reading Lately: February Edition

  1. Rachel

    Bummer about Blog, Inc. I bought it a while back and it’s still on my to-read list. Maybe I’ll just skip ahead to the interviews.

  2. Cherie Jamison

    I read Blog, Inc this month as well. I agree with you on a lot of that, though I gave it a higher rating. I think it would definitely be good for new bloggers, but most of it just reassured me that I was doing most things correctly. There were a couple SEO things that I learned, but nothing I probably couldn’t have Googled.

    Brilliance sounds interesting! I might have to check that one out!

  3. Julia Grigorian

    I do book reviews on my blog too, so I am stoked to see this post! I’m adding you to my bloglovin feed because I’m always on the lookout for new books. Thank you for sharing honest reviews! I didn’t know about this link up, but now I’ll have to join for March! 🙂

  4. Angela Tolsma

    Oh I am so sad The Benighted wasn’t good, because I really like the cover. Thanks for your review of Blog Inc, because I’ve been debating it but now I’ll look for something else! Also yea you do book link ups!!

  5. Nicole Miller

    I totally want to read the last ever after, for the cover — Ugh, I’m so that person. Sucks about Blog inc. I was actually looking around for blogging books, and well that solves that one.

    1. Alison C

      I was actually drawn to the cover initially too, all 3 books have such pretty ones! I sort of feel that blogging books are almost out of date by the time they are in print. Blogging just changes so fast!

  6. Wynne Prasetyo

    oh i have been neglecting my reading since forever! 🙁 Blog Inc sounds cool, had it been more updated and contained useful stuffs for non-newbie blogger. thanks for all these review!

  7. Katie Mitchell

    I envy the number of books you read each month. Really want to read the trilogy. I don’t mind teenage characters!! LOL

  8. Leslie Clingan

    I need to sign up for the Alison at Puppies and Pretties speed reading course. I just cannot get even one book read in a month. So hoped to have my book for February finished in time to join this link-up but still reading it a week later!! Should be done in the next day or two so will link-up then. Bravo, to you, my friend for reading and rating so many books!

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